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  1. Man... I had totally forgot about this place after almost 8-9 years since I last logged in. I remember it use to be booming with all kinds of posts years ago. I guess it died down a bunch since then. 1.) Introduction and Explanation Anywho, for those who don't know me. I'm the crazy guy that attempted, Raged hard, raged some more, almost lost my sanity, completed, and proved to everyone on gamefaqs over 8-9ish years ago that it's 100% possible, and legit to be able to complete BOTH (Well... Now 3 is added as well, so more than 2)(NAMELY 2.5, and reasons will be listed next) Kingdom Hearts games at Level 1 Proud Mode for KH1.5(which, if you DIDN'T know, because of the way the mechanics work, Proud mode is actually the harder difficulty for a Level 1 run in KH1.5 instead of Critical because you ALWAYS do chip damage in Proud. Critical is actually a little easier because Sora can do more damage in that difficulty) and Critical Mode(2.5 + 3), but not just complete them at Level 1; (that's been done by a handful of people. However, everybody that has completed the Lvl 1 run always labels their run "complete" Yet, they all stopped at SILVER Crown.) But, I decided, and wanted to take it all a step further, and be the standout of them all. As well as debunking the most ridiculous, yet shockingly widespread belief beyond the masses: the before thought "Impossible" Holy Grail of Kingdom Heart challenges: Completing Level 1 critical mode... AS WELL as obtaining 100% completion in the Jiminy Journal, including completion of EVERY Mushroom XIII challenges, and actually having the GOLD Crown! Which was considered literally impossible. (Yeah, I know. Insane, isn't it?) 2.) The False Rumor And The Mission To Prove The World Wrong To actually 100% the Jiminy Journal, and Obtain Gold Crown in 2.5 which involves the Mushroom XIII challenges. Everybody, and their momma back then swore, and pushed the notion of "You can't complete atleast 1 or 2 of the mushroom challenges (most notably, Agrabah mushroom, Twilight Town, and Port Royal mushroom, respectively) without leveling up, it's totally impossible" As well as the old fable of "It's impossible to get Ultima Weapon in 1.5 at Level 1 because you don't get lucky strike abilities to grind synthesis materials without leveling" etc. Nah, it's all do-able. A huge pain in the ass? Yes. Definitely. But, achievable. 3.) Hype Yourself Up/Believe In Your Ability Like myself before attempting, I'm sure most people would just shake their head, and say to themselves "nope. Never. Cant do it" I was that guy. Then one day, I told myself "Hey... they put the option to void any EXP gain.. I'm gonna try it.. Let's see what happens, and how it goes at level 1. I mean, it can't be IMPOSSIBLE; They obviously added it as a feature for a reason." 4.) The Beginning of Doubt Of course, I begin. I start treading along, beginning my journey into my first attempt into a Kingdom Hearts game without leveling up. Everything goes smoothly, up until you start getting demolished left, and right every second, and the bosses annihilate you in a single hit. Making you re-evaluate, and question your ability, and if you can do it. 5.) Opening Your Perception/Total Realization The KH series, AND the series' difficulty as a whole; drastically, and dramatically changed for me once my eyes opened, and I seen the blatant "slap you in the face" obvious, and stopped trying to play Kingdom Hearts like an Action/Adventure RPG like a normal/casual playthrough would basically literally be. Instead, gaining the Square Enix perspective, and knowing their past; made me realize that it's supposed to actually be played like, (and get ready for a mind blown moment) a friggin' Turn Based RPG... Honestly, I think once you guys get this realization, and mindset in your head like I did while you're playing through; every one of you, and I mean EVERYONE of you guys, no matter how "gud" you ARE or AREN'T at the Kingdom Hearts games in a casual, normal playthrough. You can be absolute dirt at the (falsely assumed random, seemingly "unpredictable", ever-constant flow of combat) but start trying to take a slightly different approach/('s) towards the way you actually play games like this, and even open up your mind, and perceive, and acknowledge the gameplay in a different way altogether than what you, and probably, most people normally would have absolutely no idea or even fathom that there's more to, and many more ways to go into a Kingdom Hearts game than the basic, "normal" DmC-esque style combat that we all experience/('d) and most of us, are even conditioned to. 6.) Breaking Old Habits/Adopting New Ones However, once you change the perception/habits you have of the game already, and change the rules ever so slightly, and subtly to merely change towards a playstyle that of the old-school, traditional turn based views, and start planning strategies, and changing your playstyle around a "turn-based rpg mindset" instead of our pre-conditioned, already accustomed, and comfortable free flow combat that most of us are already "comfortable" with or use to. 7.) Acknowledge Game Mechanics/Learn Everything Any of