Kingdom Hearts 2 is an action RPG originally released for the PlayStation 2 and then remastered as the improved Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix version for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. It continues the weird and wonderful combination of Disney characters with Final Fantasy characters from Square Enix’s flagship series.
Kingdom Hearts 2 continues the story from the PS2 original as well as Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories and weaves it together with new and returning Disney worlds. The action combat is expanded with many new features, more depth is added to the story and the high quality voice acting and soundtrack return to deliver a more ambitious sequel that retains the heart and spirit of the magical first game.
The story is more complex this time, starting the player off in the shoes of a different character other than Sora from the original Kingdom Hearts. You play as Roxas for the first few hours as the narrative sets up lots of mysteries that are payed off many hours later near the end of the game. When you take over as Sora as the main protagonist, he once again wields his signature Keyblade and must travel through Disney worlds from classic films such Hercules, The Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Beauty and the Beast. He learns of the plans of the Organisation XIII and must once again team up with Donald and Goofy, as well as Disney and Final Fantasy characters to rid the many worlds of the Heartless and the new enemies known as Nobodies.
Kingdom Hearts 2 is an action RPG, with the ability to have full control of Sora in battle, with two computer controlled party members from both Disney and Final Fantasy. Expanding on the solid foundation of the original Kingdom Hearts, Sora can attack with his Keyblade, cast magic spells like Thunder and Reflect, equip special abilities and technique as well as summon Disney characters for powerful attacks to help in battle. New to Kingdom Hearts 2 are the Drive Forms that allow Sora to temporarily power up and take on new forms such as Valor Form to drastically increase physical strength while dual wielding two Keyblades at once or Wisdom Form to super charge his magical attacks as well as giving him access to long range attacks. Reaction Commands also show up in normal battles and boss battles to allow time-sensitive special moves Sora can execute to deal massive damage. Kingdom Hearts 2 allows the player a bigger range of abilities to make battles engaging and thrilling throughout the entire game.
The voice acting in Kingdom Hearts 2 is again high quality utilising Hollywood and veteran voice actors with many returning to voice their original Disney characters. The soundtrack is amazing as Yoko Shimomura arranges Disney classics and delivers more great original songs like “The Other Promise” and the theme of “Twilight Town”. It also follows up the vocal theme song from the first game “Simple and Clean” with another great track called “Sanctuary” performed by Hikaru Utada.
Kingdom Hearts 2 takes the fun and heart of the original game and builds upon it with new features and a more complex narrative. If you wish to play an action RPG with exciting boss fights, an emotional story and lots of Disney nostalgia, then you should play Kingdom Hearts 2.