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Kingdom Hearts 2 Review

 Years later, after Kingdom Hearts 1 was released in 2002 and the “filler” game Chain of Memories released in 2004, Tetsuya Nomura and Square Enix brought us the next chapter in the game in 2006.

Kingdom Hearts 2, starts off you off in a new world, Twilight Town. Instead of playing as Sora there is a new character, Roxas, a young, new up and coming character.

As you progress through the beginning of the game, Roxas starts to notice mysterious things happening during his summer vacation. Soon he gets possession of a keyblade that he uses to protect himself from the creatures named Nobodies. More characters are introduced such as Axel, an old friend of Roxas, but is not remembered by him. Soon, it takes place where Chain of Memories and 358/2 Days left off. Sora has been asleep along with his two companions, Donald and Goofy. As they awake they appear in Twilight Town where a boy named Roxas mysteriously disappeared right before their arrival.

Your play as Roxas is short, but it opens up new questions of what this boy’s story is. Finally, confronted by a mysterious, red-cloaked man called DiZ, Roxas discovers Sora, Donald, and Goofy sleeping in the hidden basement of the mansion. Roxas seems to merge with Sora. As Sora, Donald, and Goofy awake from their year-long slumber, Jiminy Cricket, who had previously chronicled the trio’s adventures, finds that his journal is now completely blank, save for the note: “Thank Namine”.

Everyone is older and has a new look, along with several new characters being introduced as the game continues. Speaking of new looks, Sora now has a new power called the “drive”. With the drive, his outfit changes to reflect the type of drive being used(See picture below). Along with new forms, everyone’s outfit changes in each new world with only a few that makes him retain the group’s original look. 

After meeting Pete, a new villain, and speaking with Yen Sid, the party is informed that they must once again visit many worlds to protect them from both the Heartless and the Nobodies in an attempt to stop Organization XIII. These include both old but greatly changed places, like Hollow Bastion, and brand new worlds the party has never encountered before.

In the course of their travels, the Heartless, headed by a revived Maleficent and the Organization, regain power, eventually forcing Sora to battle a massive army of Heartless that are attacking Hollow Bastion. Along the way, they learn that the Ansem they fought a year ago was actually the Heartless of Xehanort, and that the Nobody of Xehanort, Xemnas, is the leader of Organization XIII. They also learn that Xehanort was an apprentice of the real Ansem, who is missing. After the battle, Xemnas appears and reveals their ultimate goal: the Nobodies plan to create another Kingdom Hearts, a doorway to the heart of all worlds that will presumably allow the Nobodies to get their hearts back.

In the end, only Xemnas is left of the original thirteen members. Sora and Riku unite to defeat him, and his new Kingdom Hearts is closed. Sora and the others are returned to their homeworld of Destiny Islands. Although Sora has to say goodbye to Donald and Goofy, he knows in his heart that true friends are never gone. However, sometime later, Sora, Riku, and Kairi receive a letter from King Mickey.

The game all though didn’t seem like a step up from the first game, even the story seemed to stay the same and the objective also seemed the same. I can’t say a lot changed in the gameplay other then the outfit changes and some of the attacks. Though it was one of the first games along with the original that I ever played on the PS2 back when I didn’t have other game consoles at my finger tips, it was still a fun and enjoyable experience for me and definitely for everyone else!

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