KINGDOM HEART 2.5 HD REMIX REVIEW

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When Kingdom Heart 2.5 remix came out, I just had to have it. I mean you’re combining my favorite game with a game couldn’t play on the same console, Birth by Sleep, and cinema for Re: coded which I so didn’t want to play. To top it all off, it’s the final mix version. Needless to say, I was reaching for my wallet.

The gameplay sure didn’t disappoint. Unlike most RPGs, this doesn’t have random encounter and you fight them in real time with a creative weapon called the keyblade. I could go on and on, but I only have so much time. You could customize your weapon and your party with classic Disney and Final Fantasy characters. Be amazed as you unleash various team attacks, and try not to faint as you go into combat with two¬†freaking¬†keyblades or the Command Styles in Birth by Sleep. Combat’s not the only thing you do. You various side quests you could do that will also give you greater rewards. Never has doing day to day child jobs been this epic, but that’s the beauty of the reaction command button.

The soundtrack has got to be one of the best in the series. Try to hold back the feels as you listen to Utada Hikaru’s singles. I guarantee that you’ll love it. The graphics are very well done. With HD, the game looks crisp and clear which if you have played this game on the PS2, will be noticeably better.

The game is packed with fun, adventure, and definitely replayable whenever chance you get. The story, while complex, is very enjoyable with great voice acting and detailed emotion. I give this game a nine out of ten. No game is perfect, but this comes very close.

FINAL FANTASY XIII REVIEW

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Final Fantasy is one of those timeless games that many RPG fans will play over and over again. From the iconic VII featuring Cloud and Sephiroth, it has exploded in popularity. Not bad for a series that was supposed to end at the first game in the 80s. But here we’re going to tackle the most criticized series of the series, number XIII: The Keyblade’s chosen one. Whoops, wrong series.

Now, I’m quite a fan RPGs, and what I like most about them is the adventure aspect. Being able to go on side quests and get rewarded with super powerful weapons and items. Well, fans are going to be a tad disappointed as XIII is very linear. You won’t get much from side quests, actually you won’t even get to the actual side quests until around chapter eleven and by then you had pretty much face the hardest bosses in the game. The side quests are dull and involve just hunting down a monster in a certain area. Oh, and don’t let your lead character die. That’s a game over. No questions asked. But a good thing about game overs in this game, you could just hit the retry feature and continue your adventure. Thumbs up creators.

Now the gameplay is actually one best in the series. One thing I couldn’t stand in RPGs is the random encounters, basically you can’t walk two feet without getting into a fight. Here you can choose your battles. Another annoying thing is MP, how much energy you need to use a certain attack, no need to worry about that in this game. You have an unlimited supply. The battle may at first seem complicated, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll realize that the game pilots itself. All you really have to do if fight in the right paradigms which you’ll have to choose wisely for each fight.

One thing this game does great is in the graphics and music. I’ll admit it. The story needs work. There so many plot holes that it took a three parter in a parody of CinemaSins to dissect them all, but seriously, have you seen a more beautiful game before. I give credit if anything for the showmanship. And the music is to die for. Such choral beauty playing themes from sorrow to the epicness of boss fights.

On the whole, the game is worth picking up and even replaying on a Saturday afternoon if the kids, dog, and parents telling you to get out more won’t get in the way, but I wouldn’t say this game breaks the market as the best game ever made. And it’s definitely overrated for all the hype it gets, but to give a fair assessment. The game is a six out of ten. Had it a better story and side quests, it would’ve earned an eight.