It’s been over a month since my last post! During the last month I have continued in my quest to go through all of the Kingdom Hearts games so I can play Kingdom Hearts III! I just finished playing through Kingdom Hearts II, and honestly I like it the most out of all of the games so far! The first Kingdom Hearts was great, but Kingdom Hearts II was even better!
There will DEINFINTELY be SPOILERS in this post. Without further ado, here are my thoughts on the second Kingdom Hearts game…
First of all, I love the whole story of Roxas in this game. His story which takes up the first two hours of gameplay is really riveting and makes you wonder what his purpose in the story is. Throughout Kingdom Hearts II, you learn more about Roxas and his connection to Sora. If you’re interested in learning more about Roxas’ origin, make sure you play through or watch “358/2 Days.” It’s probably my favorite side story off of the main Kingdom Hearts games!
Also I feel like everyone in the second Kingdom Hearts game is ADDICTED to Sea-salt ice cream. I don’t know what’s in it but it does look pretty good… Fun Fact: Sea-salt ice cream is actually based off the Sea-salt ice cream you can buy at Tokyo DisneySea! So yes, you can actually find Sea-salt ice cream in real life! Or you can make it using numerous recipes on the internet…
Not going to lie, Sora and his friends definitely had a glow up…
One thing I really liked about Kingdom Hearts II is it allowed you to visit some of the previous worlds from the first Kingdom Hearts game, but also gave new worlds to explore as well! I would’ve been a little sad not being able to go back to visit old worlds where Sora really had a connection such as “The Hundred Acre Wood”.
Most of the new worlds they threw into Kingdom Hearts II were really cool! My personal favorites were Port Royal (the world that houses the events of Pirates of the Caribbean), and “Timeless River” (where you are transported to the past and get to see OG Disney features like Steamboat Willie)!
And remember how in my first Kingdom Hearts post I talked about how Kingdom Hearts reminded me of Disneyland? Well, seeing places like Port Royal and the world of Steamboat Willie reminded me of Disneyland EVEN MORE!
I’m also really glad that they introduced even more amazing Final Fantasy characters, such as Tifa Lockhart!
There were only two things I didn’t like Kingdom Hearts II. First off, the fact you can’t grind for levels in “Olympus Coliseum” was dumb. Since I couldn’t grind for XP at the “Coliseum,” I literally had to run around random worlds for two or three hours to level up because a certain boss fight was quite difficult and I needed better stats that come with higher levels. Second, they somehow made the Gummi Ship gameplay WORSE. Who even thought the Gummi Ship was a good idea anyways… 😒
Something I really liked about Kingdom Hearts II, is that the story was already mostly set up by the first Kingdom Hearts game, which allowed for them to dive even deeper into Kingdom Hearts and allow even more character and story development! I really liked Organization XIII in Kingdom Hearts II! Plus, Sora having to fight a war with two fronts, where if the Heartless got too strong Organization XIII would win and vice versa, added a twist to the story.
It was also nice to see that Sora, Kairi, and Riku’s friendship is still stronger than ever in this game! But that’s not the only friendship that’s strengthened with time. Sora, Donald, and Goofy’s friendship is stronger as well as Riku and King Mickey’s! I guess the reason I really love the friendships in this game is because I feel like friendship is one of the key points of the Kingdom Hearts story. Everyone in the story of Kingdom Hearts finds fulfillment through their friends.
If you think about it, the one character in Kingdom Hearts II that isn’t happy (and isn’t a villain) is Axel. Roxas was his best friend and when he was gone, his life felt empty. He felt so empty that he was willing to sacrifice himself to save Sora because he was the closest thing to Roxas that he had.
Even the minor characters such as Cloud and Aerith often demonstrate the importance in having someone who grounds you and is always there for you.
All in all, I think the reason I love the story of Kingdom Hearts II is it carries on the wholesomeness of the first game but on a higher level. I mean what can be more wholesome than teaching about the importance of friendship? I feel like a game that is wholesome and has true meaning will always stand the test of time.
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