You probably read my previous posts on the Kingdom Hearts games but this review will be about the whole package of the game. This game is the first of the collection to three well known Kingdom Hearts games: Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. The Final Mix version includes exclusive content that was added for the original game only in Japan, such as new weapons, abilities, and enemies. Each game is revamped with high quality resolution for the PS3 systems. Here is what each game offers:
Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
Out of the collection, I immediately went for the first game and I noticed that the game has “Final Mix” on the title. That means in the game we have the exclusive content that were only available in Japan. It still is the same game from the previous version, same plot and characters, but with some extras. First off, some of the enemies are recolored, this includes bosses as well. New keyblades has been added that can be obtained by defeating the secret bosses like the Ice Titan and Sephiroth, in which you receive the Diamond Dust and One Winged Angel Keyblades for the prize. The game also include a secret boss that is from Organization XIII which actually plays a part for the story. The game even included new type of heartless which requires the players to defeat them rather than slicing and dicing. Some may require you to perform combos or kill enemies by using potions. The rewards are rare materials used for synthesizing items. The triangle button is also important when you perform one of Sora’s moves and adds extra damage like Ars Arcanum and Sonic Blade.
Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
Taking place after the first game, Sora, Donald, and Goofy embark on a quest through Sora’s memories after coming a mysterious figure and being trapped in Castle Oblivion. As Sora and his friends explore the castle, their memories begin to fade.
This game was originally a Game Boy Advance game made in 2004 and later ported the game to PS2 in 2007 (United States was 2008). To those who are new, the gameplay is quite different and focused more on strategy. The only way to combat Heartless or other enemies is using cards (attack, magic, items) with number values. Without going into too much details, the game can be repetitive. The rooms you enter is not much different than the ones in the Game Boy, they are 3-Dimensional. The rooms could either be small and filled with enemies or abundant in a large room depending on your choosing. The in-game cutscenes, Sora talking to the Disney or FF characters, does not have any dialogue, you have to read the texts to proceed the game or skip it. The game is a fun addition to the collection but like I said before, it is repetitive.
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
This game takes place during the time of Chain of Memories and before Kingdom Hearts II and the focus of the game is Rozas and his time in the Organization XIII. Also in the story we are introduced to Xion, the fourteenth member and just like Roxas she has a keyblade. There is not much to talk about since you can only play the game on the DS and you can only watch the scenes on the PS3. However, the graphics are a big improvement . No longer restricted to the small screen and now equipped with a better resolution. The trophies are really easy to obtain this game.
Unfortunately for players regarding to 358/2 days, rather than playing as Roxas and his time with the Organization XIII, you watch the cutscenes in a all new HD look as opposed to the DS version. Each game includes the trophy system so you can brag about the challenges you have accomplished like playing the game in proud mode or fighting without dying.
This game was made for both returning and new players. The game is good for those who enjoyed it on the PS2 and it can draw in new people who wants to try out this Final Fantasy and Disney crossover game. Everything you remembered and experienced can be replayed again on the PS3. I recommend this game. There is no doubt about that 😉