It was on a faithful day, a member of SquareSoft (now Square Enix) and a Disney executive met on an elevator. An idea was pitched, have Disney meet the world of Final Fantasy…..from that one discussion, we have Kingdom Hearts.
The Disney RPG
Kingdom Hearts is synonymous with two things, Disney and RPG. Travel through multiple Disney worlds and view a “re-telling” of famous movies like Aladdin and Tarzan. Take control of Sora, the Keyblade Master who teams up with Donald and Goofy. Fight against the Heartless and various Disney villains while becoming companions with other Disney allies. Above all else, protect the world order.
Individual Goals for the Same Result
As mentioned in the last section, you take control of Sora who teams up with Donald and Goofy. Their pairing is created based on individual goals that all coincide. Sora wants to save his friends that disappeared along with his home of Destiny Island. Goofy and Donald want to find King Mickey (yes Mickey is a king in this game because….Square). While these goals are very different, they bring us to the climax and closure of the story.
Platforming and Combat Become One
The usual perspective of an RPG is stroll around a town, encounter enemies, and fight. In Kingdom Hearts, you traverse around open areas, jump, climb, and fight simultaneously. This would be an easy thing to handle if it wasn’t for poor camera controls. The platforming in this game is subpar and combining it with poor camera controls makes me want to throw my controller across the room.
How to Fight
Combine various combat techniques to take down your enemies. Master the fighting while equipping abilities to make your combos last longer, deal more damage, and use new finishers. Use magic to burn, freeze, shock, and stop enemies in their tracks. Take on summoning in a whole new method where you summon Disney allies that exist in the Disney universe. Fun fact, Bahamut was supposed to be a summon (sad to not see it exist).
A Simple Story with Big Feelings
This game’s story is so simple (primarily because this is the first one in the series). It has a clear beginning, middle, and end with an opening to future installments. This single game has created a series that is still continuing to this very day. In the end, this game deserves a solid 8/10. I find this game is still as playable today as it was when it came out in 2002. Especially now since you can play the entire series on both Xbox and PlayStation.