you guys without a doubt in my mind would be able to Level 1 the game as it then becomes almost trivially easy once you decide to perceive KH in just a slightly different way (Turn Based instead of Free Combat) and start to play in an entirely different way accordingly (Having a turn based view/play style really helps not only by helping you learn to better/more accurately time your attacks, guards, dodge rolls, reflects, and etc. But, also makes you a lot more aware, and attentive as you're going to be learning to take it slow, and not rush battles, but to stay on your toes, closely watch for any, even if very subtle visual clues: motions with an enemy's hands, AND their body language. As well as listening for any audio clues or catch phrases; these are everything you are looking for to expect, and anticipate the next move of your opponent. Get a hit in when you can, and defend all the counter attacks that will be delivered back afterwards. Learn the timing to perfect guard; it's going to be the key to your survival, and the timing of each attack you learn never changes. So you don't have to ever expect or assume that a certain attack is ever going to be slower/faster than when previously used. You finally learn the timing for perfect guarding an attack, and you'll always be able to perfect guard it, as it will never be change the rate of speed. 8.) Truth of Developer's 100% Intended Game Design And The Public's Blindness So yes. After stating this, and the way certain mechanics work. Know it or not, even believe it or not. Even though it does EVERYTHING to make you "think" it's an action RPG. Which is semi-true, and fully the case to the masses. It was fully meant, and intended as a Turn Based RPG, and I'm going to open your eyes, and convince you. 9.) How The Kingdom Hearts Series Hides It's True Intended Design, and Disguises Itself As An Action RPG Any casual player gets the action RPG style in a normal playthrough. Just as every first time, 2nd time, etc. player always does. Nothing about the gameplay comes off as "turn based". And is more than often considered the polar opposite of a Turn Based game. Which, was presented this way to appeal to a wider audience such as younger aged, Disney lovers who didn't grow up with RPGs, or just jumped into the game world. As leveling makes it where you literally never have to learn or even use guard, reflect or parry the counters you receive if you really never even wanted to. As taking damage is hardly worrisome, or trivial, and easily tended to with a Cure, and Potions. You can even just carelessly attack, and attack anytime you want. Even if it isn't the best time, and you take a hit. You can still beat the game, and everything in it regardless. - No Turn Based Elements seen/felt whatsoever 10.) Awakening Into Reality/Acknowledging The Hidden Truth: Turn-Based Gameplay In comparison, Level 1: Any hit you take can 1 shot you. If you get caught in a combo attack, you WILL die. There's no possible way to constantly spam attacks, and tank hits. You gotta learn how to properly utilize things that you probably hardly, if ever even used: Guard, Reflect, Dodge Roll, Aerial Recovery, etc. and to learn timing. All this coupled along with the Revenge Counter mechanic (Which, I will explain in more detail below) is how it becomes a Turn Based game; as there is only a certain amount of attacks you can deliver before the enemy counters. - Turn Based RPG 11.) Notice The Signs/Process Everything/Uncover The Veil The first mentioned; is the game probably 90% or more of the masses experience, and perceive. People just don't see the alternative, and it's funny because I just seen a thread on another forum where the OP literally posted "I absolutely love Kingdom Hearts, because it's not just another cliche Turn Based RPG. I despise them." That was almost laughable, and cringe to read, and goes to show just how many people can overlook major things that are hidden in plain sight. However, if one is to attempt a Level 1 run, and play Kingdom Hearts the true way the developers intended; fact is, it's nothing more than a regular Square-Enix FF style "TURN BASED RPG" with complete movement, and control of character at all times. 12.) The Main Mechanics And Physics: The Enemy's "Revenge Counter" Seriously, when you get down into the physics, mechanics, and all the equations that go into every single boss fight, you begin to see it. Just ONE example is this: You're in the middle of a fight, let's say with Data Roxas; just for an example. Soon as the battle begins, and you gain control of Sora, you need to cast a reflect to counter Roxas' Keyblade Spin. After the successful reflect you are granted a small window where you're allowed to attack, and land up to (and let's just say for instance in this example, maybe 3-4 hits) 3-4 hits on Roxas before he is scripted to automatically counter attack. These counter attacks are termed "Revenge Counter" or just simply "RC" abbreviated. if you ever see the term in guides or posts, or in future research, but didn't know what it meant. 