Sunday, April 30, 2006

KH2: Sora shouldn't be a lion

27.5 hrs hours into the game.


Worlds passed through:
Prologue (with Roxas)
Twilight Town
The Tower of New Shiny Clothes
Hollow Bastion
The Land of Dragons
Beast's Castle
Brief return to H.B./100 Acre Wood
Olympus Stadium
Disney Castle
Timeless River
Another stop at 100 Acre Wood
Port Royale
Olympus Tournament 1
Agrabah
Twilight Town
Hollow Bastion
TRON 1
Hollow Bastion Heartless War
100 Acre Woods
Land of Dragons
100 Acre Woods
Beast's Castle
Olympus
Port Royale
Halloween Town
Agrabah
100 Acre Woods
Pride Lands
100 Acre Woods
Atlantica First Rehersal

Currently:
Atlantica Second Rehersal

Worlds Remaining: 7

Plot Points:

I went on to finish Argabah, still not enjoying the flying carpet thing. However, finishing it caused the Pride Lands to reappear, and I thought I might as well get that over with.

Lion Sora scares me. I mean, I appreciate that finally the kid runs at a decent pace, but did we have to turn him into a lion to make that happen? (And if that damn skateboard shows up in the desert during the second visit, I'm going to scream.)

So why does Lion Sora scare me? It's his lack of expression. Lion Sora looks vapidly happy 90% of the time. Yes, I know regular Sora is vapidly happy a lot, too, but at least his face moves. Lion Sora just stares out of the screen with huge eyes looking like there's seriously no one home upstairs. Your clothes transformed you, Sora—into an idiot.


See? Even Nala wants to know WTF is up with that hair.

Let's talk about this magical transformation. He turns into a lion, going black like his clothes. (Um... ok, yeah I can go with that.) But he retains his brown spikey hair. He's too little to have a mane so what's with the hair? Did someone think we wouldn't recognize him if he didn't have the hair and the necklace? Make the kid a lion—stupid—but keep his hair and his bling. You know what they should have done? Kept his clothes, too, and had him walk upright. If you're furry, Disney, don't do it halfway.


If you click and look closely, Simba's wondering about the hair, too.

What scares me even more is after I completed the first Pride Lands episode, I went to do the 100 Acre Wood stuff so I could have a break from the Adventures of Furry Sora. Anyway, Sora appears in Hollow Bastion and I stare at the screen going "why does he look funny?"

Because he's not a lion.

Curse you, Disney.

Thanks for taunting me by completely displaying The World That Never Was on the map, but then not allowing me to go there. Oh, and for adding another stupid Gummi Mission to Twilight Town, because that allowed me to avoid Lion Sora for a few minutes.

Anyway, further trying to avoid Lion Sora, I went to Atlantica. Where I was assaulted with—are you ready—Dolphin Sora. Ok, he's a merman, but I ask you... are merpeople part dolphin? No, they're part fish. Are dolphins fish? Well, contrary to what Square might think, no, dolphins aren't fish. They're mammals and they have to breathe air. Making Sora part dolphin to chill under the sea makes about as much sense as Lion Sora retaining his hair and bling.

...So it's par for the course.


No, it's really not.

Lucky for the naked hero, the magic of Disney allows him to breathe underwater.

Unfortunately for him, I'm not sure even 12 year old girls are going to be excited about staring at his scrawny chest, and he has a dorsal fin that looks like it's coming out of his ass.

Oh, yeah, and they make him SING.

I'm not sure if the joke's supposed to be on Sora or me.

Screenshots from Kingdom Hearts Ultimania and IGN.com

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

KH2: Santa's Mean

22.5 hrs hours into the game.


