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 Developer: Square-Enix
 Publisher: Square-Enix
 System: Playstation 2
 Genre: Roleplaying
 Number of Players: 1
 Disks: 1
 ESRB Rating: 10+ (Everyone)
 Our Rating: 10/10
 Japan KH2 Release Date Japan: December 22nd, 2005
 Europe KH2 Release Date Europe: September 29th 2006
 USA KH2 Release Date North America: March 28th, 2006
 Prologue
Nothing has really been confirmed about the story of Kingdom Hearts II. The best theory in my opinion is the one I'm about to write. Kingdom Hearts II will begin exactly where Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories left off. Sora and team have been asleep for about a year regaining their memories. When Sora awakes, he changes his clothes and heads off to Hollow Bastion. There he battles hordes of Heartless, and meets the members of the XIII Organization again. At some point, Sora ends up in Twilight Town. There Sora is ambushed by the Nobodies and is saved by King Mickey. Sora then continues his quest, sealing the keyholes of each world to protect them from the Heartless, the Organization, and the Nobodies. According to Nomura, the story will be far more complicated than Kingdom Hearts’s story. Expect Kingdom Hearts 2’s story to deal with many of the mature scenarios presented in Kingdom Hearts: CoM.
During this year Riku and Mickey have had their own adventures. The two now have Organization Cloaks (it is unknown if they have joined the Organization). Many theories have Riku and Mickey spying on the Organization, while many people believe that the Organization may not be evil, unlike what is seen in Kingdom Hearts: CoM. Kingdom Hearts 2 will likely focus much on Riku, Mickey and the Organization.

Lastly, Roxas (Blonde Haired Kid) seems to be having his own adventure in Kingdom Hearts 2. Sora will likely cross paths with him many times throughout Kingdom Hearts 2. Roxas will be a keyblade master in Kingdom Hearts 2, and will likely battle the Heartless, white creatures, and the Organization. Roxas has been seen battling Axel. Roxas seems to want to protect Sora from Axel. It is also possible that Axel may be protecting Sora from Roxas; it is unknown who speaks the dialogue in the scene, so a decision cannot be reached as to whom is protecting whom. Expect Roxas to be a very important character throughout Kingdom Hearts 2.

Each world that Sora travels to will have its own story, similar to Kingdom Hearts. Expect the worlds stories to reflect more upon the main story of the game, unlike many of the worlds in Kingdom Hearts.

Itani's Review:

2002 Kingdom Hearts was released. After 3 years of waiting Kingdom Hearts II is finally released. But was it worth the wait? The million dollar question that not everyone has the answer to.

Graphics and Visuals: 9/10
The graphics are slightly better than its predecessor since Kingdom Hearts II takes the PS2 technology to the limit. Especially if you enter first person mode while in the Pirates of the Caribbean world and look at a characters face. The frame rate is pretty solid. So the game shouldn’t slow down when you’re up against a large amount of enemies. Also the games visuals and special effects will just leave you gawping most of the time. The infuriating camera system that was in Kingdom Hearts is nowhere to be found. You can now click the R3 button and it will auto centre the camera again. You can also rotate the camera freely with the right analogue stick. Yet it can be pretty distracting sometimes. While I was in battle with Beast in my party. Beast was behind Sora which makes the camera behind Beast. Beast covered the whole of Sora. So I couldn’t even see the main character during battle mode. But this problem just occurs rarely.

Music: 10/10
Let's face it. Kingdom Hearts II strongest point is in music. The music is perfectly selected and also the music pieces that have been added to this game are magnificent. Yoko Shimomura has done an excellent job in creating & selecting which music piece goes where. Most of the music from the previous game has been remixed. They sound more evil and better at the same time. You now have a lot more music pieces to hear than the original. Utada Hikaru has also proved herself yet again that she was the right person to perform the Kingdom Hearts II main theme. Her performance is even better this time round. The introduction suited her music perfectly.

