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Despite its first childish impression, this game is great - even for the most hard-core gamer! Reborn_Demon (136) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
An epic crossover krisko6 (819) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
Simple and Clean MAT (225752) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars
It's all about the adventure! Asinine (1006) 3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars
Squaresoft and Disney budgets combine for an excellent game Weston Wedding (63) 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

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 3.8
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.6
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.0
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Overall User Score (115 votes) 3.8

Critic Reviews

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100 (Dec 18, 2002)
Aside from the camera, which I got used to, this game is superb. It has been a long time since I have been into a game like I am into Kingdom Hearts. If you are into turn based RPGs, you may not totally be into it, but if you enjoy real time action ala Dynasty Warriors 3, then you should definitely give this game a try. For the record, I am Level 100, have unlocked all the secrets, and have the Ultima Weapon. I have also logged 70 hours on that game and 25 on another.
I had my doubts at first, but the wedlock between Disney’s animation heritage and Square Soft’s video game mythos has produced a palpable hit. Whether or not you bask in its brilliance will be based solely on your discernment of the subject matter. Will Final Fantasy enthusiasts be able to accept – let alone comprehend – a heated duel between Final Fantasy VII’s battle-hardened Cloud and Disney’s lanky knucklehead Goofy? I have a feeling that this unique fusion may hit a little too close to home for most, and may even be viewed as a complete and utter mockery of everything role-playing fanatics hold sacred. At the same time, however, a person with a different perspective on the matter may in fact view these very complaints as groundbreaking accomplishments. In such, Kingdom Hearts’ fate truly is in the eye of the beholder.
Gaming Target (Oct 25, 2002)
The more sinister tone sets the mood and alerts unsuspecting players at the same time. Kingdom Hearts delivers not only delivers voice acting throughout a majority of the game but is also lead by Haley Joel Osment. He proves to be a perfect fit for Sora and the array of other voices alongside Osment work without a hitch. Taking the time to cast the right voices was definitely taken and will hopefully be noted by other developers who always attempt to muddle through this area.
92 (Jan 06, 2003)
The only real flaw the game has to be the annoying camera angles which are never quite right and the fact that whilst battling you may have to fuss around with the camera. That is the last thing you want to worry about when defeating a Genie-sized Jafar in a flaming lava pit! In every other respect this game is an utter a masterpiece.
Game Over Online (Sep 19, 2002)
This is just the first step of realizing what the combination of truly amazing companies can accomplish. Although the game’s graphics and music were as incredible as you can expect from these two very professional companies, the actual gameplay does get a tiny bit repetitive at times. Overall, Kingdom Hearts manages to be an incredible game and definitely another one that stands out from the other humdrum releases on the shelves as of late.
Kingdom Hearts is still great, largely because it successfully captures the spirit of both Square and Disney in a single game. The way it pulls this off can't be described as easily as it can be experienced, so if you find the idea the least bit intriguing and are willing to put up with a few shortcomings in the gameplay, then you should give Kingdom Hearts a try. Like the Disney cartoons that inspired the game, it can be recommended to pretty much anybody.
GameLemon (Dec 05, 2003)
Kingdom Hearts is really a terrific game, if there ever was one. Being what is, it is obviously a bit slanted towards kids, but the gameplay is so solid and fun that anyone letting that be the excuse for leaving this awesome piece of gaming on the shelf would be doing themselves a poor favor. This is one great action-RPG, the kind that instantly sparks an excited conversation with complete strangers at your local game store and is definitely worth a week or two of your lunch money. Enjoy it thoroughly, and don't forget to sleep. Amen.
The Video Game Critic (Jun 27, 2004)
My only complaint is that the "super-secret" ending - a trailer for KH2 - was not worth the extra 15-20 hours I spent completing the required elements of the game. I would have also liked skip-able cut scenes in case you die while fighting a boss, then when you try again, you don't have to waste 3 minutes of your life on a video you've already seen. Overall, Kingdom Hearts is well worth the $19 and 50 hours I spent with it, and I fully recommend this game for platform and RPG enthusiasts.
