May contain spoilers
Released on PlayStation 2 in 2002.
Released on PlayStation 3 in 2013.
Featured Final Fantasy characters: Tidus, Wakka, Selphie, Squall, Yuffie, Aerith, Cid, Cloud, Sephiroth, Moogles.
Featured Disney movies: Alice in Wonderland, Hercules, Tarzan, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, A Nightmare before Christmas, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, The Sword in the Stone, Winnie the Pooh, 101 Dalmations, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, Mulan, The Lion King, Dumbo, Fantasia.
Plot: So basically, you play as Sora, a kid that lives on an island with his friends Riku and Kairi. Then these shadow dudes (heartless) come to the island and cause havoc, Sora and the others get split up and send to other ‘worlds’. Waking up in Traverse Town, you as Sora are then on a mission ( with the help of Donald Duck and Goofy, why not?) to find your friends again. Wielding the mysterious Keyblade, your mission is to travel from world to world, finding keyholes in each and locking them with your Keyblade to eventually prevent the heartless from entering. Meanwhile, Maleficent and Jafar and kidnapping princesses to unlock their hearts? Use their hearts? For evil doings of course. I won’t say how it ends but that dude Ansem is really annoying. Also, poor Kairi.
Worlds: Some of the worlds were really fun, where as others (or most), I found to be more annoying. Some of them just felt like endless mazes and I found myself completely lost or circling the same area for 30 minutes before finding where I’m supposed to go next. Fine examples of this were the Tarzan and Little Mermaid levels. Not to mention how infuriating some of the world bosses were to defeat, Ursula I’m looking at you.
Pros: The graphics and art style is very final Fantasy, which for me being a Final Fantasy fan, I really liked. The music throughout the game is amazing, especially on THAT boss (you know the one I mean if you have played this game already) and the songs at the start and end of the game (Utada Hikaru, YUS). The story between the main characters is charming until the very end. DALMATION PUPPIES.
Cons: Fighting the heartless sometimes gets repetitive and tedious, but is needed to be able to beat the game. The worlds were sometimes very confusing as to where to go next, I get the need for a challenge but usually it would leave me frustrated after running around in circles a few times. THE CAMERA ANGLES were awful. The end ‘bosses’ were a bit over the top, how many final forms does a guy really need?
Overall: I’m glad I went back to play this after so many years and beat the game, am I in a hurry to replay it? No. Would I recommend it to others? Only if you’re a fan of both Disney AND the Final Fantasy series.
My Rating: 6.5/10
Look at it, just….LOOK AT IT. I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE.
Some might say, “but Del, you’re 30, this is NOT for you.” WRONG, Pokémon was made in MY generation of kids and I have every right to continue to watch/play/buy Pokémon, forever. So there. If you love Pikachu as much as me, you should buy this too! Dispatching later this month.
At £45 it is kind of pricey but come on, just look at that Charizard hoodie. My wonderful boyfriend has pre-ordered this for me for Christmas, true love right there 🙂