Sorry for the delay, I originally wanted to review the games indiviually but I changed my mind decided to combine it into one.
After the success of the first ReMIX game, Square Enix once again releases an HD collection of the popular series Kingdom Hearts. This collection the sequel and prequel of the series and it feature exclusive that were originally for Japan, the Final Mixes. I will go over all three of these games:
Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix
It has been a year after the first adventure, Sora and his friends must work together to fight the returning darkness and the new enemies, the Nobodies and the ones the control these beings, Organization XIII. If you played this game way back in days of the PS2, you can already play this game with ease. The controls are still the same and combat has changed much. This game unlike the previous does include things that we did not get to play. This game more bosses than ever. For example, you can fight all Organization XIII members in their highest difficult settings, this includes Roxas as well. Besides Sephiroth being a secret boss, there is another warrior you will face that is extremely impossible to beat. It’s name is Lingering Spirit. This game also includes Mushroom XIII, optional challenges where you must test your skills to defeat these pesky creatures and claim your reward. Speaking of add-on, Sora also gains another drive form called the Limit form, he dons his classic clothes and performs his previous attacks. Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, is a really fun game and with the new changes, it can also be the most challenging game as well.
Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Final Mix
Taking place before the series, this game lets you play as 3 different keyblade warriors named after elements: Aqua, Ventus, and Terra. This game was originally for PSP and it got a Final Mix update for the Japanese release which includes more bosses and keyblade weapons. Now that this game is here for this collection and in North America, players will have access to them. Each character plays different from each, such as Terra focuses on heavy, strength-like attacks and Aqua does great with magic; Ventus is good players who want to play in moderate areas. This game is actually different than KHII because players will have the ability to combine and equip abilities for battle rather than leveling up and earning the ability and equipping them depending on AP. Just like the other Final Mixes, Birth by Sleep adds more bosses for players in which makes thing challenging for them and it also includes an additional, secret episode to the story.
The story is really great and it is nice to see the characters before Sora started his fate as a keyblade bearer. As you learn the story and understand the characters motives, you will understand why Birth by Sleep is one of the most important tales in the KH universe. Friendships are tested and whatever actions these character make affects later on the story.
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded
Re:coded takes place after Kingdom Hearts II and the main focus is about King Mickey and his friends trying to decipher a cryptic message in Jiminy Cricket’s journal by using a computer which we find out that journal has corrupted data and bugs. With the help of “Data-Sora”, a digital clone of the actual Sora, they ask for his assistance to solve the mystery.
“Their hurting will be mended when you return to end it” from Re:coded, the mysterious message.
On Re:coded, the fight animations were really entertaining, even though were brief. Players will also notice that Sora’s voice is way deeper than KHII; in my opinion, I don’t think it suits him in his young appearance. Speaking of voices, one of the things I noticed was Genie. It was not Robin Williams (I wish and I really miss him), not Dan Castellaneta (same guy who does Homer Simpson’s voice, and would been okay), but it was Jim Meskimen (I have to get use to this).
Overall, these are nice bonuses for the collections and the trophy support is actually easy to get trophies. With the PS3 hardware, the graphics are not restricted and looks just like the rest of the collection.
If you loved the first collection of Kingdom Hearts ReMIX, then this one is a must have. The stories are great and the gameplay is fun. The graphics are improved in PS3 consoles and includes a trophy system to continue on more challenges. The life of keyblade warrior is not easy but it can be quite fun when meeting new people. This review may have been a coverage. If you have any questions on the game or share you feedback, comment below.