13.1) Explaining "Revenge Counters" And "Revenge Values"/Looping Bosses And Minimizing Danger Ah, Revenge Counter. The key to winning, and main mechanic of a level 1 run tbh. Every enemy has always been scripted to counter attack after a few hits, and this was so everybody at level 100 with Sora couldn't just endlessly wail on an opponent non-stop, and make it even easier than what it already was to begin with. Now, once you actually learn about, and study the revenge counter mechanic, and how each enemy works; you actually can use it 100% in your favor in completing, hell, I'd even go so far as to say even almost cheesing a Lvl 1 crit run. As in, learn to read the small signals before attacks. Nothing is unpredictable. There's ALWAYS a signal/warning. Learn how many hits you can throw before they counter attack Sora. 13.2) Deeper Breakdown Of "Revenge" Mechanics/Examples Of "Baiting" Attacks These hits, the attacks, the number, whatever you're most comfortable calling it; for future reference or research of your own are termed "Revenge Values" or simply "RV" if abbreviated. After you learn how many hits you can land (the number of hits it takes to bait an RC is the opponent's RV) learn the timing to guard the counter attack/(s) after, and retaliating in the enemy's small, brief recovery window. All you do is, count your hits, after you land that 4th hit (or whatever number of hits the current boss' Revenge Counter activates) you need to automatically hit guard so you can negate his RC, and guard his other 2-3 hits he dishes out before leaving another open window to land another 3-4 hits on him. It's literally rinse, and repeat: Attack 3-4 times to force or "bait" the enemy to counter attack-> Guard incoming revenge counter attacks from the enemy -> Throw another 3-4 strikes to hit his Revenge Value again to force another auto-counter. And it's just repeat steps over again. Essentially, what you're trying to do is put an enemy into a neverending loop that you can fully predict. You will see evidence of this in every fight in every video I'm going to post below. You pay attention, and you'll notice that I'll always hit an X amount of times (factor of X is the actual RV. Determined differently with each enemy. Could be 6 hits, like Marluxia's RV. Could be only 4 hits like Roxas' RV) but I ALWAYS land no more, and (hopefully) no less than the exact number of attacks needed to bait them into a RC, and guard it. 14.) Always Land The Exact Revenge Values. No More Any attempt to, or if you accidentally deliver an extra attack that is higher than the actual RV, you might as well retry; because you're not going to be guarding that counter, get caught in a combo you can't escape, and face the 1 hit death. Just follow those simple steps, and it then repeats the pattern if you're doing it correctly, and won't be unpredictable. What you're really trying to do is just try to keep everything in a never-ending loop so any unpredictability, and danger is eliminated. 15.) Explanation of "I-Frames" and How To Use Them For An Advantage Also, another biggie is learning I-Frames. Or, "Invincibility Frames" meaning the tiny few frames where Sora is invincible for instance: when you use a Drive Form, there are a few brief seconds of frames where you will not take any damage in the middle of using a form. Or using a skill like Donald's Duck Flare, and using it to your advantage, as you will see me do a bunch against Lingering Will at Level 1 to avoid being skill/attack/item locked, whip locked, and to stay safe during his DM or "Desperation Move" (Every boss has a DM which is expressed by the screen going dark, and the boss does their "finisher" per se.) 16.) The Biggest Slept On/Underestimated Skills In The Game: Reflect/ra/ga And Guard To probably over 90% of the KH community that sleeps on, and probably have never once used the spell Reflect-Reflectga. You have no idea just how busted, how necessary it is, and how brokenly powerful that spell is. Especially in a Level 1 run. It's pretty much an absolute MUST in it to do any real damage at that level. Not only that, but if you're not a master or not use to timing your guard precisely yet, Reflect/ga is an alternative that is safe, and don't need to be facing any particular direction to guard anything. Only downside to spamming reflect constantly instead of mixing up guards, and reflects is that if you don't rely on using guard, and spam reflect instead; you're going to be struggling to keep, and have MP when you want/need it. 17.) Short Summary/Review Of Everything So Far/Convinced Yet? Convinced yet? Literally. Turn-Based RPG. Except think of each of your 3-4 chain attacks as a "turn" and you know that as soon as you land your 4th keyblade hit, your turn is over, and it's automatically going to be the opponent's "turn", and since you're expecting this, and know this, you block perfectly in time with his counter attacks, and learn their pattern. The key is to try to just keep it in a constant, simple, loop-ish kinda fight. Making sure to force the counter attack yourself so you know precisely when to guard; rather than having to randomly guess/pray when their next attack is going to be, and if you're going to be able to read it quick enough. 