Gameplay: 10/10
Gameplay since the original has been improved vastly. The battles are more intense than ever before. A significant addition to the game is the dodge ability. This is triggered if you press the triangle button at the right time. If performed correctly, you run around the opponent at a fast pace which will keep him dazed for about 1-2 seconds. The dodge ability is converted into a combo ability when you play as Sora. When instructed to press triangle and performed correctly you will release a set of powerful combos which will take a decent amount of HP (Health Points) from your opponent. Each boss has a different set of combos that can be performed on when instructed. After performing devastating combos against bosses, you will sometimes enter button bashing mode during battles. This happened to me while facing one opponent. He had a sword and I was blocking it with my keyblade. If you win the button bashing contest your opponent will be open to attacks for a limited amount of time only. There is now a special button added to operate multiple tasks. It’s called "Reaction Trigger" or simply it’s the triangle button. An image of a triangle symbol will most of the time pop up indicating it should be pressed. The triangle button is used to communicate with other characters, perform furious combos during battles and dodge last minute attacks. The environment can sometimes help during battles. In Mulan the environment was interactive. When inserted into a battle with loads of enemies you can run to a cannon lying on the floor and strike it with your keyblade. This will result in the cannon exploding and damaging your opponent. Also a new engine is introduced in Kingdom Hearts II. It allows large groups of enemies to attack you at once. The amount of enemies that appear during combat is uncountable.

Another new addition is the fusion feature. This feature allows you to dual wield keyblades, increase attacking power and faster combat. Drives grow stronger over time. Allowing you to strike more enemies at once and also increase the time limit it’s accessible for. To activate fusion you will need to win a fair amount of battles and pick up yellows ball until your drive gauge is filled. Once it’s filled you will have to navigate the cursor down to the fourth menu bar and select a fusion method you desire. White light will then cover the screen for a second and it will then become normal again showing Sora with the method of fusion you’ve selected. While each fusion method has it’s advantages and disadvantages. It’s not vital to use them to win your battles. But you will be able to defeat enemies at a faster pace. Also while you’re fused with a character and a cutscene is triggered you appear with the clothes depending on who you fused with. So if your in Wisdom form and a cutscene is triggered. You will appear in Wisdom form.

The Gummi Ship has become even more customizable and it also takes a longer length of time to reach your destination. When you want to select the world you would like to travel to, you will have a mouse cursor. But instead it’s replaced with a Gummi Ship icon and can be moved freely. In the previous Kingdom Hearts the cursor had to follow the trail that was set for it. And also while travelling to different destinations. Your enemies will attack you from everywhere, plus sometimes a alert warning appears on screen warning you the screen is going to twist in the direction the alert was situated. Overall the Gummi Ship is more action packed than the previous game.

Other minor additions have been included in Kingdom Hearts II like the navigation menu. Every world has a different navigation menu interface. But if you don’t like this feature you can always stick with Kingdom Hearts’s navigation menu through out the game. There is also a large amount of mini games scattered around every world. They are very addicting in my opinion. You can also select out of three difficulty levels at the menu screen. They are as follows: easy, standard and proud.

Lifespan: 10/10

The length of this game is surprisingly much longer. The title menu didn’t appear until I was 3 hours into the game and the heart pounding battles didn’t start until I was 5 to 6 hours through the game. Also after realizing I was 5 to 6 hours into the game. I haven’t even visited a Disney world yet. When I arrived at a Disney world, it took a fair amount of time to complete. Yet other worlds like the Coliseum took a decent amount of time to complete. Kingdom Hearts II lifespan is probably longer than yours. It guarantees 35-40 hours of playing time. And that’s not including all the sidequests. Even after completing the game. Kingdom Hearts II will keep making you come back and start the game over again. As its fun meter is at maximum. I personally will play Kingdom Hearts II again and yet this is only the Japanese version. So I can’t even imagine how many times I’ll play through the English version.

Overall: 10/10

Written by Itani
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 Kingdom Hearts 2 / II News

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Journalist: Phoenix
Date: 15 Jul 2008
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OK, here's the recent information for the KH series:

The first bit of news is the Walt Disney Internet group has just launched a new program called the Kingdom Hearts Customizing.  Kingdom Hearts Customizing is a new service for Disney's i-mode mobile website that allows users to customize their mobile phones with different content from Kingdom Hearts.  The service will be released on Yahoo's EZweb in the middle of July.

