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Treating Fans To Improved Visuals And Nostalgic Memories

Over a decade has passed since Kingdom Hearts entered the RPG realm. Some days it feels like just yesterday I was stepping into Disney worlds with Sora, Donald, and Goofy in a quest to fight against the darkness. But a lot has happened since 2002, from Roxas' bout with Organization XIII in 358/2 Days to the prequel Birth By Sleep alongside other spin-offs that teased what happened next in Sora's story. With Kingdom Hearts III finally announced for development, the time is ripe to go back and see where it all began. Thankfully, on September 10 the Kingdom Heats HD 1.5 ReMIX releases, which includes the first game, Chain of Memories, and just the cutscenes from 358/2 Days. Today at E3, I got hands-on time with 1.5 ReMIX for a nostalgic trip back to the entry that brought me one of my favorite franchises.

When I begin my demo in my favorite world Halloween town, the visual HD upgrade is stark. Everything looks crispier and clearer, and the visual blemishes that sometimes plagued the first game are gone. As I run around the spooky black and purple town, I notice the controls are different. Since this is the Final Mix version that only released originally in Japan, the controls play closer to Kingdom Hearts II. Special Attacks are activated by the triangle button, making them play out much smoother in the heat of battle. However, one aspect of Kingdom Hearts remains intrusive: the camera. It feels an more like an obstacle than I remember since you can't adjust it vertically.

But the camera can't take away from the magic I felt when I stepped back into the first game with Jack Skellington at my side. As I bumped into Dr. Finklestein, memories flood back about what I have to do to get through the area and finally face off against Oogie Boogie. I can't deny that fighting off the heartless in Guillotine Square is still a blast. These are the things that make the experience of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX. Being able to go back and reminisce about the little details I haven't been reminded of and remembering what drew me to the series in the first place. Throw in all the new details we've found out since Kingdom Hearts release, and a fresh replay is sure to let me pick up on hints I didn't the first time around. 

Unfortunately, I didn't get to see Chain of Memories in action, but if the improved visuals to Kingdom Hearts are any indication, I'm confident it will follow suit. The collection isn't offering that much new, but that's okay; instead it provides people the chance who never stepped in to experience these games and fans who want a refresher before Kingdom Hearts III a nostalgic opportunity. 

Will you be picking up 1.5 ReMIX?

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Comments
  • Me want on 3DS :( ooh ohh ahah
  • Nah, KH 1 and 2 are all I care about really.
  • Improved graphics and trophies aren't so important to me that I would re-buy games I already own, but this is great news for those who never got a chance to play them.
  • I had the game until my brother took it and my ps2 to another state...I'm definitely getting this on launch day.
  • I will definitely be picking this up, I had the original when I was a kid and freaking loved it, I actually never beat it though cuz it was too hard for me at the time cuz I was younger and sucked at video games. I really want to get back into it though and after I beat the remix I'll probably try and find kingdom hearts 2 on amazon or something.
  • never could beat final boss stages when it came out, time for redemption!

  • I'm ashamed to admit that I have never played any of the KH games. So I will be getting this, without question.
  • This maybe a stupid question but will part 2 be included in the remix? i know it states part one and the handheld story will be included but will part two?
  • Awesome, gotta get ready for Kingdom Hearts 3 that wont be releasing anytime soon. :(
  • Yep I will be picking it up I think.

  • I still have the first 2 games for PS2. I got to play Chain of Memories on a friends GBA, but unfortunately sense then I haven't had the ability to play 358/2 days, Birth by Sleep or Dream Drop Distance. Wish they'd convert those to HD for PS3. I'd buy. I really would. But I've already pre-ordered my PS4 and and will be getting KH III as soon as it comes out, though I hope I haven't missed much in terms of story. Probably have.
  • Nah. If this included KH2, then I'd definitely pick it up.

  • I already pre-orderd. I want the limited edition artbook
  • Ah, Kingdom Hearts. The series that launched a billion crappy fan-fics.

    All joking aside, I never got around to trying out the Kingdom Hearts games, though I am slightly familiar with the fiction from comics and word-of-mouth. I guess now will be as good a time as any to find out what all the fuss is about.
  • definitely picking this game up. I never owned a copy of the original, so now's my shot!

  • Just because Kingdom Hearts 3 now exists, I'm getting this to catch up on the series. Been ashamed that this has been on my backlog WAY too long.

  • I hope they do a 2.5 release with 2, BBS, and Dream Drop Distance. that would be amazing I have been wanting to play them but i dont have a psp

  • Kingdom Hearts can just take all my money. I poured dozens upon dozens of hours into 1 & 2 & have been itching to play the handheld versions! Kinda boneheaded move to not include all the games in one package though? Everything about this has me giddy & bubbly as a schoolgirl!

  • I never played the entire games, so this will be a good catchup before 3

  • Can't wait to take on Xemnas in the First Game!

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