Kingdom Hearts 2

Game review by
Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media
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Great graphics, great story, great sequel. Tweens.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 20 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 79 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Friendship, kindness, loyalty, and a host of other good values can be found in the main characters.

Violence

Although the weapons are atypical (the main character uses a giant key), the battles are pretty intense. Almost completely bloodless.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Final Fantasy characters, many Disney characters, and references to Disney movies.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Pirates and other characters swig alcohol.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game has a lot of (mostly bloodless) action-packed fighting scenes. The plot does demonstrate the importance of friendships, loyalty, and kindness, but the characters and backdrops are from Disney movies or the Final Fantasy series of games. Parents also need to know that the GBA version's cartoonish graphics are more realistic in the PS2 version, making the violence much more in your face. The biggest difference between this game and its previous installments is the introduction of creepier enemies, and there are some pirates who drink.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKuroKitten April 9, 2008

Enjoyed Greatly!

I may be a little old to be playing this game, but after the first, I knew I had to play this. After reading many reviews, I find that some of the parents are r... Continue reading
Adult Written byRJDERMODY3 January 8, 2009

Other adults know nothing!

Let me first start this off by saying that this game is by far in my top 5 for best games out there. Before you play this game be sure to play chain of memories... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bybattlefield_slaya August 12, 2015

God, you guys are so dumb -_-

I first started playing Kingdom Hearts when I was 5, it did not effect me. I FINALLY got Kingdom Hearts 2 when I was 8, did not effect me. 1.) The role models a... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bykortney April 9, 2008

What's it about?

Players familiar with the first Kingdom Hearts installment and Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories for the Game Boy Advance will recognize the characters and plot style in KINGDOM HEARTS 2. Once again, memories, the parting and uniting of close friendships, love, and mystery are all intertwined in the complex plot. Sora returns as the protagonist (here a teen), and characters are either from Disney movies or the Final Fantasy series of games. Chosen by the "keyblade" (a magical key/sword), Sora and his friends Donald Duck and Goofy are tasked with a number of missions, some set in Disney backdrops such as Aladdin's Agrabah or Beast's Castle (from Beauty and the Beast), as they fight to defeat an evil, mummy-wrapped king. Players defeat the enemies in action-packed fighting sequences, which continue to be bloodless and gore-free.

Is it any good?

A deep, involving storyline and outstanding graphics make Kingdom Hearts 2 a worthy sequel. From flying to missions in a fully customizable "gummi ship" (co-piloted by no less than Chip and Dale!) to talking to Minnie Mouse or traveling through the 100-acre woods, this game has a lot of fun surprises tucked up its sleeve -- including great mini-missions. Overall, with a playing time of easily over 30 hours, Kingdom Hearts 2 offers a lot of value and a lot of entertainment.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about this game's unique mixture of Final Fantasy and Disney characters. Does the use of existing and familiar characters diminish or increase the game's appeal? If you were creating a video game, would you make up your own character, or use one that you already liked?

Game details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 2
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Release date: April 28, 2006
  • Genre: Role Playing
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Blood, Use of Acohol, Violence

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