18.) Opening Up Your Mindset/Perception/Planning Strategies Toward The Hidden Turn-Based Gameplay Is Key This was the biggest, and most obvious "eye-opening" realization that helped me tremendously once I started looking at it as a Turn Based game. Respectfully like most of Square Enix's works prior. Which, I believe if most people started having that mindset of playing it like it's turn-based, just about everyone that truly wanted to would be able to complete the level 1 challenge a lot easier than ever initially thought. Literally every boss has their own respectful number of attacks they can receive before being scripted to auto-counter attack. Don't matter who you're facing. Don't care if it's a regular ol' Heartless, and Nobody, or if it's the friggin' One-Winged Angel, Sephiroth or the "Seemingly impossible, even at Level 100" Lingering Will himself... They all can be read, and baited into an auto-counter. All of them. 19.) Outro/Final Messages/My Video Proof If anyone is interested in watching a few of my Level 1 Crit 2.5 Organization fights for entertainment or maybe to study for your own future level 1 run, I'm going to be posting links to them below. I just wish like hell that I had a good camera back then... I'm so sorry, and apologize from the bottom of my soul about the quality, but... It's literally all I had. My crap phone camera, and setting it up to point directly at my TV while I'm actually playing live in the moment, as you can probably tell by the noise of all the button mashing but, at that time, all I was worried about was having proof so all the board back then stopped saying that I was a liar, and showing that I actually did it... Recorded most of the highlight battles anyway Level 1 Crit Run .vs Sephiroth - https://youtu.be/GtBcldOxgIg Level 1 Crit Run .vs Marluxia - https://youtu.be/mDz2O8CZxFo Level 1 Crit Run .vs Larxene (THIS BITCH RIGHT HERE...) - https://youtu.be/nf684D52Mwc Level 1 Crit Run .vs Axel (w/ Restrictions) - https://youtu.be/vztQYNIeT4U Level 1 Crit Run .vs Lexaeus (No Damage) - https://youtu.be/ad58PWJmt80 Level 1 Crit Run .vs Roxas (w/ Restrictions) - https://youtu.be/TTaMJpxxxJM Level 1 Crit Run .vs Lingering Will + Silver Crown (Evidence of me using I-Frames to my advantage, and how you can utilize it) - https://youtu.be/dTm215sIhmI Obtaining Crown From All Data Battles Lvl 1 - https://youtu.be/IydQ7qub5-w Obtaining The Elusive and "Impossible" Gold Crown Lvl 1 Proof - https://youtu.be/YdbUuJd5JM8 Then the creme de la creme. 100% Jiminy Journal At Level 1 Proof - https://youtu.be/I0d1_Ec_UdY Bonus: My proof of getting Ultima Weapon on Level 1 PROUD Mode (Ultra Difficult) in KH 1.5 (Was hilariously, also considered impossible at first) - https://youtu.be/ye2ZsgQWI_Y 20.) Final Words Of Encouragement/Faith In You All Hope others may find help, and for others, even courage to attempt this challenge. If anyone is interested in trying it, and maybe have questions, I'd be more than happy to help out in any way that I possibly can, and any feedback, comments, questions, and anything is welcome, and wanted. Thanks guys! Like I said earlier, don't ever doubt yourself in anything. If myself, of all people can beat every KH game at Level 1; then I KNOW for a FACT anybody at all can. I promise you. As for the brave souls that will be attempting this seemingly impossible task anytime in the upcoming future, I leave you all with 1 final, and important message: "May Your Heart, Be Your Guiding Key"
  2. I'm trying to Platinum the first game on the 1.5 Collection for PS4, I'm level 76 on Proud Mode, I have all 6 Summons. I try to talk to Fairy Godmother to get the Lord Fortune staff for the "all staves" trophy, but she doesn't give me anything, she just keeps repeating "I'm worried about Cinderella" and other NPC lines. Is this a glitch or something ? I browsed the net, but couldn't find anything on it, so I'm asking here. Please help, I'm at my wits end and I'm about to start eating my hair in a minute. EDIT : Hmmm...nobody so far has been able to help me. I did send a report to Square Enix, I'll update if they and what they reply.
  3. Hey everyone! It's been a whole minute since I've seriously posted something here but I've been working on this particular topic for a few months now, and I would really appreciate being able to share it with all of you and hopefully spark a discussion. This particular topic is something I often like to think about and concerns the whole series and it's worldbuilding in KH. I've been typing it out in google docs to keep track of it but I'm feeling to lazy to rewrite up the whole thing so please click the link -.-' https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WD1vxaPpc5mcez14LvyS_3WAaonR9lP-M7epAF71gGU/edit?usp=sharing What do you think could be done to improve it, or do you even think it needs to be done?
  4. The game doesnt tell you JACKSHIT how to do it. I went to the help section in the gummi garage and it says, OH YOU GOTTA UPGRADE THE COMPUTER BUT I WONT TELL YOU HOW, TROLOLOL. I went to Cid, and all he said was "you gotta find the pair to this navi gation gummi". I looked up on google how to do it but I CANT FIND IT. HOW DO YOU UPGRADE THE COMPUTER FOR THE GUMMI SHIP IN Final Mix? I NEED TO MAKE MY GUMMI SHIP BETTER FOR LATER ON WHEN I DO THE MISSIONS!!
