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Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
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Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories bridges the gap between the original Kingdom Hearts and the sequel, Kingdom Hearts II. Chain of Memories from Square Enix for the Sony PlayStation 2 is a complete 3D remake of the original Game Boy Advance release from 2004. This "bridge" installment was released in Japan in 2007 as part of the Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+ compilation before finally making its way to North America. Combined with the card battle system of the original Game Boy Advance release, Chain of Memories for PS2 presents Kingdom Hearts fans with an entirely new gameplay experience.



This remake of the GBA original features improved graphics. View larger.


Donald and Goofy will lead you to spectacular adventures. View larger.


You'll meet and get advice from many familiar faces. View larger.
The Prologue
The story begins with Sora, Donald and Goofy wandering through endless fields. Eventually, they come to a crossroad. Standing in the crossroads, Sora gazes up at the night sky and thinks of his lost friends.

From the distance, a mysterious man approaches from one of the roads. "Ahead lies something you need," he says, "but to claim it you must lose something dear." The man vanishes, revealing a single path that leads to the eery Castle Oblivion, which resembles a girl's drawing.

The Story
After this encounter, Sora, Donald, and Goofy go their separate ways. Soon, on a night when his island home is besieged by a mysterious storm, Sora is whisked away to an unfamiliar burg known as Traverse Town. There he meets Donald and Goofy, and learns that there are strange things happening in the world.

Donald and Goofy set off to look for their missing king, and Sora joins them to search for his lost friend, Riku. After a long journey that takes them across numerous worlds, Sora and friends finally find Riku and the lost king. But to save all the worlds, Sora must use his Keyblade to close the door to darkness, even though Riku and the king are on the other side. Believing the king's parting words -- there will always be a door to the light -- Sora locks the door, and the trio sets out on yet another journey.

The Characters
The cast of Chain of Memories combines Kingdom Hearts characters with familiar Disney faces. Sora, is a 14-year-old boy and the hero of this tale. Although a little naive, Sora has an uncommon sense of justice. On his journey, Sora is accompanied by Donald, a court wizard who shares a striking resemblance to Donald the Duck of Disney fame, and the clumsy, easy-going captain of the Disney Castle Royal Knights, Goofy.

Other characters include the mysterious, shrouded man from the crossroads; Sora's lost friend, Riku, a 15-year-old boy who is cool and collected; the lost King, who bares a striking resemblance to Mickey Mouse; and Kairi, a 14-year-old girl who's friends with Sora and Riku. Almost more strange than the man at the crossroads, a mysterious girl, Namine, draws pictures inside Castle Oblivion under close surveillance of an evil organization. As the story alludes, she may hold the key to Sora's most special memories.

Features:
  • World-renowned creator and character designer Tetsuya Nomura and his team once again unite the magical world of Disney with the characters of FINAL FANTASY, inviting fans to an enchanting gaming experience
  • In addition to Sora, players can control Riku in this adventure that bridges the gap between KINGDOM HEARTS and KINGDOM HEARTS II
  • A full 3D remake of the original GBA release, KINGDOM HEARTS Re:Chain of Memories offers a refreshing rendition of the hit title for the PlayStation 2 system
  • The talented voice cast from the North American releases of KINGDOM HEARTS and KINGDOM HEARTS II return to breathe new life into the beloved characters
  • The mini-game catalog has been completely renewed, now with four brand new experiences accompanying the main adventure

Customer Reviews:

  • Not Kingdom Hearts,but a card game instead
    I think this game just sucks and the reason Kingdom Hearts was a good game to begin with was the battle system.They completely changed the battle system making you use cards.Square Enix and Disney just destroyed this game for me,because the only thing I like from the Kingdom Hearts series is the original battle system.You take the original battle system away,and this game is garbage plain and simple.

    The story to the Kingdom Hearts series is meh
    The characters in Kingdom Hearts is meh
    The fighting system in Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2 is priceless,but this game is a joke