Worlds passed through:
Prologue (with Roxas)
Twilight Town
The Tower of New Shiny Clothes
Hollow Bastion
The Land of Dragons
Beast's Castle
Brief return to H.B./100 Acre Wood
Olympus Stadium
Disney Castle
Timeless River
Another stop at 100 Acre Wood
Port Royale
Olympus Tournament 1
Agrabah
Twilight Town
Hollow Bastion
TRON 1
Hollow Bastion Heartless War
100 Acre Woods
Land of Dragons
100 Acre Woods
Beast's Castle
Olympus
Port Royale
Halloween Town

Currently:
Halloween Town second episode

Worlds Remaining: 11

Plot Points:

So it turns out I was supposed to do Halloween Town's first visit and the Pride Lands' first visit before I ran off to fight in the Hollow Bastion war. Oh well. Halloween Town opened back up after Port Royale was completed, so I'm hoping the Pride Lands reappears as well.

There was a blissfully smaller amount of Will Turner in the last half. Plus, another fantastic observation from Donald and Goofy. You'll remember they felt Sephiroth looked like Cloud? Well, now they've decided that Jack Sparrow and Sora are a lot alike.

Yeah, right.

On to Halloween Town, and the appearance of Halloween Sora, the best of all the weird-alternate costumes. Because he has bat wings and is gothed-out like he just got back from raiding Riku's latest Hot Topic purchases. (You know Riku shops there. He's all one with the Darkness.)

Why is Santa mean? Well, it turns out that Riku told Sora that there was no Santa Claus, and Sora believed him. So he said that he didn't believe in Santa. Sora meets Santa and says "am I on your nice list?" and Santa checks and goes "oh yes you are. Unfortunately you told everyone you didn't believe in me."


Really, Santa, don't you think you're being a bit petty?

Santa then bitches out Jack Skellington and makes them all go look for Lock, Shock and Barrel. He wants to lecture them about how it's bad to break windows or something. But since Sora doesn't bring the kids back because he's busy fighting Oogie Boogie, Santa decides to lecture Jack instead.

Once he's finished, he tells Sora to believe in Riku and then he'll find him, just like he found Santa. Which either means that Sora really did believe in Santa or Sora has to stop believing in Riku so he'll just stumble acorss him one day.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

KH2: Riku hates you, that's why

21 hrs hours into the game.


Worlds passed through:
Prologue (with Roxas)
Twilight Town
The Tower of New Shiny Clothes
Hollow Bastion
The Land of Dragons
Beast's Castle
Brief return to H.B./100 Acre Wood
Olympus Stadium
Disney Castle
Timeless River
Another stop at 100 Acre Wood
Port Royale
Olympus Tournament 1
Agrabah
Twilight Town
Hollow Bastion
TRON 1
Hollow Bastion Heartless War
100 Acre Woods
Land of Dragons
100 Acre Woods
Beast's Castle
Olympus

Currently:
Port Royale

Worlds Remaining: 11

Plot Points:
Other than paying a couple mini-games with Winnie the Pooh & friends, not much new to add. Sora thinks he spotted Riku running around in those limited-edition Organization XIII coats. Everyone's all "why would Riku be with the Organization?"

Simple. The kid saw the black coat uniform and thought they were Sephiroth clones. So he was all "yes, I've been looking everywhere for my clone crew. We gotta head to Reunion, yo!"

Man, Sora is going to be upset when he realizes he was ditched so Riku could go star as main baddie in the Advent Children movie.

EDIT 9:13 4/16/06:

Woosh through Beast's castle. Man, Xaldin has mutton-chops. Really, who told these guys that dreds and mutton-chops were a good plan?


Seriously, dude, you're scaring the kids.

Olympus was fun because it saw the return of Auron, who is badass. Sora experienced FFX flashbacks or something. He touched a little Auron action figure and gained magical electrifying insight into Auron's past. Insight you don't get to see because you played FFX, and if you didn't, well Square assumes you're going to. Auron gave him a keyblade. (I have since declared it the coolest keyblade ever.)

The last member of Organization XIII revealed themselves in Port Royale. A blond guy with ear piercings and a stuffy accent. No idea what his name was, I was too busy freaking out over having got Anti Form during a battle.

