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Kingdom Hearts II (PlayStation 2)

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Sora, Donald, and Goofy are back in the third installment (second for PS2) of the Kingdom Hearts series, continuing where Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories left off. The trio awakens from their sleep and goes to Twilight Town. When the game begins, you will first have control over a boy name Roxas who wields a dual-Keyblade. He is trying to enjoy the remainder of his summer vacation with his friends but he keeps having flash-backs of someone else's memories.

When he meets up with Sora, the two learns they have a special connection with one another. Afterwards, the group will continue their search for King Mickey and Riku. This time, they will travel to new worlds and work with various characters from the Disney and Final Fantasy universes. This includes worlds from not only Disney's animated movies but other movies as well like Pirates of the Caribbean and TRON.

In Kingdom Hearts II, Sora and his friends will battle various enemies including the Heartless from Kingdom Hearts, but also a group of enemies called Nobodies. Nobodies are "nonexistent beings" who are under the control of Organization XIII - a group of 13 members in black coats that Sora and his friends have reduced down to just half.

Gameplay is very similar to Kingdom Hearts: the player controls Sora with Donald and Goofy helping with their magic and attacks. Sora can use various magic powers as well as use Summon which will call upon the aid of special Disney characters that will temporarily fight alongside him. A new feature of combat are "Reaction Commands". Some enemies will leave themselves open during attacks, and if the player presses the Reaction Command button when prompted Sora will take advantage of the situation, either turning an enemy's attack against them, striking from a defenseless side for extra damage, or avoiding an otherwise unavoidable attack. As the trio levels up and progresses in the game they will gain new abilities that they can equip. Also, after Mickey meets the party, if Sora is KO'd the player will have the option of controlling Mickey and defending Sora until he can recover.

Another new feature is the Drive gauge. When filled and activated Sora absorbs the strength of his allies and gains new powers, like long range magical bullets in Magician form or the ability to use two keyblades in Strength form. Using Drive forms will power them up, unlocking new abilities and allowing them to be used for longer periods of time.

The Gummi Ship returns, but the speed of combat during Gummi Ship level has been greatly increased. While the path of the Gummi Ship is still out of the player's control, the ship can now attack enemies to the front, sides, and behind. Gummi Ship levels can be re-challenged at different difficulty levels, with different levels offering greater challenge and new enemy patterns. Achieving high scores in these levels rewards new Gummi Ship parts and plans.

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Alternate Titles

  • "王國之心2" -- Chinese Title (Traditional)
  • "王国之心2" -- Chinese Title (Simplified)
  • "Wangguo zhi Xin" -- Chinese Title
  • "KH2" -- Abbreviated name
  • "キングダムハーツII" -- Japanese Spelling

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User Reviews

A Satisfying Conclusion To An Epic Story Arc. Guy Chapman (1744) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Fun, but not quite as fun as the original Yuzo Kanomata (4) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars
One of the best RPG's I've ever played. Bob the Stickman (290) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
The brilliant partnership between Square and Disney produces yet another solid game. Pixelspeech (955) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
One of my favourite PlayStation 2 games! Reborn_Demon (124) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Falls short of its predecessor krisko6 (252) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars
Best RPG companies crank out another gem. Jacob Gens (1107) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Kingdom Hearts II is almost as good as the first one J.D. Majors (17) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars

The Press Says

UOL Jogos Mar 24, 2006 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Lawrence Apr 17, 2006 A 100
Cheat Code Central Mar 31, 2006 4.8 out of 5 96
JustPressPlay Apr 11, 2006 9.1 out of 10 91
Gamesmania Oct 10, 2006 88 out of 100 88
Fragland.net Oct 27, 2006 81.8 out of 100 82
games xtreme Jul 25, 2006 8 out of 10 80
G4 TV: X-Play May 19, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
IGN Mar 28, 2006 7.6 out of 10 76
Eurogamer.de Oct 05, 2006 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

Bug/Glitch

In the Olympus Coliseum world, there is a Heartless, one of the game's main enemies, that goes into a T-stance (a pose characters are in during development). This glitch could possibly be due to bad placement, meaning that it could have moved a short amount from where it originally spawned.

References

The Rock Titan, from the Disney movie Hercules and an optional boss in the original Kingdom Hearts, is seen only once in the entire game (Olympus Coliseum's intro). It's not possible to see or fight him at any other time in the game by normal means. The Ice Titan, who was also in the first game and Hercules, makes no appearance at all.

Two Behemoth Heartless, the huge, purple, mammoth/bull-like creatures from the original Kingdom Hearts were going to be in the 1000 Heartless War, but were cut for unknown reasons.

Suicide attempt

In the Japanese release of the game, in the level Port Royal, the character Will Turner points his gun to his head and attempts to commit suicide. For obvious reasons, this was removed from all other versions of the game, although another cutscene, which depicts a sword pierced through someone's chest, was left intact. Other changes for the American and English versions of the game include differences in the battle with Xigbar, on the final level, where his "shooting scope" is brighter and more accurate to see.

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2006 – Best Role-Playing Game of the Year
    • 2006 – #3 Best Original Soundtrack of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2006 – #7 PS2 Game of the Year

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monkeyislandgirl (8623) added Kingdom Hearts II (PlayStation 2) on Apr 04, 2006