Power Unlimited (Dec, 2002)
Kingdom Hearts is iets bijzonders; aan de ene kant heb je de kinderlijke trekjes en de eenvoudige bediening, aan de andere kant het diepe RPG gedeelte, het versterken van wapens, de sidequests en minigames. Kingdom Hearts is dan ook een instapmodel voor de beginnende RPG speler maar tegelijkertijd heeft het ook de hardcore RPG liefhebber genoeg te bieden. Kingdom Hearts is een volwassen RPG met kinderlijke trekjes, maar ja hebben we die niet allemaal?
Netjak (Sep 16, 2002)
Kingdom Hearts turned out to be even better than I thought it was going to be, and the game is just so fun that you’ll want to keep playing just to see what’s next or if you like Disney, then you’ll want to finish the game just to see what Disney characters and worlds make appearances. There are over 100 Disney characters in KH that make appearance, and also famous Square characters such as Squall(Leon), Yuffie, Aeris(Aerith), and Cloud. The game is moderately easy, however there are some places where you’ll be pulling hair and gritting teeth. There’s so much more that could have been done to Kingdom Hearts, so I’m waiting for a sequel that will have even more Disney worlds and characters, because I think the Disney characters were what attracted me to play the game, aside from it being another Square game.
GameZone (Oct 02, 2002)
"You can’t come along looking like that!" You see the problem isn’t the way Sora is dressed, it has to do with the look on his face. No sad faces are allowed on the Gummi Ship. Don’t let the use of the word ‘gummi’ fool you, this game is anything but a romp for the very young. There is a dark undercurrent, a montage of dreams and real sequences jumbled together with an ever-present black void that drags Sora down into the nightmare realm. There is heartbreak, longing and heroism. Each aspect has its counter, delicately balanced in the rich panorama of the game.
Visually stunning, loaded with cameos and dripping with both Square and Disney nostalgia, Kingdom Hearts will grab you from the opening to the end. Occasionally plagued by a frustrating camera, stocked with an unappealing central minigame and quite difficult in places, a lot of things could detract from Kingdom Hearts, yet it’s an experience not to be missed. The plot, characters and story carry a lot of weight, but the technically brilliant blend of RPG and action elements will remind you of the glorious edifice that is the Legend of Zelda series. In fact, comparisons to Zelda aren’t far off the mark, but its party system, cooperative AI and deeper experience system along with rich character abilities puts the authority of the crown firmly in this Kingdom. If you’ve ever enjoyed a Disney movie, RPG or third-person action title, Kingdom Hearts has something for you, making it a PS2 must-have on the order of Grand Theft Auto 3, Metal Gear Solid 2 and Final Fantasy X.
GamesCollection (Sep 30, 2008)
Ragazzi, se ancora non v'ho convinto a provare KH le cose sono due: o odiate i videogiochi oppure io non sono riuscito ad esprimere quanto sia bello questo gioco. Provatelo e, una volta finito, vi domanderete immediatamente: "Perchè non c'hanno pensato prima?"
It’s hard to get a 10.0 out of me, so Kingdom Hearts will have to settle for a 9.0. That’s not a diss; the game is great but just flawed enough to fall short of immortality. The concept is outstanding and if it becomes a series, as all sources seem to indicate it will, is bound to improve in sequels. If you’re on the fence about this game  get it. Are you kidding? It’s the marriage of Final Fantasy and Disney! Who could ask for more, short of marrying Final Fantasy and the much more street-saavy Warner Brothers characters. I’d give anything to see Bugs give Boreanaz’s Squall a big ol’ kiss-as-insult and say, “What’s up, Doc?” Now THAT would be perfection!
IGN (Sep 16, 2002)
Is Kingdom Hearts an unlikely success, or is it actually the biggest sure thing in this generation of videogames? After all, while the concept is one that raises a few eyebrows at first glance -- a Square-styled fantasy adventure starring almost nothing but Disney cartoon characters? -- the potential of the idea starts to show through. And Square has indeed realized vast amounts of that potential, using the wealth of characters available here and applying industry-leading production values to create an amazing entertainment.
PSX Extreme (Sep 20, 2002)
In the end, Kingdom Hearts is one game that will not disappoint. If you don't play it because it's childish, then you're a heartless bastard who's trying to fit in with the whole image of "I'm mature, therefore I only play mature games". If you miss out on Kingdom Hearts, you're missing out one of the best adventures to date. While it isn't as epic as a Final Fantasy game would be, Kingdom Hearts has a whole ton of atmosphere and personality to make up for it. It's roughly a 30 hour adventure, so most people looking for a lengthy title should be satisfied with Kingdom Hearts. Do yourself a favor and at least rent the game. It may be one of the most kick ass PS2 titles you play all year long.
