Picked up Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far

 
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because it was $25 and that seemed like too good of a deal to pass up

it's getting delivered tomorrow

how much am i going to regret this on a scale of 1 to college


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If you thought the plot to a convoluted anime was bad....


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Played a couple hours of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, but i haven't really been able to enjoy myself playing it yet

i've always found the idea of a disney/final fantasy crossover to be incredibly lame and stupid, hence why i'm only trying the series right now, and that hasn't really changed, but now i have a bevy of other issues to complain about

- shit camera + awkward jump physics = utterly miserable platforming, making the race against riku almost unplayable
- lifeless combat that gets stale and monotonous right away due to all the button mashing
- the first two missions of the game past the tutorial are just meaningless fetch quests that waste your time
- the visual enhancements of this "definitive" version seem to apply only to character models and world designs, but special effects (like the waves in the ocean) still look like PS2-era material, which creates this weird inconsistency with the graphics
- even so, some characters, like minnie mouse, look like expressionless plastic dolls

the music has been okay, and the overall presentation has been fine, but i'm still left with a very poor first impression
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almost done with KH1 i think

thank fucking god, this shit was way worse than i could've been prepared for

i'll write up a review and share it when i do


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almost done with KH1 i think

thank fucking god, this shit was way worse than i could've been prepared for

i'll write up a review and share it when i do
I now feel sorry for not telling you right away that you will regret it almost as much as college


 
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Didn't really have the energy to write that Kingdom Hearts review, but having finished it, it's a 4/10 game. I like the spirit behind it, and it was clearly made with a lot of heart and soul, but the gameplay was extremely clunky and the story was very dumb and juvenile. I know it's a kind of an ancient game at this point, but I'm inclined to be less forgiving when I consider that the original Ratchet & Clank was released in the same year, which completely blows KH1 out of the water.

Playing through Chain of Memories right now, and it's looking like it might be even worse.
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I remember watching my brother play through Re: Chain Of Memories on the PS2 and he hated every fucking second of it. But he also praises KH2 as one of the greatest games ever made, his tastes are very....unique.


 
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I remember watching my brother play through Re: Chain Of Memories on the PS2 and he hated every fucking second of it. But he also praises KH2 as one of the greatest games ever made, his tastes are very....unique.
Yeah, every KH fan I know praises KH2 to high heavens, and though I'm keeping my expectations low, it's the only reason I'm continuing with the series.

I've also been told that if I don't like it, I officially don't have to bother with the rest of the series, so there's that.


 
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this is one of the shittiest games i've ever played in my entire life


 
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okay, it's over

here's a quick little write-up, because this game hurt me:



Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories

This game fucking sucks, and I'm super glad to be done with it. I would have much preferred to play the sprite-based original, just so that I didn't have to put up with the recycled assets and the subpar voice acting, but those are the VERY least of this game's problems.

While the story, characters, and themes did end up surprising me quite a bit, and have me intrigued with what the rest of the series has to offer from a narrative standpoint alone, I won't allow those things to tint my perception of the overall experience, because as much as I enjoyed those aspects, I believe video games should be rated as video games.

That being said, this is a miserable video game. The card-based combat mechanics (which I was initially excited for, because I love card games) are actually just basic numbes-game dogshit comprised entirely of braindead gimmicks and laughable RNG-fueled fuckery; the sort of tedium I might have expected (and perhaps forgiven) from an NES title, but certainly not something made in the 2000s. Combine this shit with the oh-so prescient gacha-based card collecting system, and you have one hell of an unsatisfying gameplay loop that feeds primarily into your most reptilian instincts.

The worlds are not only rehashed from KH1, but are also heavily homogenized, to a point where if they were stripped of their specific Disney-themed coats of paint, you simply wouldn't be able to tell them apart. Nothing interesting or memorable happens in any of these worlds. Just a mindless and watered down version of the Disney movies they're based on. KH1's worlds sucked in similar ways, but at least they weren't so woefully bereft of Disney charm.

I can appreciate that they tried experimenting with this one, because that's admirable in its own right, but this was an unequivocal failure. I feel like there's a decent game hiding in here somewhere, but it was lost in an array of disconnected and rearranged memories (or something). As a result, this is probably the worst game I've ever finished--or at least, the most unhappy I've ever been over the course of a video game playthrough.

So yeah, bad game. Shame that it wasn't just made into a movie like 358/2 Days was.

