Welcome to the Kingdom Hearts Community Thread! This thread is for Kingdom Hearts fanatics, discuss everything Kingdom Hearts related- from the story to the day KH 3 will finally be released (lol)
Everyone's favorite aspect of Kingdom Hearts! The story, of course!
In Kingdom Hearts, the story plays a really big part of the overall experience. To many, it is incredibly convoluted and unnecessarily complex. To others, it's a unique story and it's actually pretty good if you manage to catch up and play all the games in the franchise. Kingdom Hearts revolves around visiting worlds from famous Disney movies, where Sora (Or Roxas, Ventus, Aqua, Terra, Riku) Meet the characters from these charming movies and cartoons, and take part in solving whatever is going on in these worlds, most of the time you'll be paired up with a major character from the world you're in.
The characters in Kingdom Hearts are-
Sora- A charming boy with a very special heart, the star of Kingdom Hearts and a very skilled Keyblade wielder. This boy explores many worlds saving them one by one and makes many friends along the way.
Riku- Sora's childhood and best friend. Riku might seem like an asshole at first, but he's a pretty good character and had a major role in the latest game, Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance. Also being a skilled Keyblade weilder, Riku keeps a special place in the heart of many fans and fan girls.
Kairi- Sora and Riku's friend. She is Sora's love interest and is, surprise! a Keyblade wielder! She plays a major role in the story, she comes from Radiant Garden/Hollow Bastion and has memories of her past there. Without her, this story wouldn't be as crazy.
Ventus- An energetic boy, one of the three protagonist of the game Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep. Ventus has a unique way of fighting as he holds his Keyblade backwards, Ventus was Master Xehanort's apprentice until he was.. um, left in the care of Master Eraqus.
Aqua- A strong, skilled Keyblade Wielder. She passed the Mark of Mastery exam and is now a full-fledged Keyblade master. She excels in magic and is one of the three protagonist in KH: BBS. Aqua tries to keep her friends Ventus and Terra safe and sound, and is not afraid to face danger.
Terra- A very strong, skilled Keyblade Wielder. Terra failed the Mark of Mastery exam and left his homeworld shortly after that. He believes in Master Xehanort and follows him around hoping to catch up to him, unfortunately, Terra is easily exposed to the darkness inside of him and is not very good at controlling his emotions.
Roxas- Sora's nobody, an ex-member of Organization XIII and their most important one, at that. Roxas spent his days eating ice cream with his two friends, Axel and Xion, Roxas was needed to bring Sora back from his deep slumber. This character holds a special place in many hearts, including mine.
Lea/Axel- An ex-member of Organization XIII, Lea was known as Axel when he was a Nobody. Lea was very good friends with both Roxas and Xion and introduced them to the concept of Eating Seasalt Ice Cream = Friendship. Lea is also a, yup, Keyblade Wielder!
Xion- Roxas and Axel's friend. Memories of Sora where inside her and as such, she needed to die and merge with Sora for him to comeback from his deep slumber. Xion was the fourteenth member of Organization XIII, she was able to wield a Keyblade too!
King Mickey- A very, very important character in Kingdom Hearts. King Mickey was Yen Sid's apprentice and is a righteous Keyblade Master. Mickey left his Castle in Kingdom Hearts 1 in search of a way to stop Ansem and since then has become a very big part of the other character's journey.
Xehanort- The main villain in the current "Saga" (As stated by Nomura himself) of Kingdom Hearts. This man is EVERYWHERE.
The current Games in the Kingdom Hearts franchise are-
Kingdom Hearts 1- Originally released on PS2. The 1.5 HD Remix available for PS3 includes this game's Final Mix version with High-Definition graphics.
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories- Sequel (yes) to Kingdom Hearts. Originally released on the Gameboy, this game features gameplay vastly different from the rest of the series. Nowadays the Remake version released on PS2 is now available in HD on 1.5 HD Remix.
Kingdom Hearts 2- Sequel to Chain of Memories. This game refines the gameplay from KH 1 and features new worlds and characters. The Final Mix version is available on HD in the 2.5 HD Remix collection for PS3.
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days- This game takes place after Kingdom Hearts 1, but it also happens during Chain of Memories but before Kingdom Hearts 2. It expands on Organization XIII and Roxas. A "Movie" version of this game with HD cutscenes is available on the 1.5 HD Remix collection.
Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep- Prequel to Kingdom Hearts 1. This game features 3 different playable characters and introduced the command deck gameplay we have seen in many Kingdom Hearts games now. The Final Mix version is available in HD on the 2.5 HD Remix collection.
Kingdom Hearts Coded/RE:Coded- Let's just go with RE:Coded. Released on the DS, kind of a pointless entry besides a few cutscenes. 2.5 HD Remix features a movie version with all cutscenes in HD.
Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance- The game after KH RE:Coded. This game finally takes place after KH 2 and sets the way for KH 3 (YES!) Released for the 3DS, this game has as much content as a console PS2 game and offers new worlds, along with a playable Riku and Sora. You must play this to understand where the story is going next.
Music in Kingdom Hearts can go from average to simply amazing:
Simple and Clean PLANITb Remix
Darkness of the Unknown
The 13th Dilemma
Enter the Void
Just to name a few. Share your favorite tracks from KH here, too!
I wanna play Kingdom Hearts and understand the story, wtf do I play first?!
Kingdom Hearts BBS -> Kingdom Hearts 1 -> Kingdom Hearts Chain/RE:Chain of Memories -> Kingdom Hearts 2 -> Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days -> Kingdom Hearts RE:Coded -> Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance.
NOTE: If you play the games in this order, be prepared to have a hard time adjusting to the different Battle Systems. For example, going from BBS to KH 1 on the PS2 will be a bit difficult.
I wanna play Kingdom Hearts but only the major games, wtf do I play?
Birth By Sleep, KH 1, KH 2, and DDD. Also CoM if you want to meet the rest of the Org.
and more recently, Kingdom Hearts X [Chi] because it's going fucking crazy
Which are the side story games?
CoM (To an extent)
-A few notes about Chain of Memories-
The most important part in the game overall is towards the end with Namine and Sora. CoM features a story called "Reverse Rebirth" that revolves around Riku and what happened to him after KH 1. CoM introduces Marluxia, Lexaeus, Zexion, Larxene, and Vexen. Play it if you want to know more about them, Riku, or why Sora was asleep at the start of KH II.
I hope KH fans enjoy this thread, I was seriously nervous while making this since it's my first major thread!
Kingdom Hearts 3 was recently announced, feel free to discuss anything about it in this thread. From story to gameplay, go all out.