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10:00 - 16th November 2013, by Matt Kamen

Kingdom Come

Kingdom Hearts
The original game may not be the most mechanically accomplished but it's still an outstanding action-RPG in its own right. Each time Sora, Donald and Goofy venture into one of the Disney worlds they're joined by its respective hero or heroine. It's also satisfying to play a Square Enix game where you don't have to take it in turns to attack. You simply lock onto an enemy and start swinging away.

Kingdom Hearts II
Often considered the high-point of the series so far, Kingdom Hearts II is set a year after Chain of Memories and sees the heroes fighting the Heartless and remaining members of Organisation XIII. The Gummi Ship sections were changed to be more like a rail-shooter (as in fixed position rather than free moving) and the game featured more mini-games like skateboarding and singing. Kingdom Hearts II also sees the debut of Disney's bumbling Pete.

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
Set ten years before the events of the original game, Birth by Sleep is chronologically the first game in the Kingdom Hearts series. It stars a different trio of heroes and explains how Sora and Riku became Keyblade Masters as well as the origins of the series' primary villain, Xehanort. It's the longest game in the series thanks to its three separate scenarios, and instead of the usual Heartless, the heroes fight the Unversed.

Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
Some people have a soft spot for the Game Boy Advanced original, but the 3D character models and voice acting help to make Re:Chain of Memories the more immersive game. The game introduces players to Organisation XIII and many of its members - including Axel, Larxene and Zexion. They're kind of like the Arrancar of the Kingdom Hearts universe, only with robes that are a little less allergic to curry sauce.

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Following the events of Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, Sora and Riku undertake a Mark of Mastery exam in order to home their skills as Keyblade Masters. To do this, they journey to worlds that were attacked by the Heartless and now lie in a dream-like state. Dream Drop Distance also introduced the Dream Eaters, creatures that are similar to the Heartless, Nobodies and Unversed of the previous games.

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Rather than focusing on Sora, Donald and Goofy, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days chronicles the story of Roxas, the 13th member of Organisation XIII and someone who shares a striking resemblance to Sora. This was the second Kingdom Hearts game to feature a multiplayer element after Chain of Memories. Square Enix fans were also disappointed by the absence of Final Fantasy characters, but while Cid, Yuffie and Aeris didn't make the cut, the Moogles were still out in force. Kupo!

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