Kingdom Hearts Re:codedDS/$39.99/Available Now
Square Enix left the gaming community in shock when it unleashed the role-playing game "Kingdom Hearts" on the unsuspecting masses. The Tokyo-based company managed to meld its already successful "Final Fantasy" series with the cute and lovable creations of Walt Disney. The end result was an amalgamation of legendary characters and time-tested gameplay that paved the way for sequels and spinoffs. Now, after years of trying to rethink, reinvent and reimagine their franchise, Square Enix has decided to one-up its past efforts and offer the world "Kingdom Hearts Re:coded."
"Their hurting will be mended when you return to end it." These are the mysterious words that Jiminy Cricket has discovered scrawled across his journal, which chronicles the adventures of Sora and his friends. In order to research this further, King Mickey has the book digitized, which reveals a vast "datascape" filled with bugs. Within this world overrun by parasites, King Mickey has also discovered a Data-Sora, a tiny version of our hero, who is more than ready to tackle the bad guys and help his pals.
The game's overall theme of placing you in control of a hero surrounded by "Final Fantasy" and Disney legends hasn't changed at all, but the way you play has. Instead of concentrating on a single gameplay element, you'll be treated to 3-D action, 2-D platforming and turn-based role-playing combat. Each one, while unique, will still have you wielding your Keyblade as you hack and slash a variety of evildoers. The gameplay has also been enhanced by adding the "Deck Command" system found in "Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep," which allows for more than 100 commands to be executed with the press of a single button.
Role-playing elements can still be found outside of combat thanks to Sora's new Stat Matrix. By attaching data chips found within the game to this circuit board, you can increase the skills and power of our hero. This allows players to customize Sora as much or as little as they choose. The customization doesn't end here. With Tag Mode, you can build your own dungeons and avatars by using the bits and pieces you collect throughout the game.
By taking each and every strength of its past titles, Square Enix has managed to pack quite a bit into this little Nintendo DS game. With its multiple gameplay types, character customization and cast of Disney favorites, "Kingdom Hearts Re:coded" is sure to please and surprise fans of the franchise.
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