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Many of the pages of content were taken from the Final Fantasy Net Kingdom Hearts section.

It is hard to know where to start when creating a brief synopsis of the bizarre and magical game that is Kingdom Hearts. The game is a fascinating collaberation between Square and Disney, and one which works insanely well; at least, far more so than one might have presumed. It plays so well in that it is a combination of an action game and a role-playing game, and not only does the game attempt (and succeed) to capture that crazy-but-tremendous essence of Final Fantasy, but it also transmits a lot of the ‘magical’ elements of the Disney movies.

Kingdom Hearts Box Art / CoverMany of the main characters, however, are brand new creations. This is key (no puns intended!) because while we may love the old characters which we have played with and watch on movies in the past, a game needs somethine new to spice things up. Enter Sora, Riku, and Kairi from the Destiny Islands!

The player will enjoy the vast spectrum of different worlds they will encounter; as well as the original Destiny Island, there is the ‘Traverse Town’, ‘Hollow Bastion’, ‘End of the World’, and ‘Disney Castle’ to enjoy.

Another celebrated factor of Kingdom Hearts is the excellent vocal cast it provides. The ‘Sixth Sense’ child Haley Joel Osment plays the main character Sora, and Kairi is played by ‘Ally McBeal’ star Hayden Panettiere. There are a number of other well recognised actors involved as well, which all adds to the ambiance of Kingdom Hearts.

Release Date: September 17, 2002.