    I'm not sure why cards are in the game,but it really is a slap in the face to the series.They should have left this game alone and worked on something different.If you buy this game I would recommend you sell it and get a better game instead.If you managed to stay away from buying this game and are reading the reviews take my advice and get something else.Spend the money you could use on this game for Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2 instead if you don't already have them.You really are better off saving your money and ignoring this game like it never existed.I don't think this game deserves any attention at all,which is my main reason for writing this review.If people keep buying this game I'm almost certain another one of these awful games will exist in the future....more info
  • Awesome! But still...
    This is yet another Kingdom Hearts game, and it takes place between the 1st and second Kingdom Hearts. It is really very well done(especially if you look at how much time they had to remake it)but the worlds are all built in essentially the same ways. They're more like levels instead of worlds. The fighting is somewhat frustraiting at first, but once into the game is fairly easy to master ( you fight with different cards, basically for every attack you make you have a card for). The one thing that was enjoyable to me, is that its a(n) action fighting system not quite a strategy(even though you have to use stratagies to win). Overall its a 5 star game that really compliments the other games( in other words, if you haven't played the other games you won't get as much out of the story).I really liked it and would recommend it to any Kingdom Hearts fan....more info
  • It Could Have Been Worse...Maybe.
    When I bought this game, I thought that I could deal with the whold card thing, but now I see that it's not the only problem. Firstly, while the game does look very good graphics-wise, the dubbing, although done by the original cast, sounds as if it was a rush job to make a deadline. Now, I don't really mind the card system too much, but I do wish that the developers would have gone back to the original battle system. I love Kingdom Hearts, but if I had my way, I would restart this whole game from scratch and make the battle system the same as the original. I found the cards to be maddening in battle, and the idea of having to acquire them just to open a simple door just seems silly to me....more info
  • GREAT GAME !!!!!!!
    Great third edition game. Different from the first two but a refreshing change. Well worth playing. Thanks!!!!...more info
  • The Best one thus far!
    This has to be one of the coolest Kingdom Hearts games I have ever played. The cutscenes are beautiful, and the gameplay is cool. This game was originally released in japan with Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix+, which was a remake of Kingdom Hearts 2 with extra battles, weapons, and cutscenes, that was only released in japan. The Organization 13 bosses are hard, but still cool and a fun game. It is a must have for any Kingdom Hearts fan....more info
  • Not deserving of Kingdom Hearts title.
    Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories is very different from the original Kingdom Hearts. I loved the series for the way you could freely explore worlds, the understandable battles, and the easy to follow story lines. This game is confusing from the start.
    The card battle/ key system is hard to grasp, but you're thrown right into it after a brief tutorial. Also, you fight alone as Sora, you can only call on other characters to help you fight if you run across a card with their picture. You also have to reload your deck of cards in the middle of battles which puts you wide open for enemy attacks.
    Heartless... this is the most annoying aspect to this game for me. If you run into one heartless, you are immediately swept into a battle scene with at least 4 heartless, usually different from the one you ran into.
    I gave this game a sympathy 2 star rating...
    If you're a fan of the Kingdom Hearts series for it's gameplay, I would seriously advise you to stay clear of this particular title. It is nothing but annoying battles and endless drawn-out cutscenes....more info
  • My Opinion
    Kingdom Hearts it my favorite video game series of all time. I was really excited to here they had come out with another game for ps2 and bought it despite some of the negative reviews. I must say I liked it and don't think it deserves quite such bad criticism.

    The camera angles were better then in the first game and the graphics were still great quality. It did lack as much voice acting as the other two games but all the important plot points were covered by vocal scenes. This game is more difficult then all the others. I really hate how when ever you encounter a heartless you are automatically transported to a battlefield. It makes it less fun to explore the map and I really loved to do that in all the other games. The card system its self might seem a pain at first but after you gain enough experience levels it's not so bad.

    Overall it is my least favorite of all the ps2 games in the series but it is definitely worth buying if you are a fan.
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  • PS2 port of a gameboy game?
    uhhh this game sucked on the gba, how can a ps2 version be any better when it still uses the crappy card based battle system? I'll stick with the other ps2 versions that are actually good.
    This review may only be legally shown directly on Amazon.com...more info
  • Kingod Hearts Re: CoM is a kingdom of fun!
    This is the best KH game out there! The story is this, Sora, Donald Duck, and Goofy are chasing Pluto (the dog) in a big wide open field.The
    cutscene then cuts to nighttime where we see Sora standing at crossroads thinking of his lost friends. A man wearing a black coat appears behind Sora and tells him of a strange place. Sora begins to walk down the road and finds himself in front of a huge castle. This mighty fortress known as Castle Oblivion is where the game takes place besides the Disney worlds. Sora and friends step inside the castle talking about how they all have the same feeling that their friends would be in Castle Oblivion. The man appears again and tells Sora that in Castle Oblivion "To find is to lose and to lose is to find." The man gives Sora a card made from his memories and the game begins. There are 3 key differences in this game, the most notable being the battle system. You can no longer just hit the x button over and over to attack. Now you have a certain number of cards to attack with and when you run out you can't attack again until you reload your deck. Another thing is that Donald and Goofy are no longer at Sora's side to help him fight. They are special cards in this game that you must pick up to have them appear for a short while. One final key difference is that you pick which attribute you want to level up now rather than the computer pick one for you. Once you beat Sora's story mode your not even done yet. After your back at the main menu an option called "reverse/rebirth" is available. Select this option to begin Riku's story mode. Riku's story mode is different from Sora's story mode in these ways: Riku can't customize his deck, Riku doesn't have to reload his deck, the main enemy is different, and rather than Going to the top of the castle like Sora, Riku has to go to the bottom of the castle. So here's my summary. story: 10/10. Graphics: 8/10. Gameplay: 10/10. Overall: 9.5/10. Seriously go pick this up now, it's much better than than the GBA version.
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  • Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories
    Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of memories starts off exactly right where Kingdom Hearts left off. It connects Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II and explains the beginning of the second installment.

