The first time I encountered Kingdom Hearts was in the middle of a hurricane in Detroit, my friends had just purchased the game on the day of release and, as they were massive Disney fans, were very excited.
I am not a Disney fan, to be honest I find the idea of adults holding hands with the Little Mermaid and skipping through a coral pink castle in Florida rather disturbing. I did have the opportunity to go to Disneyworld a few years back but instead took a flight to Washington DC and DJ’d at a warehouse party overlooking the White House – take that, Donald!
However, back in Detroit we were trapped inside by the wind and had little else to do so we played Kingdom Hearts. Thirteen years on and I am still not a Disney fan but I absolutely love Kingdom Hearts.
Perhaps it’s because it’s so horrible twee and Disney, yet violent and subversive at the same time. Perhaps it’s because characters from Square Enix games such as Aerith, Cid, and Yuffie from Final Fantasy VII have conversations with Goofy like it’s the most natural thing in the world. Perhaps it’s just because it’s a damn good game.
Anyway, the point of this little missive is this: even if you are not a Disney fan, even if you cannot stand the colourful castles and happy characters, you really should play Kingdom Hearts.
Of course you could wait until Kingdom Hearts III arrives, that game could be very interesting now Square Enix owns Eidos and Disney own Star Wars.
I’m hoping for a sniper level in which Agent 47 picks off Ewoks, one by one.