Kingdom Hearts (2002)

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When his world is destroyed and his friends mysteriously disappear, a young boy named Sora is thrust into a quest to find his missing friends and prevent the armies of darkness from destroying many other worlds.


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3 November 2002 | KellySmiths55358
A perfect collaboration between two entertainment giants!
Like most other Square Fans, I was extremely skeptical when I first heard that the RPG legend would be teaming up with Disney, of all people, to produce a game. However, as time went on and more screenshots and gameplay tidbits were released, Kingdom Hearts became more and more appealing. Thankfully, When the big release day finally arrived, I was not disappointed. Square had managed to perfectly intergrate the Disney mythos along with the Final Fantasy universe to create a game of a game. Square has once again shown its talent for creating magical RPGs.

Kingdom Hearts is truly a stunning accomplishment and may very well be the game of the year for 2002. The biggest problem with Kingdom Hearts is that many gamers are bashing it because of the inclusion of the Disney characters without even playing the game. This is very short-sighted. Kingdom Hearts is a classic game, and if you own a PS2, this is one game that should absolutely be in your collection.

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Trivia

For the Final Mix version, all of the Heartless from the original game have been recolored. This would also be a trend that was used in the later Final Mix versions, with the Heartless in Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+ (2007), as well as the Unversed in the Final Mix version of Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (2010). Notably, however, the Heartless that were adapted for Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories (2004) were returned to their original coloring.


Quotes

Sora: I've been having these weird thoughts lately... like is any of this for real or not?


Goofs

In some cut-scenes, Sora's Keyblade changes back to the original Kingdom Key he starts out with, even when the player is using a different one.


Crazy Credits

While the credits are rolling you see scenes of various Disney characters and characters from the game, including the "missing" characters of Riku and King Mickey. After the credits are finished you see Sora, Donald, and Goofy walking along a path wondering if they'll ever see Riku and King Mickey again.


Alternate Versions

In the HD Version of Final Mix for both HD 1.5 Remix and HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix, the game was reworked to use the Reaction Command system from Kingdom Hearts II (2005) to improve the ease of use of the command-sensitive commands (formerly the fourth option in the battle menu) when compared to the original PS2 releases. In addition, the Final Fantasy X-2 promo on the game's menu is replaced with a Back button to return to 1.5 (or 1.5 + 2.5)'s main menu.


Soundtracks

Hikari -Kingdom orchestra instrumental version-
Written by
Hikaru Utada (as Utada Hikaru)
Orchestra Arrange: Kaoru Wada
Orchestra: New Japan Philharmonic
Recording Engineer: Takashi Sakurai
Recording Director: Tomoko Noda
Recording Hall: Sumida Triphony Hall

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Genres

Action | Adventure | Family | Fantasy | Mystery

Details

Release Date:

17 September 2002

Language

Japanese, English


Country of Origin

Japan, USA

Filming Locations

Japan

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