September 16, 2013
Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMIX
What do Disney movies, Jesse McCartney, and Final Fantasy all have in common? Well, aside from being extremely overrated, they’re all vital parts of the Kingdom Hearts universe. On September 6th, fans of the series got to revisit their favorite RPGs once again in full HD with the Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMIX for Playstation 3
Kingdom Hearts is a cult-classic action-RPG series by Square Enix. The games are about the stories of several keyblade wielders as they fight against the evil forces that threaten to upset the balance of dark and light throughout all of the interconnected worlds. The series features original characters, as well as several characters and worlds from Disney movies, and Final Fantasy characters.
The 1.5 HD ReMIX is a collection of the games Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories, and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (read 3-5-8 Days over 2), the first, second, and fourth games released in the series. These games make up the entire story from Kingdom Hearts to Kingdom Hearts II, hence the title ‘1.5’. It’s expected that a 2.5 HD ReMIX featuring Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded, and Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.
Back to the collection, Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, previously a Japan-exclusive title, is featured in this collection in its entirety with the original Japanese voice acting (no Haley Joel Osment for us, sadly). A few small aspects of the original game have been updated due to changes in Kingdom Hearts II. Instead of the original command menu that said “Attack”, “Magic”, “Items”, and a fourth context-sensitive command, the fourth slot has been replaced with “Summons.” The context-sensitive commands will now be activated with the triangle button, similar to Kingdom Hearts II’s “reaction commands.” There are also new items, missions, weapons, abilities, and even bosses not included in the original release of Kingdom Hearts.
Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories was the console release of the second game of the series, originally on the Nintendo Gameboy Advance. Instead of the isometric 2D view of the original title, Re: Chain of Memories uses the regular 3D perspective of Kingdom Hearts. Re: Chain of Memories also features fully voice-acted cutscenes and an improved soundtrack. The card-based action-RPG gameplay remains relatively unchanged, aside from the addition of Kingdom Hearts II’s reaction commands. For those who have only played the original Chain of Memories on the GBA, it’s definitely an interesting way to replay this title.
Also included in the collection is Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, a Nintendo DS title. Days covers the story of Sora’s counterpart, Roxas and the events that surround him occurring during Kingdom Hearts, Chain of Memories, and the beginning of Kingdom Hearts II. Although it was originally planned to be a fully-remade title for the collection, it is only included in a theater mode, where you can watch all the game’s cut scenes, as well as some additional scenes in HD.
Since there were no iterations of Kingdom Hearts on Playstation 3, and after the announcement of Kingdom Hearts 3 for the next-gen consoles, it would be a great time to either begin your adventure in Kingdom Hearts or give yourself a recap of this huge, immersing story. Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMIX is in retail stores now for $39.99.
Image Credit: Square Enix / Disney Interactive Studios