Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 Remix Review - Part 1

Once again we get a chance to visit the familiar worlds of Disney in Square’s new HD Remaster. 
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Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 ReMIX
Developer: Square Enix
Genre: Action RPG
Platform: PlayStation 3
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Where to Buy? Amazon


Product Description
“KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX is an HD remastered compilation of KINGDOM HEARTS II FINAL MIX and KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep FINAL MIX. Previously exclusive to Japan, both games will be available for the first time to North America for the PlayStation3 system. HD remastered cinematics from KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded will also be included in the compilation. The game is a sequel to last year's KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 ReMIX and will lead into the highly anticipated KINGDOM HEARTS III. The Kingdom Hearts saga continues with 3 magical journeys in one package! Experience new content never seen before in North America. If you're new to the franchise, this is the perfect opportunity to jump in.” – Amazon

What is it?
Like Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix is a Remaster version of the original Final Mix. You also get Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix (In HD) and a HD cut-scene move of Re: Coded. 

Being that this game is full loaded with content I’m going to break this review up into 3 Parts. Part 1 will be for Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix HD, Part II will be for Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep. And finally Part III will be for Kingdom Hearts: Re coded HD Movie. 

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What Hot
- Graphics
- Story 
- Soooooo Much to do 
- Gameplay
- Music 
- Increased difficulty over the original game
- Tons of new content over the original 

What Not
- Can’t seem to switch lock-on targets with L&R 2’s? WTF
- I feel they should have done away with default face fish mouth… Maybe next time.



Story: 4.5
While the Kingdom Hearts series has one of the most convoluted stories in video game history, Kingdom Hearts 2 is the first game of the series that had you thinking WTF all the time. Overall the story had a lot of plot twist. 

Graphics: 4.5
I haven’t played a bad looking Kingdom Hearts Game… / end story
But seriously the game looks as good as ever. I take issue square not diving back in to actually fix the default face fish mouth animations during some cut-scenes in the game but whatever... The graphics are clearly cleaner and crisper than they were in the original. 

Audio: 4.5
Voice work is what you have come to love from both Disney and Square Enix. Some of the character voices (Disney) do sound a bit off being that they weren’t the original movie Voices actors. Also it’s a bit annoying hearing Sora, Donald, & Goofy names called out in that exact order in every world. Musically the game is a masterpiece which is a testament to Yoko Shimomura work. There are also a few remixed tracks from the original as well. 

Gameplay: 4.5
Of all the Kingdom Hearts games Kingdom Hearts II was always one of the most fun to play. The final mix enhanced this with all its added elements. Honestly the only thing that really bothered me with the HD Remix was the lock-on targeting system. I not sure if it is my Dual Shock 3 or if it was always like this but I am unable to cycle through enemies using  R2&;L2. I don’t remember if it was possible in the original but it should have been added here. 

Replay: 5
Oh yeah, there is tons to do here. I had this game since launch, clocked in well over 40 hours and still haven’t 100% the game. There is plenty to come back to after you finish the initial game. 

Final Thoughts
Kingdom Hearts II is easily my favorite game of the series. The Final Mix took everything that was great from KH2 and made it 10x better. 

Score 
23/25
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