Anti-form is when you drive and Sora turns into one of the funky heartless that were in the Deep Dive movie. (Usually you see Roxas battle with them in the KH music videos.) So it's a heartless with Sora's clothes on. Of course, by standard video game logic, nobody notices that Sora turned into a heartless... nope, why would they?

Oh, I was forced to endure another cut scene where Miss Swan clutches Will as he lays on the floor. I bet they re-used the footage because Sora had the same "I can't believe I paid to see Kingdom of Heaven" look on his face he had last time.

Then Mr. Stuffy Blond stole the Black Pearl and left Sora—or Zola as Jack called him—Donald, Goofy, and Johnny Depp for dead. Nobodies have scattered medillions about, so we have to go find them. Jack's been cursed again, and I was like "YES, SHOW ME SKELETON SORA" but they didn't feel like programming that, so Sora, Donald and Goofy are immune to the curse. Yeah. Because they don't get effected by worlds like uh... Olde-Timey Disney, Tron, Halloween Town, Atlantica, or The Pride Lands. Don't lie to me Square, you lazy bums.

I suppose I'll have to settle for Spooky Sora with bat wings, in Halloween Town. That's where I'll be headed after Port Royale is finished.

Oh, and a massive weird upside down town with a little world floating above has appeared in a hazy You Can't Go Here Yet But We'll Taunt You With It Anyway green shield. I'm guessing it's the World That Never Was, the rumored place of all the final boss stuff.

Monday, April 10, 2006

KH2: Conclusion of Hollow Bastion War

19.? hours into the game.


Worlds passed through:
Prologue (with Roxas)
Twilight Town
The Tower of New Shiny Clothes
Hollow Bastion
The Land of Dragons
Beast's Castle
Brief return to H.B./100 Acre Wood
Olympus Stadium
Disney Castle
Timeless River
Another stop at 100 Acre Wood
Port Royale
Olympus Tournament 1
Agrabah
Twilight Town
Hollow Bastion
TRON 1
Hollow Bastion Heartless War

Currently:
About to go to 100 Acre Wood

Worlds Remaining: 17
I'm guessing I'm halfway through the game.

Plot Points:
This is even more twisty and turny than the things I write.

I beat Demyx.

Ok. So then... Goofy gets hit on the head with a rock. And everyone makes it out like he's dead. I've seen cutscenes in music videos on YouTube.com and should have know Goofy wasn't dead, but I started to doubt. Because Sora was all upset and I trust the Cloudspawn to be able to tell when someone is dead as opposed to knocked out. Well, it turns out he either can't, or Donald and Goofy thought it would be funny to it like Goofy was dead.

This triggers Sora running off to kick some heartless butt. He gets trapped in four different areas, teamed up with a FF character to clear the area before moving on. First one is with Yuffie, second with Leon, third with Tifa, and the last one saw father and son spend a little quality time together. I can't find screenshots of it, probably because it goes by rather fast. Still, if anyone has seen a screenshot or knows how to get me one...please share because Sora and Cloud fighting together in their matching father son black ensembles is a thing of good.

Anyway, after the area with Cloud is cleared, and everyone finds out Goofy wasn't dead. Sora is left in a battlefield of heartless.


Can you say "oh...shit?"
No, not in a Disney game.


And you have to defeat 1000 of them. No drive, no allies, just Sora. It's actually a lot easier than I thought it would be, because I think I only attacked about 12 of them. The rest were taken care of by reaction-command prompts.

Anyway, it turns out it was all a set-up by Organization XIII says Axel. Who then apologizes about kidnapping Kairi. See, initially I didn't care for Axel, but he's won me over. I'm a fan of his character, especially now that the game has revealed new depth to it. Axel was about, I think, to explain just WTF is going on when the "nice" silver-haired nobodie appeared.

It turns out every time Sora gets pissed off and destrorys a heartless, it helps out Organization XIII. And he's all "aw... shit, I just killed like 1075 of them in the past twenty minutes alone." Well, he can't say that because he's in a Disney game, but I'm sure that's what he was thinking.

