Tales of Abyss is an excellent RPG that tells an engaging story, develops complex characters and presents mature discussions about identity and free will. Its combat system may be too simple for its own good, but the quality of the narrative makes up for any shortcomings in the gameplay department.
The protagonist of the game is a young man named Luke, the nephew of a king, who had to grow up locked away in a mansion after he was rescued from a kidnapping seven years before the events of the game, when he was just a child – a traumatic event that erased all his memories of his earlier years. With no contact with the outside world, living a good, but boring life, Luke [...]
—> The following review will comment heavily on the events of 358/2 Days. Beware of spoilers.
Kingdom Hearts 2 is a bigger, bolder sequel that amps up the series’ characteristics in every level, bringing a more complex narrative and a more action packed gameplay. It has its obvious faults – at this point, it wouldn’t be Kingdom Hearts without them – but the game has its heart in the right place: the story it tells, although convoluted, is tragic and moving.
The plot follows Sora’s awakening after the events of Chain of Memories, and his fight against Organization XIII, which is trying to form Kingdom Hearts by collecting hearts released from monsters. He will [...]
Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, the 3D remake for PS2 of the GBA title Chain of Memories, is a strange, disjointed, complex beast. It continues the story of Sora directly from where the first game left off, but with even more bizarre characters and plotlines, while introducing a new combat system that is cumbersome and unbalanced.
The story starts with Sora, Donald and Goofy chasing Pluto for some news on the whereabouts of Mickey and Riku. Eventually, they end up finding a strange castle called Oblivion, where they start to gradually lose their memories as they climb the place in search of their friends.
Chain of Memories’ narrative continues to explore the themes [...]
Kingdom Hearts is an ambitious crossover between Disney and Final Fantasy, which ironically excels precisely when it’s not covering either brand, but being its own thing.
The protagonist of the game is Sora, a kid who lives on an island and dreams of traveling with his friends, Kairi and Riku, to discover new places. They start building a raft to go sailing, but before they are able to depart, their homeworld is engulfed in shadows and, after a battle against a monster, Sora wakes up in another world. There, he meets Donald and Goofy, who are looking for a key that is supposed to help their king, Mickey Mouse.
The game begins with an uncanny atmosphere. It asks personal [...]