87 (Nov 29, 2002)
Disney-Fans kommen bei den vielen bekannten Figuren und dem typischen Humor voll auf ihre Kosten. Aber auch alle anderen, die bei dem Namen Disney nicht sofort Pickel bekommen, können unbesorgt zugreifen. Sie erwartet ein umfangreiches und angenehm unkompliziertes Rollenspiel voller schöner Ideen.
RPG Kingdom (Apr 12, 2004)
Au final, on a affaire à un très bon jeu, aux qualités indéniables, mais aux défauts regrettables. Se ballader dans les différents mondes de Disney, cotoyer les héros qui nous ont fait rêver, dans un Action-RPG à la sauce Squaresoft, c'est un véritable plaisir. Mais ce plaisir est malheureusement entaché par les défauts de caméra, et par des combats qui se résument au final par du bourrinage intensif. Cependant, l'alchimie créée par ce mélange hybride fonctionne parfaitement, et à part aux "Disneyphobes", Kingdom Hearts plaira à tout le monde. Une franche réussite, et un plaisir que l'on espère retrouver dans l'épisode deux actuellement en développement.
Gamezine (Jan 04, 2003)
Pour conclure, retenons que l'alchimie entre les univers de Square et de Disney bien que quelque peu déroutante de prime abord se révèle très attrayante à mesure que l'on traverse les différents niveaux. Aussi mis à part quelques problèmes de prise en main, notamment lors des combats, on peut affirmer que Kingdom Hearts a gagné son pari, à savoir proposer une bonne dose d'originalité tout en restant jouable et fun. Du grand art tout simplement !
Game Chronicles (Sep 21, 2003)
The sounds, gameplay, and controls (except the camera), are as good as most other games in the genre and Kingdom Hearts stands out as a great RPG. It may not rival the grand stories of some past Final Fantasy’s or even some of the better Disney movies; however, it is a fine game that manages to combine each company’s strengths in a tapestry that is a joy to behold and an even greater one to play.
1UP (May 09, 2004)
It would have been easy for Kingdom Hearts to spiral into kiddy-gamedom. I mean, teaming up with characters like Peter Pan and wandering around the 100 Acre Wood? Please. But that's not the case. Even with wussy characters and settings all over the place, the story and gameplay in Kingdom Hearts rivals the Final Fantasy series. The villains are sinister and merciless, and the heroes are extremely likeable. Hey, who doesn't love Donald Duck? On top of that, the presentation is superb. These worlds are realized beautifully. If only every battle didn't suffer from confusing camera movement and come down to just pushing "X" as fast as possible....
GameSpy (Sep 03, 2002)
There's plenty of fun to be had in Square and Disney's surprising collaboration.
83 (Nov 20, 2002)
Für junge und alte Disney-Fans, die zudem noch mit der Final Fantasy-Serie etwas anfangen können, ist Kingdom Hearts der heilige Gral. Die so typische und ach so süße Disney-Atmosphäre wurde dank der stimmigen Musik und der sorgsam ausgesuchten und liebevoll gestalteten Locations und Charaktere wunderbar eingefangen. Die Mischung aus Echtzeit-Kämpfen, Jump&Run und Rollenspiel versprüht Charme, hat aber mit Problemen zu kämpfen, die das Spiel für die eigentlich angestrebte jüngere Zielgruppe schwer verdaulich machen: Angefangen von den im späteren Verlauf äußerst hektischen Kämpfen bis hin zu knochenharten Jump&Run-Sequenzen werden jüngere Spieler recht schnell das Handtuch werfen. Es stecken viele gute Ideen und eine Menge Liebe zu grafischem Detail in dem Spiel, doch auf Grund technischer, Gameplay-beeinflussender Mängel bleibt Kingdom Hearts der Zutritt in den Spiele-Olymp leider versperrt.
Insert Credit (Jun 13, 2002)
Though looking at the individual elements of Kingdom Hearts would only seem to indicate an above average adventure, it’s the fact that all the elements work together in perfect synergy to form one of the most enjoyable games currently available on the PS2. There will be some who will refuse to play the game because of its association with Disney, but it’s their loss because they’re missing out on a wonderful experience.
