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Kingdom Hearts (PS2) Review

By Rin4ku

Console: PlayStation 2
Game Name: Kingdom Hearts
Developer: Squaresoft
Genre: Action/RPG
Number of players: 1
Pros: Secret of Mana Battle system, Intro Song!
Cons: Bad Teammate AI
Rated: E
Games Like it: Secret Of Mana, Legends of Mana

You might be thinking, "Squaresoft and Disney... Squaresoft will be good but Disney will make this game look horrible and too kiddy." Well, your thoughts after playing the game may be different.  It may be something like this "Squaresoft's great action/RPG battle system 'Secret of Mana' combined with the elements of Disney's movies was such a great idea!  Teaming up with Goofy, Donald and other Disney characters is so much fun!  And I remember that part from that one movie! This game is the best ever!"

As I said before, it has the elements of the classic battle system "Secret/Legends of Mana" making the game fast paced.  You have your selections of magics (Holding L1 will bring up the shortcut), summons, and abilities!  As you get better, you'll be able to beat the game without getting hit (at least some levels using the dodge roll ability).

The graphics are amazing!  The backgrounds are just wonderful, hair looks great (like always), the summons are breathtaking, the Disney and Square characters look great (especially the new Cloud) and the Intro FMV looks so great, you'll watch it over and over again.

A great soundtrack and voiceovers are really great.  The soundtracks will go with the level, so you can hear Aladin's theme song in Agrabah, and hear the theme song from The Little Mermaid in Atlantica! And you've gotta love the theme song in the intro of the game (It's also in the commercials).  The commercial got me hyped, and it lives through the hype.

Replay Value:
The game doesn't have many parts, but the battle system is just worth doing the game all over again!  Plus in the beginning of the game, you can choose between three attributes to where your strong at, and weak at (Strength, Magic, or Defense) Plus you also talk to your friends: Wakka, Selphie, and Tidus to see how fast you level up (Fast, normal, slow).


Great backgrounds, clothing, and hairstyle!  Plus the summons are breath taking and so is the FMV intro.



A wonderful soundtrack from Disney's great movies!  Plus the voiceovers sound real good and from the movie (especially Genie's ^_^).


Game Play:

The great "Secret/Legends of Mana" battle system comes back in a new look.  With powerful summons, abilities, and Goofy and Donald on your team.


Replay Value:

With 3 different attributes to choose from in the start and 3 different ways to level up and the "Secret/Legend of Mana" battle'll be coming back for more!



A must have whether you like Squaresoft and/or Disney.





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