Role Playing Games- Kingdom Hearts II: (2005)

When the original Kingdom Hearts game made its debut in 2002 many people were blown away by the concept having various different Disney characters one game.  Before Kingdom Hearts II was released the world got to witness Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories which was for Game Boy Advance.  Some people might argue that making the sequel to the original Kingdom Hearts for the Game Boy Advance was very risky on the part of Square Enix since the quality would pale in comparison to the PlayStation 2.  But since Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories was a  pretty fun  RPG title for Game Boy Advance it had proved to be effective in making the events of Kingdom Hearts II follow afterwards.  One of the many features about Kingdom Hearts II which is unforgettable includes its orchestral soundtrack which adds so much life and emotion to this game.

The soundtrack for Kingdom Hearts II had included various different songs that were amazing including “Dearly Beloved”, “Missing You”, “Passion” along with “Sanctuary”.  Some of the character themes in this game were pretty special as well including Sora & Kairi’s because it blended in well with some of the cutscenes along with their personalities.  The soundtrack composed mainly by :Yoko Shimomura  was easily one of the best features of Kingdom Hearts II next to gameplay.  Throughout, the game players are allowed to control Sora and travel to different worlds along side with Donald Duck and Goofy to battle Heartless and members of Organization XIII.  Kingdom Hearts II gives players various options in terms of customization of their three person party in terms of developing their stats, attacks, along with equipping them with items.

Along with the gameplay and cinematic cutscenes the boss battles were both interesting and tough depending how good you are at the game.  Kingdom Hearts II had included some exciting boss battles with the likes of Sephiroth, Larxene, Xigbar, and Zemnas who was the final boss in the game.  Many people having varying opinions on who the toughest boss in Kingdom Hearts II was but aside from the final boss Xigbar proved to be quite challenging.  Trying to get through Xigbars special attacks along with having to adjust to the changing camera angles throughout the battle does not seem as easy as it looks.  Despite, having a three on one advantage in most battles players would be better off developing a strategy before taking on certain opponents even if the odds are in their favor.  The inclusion of characters from the Final Fantasy series  was also a great addition to the Kingdom Hearts II despite not being able to play any of them during the story.

After its initial release in late-2005 Kingdom Hearts II had became one of the best selling role playing games in 2006.  The amount of copies Kingdom Hearts II sold was unreal especially in Japan where it sold over one million copies within its first week.  When the original Kingdom Hearts title was released in 2002 it had managed to sell over 20 million copies worldwide.  Kingdom Hearts II had managed to sell at least 3.5 million units worldwide before the 2.5 Final Mix version was released in 2007.  After the original Kingdom Hearts II title was released it came very close to receiving a  perfect five star rating from GamePro by receiving a score of 4.5  which was still outstanding.  While Kingdom Hearts II received praise from GamePro it was also scored in the nine point bracet out of ten by IGN and earning the title of “Readers Choice” in the process.  When Kingdom Hearts I & II were first released many people around the world many people were highly impressed by the concept, characters, soundtracks, and visual features of both games.  At this point it has been almost a decade since Kingdom Hearts II was released worldwide.   When Square Enix releases Kingdom Hearts III not only will it be worth the wait but it will probably be one of the most anticipated RPG titles in recent memory.

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