The second bit of news is a little upsetting for those of you who collect the KH: Formation Arts.  The Formation Arts (volumes 2 and 3) were originally slated for an August 25 release but they have now been pushed back until September 14.  You can find a picture of the Formation Arts figures here: 

The third bit of news balances out the wait for the KH: Formation Arts.  There will be two new KH PlayArts figures.  One of the PlayArts figures will be of KH2 Sora (which has a December 31, 2008 release date) and a figure of KH Riku.  Both of the figures are highly detailed and you can find pictures of both here: 

 

 

The fourth bit of news is really exciting; Square Enix will be holding a private party August 2-3 and will be showcasing and demoing some of their new games.  The private party has been dubbed DKE3713 and the name itself gives hints as to what games will be shown at the party.  The 'D' stands for Final Fantasy Dissidia, 'K' stands for the Kingdom Hearts series, 'E' (E is supposed to represent the Greek letter sigma) stands for Sigma Harmonics, '3' stands for The Third Birthday, '7' stands for Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete, and '13' stands for Final Fantasy XIII.  As if the lineup weren't exciting enough, information has recently been leaked that will be a playable demo of Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.  This will be the first playable demo of Birth by Sleep but sadly BBS is nowhere near completion.  It seems that Nomura wants to let people play the game and get a feel for it.  Contrary to recent rumors, the work on Kingdom Hearts: Coded has not been canceled and will be shown at the party.  Whether Coded will be a playable demo at the event has yet to be confirmed.  The final Kingdom Hearts game out of the new trilogy, 358/2 Days is being debugged and 'polished' up but it doesn't seem to be as far along as Final Fantasy Dissidia.  Hmm, maybe that means that Square Enix will announce a release date at the party.  There will, however, be a playable demo of 358/2 Days at the party.  Here is a lineup of all the games that will be shown at the Square Enix party:

Trailers:

  • Kingdom Hearts Coded (Mobile)
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days(DS)
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep (PSP)
  • Final Fantasy XIII (PS3)
  • Final Fantasy Versus XIII (PS3)
  • Final Fantasy Agito XIII (Mobile)
  • The 3rd Birthday (Mobile)
  • Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete (DVD)

Playable Demos: 

  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
  • Final Fantasy Dissisidia
  • Sigma Harmonics

The fifth bit of news is a recent interview with Nomura in which he discusses the KH series.  

  • Nomura feels that the KH series has "succeeded the blood" of the Final Fantasy series in "spirit" because of its action and other aspects (he didn't seem to clarify the other aspects he was referring to)
  • Nomura also states that when comparing the KH series to the FF series one has to realize that the KH series revolves around a person while FF changes its focus with every game (in other words, FF games don't follow the same characters nor do they relate to the same story with each of its installments)
  • When the interviewer asked Nomura about the consuls that the KH series has/will be on he responded by saying that so long as he can give a 'refreshing feel' to the series it didn't matter what consul the game was for
  • Nomura also stated that when he makes a sequel to the KH series that he wishes to meet the expectations of the fans

The sixth and final bit of news is about E3.  Square Enix has released their lineup for E3 and here is what it looks like:

  • The Last Remnant (360)
  • Infinite Undiscovery (360)
  • Star Ocean: The Last Hope (360)
  • Song Summoner (iPod)
  • Chrono Trigger (DS)
  • Dragon Quest: Chapters of the Chosen (DS)
  • Final Fantasy IV (DS)
  • Star Ocean 1 and 2 (PSP)

It doesn't seem that Sqaure Enix is going to show or announce anything KH related.  Hmm, well you all know how sneaky Square Enix and Nomura are so I would still hold on to some hope for KH information. 

Speaking of E3, Square Enix's president surprised everyone today by announcing that Final Fantasy XIII will be released not only for the PS3 but also for the XBox 360.  As E3 continues I will update with any and all new Square Enix related news so keep checking back for the next 2-3 days.

Sources: KHU, KHInsider, and KH-Vids

 



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