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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published By: Square Enix
Developed By: Square Enix
Genre: RPG
Players: 1
Rated: E10 (Everyone 10 and Up)
Release Date: December 2, 2008
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Written By: Marcus Prunty

The Kingdom Hearts series has been an amazing success for Disney and Square Enix over the years. Who would have thought a merging of Disney characters and Final Fantasy characters would be so successful. KH Re: COM for the Playstation 2 is a remake of the game Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories that came out on the Gameboy Advance. KH Re: COM takes place between Kingdom Hearts I and II and merges the story beautifully. This remake has been upgraded to full 3D and besides that upgrade tells the same story as the GBA title did. Some other upgrades that were given to this title are real cutscenes as well as voice acting like in the other Kingdom Hearts titles for the Playstation 2, as well as the usual cast of characters that we have come to love.

The beginning of COM start s off with the ending of Kingdom Hearts I. Sora and his friends Donald and Goofy are still in search of Soraís friend Riku, and King Mickey who disappear towards the end of KH I. COM uses a montage of cutscenes to catch the player up on the story of KH I. this benefits the people who have played Kingdom Hearts before and the newest player to the story by trying to give an overview of the story. However knowledge of the story is not necessary to defeat this tough game, so do not worry too much about the montage if it confuses you if you are new to the series.

The game starts with the heroes Sora, Donald and Goofy entering Castle Oblivion where a hooded figure from Organization XIII tells them in order to learn what has happened they will lose their memories. As they progress through the castle, they gain new memories and lose old ones. Those memories they begin to lose affect their powers and fighting skills that were learned in Kingdom Hearts I. Donald who in Kingdom Hearts I was a wizard when it came to magic suddenly cannot remember how to perform any of his spells. As you make your way through the game, you get better and stronger when it comes to fighting and defending yourself from the creatures known as the Heartless.

The gameplay in this game is a lot different from the other two Kingdom Heart titles for the PS2 in that this game is card-based. Card-based gameplay means in order to execute any kind of attack on the enemies you have to play a card. You also use cards to open up the doors to various rooms. For example, some of the boss rooms with require you to play say a red card, and a Key to Beginnings card to open it so you can fight the Boss. The cards you choose when opening doors also decides what enemies will be in the room you face, the blue cards are like bonus cards one is a shop where you can buy better cards and sell your lower cards, as well a save point room, these are called map cards.

When it comes to actual fighting the enemies your fate is determined by the cards you play. When fighting a heartless your card value will need to be higher then the enemies in order to gain the advantage and defeat them, you can stock 3 cards together to perform special attacks called sleights which can do massive damage or give you hitpoints back. This can be the most frustrating part of the game is having the right cards in your deck. Some of the baddies you face have extremely high cards in their deck which if you do not have high cards in yours well cause you to lose to them on a constant basis. Therefore, you will have to use a 3-card sleight to battle them. The problems with sleights are that the first card in the sleight you use disappears from your deck during the rest of the fight. Therefore, strategy in balancing your deck plays a huge part in this game. There are 3 card types when battling basic attack cards, magic cards which lets you perform lightning, ice , or fire attacks and more, as well as Summons cards which brings an additional friend in to help you during the battle. Some of the Summons cards are Simba, Dumbo, The Genie, and Tinkerbell. There are also World cards, which allow you to pick which world in your memory you want to visit and in which order you want to play them for a truly customizable gameplay.

When leveling up you have a choice of HP or hitpoints, CP or card points, and Sleights. The more hitpoints you have the more damage you can take, the more card points you have the more cards you can have in your deck as well as the higher point cards you can have. Sleights are not available every time you level up but learning new three card combos can help you defeat some of the tougher enemies.

This installment of Kingdom Hearts is not perfect you have the frustrating card system that you have to learn how to use. As well as if you have played the other Kingdom Hearts games, you know that the camera can be a pain especially when you are running away from an enemy you have to spin the camera as you run to keep track of where they are so you can avoid them. However, this version of Chain of Memories does improve greatly on the GBA version. Bigger cards helps you see which cards you are about to use as well as your opponent, better music and voice acting improve the playability of this game greatly. The full controller of the PS2 allows for better button assignment, you get a dodge button, a jump button; you can assign card shortcuts to the D-pad as well as cancel sleights and return the cards to your deck.

Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories is a solid game. This game is necessary own for Kingdom Hearts fan, it merges the stories nicely, and provides a new innovative way to play in the world of Kingdom Hearts. If your like me and you have already played and beaten Kingdom Hearts I and II and canít wait for a part III that hasnít been confirmed yet to come out, this game will tide you over nicely. For those that are new to the franchise the style of gameplay is not what the other ones are like but the story and the adventure you go on as you help Sora, Donald, and Goofy find and save their friends is what has made this franchise successful. So I suggest the new fans, and the old fans check this game out I know I bought it and am happy to have something that tides me over till the next installment in this franchise. Another incentive to get and play this game is when your done beating the game with Sora, you are able to play as Riku and play the game from his point of view which adds at least another 10 hours of gameplay to this game.


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