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Kingdom Hearts (PlayStation 2)

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Description

Sora's world is shattered when a violent storm hits his home, and he is separated from his two closest friends. The storm scatters the three to unknown worlds. At the same time, there is turmoil in the Disney Castle. King Mickey is missing, and Court Wizard Donald and Captain Goofy are out to find him. On their travels they meet Sora, on his own search for his lost friends. The three are told of ominous creatures called Heartless, being without hearts derived from an unknown dimension and are the ones responsible for the devastating storm.

The Disney villains, enticed by the power of darkness, manipulate the Darkness to help them gather the princesses of heart, who are needed to open a mysterious final door. Upon discovering the link between the Heartless, the storm, and the disappearance of King Mickey, Sora, Donald, and Goofy join forces and help familiar Disney heroes to save their worlds from the Heartless.

In Kingdom Hearts players step into the very large shoes of Sora, wielder of the keyblade. Sora can attack with the blade, and as he levels up he will gain more attacks that are automatically chained together. Sora can learn magic and put healing items into a quick menu, and both can only be used in real time. Donald and Goofy (as well as an additional character exclusive to each world/disney movie) will follow Sora. Their equipment and AI can be adjusted, but they can not be directly controlled. Defeated enemies will drop many kinds of items including synthesis materials. Sora can take these to the Synthesis shop in Twilight Town to turn them into usable items, accessories, and weapons.

Traveling between each world requires Sora's party to fly through space in a Gummi Ship. The Gummi Ship can be completely customized, from speed and armor to weapons and shape, out of parts picked up from destroyed Gummi Ships, found in worlds, or bought from a store. Larger, more complex ships can be built as the game progresses, and plans can be found from destroyed enemies or from an NPC that will automatically build a Gummi Ship of specific specifications.

Screenshots

Kingdom Hearts PlayStation 2 When you get the party ability to glide, you won't feel the need to walk anymore 'cos this is so much more fun.
Kingdom Hearts PlayStation 2 Disney's characters are not only better in 3D, but look quite gorgeous, too.
Kingdom Hearts PlayStation 2 Cleaning the captain's cabin of the pest.
Kingdom Hearts PlayStation 2 When in Rome... your characters adjust to the surroundings quite vividly.

Alternate Titles

  • "王國之心" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "王国之心" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Wangguo zhi Xin" -- Chinese title
  • "KH" -- Common abbreviation
  • "キングダムハーツ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Despite its first childish impression, this game is great - even for the most hard-core gamer! Reborn_Demon (124) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
An epic crossover krisko6 (252) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
Simple and Clean コナン (77432) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars
It's all about the adventure! Pixelspeech (955) 3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars
Squaresoft and Disney budgets combine for an excellent game Weston Wedding (54) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Square + Disney = High Production Values pogalogen (14) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars
I KNEW this would be a good game... Helen Wilson (2) unrated
Why didn't this awesome game come out for any other of today's consoles? Dark Cloud (35) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
Heavenly results from a match made in Hell Bog Trotter (8) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
A Good game Jennifer Johnson (15) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

Play.tm Jan 06, 2003 92 out of 100 92
GameZone Oct 02, 2002 9.1 out of 10 91
IGN Sep 16, 2002 9 out of 10 90
Digital Entertainment News (den) Jul 24, 2003 9 out of 10 90
PSX Extreme Sep 20, 2002 8.9 out of 10 89
Gamezine Jan 04, 2003 17 out of 20 85
Insert Credit Jun 13, 2002 8.3 out of 10 83
4Players.de Nov 20, 2002 83 out of 100 83
Eurogamer.net (UK) Apr 05, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Peliplaneetta.net Jan 07, 2003 68 out of 100 68

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Kingdom Hearts appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Characters

Aside from Disney characters that are not surprise to encounter, you will also encounter several other characters from SquareSoft other games, such as Squall (main protagonist from Final Fantasy VIII), Selphie (a party character from Final Fantasy VIII), Tidus (main protagonist from Final Fantasy X), Wakka (party character from Final Fantasy X), Aerith (from Final Fantasy VII), Cloud (main protagonist of Final Fantasy VII), Sephiroth (nemesis in Final Fantasy VII), and other.

Contest

The secret boss Kurt Zisa in the US version is named after the winner of a contest held by Squaresoft to promote the game.

Theme song

The theme song, Simple and Clean (English) and Hikari meaning "light" (Japanese version), is written and performed by Japan's pop artist Utada Hikaru. After the release of the game's original Japanese version, Hikari was released separately and, according to IGN, sold about 860.000 copies.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2002 – Best Use of License of the Year (PS2)
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