3/10



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finally playing through kh2

this series is trash and i regret everything


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finally playing through kh2

this series is trash and i regret everything
Why you have been playing it still, lol


 
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We knew the world would not be the same.
A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent.
I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita.
Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty
and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form and says,
"Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.."
I suppose we all thought that one way or another.
I liked KH1 and 2 as a child and I thought the whole "light and darkness" stuff was super deep when I was in middle school. Coming back to it as an adult made me realize how dumb I was. Still, fond memories. Used to be obsessed with making gummi ships in KH2 to the point where people at school would give me their memory card so I could build them something. Had this notebook with graph paper where I'd draw blueprints and shit. I think for the time it was pretty good graphics and gameplay-wise, but this is the PS2 era we're talking about. The Final Mixes from what I understand don't do anything to remaster the graphics besides upscaling and changing some colors for some reason.

This is the closest you'll ever see me come to anime, btw.


 
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finally playing through kh2

this series is trash and i regret everything
Why you have been playing it still, lol
boredom, and it's not actually that bad tbh, i'm just pretty disappointed after all the great things i've heard

a buddy of mine is convinced that once i make it to a certain point in the game, i'll turn around on it, so i'm holding out for that—because he said if i'm still not into it at that point, i don't have to play the rest of the series


 
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I liked KH1 and 2 as a child and I thought the whole "light and darkness" stuff was super deep when I was in middle school. Coming back to it as an adult made me realize how dumb I was. Still, fond memories. Used to be obsessed with making gummi ships in KH2 to the point where people at school would give me their memory card so I could build them something. Had this notebook with graph paper where I'd draw blueprints and shit. I think for the time it was pretty good graphics and gameplay-wise, but this is the PS2 era we're talking about. The Final Mixes from what I understand don't do anything to remaster the graphics besides upscaling and changing some colors for some reason.

This is the closest you'll ever see me come to anime, btw.
haven't tried building gummi ships yet—i didn't like the space missions in the first game enough to even bother, but things seem to have improved a lot in 2

and yeah the dark/light stuff is pretty comical
when i read this flavor passage late into the first game, i almost shat myself:

"Ones born of the heart and darkness, devoid of hearts, ravage all worlds and bring desolation. Seize all hearts and consummate the great heart. All hearts to be one, one heart to encompass all. Realize the destiny: the realm of Kingdom Hearts. The great darkness sealed within the great heart. Progeny of darkness, come back to the eternal darkness. For the heart of light shall unseal the path. Seven hearts, one Keyhole, one key to the door. The door of darkness, tied by two keys. The door to darkness to seal the light. None shall pass but shadows, returning to the darkness. One born of the heart and darkness, hunger for every heart until the dark door opens."


 
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We knew the world would not be the same.
A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent.
I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita.
Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty
and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form and says,
"Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.."
I suppose we all thought that one way or another.
I liked KH1 and 2 as a child and I thought the whole "light and darkness" stuff was super deep when I was in middle school. Coming back to it as an adult made me realize how dumb I was. Still, fond memories. Used to be obsessed with making gummi ships in KH2 to the point where people at school would give me their memory card so I could build them something. Had this notebook with graph paper where I'd draw blueprints and shit. I think for the time it was pretty good graphics and gameplay-wise, but this is the PS2 era we're talking about. The Final Mixes from what I understand don't do anything to remaster the graphics besides upscaling and changing some colors for some reason.

This is the closest you'll ever see me come to anime, btw.
haven't tried building gummi ships yet—i didn't like the space missions in the first game enough to even bother, but things seem to have improved a lot in 2

and yeah the dark/light stuff is pretty comical
when i read this flavor passage late into the first game, i almost shat myself:

"Ones born of the heart and darkness, devoid of hearts, ravage all worlds and bring desolation. Seize all hearts and consummate the great heart. All hearts to be one, one heart to encompass all. Realize the destiny: the realm of Kingdom Hearts. The great darkness sealed within the great heart. Progeny of darkness, come back to the eternal darkness. For the heart of light shall unseal the path. Seven hearts, one Keyhole, one key to the door. The door of darkness, tied by two keys. The door to darkness to seal the light. None shall pass but shadows, returning to the darkness. One born of the heart and darkness, hunger for every heart until the dark door opens."
When it comes to the gummi ships, there are definitely some things you just tolerate more or just like more as a child. The appeal isn't the same when I come back to it now, but I think maybe it's because it was also the first game where I could not just fly, but also build a spaceship. So 9-13 year old me thought it was the coolest shit ever. Same thing goes for the light/dark stuff lmao, it was very fake pseudo-deep but it tried to be profound in a way I hadn't been exposed to before.