Lots of drama, at one point the poor kid gets down on hands and knees to beg to be taken to where Kairi and Riku are.

Of course, the "nice" Nobodie, who's really a jerk, says no. Plus, he's going to punish Axel for kidnapping her.

So a bunch of Nobodies appear and the Jerk's all "hahaha, suckers, fight 'em." And Maleficent shows up and is like "No way, bitch, Kingdom hearts is gonna be mine." She puts herself between Sora and the guy and all the Nobodies drag her down then move on to Sora. He does this classic Cloudspawn "what do I do if I can't use the keyblade?" and totally let's them pull him into darkness.

It was emo melodrama and I loved it.

The quality time must have mellowed Cloud out, because he not only cheered Squall up by saying Sora wasn't down for the count, he walked off smiling about Sora being "a lucky kid."

So in the World of Darkness or wherever Sora was yet another Org. XIII showed up with a box for Sora. In the box was a photo of the Twilight Town kids with Roxas included—spooky since no one remembers Roxas and he was taken out of all the photos. There was also one of those ice cream things that Roxas was constantly eating in the prologue.

Sora said that Roxas's name popped into his head, and he felt like the gift may have been from Riku. (I bet it was Axel.) The ice cream is the magic item that activates a road out of the darkness place back to the Gummi Ship. Whoo.

Screenshot from Kingdom Hearts Ultimania.

KH2: Plot Update part 2 (Hollow Bastion, Space Paranoids, Hollow Bastion Heartless War)

Then it's off to Hollow Bastion for a reunion. Between Cloudspawn and his Daddy.


Look, Dad, we're both dressed in our new black outfits.

I jest, there's no acknowledgement of parenthood. That would spoil it.

But AC Cloud is there. You're thinking AC Cloud who the master of aerial attacks who fights with two swords sometimes, but that's not the AC Cloud we meet. We meet whiny emo AC Cloud who's all "meh, must fight Sephiroth, I blame all my emo on him." He tells Sora to let him know if he sees Sephiroth. (Apparently Sephiroth clones look for the black materia, Cloudspawn look for Sephiroth.)

Then in the castle, they meet AC Tifa who's all "Hey I'm looking for a guy with spikey hair." Cue me going "...she means Cloud, but she's totally looking right at the Cloudspawn as she says it." Cue Donald and Goofy both turning to look at Sora. And Sora tugging on the mark of his Cloudspawn-ness, his growing out Cloud Strife hair style. Best moment in the game to that point, even more funny to me that Hades finger-flicking him to the floor. Then Mickey comes back, gives Sora the Master Drive Form, and runs off to fight heartless.

Anyway some stuff happens, they get sucked into a computer and it's all TRON. Which is amazing, because Sora looks hysterical in his Tron get-up. His hair sticks out the sides of the helmet like crazy wings.



Tell me his hair doesn't crack you up.


Whoo, anyway, after the first bit of Tron, you get my favorite Disney character, Stitch, as a summon.


Sora and Stitch understand each other,
because they're both highly destructive lab experiments
gone right who just want to find someone to love them.


Then some more Tron.

After all that, it's back to H.B. where you meet Sephiroth outside. He's nicer to Sora than Cloud was. It ranks up there with the weird x-scarfaced silver haired member of Org. XIII being all "hey, Sora, you just keeping fighting those heartless."

But the part that really makes me wtf isnt that Sephiroth is nicer to Sora than Cloud. Cloud's a jerk after all, that's well-established. No, what makes me WTH is when Donald and Goofy declare Sephiroth looks like Cloud.


Funny, I always thought Sora looked more
like Cloud than Sephiroth does.


After a little squirmish with some Nobodies, there's a whole lot of cut scenes of various FF character fighting heartless. Cloud and Squall/Leon have a very Brokeback moment (thanks to Chris for forever ruining this scene for me.)


You and everyone else, Squall.

Then Cloud fights Sephiroth, and Seph reveals that he is the darkness in Cloud's hair and it's all very symbolic and touching. If you can manage to stop giggling over the Cloud/Squall scene.

