Hearken back to your Playstation 2 and remember just what you thought when you saw you had the chance to explore Disney’s worlds alongside Donald and Goofy. Kingdom Hearts 1 holds a special place in the hearts of RPG players everywhere in that it took beloved movies and characters and breathed new life into them over the course of some 40 hours of gameplay. This week, Kingdom Hearts has returned to Playstation 4 with a massive HD remaster of 6 games! Although we will not get into each game in detail, we will give you the rundown of how the remasters stack up to the beloved originals.
As Kingdom Hearts has had nearly 15 years of growth, the story has developed into one you need to actively pay attention to and research in order to understand just exactly what the keyblade is and how it influences the story inside the world. As a rough sketch, you play Sora, a new keyblade wielder on his way to become a master. Your ultimate goal (as established over these many games) is to defeat the evil Xehanort when he returns to claim Kingdom Hearts for his own while ultimately reshaping the universe to his liking. All the other details get admittedly mixed up and a little convoluted, but Kingdom Hearts is a beast which requires more than just simple gameplay investment to get as much as you can out of the story. Mainly, what players come for, is the vivid, colorful, and bright Disney-themed worlds that you explore and find to assist the inhabitants in restoring order to their little corner of the story. Across the series: Aladdin, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, Alice in Wonderland, amongst various others are represented. Although one would question on how all these different themes would coalesce together, Square Enix does a great job of incorporating the main story into all of these different worlds.
Kingdom Hearts is a third-person action game all bundled up with RPG elements. The new Final Fantasy XV takes much from this established system and the two are nearly identical. The game allows you to pick certain special moves and key bind them in a scrolling menu for ease of access. The base game also has upgrade-able magic and summoning capabilities. In the second titular game, it added a garment-grid type system in which you can expend a charging resource to take on new properties and combat techniques. For an early game, Kingdom Hearts allowed such fluid combat and combat animations that can only be matched by mature rated action titles. Like Final Fantasy XV, you have no control over your allies, but you can program them with different command prompts once certain criteria have been met.
What Do We Think?:
Although much of the information covered in this blog relates to the main titular games, the same is true for all of them. The remaster of these games is simply gorgeous and relates back to a time when these games were steps ahead of other games of the period. Although Kingdom Hearts 3 still is a long way coming, this bundle will definitely sate the appetite of fans everywhere while we wait for the next big title in the series to come out. If you have not had the opportunity to check out these games during their initial release, we would like you to encourage you to give them a shot and explore what millions have grown to love in a newly remastered tale. Kingdom Hearts is not just a game, but an epic journey that have shaped the way games have been created for years. If you’re new to the titles, check out the trailer below to get a glimpse of what the kingdom has to offer!