Kingdom Hearts 2 is over five years old. Oh man.
So, it dawned on me today that Kingdom Hearts 2, a game that in my opinion is both magical and one of the best video games ever made, was released more than five years ago. March 28th 2006, A quarter of my life ago, I was 14. This, in my opinion, is amazing, scary, grand, and fucked up. Where did my teenage years go? I remember playing getting and playing Kingdom Hearts 2 for the first time like it was waiting. Hell, I remember what is was like *waiting* for Kingdom Hearts 2. Especially the last few months before it came out.
I didn’t get Kingdom Hearts when it first came out in 2002, because I didn’t get a PS2 until 2004. At that point, Kingdom Hearts was the game I wanted most (though I got FFX first, still the best FF game in my opinion). Which is a little weird. I’m was and am still not by any means, outside of Pixar, a Disney fan, and at that point I hadn’t had the chance to play any final fantasy game. Even now I consider myself a *huge* fan of the Kingdom hearts franchise but only a moderate fan of Final Fantasy games (played 9 of them, never beat any though). What I think made me want to play Kingdom Hearts was that I always saw the commercials for it, and I had remembered them. So, I finally got to play the game in december 2004. And I loved it. I loved the world of Kingdom Hearts, I loved the characters, I loved the story, and I loved the magical feel of it. At that moment in time, it was my favorite game.
A few months later, I became aware that a sequel was being made. I researched the hell out of it, read about so many theories and thoughts on various forums and sites, and checked several Kingdom Hearts news sites every day for new information. I went through every trailer 50 times at least. In the first couple months of 2006, it was all I was thinking about. I dreamed about playing Kingdom Hearts 2 three times before it came out (it was awesome), and was about the only thing I could talk about at that point. The game had already came out in japan, and I needed a taste of it but I didn’t want to spoil myself. So I watched the opening video, the menu video, and a little 16 second clip of Roxas skateboarding over and over. Oh, not to mention I listened to Passion repeatedly. Fond memories… Anywho. It was seeming to be exactly what I wanted it to be, which was lots of things but ultimately, magical and amazing. And it was.
I was on spring break from boarding school when Kingdom Hearts 2 came out, and I had 6 days to beat it. My dad didn’t want me to bring the ps2 i had at this point back to school with me as my previous one had been stolen when I was out on sick-leave. I beat it in three. From the second the game started, and I was Roxas running around in twilight town (which by the way, favourite character and world in the franchise. 358/2 Days is fantastic, by the way) I was hooked. I played that game 11 hours straight for three days in a row, and I loved every second of it. It was everything I ever wanted and more. Though looking back on it was easier than the previous game though all of it’s additions and improvements more than make up for it. While today I wouldn’t consider it my favourite game of all time, it’s still definitely up there and Kingdom Hearts, as a franchise, is one of two franchises I’ve played and beat every game in. I still love Kingdom Hearts very much, it’s very dear to my heart. Even though Birth By Sleep ended up being lame. (honestly, i enjoyed Re:Coded more)
My life wouldn’t be where it is today without it actually. I met a friend, who is one of my closest today, because we were both cosplaying Roxas and through him I met a bunch of other people who eventually came to be close friends. Wouldn’t have happened without Kingdom Hearts. My interest in gaming as a whole today, which is something I’ve put thousands of hours into, wouldn’t be to the extent where it is… I got to see Utada live last year, and a gigantic wave of emotion hit when the first few seconds of Passion/Sanctuary were played. I was so happy… While I may not act like your typical Kingdom Hearts fan, I’ve got the same devotion for it that the weeaboo masses do. I really do love it, especially Kingdom Hearts 2, it means so much to me.
Here’s to you Kingdom Hearts 2!
P.S. Kingdom Hearts Dreams Drop Distance looks awesome.