Kingdom Hearts could have ended up sucking really, really badly. But apparently, Square and Disney wanted this done right.
And damn, was it done right!
The graphics are simply more than were ever expected. Sometimes, it's rough around the edges, but those things can be basically ignored. But the confusion of the layouts of some of the worlds can be irritating, to say the least. You'll find yourself going in circles.
The Gummi Ship system isn't the most brilliant. During the needless segments of traveling to different worlds, you can hold down the X button and ignore everything else, it's so simple. Then again, custom building your own gummi ships can be pretty awesome, though your options are limited, as well as colors (the palette you can buy late in the game contains only a few key choices).
The worlds themselves are all familiar, and you'll enjoy fighting alongside those favorite characters of yours, though they won't do much for you besides absorb damage. The worlds are often filled with unnecessary space that doesn't seem well thought out and is a little confining. And although the plots of the worlds are slightly altered, you'll feel like you are participating actively in one of Walt's movies.
Getting to the main, non-Disney and final fantasy elements. You play as Sora, a truly interesting character who wields a 'keyblade.' After obtaining the keyblade, he is thrown from his world to Traverse Town, where he meets Donald and Goofy and begins a journey to find his friends.
The Final Fantasy isn't very obvious. You see a lot of familiar faces, but they don't really have anything to do with the main gameplay, other than point him in the right direction. I've never played many of the FF games myself; but you get to go against Yuffie, Aerith, Squall/Leon, Cloud Strife, and Sephiroth. A type of Moogle also make their appearance as Synthesis Shop workers, who will eventually supply you with items of great worth, including the Ultimate Weapon.
Villains from Disney also make their mark, along with an unfamiliar one strictly made for Kingdom Hearts. You'll also, of course, know a lot about the Heartless by the time you're through. The Heartless are the main villains in the game, though they don't do much damage to you other than the occasional boss.
Other things: Camera - Annoying at times. You can only turn it left and right, and sometimes you can't see your main character. Mini games and secrets - Finding and completing these can be very frustrating, but they add depth and a lot of cool stuff to the game. There's postcards you can collect to find rare items, Dalmatian puppies to find, and trinity marks to get into new areas or find shortcuts, or even find new weapons and items. Optional Bosses - There are a few you can play, and two are available after completing two of the worlds. I won't say what they are...but if you're looking for difficulty, you won't be disappointed. The Colliseum is also a great place to find some good opponents (*cough*SEPHIROTH*cough*).
Anyway, that's about it. IF there's anything else you wanted to know, I'm sure you'll find it somewhere. Kingdom Hearts is AWESOME.
It's only flaws are a few plot holes and some good cheese.
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