  5. August has ended, and with that SixonClothing, Hot Topic, BoxLunchGifts, and PartyCity have updated their Kingdom Hearts merchandise! First off SixonClothing has revealed their Aqua bikini swimsuit and their Organization XIII one-piece swimsuit! Both swimsuits are up for pre-order for $34.99! They are available to pre-order here: Aqua Bikini Swimsuit Organization XIII one-piece swimsuit You can view these swimsuits in the galleries below! Hot Topic is back with more merchandise this month! First off is a Kingdom Hearts Plain O-Ring Skirtall in both regular and plus sizes! It's a white and plaid dress, with symbols from the series! The regular will cost $49.90 and the plus size will bring you to $52.90! Next up, Hot Topic is selling a Kingdom Hearts Kairi a Sora wig! The red Kairi wig is on sale for $15.52 while the Sora wig is $19.92! You can view both wigs in our gallery below! Lastly on the new merchandise from Hot Topic, the Kingdom Hearts Keyblade Collection Vol. 2 Blind Boxes are currently on sale for $10.32! It features the Kingdom Key D, Riku's Way to the Dawn, Star Seeker, Wishing Lamp, Sweet Memories, and lastly Pumpkinhead! Next up on the list is Loungefly back with more enamel pins! Both the Sora, Donald, and Goofy pin and the King Mickey pin are on sale for $7.12! You can view both pins in the galleries below. Lastly, PartyCity has updated their Kingdom Hearts costume section, which includes child costumes of the main trio of Kingdom Hearts III! A Sora and Riku wig are also available separately. The wigs are on sale for $24.99 while the costumes for Sora and Riku are $34.99 each. The Kairi Halloween costume is currently listed for $39.99! The products are available to purchase here: child Sora costume child Riku costume child Kairi costume Sora Wig Riku wig You can check out the gallery of all the costumes and wigs below! This concludes KH13's monthly merch round-up! Thank you to Churro for all the tips! Does anyone have a favorite piece of merch from this monthly round-up? Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr for more news on Kingdom Hearts!
  6. August has ended, and with that SixonClothing, Hot Topic, BoxLunchGifts, and PartyCity have updated their Kingdom Hearts merchandise! First off SixonClothing has revealed their Aqua bikini swimsuit and their Organization XIII one-piece swimsuit! Both swimsuits are up for pre-order for $34.99! They are available to pre-order here: Aqua Bikini Swimsuit Organization XIII one-piece swimsuit You can view these swimsuits in the galleries below! Hot Topic is back with more merchandise this month! First off is a Kingdom Hearts Plain O-Ring Skirtall in both regular and plus sizes! It's a white and plaid dress, with symbols from the series! The regular will cost $49.90 and the plus size will bring you to $52.90! Next up, Hot Topic is selling a Kingdom Hearts Kairi a Sora wig! The red Kairi wig is on sale for $15.52 while the Sora wig is $19.92! You can view both wigs in our gallery below! Lastly on the new merchandise from Hot Topic, the Kingdom Hearts Keyblade Collection Vol. 2 Blind Boxes are currently on sale for $10.32! It features the Kingdom Key D, Riku's Way to the Dawn, Star Seeker, Wishing Lamp, Sweet Memories, and lastly Pumpkinhead! Next up on the list is Loungefly back with more enamel pins! Both the Sora, Donald, and Goofy pin and the King Mickey pin are on sale for $7.12! You can view both pins in the galleries below. Lastly, PartyCity has updated their Kingdom Hearts costume section, which includes child costumes of the main trio of Kingdom Hearts III! A Sora and Riku wig are also available separately. The wigs are on sale for $24.99 while the costumes for Sora and Riku are $34.99 each. The Kairi Halloween costume is currently listed for $39.99! The products are available to purchase here: child Sora costume child Riku costume child Kairi costume Sora Wig Riku wig You can check out the gallery of all the costumes and wigs below! This concludes KH13's monthly merch round-up! Thank you to Churro for all the tips! Does anyone have a favorite piece of merch from this monthly round-up? Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr for more news on Kingdom Hearts! View full article
  7. I am aiming to complete the jiminy's journal and so far I am done with finding all the rare heartless. The only heartless left to find is the Bouncywild but I can't seem to find it in Deep Jungle. I remember that they used to spawn all the time in the beginning in Deep Jungle but after I sealed the keyhole in Hollow Bastion, they don't appear. I know I could have killed them easily at the beginning but because I was rushing through the game for completing the game in 15 hours trophy, I barely killed any heartless there. Anyways I haven't checked all the places yet in Deep Jungle but I have searched in cliff and tent but no luck. Any ideas where they exactly spawn?