Game Revolution (Sep, 2002)
But what sets Kingdom Hearts apart from the movies it captures is that it IS a game. Interacting with all these characters that previous only existed on the silver screen is, in a word, magical.
GameSpot (Sep 09, 2002)
Kingdom Hearts is great, largely because it successfully captures the spirit both of Square and Disney in a single game.
81 (Jun, 2005)
So, having said all that, I will leave you with this: Kingdom Hearts is a fun game. It’s lively, entertaining, engaging, has believable (and mostly loveable) characters and is nice to look at to boot. No wonder it was GameCola's game of the year in 2002. Plus, it left itself wide open for a sequel… and I don’t mean Chain of Memories, although that’s a nice enough filler. Kingdom Hearts II, I’m waiting for you.
RPG Site (Jun 03, 2006)
Overall, KH is a marvelous game. Certainly playable by everyone and anyone, enjoyable to say the least and deeply involving to boot. It's a shame this game is overlooked by a lot of people - it's a real hidden gem.
UOL Jogos (Sep 27, 2002)
No final das contas, "Kingdom Hearts" é um grande RPG de ação da Square (talvez o melhor da empresa), mas que perdeu a chance de se tornar um clássico por alguns deslizes pequenos, porém sérios, que poderiam ter sido evitados com um pouco mais de esmero.
80 (UK) (Apr 05, 2006)
Collaborations are all about give and take. On paper, this one shouldn't work - Disney's output must be among the most universally enjoyed and recognised in all of cinema while Square-Enix caters for stat-happy but significantly smaller console audiences with its (mostly) glorious catalogue. But in the end, this is exactly why it does work. With legions of mutually exclusive fans for each of the two parties, Kingdom Hearts II is able to enjoy a much greater target audience than almost any other videogame. Characters courtesy of industry legends of both RPG and animation creation; the technical expertise of one of gaming's most prolific talents; recreations of some of the most memorable settings and moments ever committed to film. To be frank, there was never any real danger of this going wrong and sure enough, Kingdom Hearts II delivers where it counts.
75 (Nov 15, 2002)
Impossible de ne pas conseiller Kingdom Hearts aux « Disneyphiles » et aux inconditionnels de la saga Final Fantasy. Square signe là un jeu qui n'est pas dénué de défauts, mais qui se veut un hommage à ceux qui rêvaient de voir les personnages de Square côtoyer les figures emblématiques de Disney dans leurs propres univers. Un joli cadeau de Noël signé Squaresoft.
Kingdom Hearts har kanske inte världens mest gripande story. Man reser runt mellan de olika världarna, upptäcker de stora Disneyskurkarnas elaka planer och försöker grusa dem. Förmodligen inte något som tilltalar alla, man bör vara inställd på att det här inte är det tyngsta och allvarligaste spelet som har skådats. Men om man spelar äventyret med rätt inställning kan man gott få många timmars underhållning. Inte minst om man gillar Final Fantasy och Disney.
Legendra (Apr 27, 2003)
Au final, Kingdom Hearts est un jeu très sympathique mais également criblé de défauts qui gâchent plus ou moins le plaisir de jeu. A acquérir, si l'on est assez intelligent pour comprendre que le jeu est bien plus qu'un simple amas de références à Disney.
Games TM (Dec, 2002)
Disney or Square fanatics will definitely get the most out of this one, but the rest of the world will find more than enough to warrant the asking price and hold interest for a while to come.
The inner child you may have locked away deep into your soul while gleefully mowing down citizens in Grand Theft Auto III or decapitating zombies in Resident Evil will emerge while playing this game, a tour de force in both visuals and sound that will not easily be forgotten.
68 (Jan 07, 2003)
Eli, miten tämän nyt kauniisti sanoisi, Kingdom Hearts on aika ankea ja turha peli. Ehkä siihen tuli lastattua turhiakin odotuksia, mutta tämä roolipelin ja tasohyppelyn sekasikiö olisi kyllä alittanut vähäisemmätkin. Jos on ehdottomasti sitä mieltä, että on päästävä taistelemaan tosiaikaisesti, kannattaa kaivaa esiin vaikka Dark Cloud. Puutteineenkin se on huomattavasti koherentimpi ja näyttävämpi esitys kuin tämä.