 
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When it comes to the gummi ships, there are definitely some things you just tolerate more or just like more as a child. The appeal isn't the same when I come back to it now, but I think maybe it's because it was also the first game where I could not just fly, but also build a spaceship. So 9-13 year old me thought it was the coolest shit ever. Same thing goes for the light/dark stuff lmao, it was very fake pseudo-deep but it tried to be profound in a way I hadn't been exposed to before.
you ever play r&c? the second game has customizable ships, too, so i feel like if you haven't, you'd probably have a field day with that game, because it has the sickest space battles i've ever seen for a game that isn't entirely focused on them


 
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We knew the world would not be the same.
A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent.
I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita.
Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty
and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form and says,
"Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.."
I suppose we all thought that one way or another.
When it comes to the gummi ships, there are definitely some things you just tolerate more or just like more as a child. The appeal isn't the same when I come back to it now, but I think maybe it's because it was also the first game where I could not just fly, but also build a spaceship. So 9-13 year old me thought it was the coolest shit ever. Same thing goes for the light/dark stuff lmao, it was very fake pseudo-deep but it tried to be profound in a way I hadn't been exposed to before.
you ever play r&c? the second game has customizable ships, too, so i feel like if you haven't, you'd probably have a field day with that game, because it has the sickest space battles i've ever seen for a game that isn't entirely focused on them
Not until I was much older, and on a friend's PS3. But yeah, good series. Wish I had it growing up. I did play Spyro and Jak & Daxter though. Loved both of 'em.


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I liked KH1 and 2 as a child and I thought the whole "light and darkness" stuff was super deep when I was in middle school. Coming back to it as an adult made me realize how dumb I was. Still, fond memories. Used to be obsessed with making gummi ships in KH2 to the point where people at school would give me their memory card so I could build them something. Had this notebook with graph paper where I'd draw blueprints and shit. I think for the time it was pretty good graphics and gameplay-wise, but this is the PS2 era we're talking about. The Final Mixes from what I understand don't do anything to remaster the graphics besides upscaling and changing some colors for some reason.

This is the closest you'll ever see me come to anime, btw.
"Ones born of the heart and darkness, devoid of hearts, ravage all worlds and bring desolation. Seize all hearts and consummate the great heart. All hearts to be one, one heart to encompass all. Realize the destiny: the realm of Kingdom Hearts. The great darkness sealed within the great heart. Progeny of darkness, come back to the eternal darkness. For the heart of light shall unseal the path. Seven hearts, one Keyhole, one key to the door. The door of darkness, tied by two keys. The door to darkness to seal the light. None shall pass but shadows, returning to the darkness. One born of the heart and darkness, hunger for every heart until the dark door opens."

this is amazing


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I liked KH1 and 2 as a child and I thought the whole "light and darkness" stuff was super deep when I was in middle school. Coming back to it as an adult made me realize how dumb I was. Still, fond memories. Used to be obsessed with making gummi ships in KH2 to the point where people at school would give me their memory card so I could build them something. Had this notebook with graph paper where I'd draw blueprints and shit. I think for the time it was pretty good graphics and gameplay-wise, but this is the PS2 era we're talking about. The Final Mixes from what I understand don't do anything to remaster the graphics besides upscaling and changing some colors for some reason.

This is the closest you'll ever see me come to anime, btw.
haven't tried building gummi ships yet—i didn't like the space missions in the first game enough to even bother, but things seem to have improved a lot in 2

and yeah the dark/light stuff is pretty comical
when i read this flavor passage late into the first game, i almost shat myself:

"Ones born of the heart and darkness, devoid of hearts, ravage all worlds and bring desolation. Seize all hearts and consummate the great heart. All hearts to be one, one heart to encompass all. Realize the destiny: the realm of Kingdom Hearts. The great darkness sealed within the great heart. Progeny of darkness, come back to the eternal darkness. For the heart of light shall unseal the path. Seven hearts, one Keyhole, one key to the door. The door of darkness, tied by two keys. The door to darkness to seal the light. None shall pass but shadows, returning to the darkness. One born of the heart and darkness, hunger for every heart until the dark door opens."
This reads like some sort of erotic fanfiction to me

On unrelated note, have you heard of the game called Hades?


