For those of you who don’t know, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix is a compilation pack consisting of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, and the cinematics from Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days; all in high-definition. That’s a whole lot of Kingdom Hearts. Luckily, I won’t, and never will, get tired of Kingdom Hearts any time soon, and this compilation only strengthens my love for the franchise.
Oddly enough, the first thing I did when I put in the disk was watch the cinematics for 358/2 Days; an installment to the franchise that’s exclusive to the Nintendo DS. I have no idea what the gameplay is like since I don’t own a DS, however I no longer care. The cinematics are set up like a movie, but with breaks in between, which is where text keeps us in the loop of what transpired between scenes. I’m so glad they included this into the package, because regardless of what the game was like, 358/2 Days has a tragic story with a lot of heart (no pun intended) and really does explain a lot of the behind-the-scenes goings on between Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts 2. If you’re a fan of the series, but, like me, you never got your hands on this installment; this cinematic collection is definitely for you.
Now on to what I’m currently working through: Kingdom Hearts Final Mix. The Final Mix edition of a Kingdom Hearts game (which, there are many) is essentially an updated version of the game that includes new content. None of the Final Mix editions have been available in North America before this release, which makes it pretty special. I’ve argued with a friend of mine for years over which of the first two Kingdom Hearts was better, and after spending a couple dozen hours getting reacquainted with the first, I’m inclined to agree with him: it’s the first. However, I don’t mean the version of the game that I played years ago. I’m talking the Final Mix edition. New moves and abilities have been added to Sora’s arsenal that make the combat much smoother than in the original. I always felt that the combat in Kingdom Hearts was a bit stiff and awkward; that it was missing something. I think that these new additions are what I wanted, and it really does make a big difference. I can’t forget about the new HD polish either. What used to be a colorful game is now a VERY colorful game, as the new HD upgrade really makes the characters and worlds pop. I’m consistently surprised how good this game looks considering its age. There are other additions that I have yet to get to; such as a new optional boss, and weapons, but even without them I couldn’t be more pleased with Kingdom Hearts Final Mix.
I still have a lot of playtime to go, as the new addition of trophies stretches my to-do list quite a bit, and actually gives it replayability. After that I’ll still have another game to go before I’ve fully experienced this stellar collection, which means this little bundle gives you a hefty amount of playtime. In the end, the greatest thing 1.5 ReMix does is get me hyped for Kingdom Hearts 3, and reminds me why this is one of my favorite series. I’ve been waiting for the third installment in the trilogy for what feels like decades now, and I was starting to think it would never happen. But now that it is, I’m glad Square Enix is rolling out a hype train for me to hop in. It also brings all the games together on one platform to save us the frustration of missing an installment, which is frustrating when you’re invested in the story, but can’t play the game. Altogether I love everything about 1.5 ReMix- from the concept to the execution. This is an absolute must have for any Kingdom Hearts fan.