After that, you disobey Mickey and rush off to fight. Only Demyx shows up and is all "hey, how's it hanging?" and tries to be nice, but Sora and Donald are having none of it. (They aren't fooled, they only take compliments from Silver-haired villians.) Thus, Demyx is all "Silence, Traitor" pointing the Finger of Accusation at Sora (who's all WTH?)

And you have to fight him. Which I can't get past because you have to do this stupid "destroy X number of things in X number of seconds" and if I get past that, he wipes the floor with Sora when I then try to beat him.

All screenshots came from Kingdom Hearts Ultimania.

KH2: Plot Update part 1 (Port Royale to Hollow Bastion)

Port Royale didn't rock my world, which was unfortunate because I really enjoyed the PotC movie.

Mr. Depp, can I have your autograph?

While it was awesome to Sora "interact" with Captain Jack Sparrow, the majority of the dialogue was lifted from the movie and the characters all seemed a bit stiff. Like Orlando Bloom had given them "acting" lessons.


Sora's totally thinking
"I can't believe I paid money to see Kingdom of Heaven."

Also, there was no appearances from Org. XIII. Instead Sora learned a valuable lesson: not to trust pirates. Thus proving the makers of the game support ninja over pirate. The one thing I took from Port Royale of value was the keyblade you get when you beat it. It draws items on the field to you and when you hit stuff with it, Aztec Gold Skulls explode in the air. Because someone went "you know what kids like? SKULLS."

The Olympus tournament is a bit of a joke, you don't gain any
thing from playing it, but the game really wants you to waste the 10 minutes bashing stuff before you head off to Agrabah. Now, I like Aladdin. It was a cool movie. But when Genie spouts off this line about someone tell him if he's being just a big blue annoyance, I was ready to speak up.

The important thing is clearing Agrabah leads you to Twilight Town. But not before some cutscenes to remind you that there's a plot afoot.

That plot is Axel, coolest redhead by default because FFS it can't be Kairi, kidnaps Kairi.


Ok, I'm starting to see what the fangirls like about this guy.

But he's pretty suave about it. If you were going to be kidnapped by a creepy group of Nobodies, Axel's probably the one you'd be best off with. (Because Demyx would make you listen to his sitar rock.) Anyway, Kairi momentarily escapes to Twilight Town, but Axel comes and gets her before Sora makes it there.

Sora was too busy saving Seifer's butt. So instead of the girl, he gets that struggle tournament trophy. Which is weird because Roxas already won that trophy. I guess when they erase you from everyone's memories you lose your street cred.



Sad Sora makes me feel sad, too.

Of course now I've forgotten if they drop the trophy or if Sora dramatically throws it to the ground in a little Cloudspawn hissy fit, but it ends up on the ground and all the orbs roll out. So the three kids from T. Town pick up the orbs and Sora picks up the blue one. Deja vu, as Mickey returned the blue orb Ansem stole from Roxas to Sora. So Sora's already got one. You'd think that someone would remind him of that.

Nope, Goofy finds the orb, but decides not to go "Garwsh, Sora, that's just like the one the King gave us." Instead he mimics the kids who are all looking through their orbs at the sun. Donald feels very left out, and Sora fades into an image of Roxas holding the orb. This is either a reminder (since it's been like 10 hours) that Roxas had done this as well or that Sora is Roxas. You know, in case Sora overlaying Roxas's image in the prologue didn't clue you in and you've somehow missed Axel and Demyx calling him Roxas.

Anyway, Goofy ruins the moment by bring Sora back to reality. But, hey, at this point, I'm taking what few Roxas moments I get.

Screenshots from Kingdom Hearts Ultimania

KH2: Progress (as of 4/9/06)

I foresee a definite falling out with this game over the return of Demyx. Who is not drunk at all, but still thinks he's a rock star.

15.5 hours into the game.