    Sora, Donald, and Goofy, follow a mysterious man in black coat Castle Oblivion, a place where 'to lose is to find and to find is to lose'. upon stepping into the castle, you are approached by the hidden man who gives Sora a card, stating, ' The more you find out, the more you lose.' The card he gives he shows a familiar place- Traverse Town- and upon activating the card, Sora is transported to the town where his adventures first began. Once he gets there, however, he realizes that this place isn't real and the friends he's made and the people he'd met had forgotten him. As he continues to revisit the worlds he had once saved from the ebbing darkness, Sora finds himself unable to understand if the memories he has are real or if they're make believe.
    As he continues his journey, Sora finds is hard to remember the faces of the people he had traveled with-even forgetting about finding Riku. As you go along your adventure, stringing together lost memories and discarding old ones, you'll meet the characters from the first game- and even some new faces will appear. You'll encounter Organization XIII, realize what's truth and what's fiction, and, given the chance, unlock the second part of the game.

    There are many things that separate this game from its prequel and sequel. The battling system is unique, how you play is absolutely genuine, and the very story line of the game is compelling. Now lets address these topics so one does not get confused as to exactly how different this game is.

    First off, Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories isn't like your typical role playing game. It combines tactics with fighting and introduces a new way of defeating your obstacles: cards. In this games battle system you must use cards to release your attacks. There are many different types of cards ( ones for attacking, ones for combos, ones for magic, and ones to release finishing moves ). These cards can run out and to replenish them you have to 'charge' them so to speak by holding in a button. If you run out of cards you can't continue fighting. You can collect the cards, make decks, get rid of the ones you don't want, and combine them to form more powerful cards. Not only do these cards allow you to fight, but they allow you to proceed in the game. Certain cards unlock rooms and you can use these cards to 'synthesize' a room, changing it. They allow passage into other worlds-or memories of that world. And, if you give it enough time and patience, find secret cards to unlock sealed rooms that hold valuable treasure.

    Another major change in the game is how you play it. Instead of fighting alongside Donald and Goofy, Sora fights solo, using his friends as special battle cards that come and aid you during battle.
    Leveling up is, refreshingly, up to you. Once you achieve a level, you decide what you want to level up. Whether you want to give Sora more hp, allow him to hold more cards, or learn new abilities, is completely up to you.
    The layout of the worlds is slightly different then Kingdom Hearts fans are used to. Each section of the world you are in is a room made out of Sora's memories. Now, what's interesting about knowing the layout of a room you'll only be in for a few minuets? Everything. Strategy is a crucial part in deciding the rooms you are in. For example, the cards you collect from enemies are used to unlock the door to the next 'room'. And each card has a different type. Green, red, blue, or yellow. And each type has a title which allows certain things to happen. If you use a card that slow heartless down, then that 'room' is designed to follow that card. As stated before, cards completely rule the game. So when the time comes to unlock a door, choose carefully as it can be in favor for you or against you.

    Once you get the hang of the battle system, you can complete the game easily and then focus your attention on finding the hidden secrets through out the game. But even then, you're not quite done.

    Once you finish the game, you're not completely done. Once you return to the main menu There will be a third option to choose from: Reverse/Rebirth. By selecting this option, you have engaged yourself in Riku's story. Playing as Riku you battle the darkness in you and try and stay discrete as you unknowingly fight in the same memories as Sora is. Playing as Riku is exactly like playing as Sora: cards as the battle system and playing solo, choosing what you want to level up ( Hp, dark power, or attack. )

    Both sides of the game are equally challenging and engaging, promising a never before experienced game play.

    Overall, Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories was a worthwhile experience. It features the voice cast of the original Kingdom Hearts and engaging music from all three games. The graphics are eye pleasing and the cut scenes allow you view the game as if it were an actual anime. However, if you want to forge ahead and skip these scenes, you are given the option if you pause the scene. Reaction commands are given when needed, and you choose the difficulty of your game.

    The game itself comes packaged in a holographic game case, displaying Sora and Riku along with fragments of memory that display other important characters such as the artistic girl shrouded in mystery, Donald and Goofy, and the ever reliable King Mickey. Along with the game you receive three beautiful Kingdom Hearts postcards, each displaying a different image, along with a full color booklet that gives you all the information you need to start of. My only quelm about the game is that map system you are given. Basically it only shows you which way you're pointing so make sure to take note of the room your in as it can get confusing as to which door you have and haven't used yet.

    Originally the second disk in Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, North America finally presents: Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories....more info
  • It's different but overall a great game that deserves the Kingdom Hearts name!
    When I first started playing Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, I was a little hesitant with the new fighting system. But after getting used to it, I found it very invigorating and it turned out to be a great move on SE's part. This game bridges the gap between Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II, and makes you really understand what is going on at the beginning of KH2. The added cut scenes and transition to PS2 has made the game extremely enjoyable, adding replay value over the original. Whether you've played the GBA version or not, I would recommend getting this game. If you love the other 2 games in the series, then this is a must have....more info