  8. Hey, everybody. So in order to get myself through this final agonizing stretch until KH3, I've been playing through the Kingdom Hearts games at random. I was just starting the final battle for Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix when I noticed something about Ansem's speech about Riku wanting to escape the Destiny Islands. I couldn't find a video of just this clip so the video I'm sharing is like 40 minutes, but the scene I'm referencing should start when you hit play. If not, it starts around the 2:12 mark: If you listen to what Ansem is saying about Riku wanting to leave the islands, it seems like the game may have intended to draw parallels between Riku and Young Xehanort while he was still living on the islands. All that stuff Ansem says about the island being a prison surrounded by water and how "this boy sought out to escape from his prison." Hasn't it been confirmed that young Xehanort felt the exact same way? I'm wondering now if more parallels will come up between the two in KH3. What do you guys think? Am I just grasping at straws or do you agree?
  9. Can Sora even do basic math?? Answer: 42 Keyblades
  10. Hey guys. So I've been replaying the first Kingdom Hearts game for like the zillionth time to try and sate my desire for Kingdom Hearts III (with little success), and there's something this game had that no other entry in the series ever brought back: defensive aero magic. Aero magic in the first game was awesome! It greatly reduced defense taken and Aeroga was even able to deflect certain attacks. This made frustrating bosses easier and was a unique use of aero magic that I've never seen in any other video game, not just Kingdom Hearts. I was so disappointed when Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories came out and Aero had become an offensive spell, and was further disappointed when Kingdom Hearts II didn't include the spell at all. Then when 358/2 Days (and all the games that followed) had it, it was just another offensive spell. Honestly, it's one of the only legitimate complaints I have about the series' use of magic. Am I the only one who misses the defensive Aero magic from the first Kingdom Hearts? Or do you guys agree with me? Do you think they'll ever bring this back?
  11. Mykaila Shakespeare

    Beginning

    I uploaded this to my Twitter and few other social media. But I figured I should upload this here. I am working on a dedication project that's in a way related to a countdown. I will play every playable game (including the DS games + their movie counterparts...Union Cross is an acception because the story is not finished yet LOL) then I will draw them out based on that game and this will be monthly. Example: KH1 in June, Chain of Memories (including reverse/rebirth) in July, KH2 in August, etc etc. Starting with, of course, the beginning of the series, simply just Kingdom Hearts. We all remember: inserting the disc to our PlayStation 2, hearing dearly beloved, being blown away by the opening, going through the tutorial starting with out own choices (I know most of us chose the sword LOL), fighting the once terrifying Darkside, exploring Destiny Islands, hanging out as Sora with Riku and Kairi, fighting heartless, getting a Keybalde, meeting with Donald and Goofy, going to many Disney worlds, meeting a few Final Fantasy characters like Cloud, facing difficult bosses, solving puzzles, the final boss, the ending. All of that for the first time was magical. A mix of Disney with the aesthetics of Final Fantasy was what many of us would never dream of would exist. Here we are now with the many games after KH1 getting us prepared for KH3, a revolution we are ready to face. And here's my review and thoughts overall here (synopsis included): --- Our story begins with Sora, who lives on an island with his best friends Riku and Kairi. They attempt to build a raft to explore outside worlds. One night, the island is attacked by creatures if darkness, called Heartless, the forcibly separated Sora from his friends. Sora stumbles upon another world, with a strange weapon [the Keyblade] aside him. There in the new world, he stumbles upon Donald and Goofy (who are traveling looking for "the key" in hopes to find their missing King). They all travel together to many different worlds while fighting the heartless in hopes to find their friends. --- This is the game that started it all. I first discovered this game at a friend's home in 2004 or 2005. What attracted me was art work of the cover. To think that there is a beautiful art work featuring Donald Duck and Goofy. Another attractive feat is realizing it was a crossover. Since I was a kid, I've always LOVED the idea of crossovers. Discovering this was a whole other level. We were able to burrow it to play at home. I inserted the disc and this song plays at the menu screen https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8LXTui5vl6Y . Something about it was so indescribable. It was unique, gave me a new feeling which I have never felt before. If that couldn't anymore unique, we have the [opening|https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=29KHZ3jVguk]. This is just the song for now because I want you all to experience it yourselves at your own time (also hoping to avoid spoilers). I STILL listen to this song to this day. The opening was....breath taking. I have never seen anything like it before. Growing up with Disney and this was something even I think Disney wouldn't pull off. Then we have he tutorial section. Had to go through decisions and learning the basics of fighting. I even had to deal with a boss that terrified me the first time fighting it. Then there was Destiny Islands. Seriously y'all, this is an island I want