Worlds passed through:
Prologue (with Roxas)
Twilight Town
The Tower of New Shiny Clothes
Hollow Bastion
The Land of Dragons
Beast's Castle
Brief return to H.B./100 Acre Wood
Olympus Stadium
Disney Castle
Timeless River
Another stop at 100 Acre Wood
Port Royale
Olympus Tournament 1
Agrabah
Twilight Town
Hollow Bastion
TRON 1

Currently:
Stuck at the Demyx boss fight in Hollow Bastion.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

KH2: Olde-Timey Disney

You have to check this out if you've seen the Spiderman movie. Even if you haven't played KH2, I think you'll still find it funny. The video quality is a bit poor in places, and it doesn't always sync, but when it does... priceless. Plus, then everyone can see why I keep going on about Roxas.

Who is Roxas?

Oh and if you'd perfer to see the Sora version...

Who is Sora?



11.25 hours into the game.

Worlds passed through:

Prologue (with Roxas)
Twilight Town
The Tower of New Shiny Clothes
Hollow Bastion
The Land of Dragons
Beast's Castle
Brief return to H.B./100 Acre Wood
Olympus Stadium
Disney Castle
Timeless River
Another stop at 100 Acre Wood

Currently:
In Port Royal, but apparently I was meant to return to Olympus first. So I'll end up doing that one after.

Plot Bits:

Timeless River is the greatest world ever. Olde-Timey black and white Disney is far too much fun. It's just... I loved it. Really. I can't get over how much fun the game is, reliving Disney movies or not. Like I was telling my friend Hel yesterday, I haven't enjoyed a game this much in years.


Oh, the technicolor dreams of black and white people.

Everyone always goes "no it's not" when you try to compare games to books. Ok, they're not. But they do have some things in common. They're like... interactive books. Because you don't make the book happen, its plot is already there, but you feel like you have a part in it.

Writing video games would be so incredible. Think of all the fun designing the weapons and attacks. (Yeah, my fight scenes really do play out in my head like video games.)

I have to admit, 1-3 wouldn't be the coolest video games... there's not a whole lot of fighting or weapons upgrading. The more video game stuff I write has been shelved while I get the trilogy written, but I can't wait to get back to it.

Screen shot from Kingdom Hearts Ultimania

Saturday, April 08, 2006

KH2: Rock Star Hair



10.5 hours into the game.

Worlds passed through:

Prologue (with Roxas)
Twilight Town
The Tower of New Shiny Clothes
Hollow Bastion
The Land of Dragons
Beast's Castle
Brief return to H.B./100 Acre Wood
Olympus Stadium

Currently:
Working my way back through the Disney Castle to the Gummi Ship hanger so I can return to Hollow Bastion.

Plot bits
Ok, remember how I complained about the plot? Well, if I'd played like 15 minutes longer last night, I would have gotten another Organization XIII fix.

Someone named... Demyx. He's got a bad 80s rockstar mullet and a sitar, and he recognized Sora. Or should I say Roxas, as that's what he called Sora again and again.

Sora continued his "meh, you're dumb, I don't know what you're talking about" thing... resulting in the dude reading off instructions that if "Roxas" won't come back with him, he's to engage (re: kick his ass) in order to bring out the subject's true disposition. Although, Demyx was rather reluctant to get in a fight.


Seriously, who thought this hair was a good thing?

The bringing out of Sora's true disposition is probably meant to be a Bad Thing, but I still want to see it happen.

I hope Demyx comes back because Auron sure didn't. Maybe they're having beers with Cloud and the surfer.

...yeah, I'm a little worried about my fascination with the villians as well.

Screenshot from Kingdom Hearts Ultimania

KH2: You knew there was going to be more, right?



Under 9 hours into the game. I should have played in standard mode so I'd keep dying and not want to continue.

Worlds passed through:

Prologue (with Roxas)
Twilight Town
The Tower of New Shiny Clothes
Hollow Bastion
The Land of Dragons
Beast's Castle
Brief return to H.B./100 Acre Wood

Currently on:
Olympius Stadium, about to go look for Meg in the underworld where I can't use magic or the drive option. (damnit.)

