Kingdom Hearts II User Review
Cartoons. Who from the 30s-90s doesn't know Disney? Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy... You have to know them. Their antics never get old in the world of animated entertainent.
These two series of characters are completely different. To combine them would be like eating a peanut butter and ketchup sandwich. But the best thing about combining two completely different things, is that if you like them both seperately, they may taste great combined. And that is the case with our peanut butter and ketchup sandwich, Kingdom Hearts.
This series takes the best of both worlds and clusters them into one of the best RPG experiences of last generation. Kingdom Hearts 2 picks up one full year after Kingdom Hearts ends, and is a direct sequel to Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. This game offers a continuation on an amazing story containing emotional scenes all the time. You truly gain an emotional attachment to all the characters and whenever one suffers a loss, you feel it too.
The graphics in this game signifcantly outshine the first one. From actual gameplay to the CGI sequences, it's just all better. For its time, it offered beautifully colored environments, good looking characters and enemies, and beautifully executed CGI cutscenes.
The gameplay adds a new twist into the mix. The "Reaction Command" allows your controlled character to react with enemies or their environment to perform special moves with drastically change the outcome of your combat experience. No longer do you solely rely on your attacking, jumping and magic. You now have a further expanded range of attacks due to the "Drive" transformations, which give you extremely powered up abilites in which to take down your enemies. This is glorious compared to the previous game's very one-dimensional combat system.
The music in this game is beautifully done. The voices of all the characters are well done, and Sora managed to hit what sounds like about 5 years of puberty in one year (hmm....) Anyway, all the sound effects fall in place perfectly, but of course nothing is perfect.
Control has improved incredibly from KH1. Your camera control and platforming ability improve at least three-fold, and you're suddenly immersed into a world where you no longer miss a platform because your camera just wouldn't get into the right angle.
In order to replay this game, you have to have a lot of patience. The opening sequence is incredibly long, even if you skip the cutscenes, Once you get into the game however, it's very easy to lock in tons of hours going through the story and leveling all of your drive forms again.
OVERALL, this peanut butter and ketchup sandwich turned out to be incredibly delicious, and we should all be glad we took the risk. The game could be improved by dropping the childish overtones of disney, and giving our hero a weapon that defines itself as a blade and turns out to be a cylinder, but other than that the game is beautiful and shouldn't be overlooked by anyone who enjoyed the original.
This user review does not reflect the views of the PSX Extreme Staff.