Reviews for the Lazy Gamer: Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix

Categories: Gaming

Game: Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix

Platform: PS3

Publisher/Developer: Square Enix

Genre: Action RPG

Describe This Game in Three Words: Finally on PS3

Plot: The original meshing between Final Fantasy and Disney on the PS2 finally gets an HD remake for the PS3, as well as Re:Chain of Memories and a three-hour cinematic version of 365/2 Days. These titles, following heroes trying to save the Disney worlds from a heartless darkness, remain some of the best titles ever released, so I assume they don't need too much description.

Up, Up: I was just thinking the other day I ought to break out Kingdom Hearts on my PS2, and the HD remake landed in my inbox. The HD remake was a daunting task, as the original assets to the first game were lost. So this new version has been built from the ground up, and it's definitely for the better.

First off, the camera has finally been fixed so that it's not controlled by shoulder buttons, which was always one of the things that made me throw down the original in frustration as I searched in vain during battles. The graphics come out clear as a bell, though it's not really all that better than, say, the original or something like Dragon Quest VIII. Cartoon RPGs are cartoon RPGs, and even something like Ni no Kuni can only go so far graphically.

The music though, is out of this world. Yoko Shimomura's score comes out lush and rich, with more depth than the original. This is the first time I realized what a truly exceptional soundtrack the game has, and it brings the experience to life more than ever before.

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