Hey y’all! This may be a little weird, but I literally JUST beat the first Kingdom Hearts game, like, yesterday….yeah. I am a little late to this series, but hey, better late than never, am I right? Kingdom Hearts III will be coming out on January 29, of 2019 and I have been trying to catch up before then. Uh…wish me luck? Anyhow, let’s get to the point. This is my review for the first Kingdom Hearts game, so for those who have not played it yet, spoilers ahead! …
For a little rundown. Cut me some slack, though, because trying to explain a Kingdom Hearts game is like trying to teach college algebra to a kindergartner, but I’ll try. The first Kingdom Hearts game tells the story of Sora, the one chosen by the Keyblade (or IS he?…). As worlds, including his own, get swallowed up by the darkness, Sora goes on a mission to find King Mickey and stop the impending darkness from taking over all of the worlds. Unfortunately, when Destiny Island, Sora’s world, disappears, he and his friends are separated. Riku ends up joining with all the Disney villains in an attempt to save Kairi, who has lost her heart to the darkness. Stuff happens, I cried, turns out Kairi’s heart had become one with Sora’s…yeah. I am surely not the only one who was saddened by Sora’s sacrifice to return Kairi’s heart. Thankfully he was able to come back! More stuff happens, Ansem is bad news, Riku is bad news, everything is hard. In the end, Sora is able to stop the darkness, but King Mickey and Riku need help and Sora needs to reunite with Kairi on Destiny Island. And who else is wondering about Sora’s poor mother? She cooked him dinner and everything.
Moving on, I want to make clear that I LOVE cross overs. And Kingdom Hearts is like the ultimate cross over. I love Disney and I love Square Enix (or, in the time that this game came out, Square Soft). So obviously I’d love a game created by the two of them. I was not disappointed by this game. Everything was so well put together! The worlds were sooo much fun! However, it was also the hardest game I’ve ever played (besides Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time). Some bosses took me as much as an hour to beat, and I had to get creative sometimes. For example, the final Ursula battle: I literally just had to swim in circles while Ariel and Goofy beat up on the witch, then at the last second I came in and hit her a few times. This took me FOREVER, and my hand hurt by the end of it. But hey! I did it! You can imagine my victory dance there!
I am surprised at some of the things that went on in this game. If I was to tell people who have never played Kingdom Hearts that it was made by Disney, they’re probably thinking of how happy and colorful it is. No…just no. Yes, the game if very colorful. I love everything about it. But I was surprised by how dark this game can get. And I can only imagine stuff that’s gonna go on in the next games. You can’t forget that this is also a Square Enix game, and if you play Square Enix games you know that they can get dark.
I was so excited about seeing characters I knew from other Square Enix games! Squall (oh! excuse me, Leon) from Final Fantasy 8, Aeris and Cloud from Final Fantasy 7, and so on. The new characters were amazing! I can’t wait to see what becomes of Riku, Kairi, and Sora! I think that Sora may be my favorite…
Kingdom Hearts is a very special game for me. I can remember being seven years old and watching my dad play Kingdom Hearts II (which he never really got into). It’s crazy to think that that was ten years ago! When I first walked into the One Hundred Acre Woods world, I lost it. I was right back there sitting on the couch, fascinated by this game. The music in this game is the most beautiful I have ever heard! I have a senior recital coming in two years, and guess what I’ll be playing. Dearly Beloved. This song is GORGEOUS, but surprisingly hard to play.
If you played Kingdom Hearts, I want to hear YOUR thoughts on this amazing game! Leave your comments below!
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