Kingdom Hearts

released on Mar 28, 2002

Kingdom Hearts is an action role-playing game developed and published by Squaresoft for the PlayStation 2. It is the result of a collaboration between Square and The Walt Disney Company. The game combines characters and settings from Disney's animated features with those from the Final Fantasy series, developed by Square.

Kingdom Hearts was a departure from Square's standard role-playing games by introducing a substantial action-adventure element. In addition, it has an all-star voice cast which included many of the Disney characters' official voice actors. Kingdom Hearts was longtime Square character designer Tetsuya Nomura's first time in a directorial position.

The game uses an experience based progression system, with experience gained by defeating foes. Experience gained rises in relation to the strength of the foe, and is consistent for each enemy over the course of the game. Levels are gained with experience, and provide increases to stat attributes in strength, defence, magic, hit points, magic points and ability points, with a new, predetermined ability unlocked approximately every four levels.

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Why is this considered one of the greatest things to come out of the PS2, exactly? Gameplay that's clunky and slow, with enemies spawning before you finish the other group kicking your ass being incredibly annoying. Worlds that range from decent like nightmare before Christmas to actively frustrating like Tarzan and Little Mermaid. Decent final stretch that makes up for it however, I'll admit. And the story is just as meme worthy as people make it out to be. Like, I'm a 100% unironic JJBA and DBZ fanboy, yet I cannot take a single thing in this fucking game seriously. Anyway, play it if you want, I guess. I don't understand any of it

I wish they got Phil Collins for the tarzan world

A fever-dream crossover with a cornball story, peak-Squaresoft presentation, and one of the better action-RPG combat systems of the PS2 era.

This game may not be the best. But man it's just like comfort food sometimes. Don't know why Donald fucking HATES Sora in the beginning though it's kinda weird lowkey