Still miss Roxas, but Sora has won me over.

I want to point out that multi-tasking the boss fights is frustrating. Ok, so not only are there X amount of little baddie heartless to avoid/smash, there's also a boss who keeps attacking you, and then some stupid task like "protect the gates by gathering orbs" or "quick while he's not looking run, run awaaaaaaay towards the exit." Only to find you can't go any further because you really do have to beat the boss.

Because it's not a pure RPG, I'm just getting confused by all the RPG elements. Why should I bother because I can't control what the other characters are doing with all the neat stuff I give to them? Do I really need to build a gummi ship, or read Jiminy's journal? These seem like extras, maybe to take away from how the plot isn't moving forward that quickly.

The Drive-option is amazing. I wish I'd thought to try it out sooner, but I didn't need to. (The curse of it.) Thus, it's not leveling up.

Stop reading if you don't want any plot specific info.

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Ok, I left off at the beginning of Mulan world. Which had no appearances from Organization XIII. That means, annoyingly, the whole Roxas storyline has come to a standstill because Sora uh.... forgot(?) about the new enemies. Displaying, again that he isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer. However, he is—as a running joke—getting knocked on his ass by someone in each Disney world. Punched in Mulan land, thrown aside in Beast's castle, and the best—finger-flicked to the ground by Hades.

Other than the taunt by my new favorite member of Organization XIII (because he says "dude" and "as if" in true CA-style) there's been no Roxas or C.O.M plot references. Thus my comment about how the plot isn't moving forward. It's getting bogged down by reliving Disney movies. I mean, a member shows up again in Beast's Castle, but mainly to go "uh... fight those dudes Beast" and then vanishes. He could have at least messed with Sora's head a little, too.

It still worries me that Goofy is the smartest member of the trio.

Auron showed up in the underworld, as badass as ever. He's all like "oh maybe you need a guardian" to Sora (like Tidus was to Yuna or Auron was to Yuna and her Dad whose name I've forgotten.) Sora's all like "no thanks" and walks off. Because he's 15 and that's what 15 year olds do.

So yeah, two very enjoyable moments so far in this world. I'm hoping Auron returns, because he's cool. No sign yet of Sora's Dad—I mean Cloud. I'm also wondering where Riku is, but I imagine if he shows up it will be overly dramatic.

At least there haven't been any more cut scenes of Kairi.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

KH2: More addictive than crack (condensed update)

I spent over 5 hours yesterday playing Kingdom Hearts II.

It started off as just testing the waters, then evolved into 'well, I'll just finish the prologue' (which is like 4 hours long, btw, but it has Roxas who gets to Solve Mysteries during one mini game, and that makes it all okay. Even if I kept waiting for him to break out into a serenade of Beautiful Soul.)

Roxas is so badass that one keyblade wasn't enough.
God love him. (I know I do.)

So as I finished the prologue, I had to say goodbye to Roxas. Heartbreaking because I was really starting to enjoy his character. After that, Sora—my favorite lovable dumbass—returned. I had to make him jump up and down a few times to ease the pain of Roxas being gone. Then I wanted to keep playing until Sora got new clothes:

Sora: Look out, guys, they're after our wallets!


Which are only marginally less stupid than his old ones:

Sora: Daddy is that you?

Ok, looking at them again: yes, the new clothes are just as stupid but at least he isn't running around in a red jumper anymore. He's still not as stylish as Roxas and Hayner:

Hayner: No, Roxas, my muscles are bigger.

However, I believe that Roxas and Hayner may use more hair product.

Speaking of... Perhaps y'all can be so kind as to help me decide:


Is Roxas more like...


Sora after a day at the stylist...


or a mini-Cloud Strife?


Post-title screen KH2 thoughts? Well, it's gone all Disney and I'm a lot less interested. (The prologue lacked any Disney except in the interspliced flashbacks.)

Images came from Kingdom Hearts Ultimania because I lack the ability to get my own screenshots. (They would have been much funnier.)