Why I LOVE Kingdom Hearts
I have played quite a few games. I have played Call of Duty from Modern Warfare II up to Advanced Warfare. I’ve played games like Skyrim, Diablo and World of Warcraft, League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm. I’ve played The Legend of Zelda, Assassin’s Creed, Shadow of Mordor, Final Fantasy and many more. So, if I have played so many games, how can Kingdom Hearts, a cartoonish game made for children, be my favorite game? Here is why…
Disney Meets Final Fantasy
I love Disney! I grew up watching Disney, I still watch Disney, my kids will grow up watching Disney, I will watch Disney until I die, I love how funny, romantic, intense and awe-inspiring each Disney movie can be. I love the music and know the words to most of the songs and I love how it is just good clean media, which we don’t have much of now-a-days. And all of that makes it into Kingdom Hearts. All of it.
Kingdom Hearts is just a good clean, uplifting, hopeful and inspiring game. There’s no swearing, gore or sexual innuendos, but it is still intense, funny, entertaining, romantic and exciting. It has Disney songs, Disney characters that fight alongside you, and Disney villains you have to stop. You travel to Disney Worlds and get to explore them and live the stories through the protagonist, Sora. It is a Disney game, and I love that.
Final Fantasy Meets Disney
But it’s not just a Disney game. Oh, no. Not by a long shot. It is also a Square Enix game, the creators of Final Fantasy, the epitome of Role-playing games. I have played a few of the Final Fantasys, not as many as I would like, but a few of them, including 7, 9, 10, Dissidia, and I’m currently playing 15. Whenever I hear Final Fantasy, I think of epic stories, great characters with actual character development, customization, and awesome worlds. And Kingdom Hearts has all of those too.
You play through an epic story trying to save the worlds from various villains and trying to find Sora’s friends, Riku and Kairi, while learning about the series own and unique enemies, the heartless and nobodies, and traveling through many different Disney Worlds.
There are great characters (other than just the Disney ones) who actually develop and grow as the game goes on. You see Sora mature, learn and become stronger. You watch Riku fall, give in, fight back, and redeem himself. Your with Kairi as she goes from helpless victim into strong fighter. And there’s more, including Axel, Roxas, Ventus, Aqua and more. All of which are great characters, that actually develop through the games.
I love how Donald and Goofy follow Sora around and fight alongside him. I think that is so cool. Donald can heal you, Goofy can give you mana, while they both fight other heartless as well, all without you telling them what to do. It gets even better when you take the time to customize when they use what abilities, what items they hold and how they fight. It’s the same with Sora, there are many accessories and equipment he can equip, and many Keyblades (Sora’s weapon) with different strengths, and you can make Sora into what you want him to be. And that is awesome.
And for the awesome worlds? What could be more awesome than traveling through Tarzan’s jungle, or flying in Neverland? What could be more awesome than fighting Captain Hook on the deck of his ship? Or fighting Genie Jafar while flying over Agrabah? How about fighting Maleficent in an ancient castle, only to have her turn into a dragon to fight her again? All of this awesomeness happens in Kingdom Hearts! It is just amazing!
I love this combination. The combination of Disney and Final Fantasy is just so perfect and fantastic that the resulting game had to be awesome, and it is. The lovableness, purity and humor of Disney, combined with the epicness, intenseness, and roleplaying elements of Final Fantasy, results in a game with all of it!
Upgrading Disney Characters
Like I said, I love Disney. There characters are just so loveable and cute! But, in a game where worlds are being consumed by darkness, where people’s hearts are being stolen and where the world is on the brink of destruction, cute and loveable don’t quite do the trick. So, the Disney characters got an upgrade.
When most people think of Donald and Goofy they think these guys…
But me, when I think of Donald and Goofy I think of these two instead…
But they aren’t the only ones who received an upgrade. Nope. Because this guy also got an upgrade as well.
Yep, Mickey get’s an upgrade. As the symbol for Disney, he is King in Kingdom Hearts, and He’s definitely not a lay back and let others do everything sort of king. No, he’s a get out there and fight alongside them kind of king. And in one of my favorite moments in Kingdom Hearts II, King Mickey goes from being pretty cool, to being down right epic!!
This video is an introduction to a later game, that serves as a short summary of what happens in Kingdom Hearts, and it is also pretty good at showing how cool Kingdom Hearts is.
Kingdom Hearts 3
Release Date: TBA
- Twilight Town
- Big Hero Six
- Mysterious Tower
Tetsuya Nomura, the director of Final Fantasy VII Remake for PlayStation 4 and Kingdom Hearts III for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, provided a development update via an interview in the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu.
What’s the state of Kingdom Hearts III‘s development?
“While I can’t make a sweeping statement because the development process is different from what we’ve done so far, there are still worlds untouched. Production is progressing on unannounced worlds, in a state that we cannot show them off. In terms of the state of development, there is still some way to go.” (Translated by Gemastu)
“This is the first time we show this screenshot of Kingdom Hearts III. It’s happening in Thebes and they are fighting a new model of the Heartless. The Keyblade turns into a lot of things. Here it is a shield, but it can also be transformed into a chariot. This is called Power Form.” –Tetsuya Nomura
Kingdom Hearts 3 Trailers
Brief Summary of the Story of Kingdom Hearts
Favorite Kingdom Hearts Moments
Kingdom Hearts I
Kairi’s Hearts Within Sora
Kingdom Hearts II