Review by Can_l_Have_It

"Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days is one of the best DS titles to date"

Kingdom Hearts 1 started with Sora, Goofy, and Donald going on an adventure. Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts 2 followed that same formula. Will a game with different protagonists and a different playing style stand up to its predecessors?

Story: 8/10

Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days is based around how the 358 days a boy named Roxas, who is the nobody of Sora, lives during his time with Organization XIII, who are the antagonists of the Kingdom Hearts 2. The game starts out with Roxas being shown his name by a cloaked figure. He then proceeds to join Organization XIII. Eventually, Organization XIII receives a new member shrouded in mystery called Xion. Over the course of 358 days Roxas learns more and more of Organization XII, his life, and Xion. There are some bland and slightly boring spots throughout the story, but overall it is very entertaining.

Gameplay: 9/10

The game plays out in a mission type way over the course of 358 days. Some days have multiple missions, others will have one, and some days will be skipped. Some missions will have multiple objectives while others will not. If you have been following the Kingdom Hearts series, expect little to no changes in the combat system. The level, magic, items, equipment, and abilities system have taken a big turn however. To use your level ups, magic, items, weapons, and abilities you must now equip them using something known as the panel system. Certain things take up different panel amounts and are in different shapes. In this regard, it sometimes is almost like a puzzle to get the proper things you'll need for a mission to fit. You start out with a small amount of space for your equipment, but through items known as slot releasers you will gain more space and be able to fit more equipment onto your panels. As with Kingdom Hearts tradition, you will be able to purchase and synthesize new equipment using the Organization Moogle which is available after a small amount of days. This time, however, you must use heart points for purchasing new items and munny/certain materials to synthesize items. All of these gameplay concepts mesh together to create a better experience than all the other Kingdom Hearts titles in the series.

Graphics: 8/10

The graphics are amazingly beautiful for a Nintendo DS title. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days is one the very few games to push the DS to the limit. The graphics are in 3D, and they could not possibly be better. There are however, some problems. Sometimes things seem a little too pixelated and sometimes they seem too flat.

Sound: 7/10

The sound in Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days is very good, but flawed. Sanctuary by Utada Hikaru makes a return. Most of the music in game is recycled, while this is not bad, but they could have at least added some more new music to the game.

Play Time/Replayability: 8/10

Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 days will take you a good 25 hours to complete. Replayability comes in the form of challenge missions and mission mode. By completing challenge missions, you can receive up to 3 sigils which can be handed in for free items, depending on the total amount you have collected. These challenge missions are a bit difficult and will take some time. In mission mode, you can earn crowns by playing against friends or alone which serve the same function as sigils, but give different items.

Final Recommendation:

Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days is a great game. It has everything a Kingdom Hearts fan could want and is even great for new players to the series. I highly recommend you buy this game next time you see it on your video game store's shelf. Overall I give Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days an 8/10.


Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 11/30/09

Game Release: Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (US, 09/29/09)


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