Kingdom Hearts II
is the last installment in the original Kingdom Hearts trilogy, and also the most controversial
. My thoughts on it vary.
First off, I think the game's plot
is a really good one, especially it's ending, which wraps everything up beautifully. However, the story
, how that plot is told...............is dissapointingly weak. This actually stems from three big factors.
: the Kudzu Plot
elements kicks into high gear and Nomura's concepts, which has much more free reign over than in the original Kingdom Hearts
, become absurdly, needlessly convoluted, and they don't serve the Disney elements nearly as well as they used to.
: the writer hired for this game, Kazushige Nojima, freely admitted that he was "not a major staff member" on the first KH and only wrote some scenarioes at the very end (post Hollow Bastion), and thus he doesn't quite "get" how KH works and thus creates many awkward or pointless scenes, missed opportunities, moments where characters act out-of-character, and....well, he generally creates a mess and was just not the right man for the job.
: the Disney elements are portrayed much more inconsistently. Half of the time, they're relevant to the overall original plot. Half of the time, they're Filler
. Half of the time, their plotlines are original but with elements from their movies (like in the first KH). Half of the time, their plotlines are ripped entirely from their movies. Half of the time, the stuff in them are really run. Half of the time, they're lame. It all becomes a roller coaster of quality that can be very frustuarting.
However, there's alot that's done right in KH2 as well. The gameplay is actually better than the original game's, fine-tuning all the kinks. Even the Gummi Ship segments are fun! The graphics are still colorful and Disney-esque, the music still fantastic, and for all it's fault, the story still has plenty of moments that entertain. If the original Kingdom Hearts
was something of a genuine masterpiece, then it's successor is a flawed masterpiece. It's got alot going for and against it, but the pros far outweigh the cons. I've recommended KH, I've recommended KH:COM, and I sure as hell recommend KH2 to all Disney and Square Enix fans.