to visit. A place like that looks perfect for exploration and imaginative adventures. A child's dream play ground. It was saddening that I eventually had to leave. However, visiting Traverse Town was like home in a way. Meeting Donald and Goofy was also a highlight, because Disney of course. Traveling to many worlds, the plot thickening, fighting difficult bosses and feel like a champion winning them. The music was also a great feat of the game, the entire series for that matter, thanks to Yoko Shimomura (to which she became my absolute favorite composer of all time This game was unique and strange but it was a good feeling. There was Disney magic, but this game had it's own magic that a mix of Disney and Final Fantasy. It was a truly magical experience I will never forget. Looking at it years later, the fact that it was possible to remaster the game that is over 15 years old, shows that it has aged well. That being said, the gameplay is a mixed bag and it is heavily subjective. Sora did feel a bit clunky. But, I also felt this seemed appropriate for Sora honestly simply because it is the beginning of his massive journey. Of course you'd feel clunky jumping around swinging an oversized key (I'm sure this was not intentional from the developers) LOL. It was alright for me playing the game simply because my nostalgia was stronger than my own critique. There was one thing that bothered me was the editing in transitioning via dialogue. The original had this issue before the final mix. However, I did know that there was one scene when a character made a deal and was offered the thing they were looking for. It took them about 5-6 seconds to respond....in the original it took them 3. Out of all the games, this game had the most awkward editing with dialogue. This game is not perfect and I may be a bit biased because of nostalgia. But, in terms of gaming, his had changed me. When in was a kid, I remember my mother playing a lot of videogames growing up (particularly Ocarina of Time for example). I could never get past after the first round for most of the games. That is until I played Kingdom Hearts. This has me so invested in the story I had to work hard going through his game. It is all thanks to this game I managed to get through Ocarina of Time on my own. So, I gained independence for gaming LOL The titles in the series is a journey in itself to reach to the one game we had waited for for so many years. I hope to entertain you with my thoughts and my artwork for this series. It is thanks to this series that I an doing this. I hope you all enjoy what I offer. [ARTIST NOTE] This was simply fun to do. I had some struggle trying to pose Sora the way I want him to. The shoes were especially difficult (I am not used to drawing huge shoes LOL). The water was my most favorite to do. The shore bit was something I am extremely proud of. Sora from Kingdom Hearts © Square Enix and Disney You can check the other posters hrough this link in my deviantART: https://www.deviantart.com/mns-prime-21/gallery/67100545/Kingdom-Hearts-III-Countdown

    © Square Enix

  12. The most difficult quiz yet.
  13. Hey guys. So I'm at work right now (don't judge me; it's insanely dead and I'm suuuuuuper bored) and I was just browsing on the Kingdom Hearts wiki to pass the time when I learned something interesting. Apparently both Ava and Luxu from KHUX both have names derived from the latin words for two of the seven deadly sins (greed and lust, respectively). This intrigued me, and after I did some digging I learned that all of the Master of Master's apprentices have names like this: Invi is envy, Aced is sloth, Ira is wrath, and Gula is gluttony. Even more interesting is that apparently each foreteller's union has an animal that is associated with each sin (with the exception of Gula for some reason). This blew my mind, and I immediately suspected that the Master of Masters' true name must be derived from the latin word for pride, because that is the only sin missing here. This got me thinking: do Sora and his friends mirror this trope? Maybe each guardian of light will represent a different deadly sin like the foretellers. What do you guys think? Have you noticed any other symbolism in the series? Do you think this will be expanded upon in Kingdom Hearts III, or do you think it's just kind of a cool connection?
  14. Looking at the new box art thread I noticed that the NA and EU ones are pretty much completely different! These games are over a decade old and we're still learning new things about them. EU Box Art: NA Box Art I think I prefer the eerie feeling of the NA one for KH1, but EU KH2 is hands down my fave. Did Australia and Japan have different covers too? Please let me know
  15. Soboz

    All Grown Up - KH3.jpg

  16. Square Enix has revealed yet another range of new official Kingdom Hearts merchandise. Ranging from bookmarks to a couch cushion pillow cover, all of these products are now available for pre-order at the Japanese Square Enix e-STORE. You can view each of the products below. Kingdom Hearts Clear Bookmark Vol.1 2 Set Kingdom Hearts II Clear Bookmark Vol.1 2 Set Kingdom Hearts World Sticker Set Kingdom Hearts II World Sticker Set Kingdom Hearts Rubber Magnet -Monogram Set- Kingdom Hearts III Stainless Steel Bottle Kingdom Hearts Vanity Pouch Kingdom Hearts Cushion Cover -Monogram- While these are currently Japan-only products, you can still pre-order the Cushion Cover, World Sticker Sets, Emblem Magnets, Vanity Pouch and more Japan-exclusive merchandise through AmiAmi if you live outside Japan but are still looking to spruce up your house with Kingdom Hearts decorations! AitaiKuji has opened preorders for these products as well, with a release date of December 2018.
