Review by Kattykitkat
"Despite a few flaws in design; 'Kingdom Hearts Chain Of Memories' manages to be quite a fun game"
So, before the second Kingdom Hearts playstation game was released I decided to pick this up and fill myself in on the story. And boy, I'm glad I did. This game was not only enjoyable; it also lives up to the Kingdom Hearts name very well.
While not my favourite aspect of this game, the gameplay was still relatively fun. Rather than the usual button-mashing keyblade-weilding nonstop-hitting battles we're all so used to in the original Kingdom Hearts game, this game incorporates a 'card-based' attack system.
Basically; you collect cards throughout the game and use them to attack your enemies. The higher your card number, the greater damage you will do, so it's a good idea to regularly make sure your card numbers are as high as possible.
One of my favourite parts of the gameplay, however, and the reason I gave it a 7, is the ability to play Riku's story once completing the original story as Sora. I thought this was a BRILLIANT feature as you never really get to play anyone else in the playstation games (with the exception of Roxas at the beginning of the second game) and I really enjoyed playing through Riku's story.
While the story often confused me and was slightly unbelievable (in my opinion- I mean, making Sora forget everything? Really?) I still found it quite engaging and fun to follow, especially with the introduction of the organisation members.
Ahh, my favourite part of this game. The graphics in this are beautiful, especially for a GBA game. The video clips are beautifully rendered even though they had to be condensed to GBA size. The sprites are beautifully designed and it's a thrill to see every heartless and character. Certainly a winning aspect of this game.
I thought the sound was matched quite well to the original Kingdom Hearts game, the music was all catchy and the sound effects are quite fun to listen to, although I did find that hearing Riku shout his battle cry every time he hit an enemy became annoying after a while.
While this hasn't got as much play-time as my playstation kingdom hearts games, I still think it is fun enough to deserve at least one or more playthroughs.
Kingdom Hearts; Chain Of Memories was a very fun GBA game for me, I thoroughly enjoyed playing it and it's one of my favourite games for the console. Definately worth a buy!
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 04/14/09
Game Release: Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories (US, 12/07/04)
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