Review: Kingdom Hearts – HD 1.5 + 2.5 REMIX
Kingdom Hearts 3 is one of the most anticipated games at the moment. The series has a very loyal fan base and everybody is super hyped for the game to come out but there is still no release date. But what could be a better game to ease the pain of waiting for Kingdom Hearts 3 than Kingdom Hearts – HD 1.5 + 2.5 REMIX, the game that bundles the first 6 Kingdom Hearts games.
As somebody who grew up in the 90’s, I watched a lot of Disney films during my youth. I was/am a very big fan and we used to collect all the movies. Disney was definitely a big part of my youth, one of the first games I remember playing was a Tarzan video game that I played for 2 years, it was such a cool game at the time. I played my fair share of Disney games but somehow I never got to play a game from the Kingdom Hearts series. I heard many people’s excitement for the games, so I got intrigued by the concept of the game. When I got the opportunity to play Kingdom Hearts – HD 1.5 + 2.5 REMIX I was very happy.
Kingdom Hearts – HD 1.5 + 2.5 REMIX is a bundle of two Kingdom Hearts collections, pretty confusing but in total it features 6 different games.
-Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix
-Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days
-Kingdom Hearts: Re:Chain of Memories
-Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix
-Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix
-Kingdom Hearts: Re:coded
Kingdom Hearts is a series of crossover action role-playing games owned by Disney Interactive Studios and developed and published by Square Enix. It’s an action RPG with an amazing story where you play in all the Disney universes during an epic journey. The thing that makes this game so good is the great story it tells you during the adventure while still be able to keep it light weighted and exciting for both children and adults.
When I started with Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, the first game of the series, I was pretty confident I was able to play through the 6 games but I later got to the realisation that the Kingdom Hearts series is a very big collection and I would only be able to touch the beginnings of a very big story, that it would be impossible to play through them all so I asked the help of one of my colleague’s and Kingdom Hearts veteran Stijn if he could give his thoughts on the games that were featured in the collection.
Kingdom Hearts is one of my favorite series ever. I don’t know when I started playing actually. I was about 8 years old I think and just the concept of combining Final Fantasy with Disney got my attention. The first KH was hard for me. I always got stuck at the Maleficent boss battle, but the second one was easier, but also more dramatic in my opinion. What I liked about KH is that it starts off really light. You first travel the worlds and see all your favorite Disney characters. You also have some really funny intervals in between. But towards the end, things got really serious and dramatic. You finally get to see Kairi again but then she’s gone for again… And then seeing one of your friends fall into darkness and despair… Kingdom Hearts is one of those games that make you reflect on your life and possible chances you have missed. But it still gives you hope.
The whole game revolves around the battle between light and dark. And even though Disney plays a huge role, it is not a fairytale. They don’t say that the world is made from sugar, spice and everything nice. No, they are realistic and say that darkness is in everyone’s heart. But some give in to it and others fight it. When I was younger I didn’t get the story like I would now, but it didn’t matter. It just is a good, atmospheric game. And while I’m writing this, I can’t help but think about the main menu music of the game. So in the first KH Sora is still a little boy, just like I was when I started playing. It is like Sora grew up with the people who played it. In the second one, the story was much more serious and mature. Just like Sora was.
I truly liked KH1 and 2. The one game I really didn’t like was Chain Of Memories. They really took a wrong turn there. But hey it was a Game Boy game. Square Enix probably just wanted to play around a bit. And they did, but the card combat system did not work. So they left it out.
Kingdom Hearts – HD 1.5 + 2.5 REMIX is definitely a game you should pick up if you are into the Kingdom Heart series or if you are like me: wanting to play the game but never knew where to start. It’s a great game with a very long story so it will keep you busy until the new Kingdom Hearts III hits stores.