 
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On unrelated note, have you heard of the game called Hades?
yeah, i recently picked it up as my September game at 20% off

haven't tried it yet, but i've heard great things so i'll play it soon


 
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You guys suck I love Kingdom Hearts, faults and all

Orgasmic music + fun gameplay is all I ask for. Also the story is epic and left me in tears sometimes


 
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You guys suck I love Kingdom Hearts, faults and all

Orgasmic music + fun gameplay is all I ask for. Also the story is epic and left me in tears sometimes
gameplay thus far has mainly been mashing the shit out of the X button, which isn't really my idea of fun


 
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You guys suck I love Kingdom Hearts, faults and all

Orgasmic music + fun gameplay is all I ask for. Also the story is epic and left me in tears sometimes
gameplay thus far has mainly been mashing the shit out of the X button, which isn't really my idea of fun
I mean that's the core concept, but unless you've been ignoring the abilities section for both games, it's not really that simple.

A lot of abilities are combo finishers, and those require to press square on the last hit of your combo for a different move, but with those you need to know how long your combo is and when you're coming up to the last hit.

That's just one example, but other abilities unlock more moves like that.

Magic (with shortcuts) is also a lot more varied and doesn't equate to just pressing a button.

KH2 does a bit better with this. I mean I admit you'll press X 80% of the time in combat, but it's not really a press X to win situation unless you're playing on Beginner or Normal. There's a lot of strategy to combat, like which enemy to attack first, dodging, blocking/counterattacking, etc. One reason why I like the combat is that everything has to be precise and you need to time your moves right.

Anyway I can see why it might not be for you, but a lot of people don't give it enough credit. I'd recommend playing on Proud mode at least, if not Critical mode. It makes things a lot more fun and makes you appreciate the intricity of the combat mechanics a lot more.


 
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Also, how can you watch cutscenes like this without getting chills? For every dumb Goofy/Donald moment, there's a moment like this.

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The prologue in KH2 is just perfect in every way. Perfectly captures the lazy Summer days vibe so well first of all, but then there's this added layer of sadness upon realizing it's all fabricated. Every memory, friend, and rival, was so insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but so important in the actual psyche of Roxas. I'm not a good explainer, but there's something about each passing day of the prologue that's just so aesthetically pleasing and really gets me invested into that world.

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KH2 is amazing. I love the Organization characters and their goals (plus Ansem reveal later), but seriously, nothing in any Kingdom Hearts game beats the first two hours of KH2.


 
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Also, how can you watch cutscenes like this without getting chills? For every dumb Goofy/Donald moment, there's a moment like this.
it's a good moment, but that roxas prologue did not need to be 3 hours long

or if it did, it didn't need to be so boooooring
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Most fans agree with you there, but I'm one of the holdouts. I relish every second of the prologue. I think when I was a kid playing it for the first time, I was like "who's this bozo, give me Sora" just like everyone else. When I play it now, though, it's easy to accept that I'm in for a three-hour ministory, sit back, and enjoy some stellar plotting and characters.

I wouldn't say that it needed to be so long. I mean, you could've skipped the Struggle thing, skipped the Seven Wonders thing, and yeah pretty much wrap up the entire prologue in a half hour. But the fact that it was long helped it, it helped immerse me into this universe, care about Roxas and the town, and actually believe in what they were selling me instead of it being an expositiony mess. Imagine if you were already in the mansion after only like, 25 minutes of setup. It would be a mess.

or if it did, it didn't need to be so boooooring
Aw see, I was never bored. I can see why you say that, though. It's a deliberately slow pace, it's kind of supposed to make you feel like Roxas and his friends in the beginning there. It's supposed to be the drawling end of a summer, and the characters are bored themselves and are trying to find anything to do.

I don't know, I appreciate the slow burn. I think it drew me in more, almost like how a drawn out, slow scene in a David Lynch movie draws me in more.
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I liked KH1 and 2 as a child and I thought the whole "light and darkness" stuff was super deep when I was in middle school.
"The closer you get to the light, the greater your shadow becomes..."

Okay I'm very easily impressed for sure, but don't tell me that's not hype as hell


 
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We knew the world would not be the same.
A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent.
I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita.
Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty
and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form and says,
"Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.."
I suppose we all thought that one way or another.
Yeah sure, when I was 11.