A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Friendship and fighting for what's right can defeat an evil minion and its forces. Heavy focus on combat limits positive messages.
Positive Role Models
Your party mainly consists of familiar Disney mascots and characters, all of whom seem noble and honorable.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, easy to learn.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of fantasy violence, though not at all graphic. You'll fight with a giant key-shaped sword or magical blasts. Enemies cry out in pain and fall to the ground. Apart from one cut scene with blood-stained coins, no blood is present in the game.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In one scene, a character drinks what appears to be a bottle of wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix is an action-adventure game that merges characters from popular Disney and Square Enix games. The title has lots of fantasy violence; players use a giant key-shaped sword or magic attacks to slay enemies who cry out in pain when struck. There's one cut scene that shows a blood stain on some coins, but otherwise enemies vanish upon being defeated. There's one scene where a character drinks from a bottle of wine. The inclusion of very recognizable characters from popular Square Enix and Disney games and movies could interest players in purchasing those properties as well.
Is It Any Good?
Whether you've dabbled with the original games or are brand-new to the beloved Kingdom Hearts franchise, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix offers a ton of engaging, challenging gameplay. You'll traipse throughout bizarre, colorful, and often surreal worlds with your party of characters (including a retro black-and-white level). Players will fight in thoughtful real-time battles and will enjoy cameos from the Final Fantasy titles and classic Disney flicks. You'll also level up your party members to become more powerful and versatile for future missions. Although it's a game that has a lot of Disney characters and locations, much of the gameplay focuses on combat, which isn't usually seen in Disney games. Players wield a giant sword-like key to hit enemies that disappear after being destroyed or in some cases use magic attacks, cartoon-like bombs, or arrows shot from a first-person perspective.
Although it's a great collection -- especially for the sub-$40 price tag -- the stories (and dialogue sequences) can sometimes be hard to follow. The pacing can be off, too, with noticeable lulls between some of the more memorable moments in the game. Overall, however, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix is a blast for kids age 10 and older and will certainly whet the appetite while everyone waits for the next installment in the series.
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