Review by Asian the Saiyan
"Bring back that Inner Disney Child."
When I first heard about Disney and Square making a game I was thinking..gee Square first The Bouncer and now this. The when Kingdom Hearts started shaping up I was thinking hey this kinda looks clean I'll give it a shot. So I swallowed my pride and since I'm 19 by default I'm not a big Disney fan so I thought eh I'll bare with it..This game has once again brought me back to Disney, while not as hardcore as before I don't loathe it now, and proves to me when Square puts it's mind to it the can make any skeptic eat their words.
I love the Graphics in Kingdom Hearts, The Square characters look like you'd expect lifelike and edgy. Disney Characters look on par with their Movie counterpart, and everyone in the game has that pecial added Disney animation where they can come off as a real person. With their facial expessions and body language. The worlds are Colorful and the Summons are spectacular Wait til you see Halloween town.
Another 10 here, The story starts off basic. But then opens up in ways you don't expect it. I don't want to spoil it and also answers the qustion why don't any of the Final Fantasy's take place on the same world but Cid always end up in them if you pay enough attention. Anywho you play as Sora your average um..young Teen I should say? Well you and your frinds Riku and Kairi want to leave home and explore other places things take a bad turn and the three of you are seperated. Your goal is to find your friends but also alot more in between again I'm not spoiling it.
No sappy singing every 30 minutes! The only singing that's done is the main theme and the main theme ''Simple and Clean''
is a very good song. Anyhow the music is nicely done and fit the worlds some are slight remixes to classic themes Mickey's castle has the Mickeymouse club theme plying the whole time and if you know the wors you can't help but hum or at least sing it. I did yeah I admit it, Tarzan's world has a jungle rythem while Atlantica has an upbeat Under the sea playing. The Battle theme fades in and mixes well with the normal themes and is a good change of pace for the music. The voice acting is WONDEFUL, with all the Disney voices in their and authentic. Even James woods as Hades, Haley Joel Osmont of 6th sense and A.I. fame as Sora. Mandy Moore as special returning FF character, and Cloud and Squall erm..Leon sound just a you'd imagine them. An A plus here
Control gets an 8 for one reason and one reason only the Camera, You'll be frequently hitting the L2/R2 buttons adjusting the Damn Camera which gets stuck behind and against walls sometimes. Other than that the controls are great and responsive. Menu's are easy to navigate but get used to liking the L2/R2 buttons.
The combat system is one of my favorites, resembling Star Ocean with a little less control. You have to think quick on the fly here because there's not turns, It's realtime baby. Enemies can bash you when you want and vice versa I love the quick pace of it all, but through long area's and frequent battles..it might get repetive here and there. A nice break in things lies in travel itself via gummi ship, imagine a dulled down starfox and you get an idea. Making your own gummi is a nice distaction too.
Replay Value: 7/10
I mean it's an RPG when you're done, you're done. You can relieve the story(it's worth it) and bump up the diffilculty. Or if you're like me try not to do everything the first time through, can you find all the Dalmations? Find all he torn pages of the hundred acre wood? AND become a true hero at the games? The replay value is there, just up to you to find it.
Rent or buy: This game my look kiddy but it's too deep and sometimes challenging to for kids if you're a fan of disney quit reading this and buy the game! If you're Square person and looking for something different with a hint of FF stop reading this review and buy the game. Everyone else looking for something new and fresh stop re--buy the game! Or rent it..but you'll only want to buy it later =D
In closing: Kingdom hearts rekindle an old Disney kid gone awry, I love this game and as said no longer Loathe disney..I figure it's the singin I can't stand by the characters are timeless. This is a nice piece of nostalgia that will make you smile...M-I-C...K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E
::Asian wonders what this game would've been like with Looney Tunes instead of Disney::
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 09/22/02, Updated 09/22/02
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