What happens when Disney and Squaresoft combine their powars? This.
I love games. I love everything about them. I love buying games, playing games, renting games, re-playing games, and gamey games. Love it all. It's like... great. And stuff. That being said, I purchased Kingdom Hearts with the hopes that Squaresoft would make another great gamey game that I would enjoy with much glee.
However, something wasn't right about this. Something wasn't really cutting it. Something was... missing.
I am definately a nerd. I saw the Kingdom Hearts preview on TV, and oogled at the potential fun that I saw. The Mariah Carey song that was playing, though, made me ingest vomit. So it was a strange balance. I felt extremely medium when I saw the commercial. This was during the wait for Metroid Prime, FYI.
So I picked the game up with the high hopes that the talent from Squaresoft and Disney would make a wonderful game. Alas, my friends, this was not the case. I had been suckered into a very evil ploy that was called, "GAME MADE PURELY FOR MONEY." Argh, I shall explain.
CLOUD with a CAPE! That's better somehow!
You're Sora. You're a kid with the voice of that one kid from that one movie with Bruce Willis with the surprise ending. Yeah. That you are. You're on some island with your friends (Um... Kairi, and that guy with the sword), doing a lot of nothing. Oh, the characters from Final Fantasy X are also there with you. In child form.
Then, a giant ball of death randomly appears and stuff happens. Then you go searching for Kairi. Donald and Goofy join up with you soon after that. Wow. Now, the thing that irks me the most about this game is that they threw in a bunch of characters from popular Disney movies and Final Fantasy games and made a game out of it. It's so... randomly thrown together, I couldn't help but laugh. "OH NO LET'S GO FIND KING MICKEY!" Ugh. Think about it. What the flying flipping flippidy flapshit do the Final Fantasy characters have to do with ANY Disney characters? I can see how that'd be a creative challenge, but come on now. YUCK!
There can only be one explanation to this. It's called: Money! That's right! Disney (being popular over here) and Final Fantasy (being as popular in Japan) came together to create a monumental financial masterpiece! I mean, if you love Disney shit, you will buy this game. I bought the game because I wanted to see Cloud in 128 bit form and stuff. And, I did. It was brief. The Final Fantasy part of the game is very mininmal. VERY. It's mostly Disney. Argh.
I know a lot of people like this game. And that just emphasizes my point even more. It was purposely made to be generic and conforming in order to make more money (this is the Chick Flick of video games). Mass appeal. That, my friends, takes away the splendor of a potentially great product.
I didn't like it because it was boring. That's it. Everything else was pretty good. I liked the graphics. The animation was superb - the voice acting was great. Of course, that's because they (being Square and Disney) reached into their deep pockets and hired some professional actors. Haley Joe Osmond. And James... um, that guy that did Hades' voice in the actual Hercules movie (forgot his name). Yeah, so there's actual voice talent there.
There was a lot of polish on this game too, which was why I am so disappointed that they let the gameplay become a drag. The battles could have been so much more. Fighting the Heartless (which are your primary enemies) got kinda boring. Sometimes you got the opportunity to switch party members, other than just having Donald and Goofy. However, if you did this, the party member that would be on hold wouldn't be able to gain levels. Thus, it was recommended that Donald and Goofy stay in your party all the time since you travel world to world with them. Goofy was kinda strong, but Donald was a bitch. He was a pain in the ass to keep alive during battles. Getting to use Aladdin or Tarzan in your party was nifty. I don't recall ever having a Final Fantasy character that would be in your party. Figures.
Conclusion? Meeh. I stopped playing it when I reached the Pinnochio part of the game, as I felt no desire to play. I was just bored with it. So I only recommend this game if you're a big Disney fan. Otherwise, play this game if you can't find a better one. Whee. Now I goes! :D
|Music/Sound||Better than 80s tunes.||3|
|Replay Value||I don't wanna play it again.||2|
|Originality||They're rehashing Disney characters. And FF characters. Hrrm.||2.5|
|Final Verdict: 2.8|