While growing up, I always enjoyed watching animated films by Walt Disney. When I first saw the trailer for Kingdom Hearts, I was elated by the idea of a video game featuring beloved Disney characters while mixing fantasy and adored characters from Final Fantasy. Square Enix captures the well-rounded characters, bright colors, and cherished storylines featured in the Disney classic films.
Kingdom Hearts Characters
Sora is a friendly, light-hearted boy who spends his days daydreaming of worlds existing beyond his own. After the destruction of his home, Destiny Island, he ends up in Traverse Town, and is joined in his quest by Donald Duck and Goofy. He is searching for Kari and Riku after being separated following the destruction of Destiny Island.
Riku is a serious, intelligent young boy who enjoys spending time with his friends Sora and Kari. He is searching for Kari and Sora after being separated following the destruction of Destiny Island. Despite Sora earning the key blade, Riku is consumed by darkness. He is hopeful that by helping Xehanort, he will find Kari.
Kari is Sora and Riku’s friend and love interest for Sora. She is one of the seven princesses of light, or those who possess a pure heart. Like Sora and Riku, she is curious about exploring other worlds and ends up residing in Hollow Bastion after the destruction of her home, Destiny Island.
King Mickey is a wise, adept fighter who tells Donald Duck and Goofy that he fears the worlds disappearing. He sends Donald and Goofy on a quest to find the wielder of the key blade and sends them to search in Traverse Town. After meeting Sora, they agree to destroy the darkness, search for Sora’s friends, and prevent the worlds from disappearing permanently.
Xehanort is the villain of the series and is trying to open the door to Kingdom Hearts, hoping to attain the power for himself. He is controlled by darkness and easily manipulates Riku, corrupting Riku’s heart with darkness by trying to bring his fears to life.
Kingdom Hearts Plot
Kingdom Hearts was released on the PlayStation 2 in 2010, published by Square Enix and created by Tetsuya Nomura. The story focuses on Sora, Riku, and Kari who are living on an island planning an escape to visit other worlds. Their island is destroyed by the heartless and the three are separated. Sora goes on adventures saving the world as a key blade wielder with the aid of Goofy and Donald. At first Riku is another victim of the darkness but in the end proves himself and with the aid of King Mickey helps close the door to Kingdom Hearts.
I always enjoyed the worlds visited by the hero reminding me of my favorite Disney films, such as The Little Mermaid, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. I would give the game an nine out of ten-rating due to the large selection of characters and interesting storyline. Even though it has been ten years since the first game’s release I still find myself playing it. There was even an extended version released titled Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix 1.5. In the extended version hidden content and bonus features were added for replay value.
I wish there was a way to play as the other characters like Riku or even as the villains featured in the game. Throughout the game you get to explore other worlds, yet even with the story adapting to their environment you’re still plying as Sora. If you go to their world and the focus shifts from Sora to the character from the world you’re visiting why not have the choke to play as the instead of them just joining your party.
Furthermore, Square Enix created an immersive world blending together different characters from numerous games to tell a cohesive story. They were able to create a game that all ages would enjoy, whether they were fans of Final Fantasy, Disney, or the characters Square Enix created.