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The Parts That Need to be Improved
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days is only going to have a moderate ability to make most players want to play again and again. There is going to be a small group of Kingdom Hearts fanatics that have been waiting so long that they'll play this game to death, but a lot of people will play it once or twice and put it down. This is still a great Kingdom Hearts game with the ability to entertain a host of players and you don't want to miss this title despite this fact.
I you have played previous games in the Kingdom Hearts franchise you'll recognize all the worlds in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days because they all appeared in the original titles. In addition, the Disney characters which have always had strong connection to Kingdom Hearts don't really have much purpose in this title.
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The Good Parts of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Kingdom Hearts is back after years of absence in the form of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days for the Nintendo DS. This time you'll be experiencing the fun and enjoyment of Roxas' story of his time working with Organization XIII, just before he wakes up in the opening scenes of Kingdom Hearts II. All the hallmarks of this series are still here to enjoy, engaging combat, great production values and an engrossing and intriguing story line.
The focus of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days is centered on Kingdom Hearts characters within Organization XIII. It's a touching tale involving Roxas, Axel and Xion that will entertain veterans of this series but could have been improved if the writer had been more focused and concise.
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The Graphical Picture
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days has production values that are some of the best you're going to see on the Nintendo DS. The excellence of the presentation is perfectly executed in wonderfully rendered cut scenes and in-game graphics that sparkle. The characters animations are fast and exciting in this title and add significantly to the fun of playing this role-playing video game.
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Sounds in the Game
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days keeps the pace of the game play and on screen action in gear with recycled music from the original Kingdom Hearts titles. This is supplemented by great voice acting that makes playing the characters as you play this role-playing DS title more engaging and heart felt.
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Playability of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
The camera controls used in this role-playing video game have made the trip from the Playstation 2's analog stick to the DS's shoulder buttons in good shape. The melee combat is very satisfying and the upgrade system included with this title is very well designed and adds variety to the game play. You are constantly earning new and useful items during the small missions included in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days that can be applied to the interesting Tetris-type grid system implemented. Putting things on your ever expanding panel unlocks new key blades, combinations, levelling multipliers, defensive moves, and magic. Knocking the stuffing out of a nice variety of opponents is satisfying in a classic fashion and the lock-on system does a good job of making your enemies in your view. The missions are short but fun and this is a great set up for a handheld system and allows for plenty of battles against all kinds of opponents.
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The Final Word
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days is designed for the casual gamer who hasn't played many role-playing video games and the designers have succeeded. The design and game play included in this title achieves this perfectly and makes playing this role-playing video game engaging and fun for the casual gamer. There's even a little here for the hardcore gamer to enjoy and certainly Kingdom Hearts fanatics are going to fall in love again.