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Kingdom Hearts 2

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Great graphics, great story, great sequel. Tweens.
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What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Pirates and other characters swig alcohol.

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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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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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 are great 2.) No kid is going to care if they see a pirate drink, it's not like they're going to go to their local ABC store and steal a bottle of Liquor 3.) The violence is no worse than the first [if your kid hasn't played the first game yet get them that one first or they won't get the story whatsoever] 4.) Try out the game for yourself it's really fun! (I've never been into Japanese games or culture for that matter, but Kingdom Hearts is my FAVORITE video game series of all time. The story might fly over your 6-9 year old's head but if you play it, it has one of the most deep, complex, and intricate stories in any video game I've ever played. 10/10 best video game series to date.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
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 reviewing a little harshly. To begin with, there is no wrist cutting, as they barely cut the palm of Ms. Swan from Pirates of the Caribbean. As for the lions death, that was in Lion King, and has been watched by kids as young as 4. Also, it is true one boy falls from a tower, but it is NEVER shown that he hits the ground. -Spoiler Alert- In fact, his whole reality is a fake, so whether he hit the ground or not, would not have mattered anyway. The violence is non-bloody, and over all very mild compared to other games. I would recommend this game, and it's predecessor to any child able to play a video game.
Teen, 16 years old Written bykortney April 9, 2008