Game: Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix Developer: Square Enix Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: Out Now Available On: PS3 Version Played: PS3
Kingdom Hearts was originally released in 2002 on the PS2 console. Like the classic games that were on the system (ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, Resident Evil 4 and Okami) I was foolish enough to skip them over the years, having only discovered them recently. The HD update is thusly my first foray into the Kingdom Hearts universe.
Kingdom Hearts employs a fantastic crossing of the Final Fantasy worlds and Disney. It opens on Destiny Islands where Riku, Kairi and main character Sora live. Quickly consumed by the Heartless, dark beasts that plague their world, their only hope lies in the Keyblade, the only weapon capable of harming the Heartless. In the Disney world, King Mickey leaves his kingdom to fight the Heartless, leaving Donald and Goofy to find the ‘key’ that will protect the worlds. The story of Kingdom Hearts draw upon old cliché’s of Final Fantasy, like the power of friendship, good vs evil, and it’s a fantastic tale that tugs at the heartstrings and really makes you relive your childhood. Even though I’m 21 and experiencing it for the first time, the impact is no less diminished. Some of the more child-specific elements may elicit some groans and the themes are as subtle as a brick to the face, but it works.