Monday, March 27, 2017

Kingdom Hearts Primer - Kingdom Hearts 2 - Episode 20 - The Eyes Don't Move

Let's get back to that movie plot!



Not much Kingdom Hearts to talk about while we watch The Lion King...

Friday, March 24, 2017

Kingdom Hearts Primer - Kingdom Hearts 2 - Episode 19 - Stupidity Skyscraper

And now, we leave the worst level in the game to go to the worst filler level in the game.



This world is another example of how the game just blatantly copy/pastes the story of the movie, and jury-rigs Sora, Donald, and Goofy into the mix as Mary Sues that solve all of the problems.

For that reason, I don't have much more to add beyond what we said in the video.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Kingdom Hearts Primer - Kingdom Hearts 2 - Episode 18 - Atlantica: A Hate Story

From one of my favorite level, to what is easily my least favorite....



It's amazing how quickly I can go from singing this game's praises to groaning at how bad it is. Atlantica is, if anything, a microcosm for all that is wrong with Kingdom Hearts 2.


  • While easy and otherwise inoffensive, there's nothing engaging about the musical segments. They're nothing more than fluff.
  • The scenario is some of the most vapid writing I've seen from any Kingdom Hearts world. Not only is it blatantly coping from the first movie, but it does so in a way that almost directly contradicts the "character growth" that the people in the world underwent in the first game.
  • Facts revealed in this scenario (like the world *above* the sea), make me wonder just why we needed to blend in with the undersea world at all in the original Kingdom Hearts. Why not just land above the sea and interact with the people there.
If we never revisit Atlantica in another Kingdom Hearts game again, it'll be too soon. It's clear that nobody knows what to do with it.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Kingdom Hearts Primer - Kingdom Hearts 2 - Episode 16 - Revenge Before Pleasure

This is Hollow... CHRISTMAS!



Please note that between the time we recorded this footage, and now, I have actually sat down to watch The Nightmare Before Christmas for the first time. When this was made, I had not seen the film.

Someone in the Square Enix offices is obviously a huge fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas, because out of all the Disney worlds, this one got the most love by far.

The script is so much more well written, they added a ton of cool little details into the Final Mix version, the enemy and scenario design is heads and shoulders above most other worlds. There is so much care than went into this level that I'm genuinely impressed by it.

Shame that the other worlds aren't cared for as much.