Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Remix
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Game Reviewed: Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Remix
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix 1st Producition Dept.
Reviewer: Anthony Livoti
Category: Action RPG
ESRB Rating: 12
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The Kingdom Hearts 1.5 remix features two games and one theatrical representation of another game. Sora is the main character for the first two games, Roxas is the main character for the theatrical version. The Kingdom Hearts series combines characters from the Final Fantasy series and characters from popular Disney movies and cartoons, making the game quite kid-friendly.
The first of three games on the disc is Kingdom Hearts. This game is an action RPG, combining elements of traditional role playing games (leveling up, equipment, etc.) with an action style of play, meaning that the gameplay is not-turn based. This leads to an engaging and fluid experience.
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories is the second game on the disc. The play style reflects a more typical RPG setting, introducing separate combat and open-field play. Players also now must use cards in order to battle, meaning Sora cannot attack endlessly. This is a more challenging playstyle, but an exciting one nonetheless!
The third game is a series of digitally remastered cutscenes from the Nintendo DS game Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days. There is no gameplay in this, only stills where gameplay would be and cutscenes that tell the story.
WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW
The combat in this game is primarily against “heartless,” creatures of varying shapes and sizes with no resemblance to humans. The few human enemies you fight are typically villains within the Disney franchise. The Keyblade is the primary weapon used in the game; it strikes with stars or other fanciful imagery. Enemies often disappear and a small heart-looking object vanishes upward. There is no blood or gore in this game.
There is a heavy play on the forces of good and evil as well as light and dark. No “Spirituality” is outright, but one may interpret parts of the game as such.
Kingdom Hearts is a great introduction to the world of video games as art and story. The blending of fun and storytelling is immensely satisfying. Kids as well as adults will be able to enjoy this game without any fear of having to explain difficult topics. Good themes run throughout the story: friendship, love, the triumph of good over evil, etc. It’s a good avenue to explore if you think your child wants to play video games but don’t want to buy them Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto. They are a totally different gaming experience, but Kingdom Hearts is a much safer one, for sure.
(Note to Parents: Players must reach a save point before they can save the game.)
I have been a fan of the Kingdom Hearts series since they first came out on the Playstation 2. The blending of great characters, gameplay, comedy, and story make it a worthwhile game to enjoy and an exciting series to follow. If you are a parent and want your children to play something a little less graphic and violent, introduce them to Kingdom Hearts. It’s a great game for anyone who knows how to handle a controller. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to walk away from playing with a smile on their face.