Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days

Common Sense Media says

Series game has deep, satisfying story; adds multiplayer.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The message here is to keep trying in life and to keep fighting for yourself. In that way, you'll get some important answer's to life's meaning.

Positive role models

The main character looks up to many of his pals in the game. They are comforting, slightly humorous, and generally lead him on the right paths to answers and understanding about himself. He does, however, use his sword to slay creatures.

Ease of play

Role playing games usually have a deeper learning curve. While this isn't simple, it's made somewhat easier due to its family-oriented play and good tutorials.

Violence

Violence here is presented without blood or gore but melee attacks are possible. The player uses a sword to slay creatures. Magic attacks are also possible. You will hear the occasional moan of pain, and in one cutscene a dying character slowly transforms and then disappears.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days is part of a series of games in which Disney characters adventure along side characters from the Final Fantasy series of video games. You character will wield a sword and has magical abilities so expect some violence in the game, but there is no blood or gore. This is a good game for families to explore together since the game can accommodate up to four players if each has his or her own DS. With its many hours of game play, the game can be a time sink. But on the plus side, the game requires a lot of reading of dialogue.

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Kids say

What's it about?

The Kingdom Hearts series of fantasy role-playing games are all set in a mysterious world where Disney characters meet Final Fantasy characters. In KINGDOM HEARTS: 358/2 DAYS, the latest installment, the character of Roxas has forgotten much of his life. At the beginning, he can’t even speak. The player travels through Disney-ish lands, completing missions, collecting magical objects, and defeating enemies so as to find out what happened to Roxas' memory.

Is it any good?

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The Kingdom Hearts series is one of the strangest mashup in video games, but it works. After lush pop music and a graphically decent opening movie that introduces many characters, an easy-to-understand tutorial follows. Since the game was made for family play, you can easily equip your characters with magic and powers by putting them into a special slot. Adding to the family friendly features is the ability to move through the game with four pals in multiplayer mode. However, there's some repetition of locations and areas to explore. Yet with many hours of gameplay (which includes a mission called Boredom, in which you get the ‘day’ off), bizarre characters, and moody locales, 358/Two Days justifies its slightly pricier cost of entry. It's a fun role-playing story, and one that the fans of this series will greatly savor.

Families can talk about...

  • What do you think of the story in which the main character loses his memories? Do you think that could happen in real life? Why or why not?

  • Do you think there should be more Disney characters in the game? Why or why not?

  • This is a long game, so families might want to discuss time management. How do you balance playing video games with the rest of your life?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS
Price:$34.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Square Enix
Release date:September 29, 2009
Genre:Role Playing
ESRB rating:E10+ for Fantasy Violence (Nintendo DS)

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Teen, 17 years old Written bytklol April 9, 2011
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10 year olds and up

It was a really good game. I enjoyed every moment of it. The only real problem people might have with it is the violence. It does have a sad ending but the storyline is amazing
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written bySophieB93 October 14, 2009
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good for anyone

this game doesn't have any negative messages and its a great game, especially if u like disney and have played the other kingdom hearts games
Teen, 14 years old Written byVanitasFajitas February 8, 2013
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Sincerely, a teenage girl who is extremely obsessed with Kingdom Hearts...

I absolutely love this game. I've been into Kingdom Hearts since I was very young. The game is fun and the story-line of the KH series is amazing.

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