A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Frequently promoted messages about friendship, determination, fighting evil.
Ease of Play
Simple controls; easy to learn except for touchpad controls in some areas of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.
Violence & Scariness
Plenty of fast-paced fantasy violence against a wide range of enemy characters. This includes the wielding of a sword-like Keyblade weapon, magic blasts that take down baddies. No blood, gore; enemies don't die, only disappear.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some women are dressed suggestively. Aqua -- the protagonist you control in Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -- has tight, revealing clothing showing off her thighs; player can customize her clothes, too.
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Products & Purchases
Compilation of previously released Kingdom Hearts games, most of which are remastered for better visuals. Features many familiar Disney, Final Fantasy characters, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy. Some levels built on popular Disney films, including Hunchback of Notre Dame, Fantasia, Tron, Pinocchio.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix, a character drinks from what appears to be a bottle of wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix is a collection of action-heavy role-playing games. Most of them feature cartoon violence against a wide range of enemy characters. For example, your protagonist might wield a sword-like Keyblade weapon or use magic blasts to inflict damage on baddies. While combat is a key pillar of these games, parents should know there's no blood or gore, and the enemies don't die (they disappear). Some of the game has female characters with revealing clothes; there's no nudity. One game has a character that seems to drink wine from a bottle. Also, in this a collection of previously released games that are a hybrid of Final Fantasy and Disney characters, players will be exposed to a lot of familiar characters, like Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and will see levels from movies like Tron, Fantasia, and more.
Is It Any Good?
This meaty collection features improved graphics and extra game content that should appeal to series fans and newcomers alike. The original games are must-play adventures for fans of fantasy role-playing game fans; Kingdom Hearts (2002) and Kingdom Hearts II (2005) are the clear standouts, along with offshoots like Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories (2008) and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix (2010). While they're only with updated cinematics, Square Enix also threw in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (2009) and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (2001), both originally on Nintendo DS. In total, the gameplay among all these titles has been estimated at 300 hours. For $49, that's a pretty sweet deal.
Kingdom Hearts II is arguably the best of the bunch. The story picks up where its predecessor left off: Sora, voiced by Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense, A.I. Artificial Intelligence), is a 15-year-old on a mission to find his best friend, Riku, who has mysteriously disappeared. Sora wields a magical weapon known as the Keyblade, which can also unlock new worlds. At the same time, Donald and Goofy vow to locate their missing king, Mickey Mouse. Together, the adventurers travel through perilous lands and face nasty enemies such as the yellow-eyed Heartless creatures, the nimble Nobodies, and a black-coated faction simply referred to as Organization XIII. Familiar locations on your quest include those seen in famous Disney films, ranging from The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast to Tron and Pirates of the Caribbean. At one point in the game, you'll even visit the black-and-white world of Steamboat Willie, based on Disney's 1928 animated short starring Mickey Mouse. Across the board, these games are fun and refreshingly accessible RPGs that fuse Japanese storytelling and gameplay with an unprecedented repertoire of recognizable Disney icons.
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