  17. Square Enix has revealed yet another range of new official Kingdom Hearts merchandise. Ranging from bookmarks to a couch cushion pillow cover, all of these products are now available for pre-order at the Japanese Square Enix e-STORE. You can view each of the products below. Kingdom Hearts Clear Bookmark Vol.1 2 Set Kingdom Hearts II Clear Bookmark Vol.1 2 Set Kingdom Hearts World Sticker Set Kingdom Hearts II World Sticker Set Kingdom Hearts Rubber Magnet -Monogram Set- Kingdom Hearts III Stainless Steel Bottle Kingdom Hearts Vanity Pouch Kingdom Hearts Cushion Cover -Monogram- While these are currently Japan-only products, you can still pre-order the Cushion Cover, World Sticker Sets, Emblem Magnets, Vanity Pouch and more Japan-exclusive merchandise through AmiAmi if you live outside Japan but are still looking to spruce up your house with Kingdom Hearts decorations! AitaiKuji has opened preorders for these products as well, with a release date of December 2018. View full article
  18. DChiuch

    Kingdom Hearts

    Kingdom Hearts is the first game in the Kingdom Hearts series, originally released on the PlayStation 2 on March 28, 2002.
  19. hey,guys,what keyblades are u gonna vote for ultimate and powerful keyblade ever,ultima weapon or x-blade? you can vote for both:D
  20. Again Diamond Dust is still one of the best keyblades in this game. Too bad Ice Titan is a rough battle to get through to get it.
  21. Hi there! So, I'm super new to forums, so I figured I'd start with what I know best—that being, art! :tongue: As a forewarning, some of my art contains spoilers for The World Ends with You. If you've yet to beat TWEWY, or are planning to play it, please don't look! This first illustration was done for the 16th KH anniversary, and it's also a tribute to my dream KHUX medal. Just when you thought Riku's KH1 outfit couldn't get any worse, they went and made it green and yellow. I love my unfashionable son. Next is a picture of Kairi holding the broken Way to Dawn. The Don't Think Twice trailer made me really emotional. This next one's a portrait of Riku in Shibuya, since I'm really hoping to see our TWEWY friends again! I drew another picture to accompany the one above, but since it contains end-game spoilers for TWEWY, here's a warning to STOP YA SCROLLIN'. If you plan on playing TWEWY, don't look! I promise, it's something you won't want spoiled. Since Riku and Shiki are my Square Enix faves, I was super excited when they met in KH3D. I think they could be really good friends, given both their respective characters arcs. "A good friend sees you for who you are, no matter what face you wear." And in the same vein of TWEWY spoilers—! Really hoping this happens, too. And now... for The Shipping Content™. While I know it isn't everyone's cup of tea, my KH OTP is Rikai, A.K.A., Riku/Kairi. Feel free to skip past the next two posts if you dislike the ship! Big dumb loser boyfriend. I took creative liberty with Kairi's KH3 outfit, since there hasn't been a full reveal. My baby girl. AND LASTLY. I can dream. That's most of my recent work, I have a ton of old art and sketches laying around that I may upload at some point. If anyone's interested, I might continue to post my art here as I draw more! I also have a deviantArt and a Tumblr. Feel free to comment on anything you like, or give me suggestions on things you think I could improve! I also take art request/suggestions sometimes, so feel free to hmu!! :wub:
  22. So, I’m finally playing Final Mix on my ps4, doing my old trick in never land hitting the rare truffles. When suddenly I suck at it (and I’ve done it for years now), and Sora just keeps knocking him further away..... it’s quite frustrating and I can only imagine it’s because of the 60fps. Anyone got any tips?
  23. Hi, I'm new to the forum and this is my first topic created. I have a question for those who still have a copy of the original Kingdom Hearts Ultimania (Japanese)... You see, I have a copy of it (along with the revised edition) and I've been trying to figure out the translations for all of the enemy and boss attacks in the game for a while now. Some of the translations I do know: exa: Large Body -なぎ払い攻撃 - Mow-Down Attack -ボディアタック - Body Attack -突進 - Rush -ジャンピング衝撃波 - Jumping Shockwave But all the other ones, I have absolutely no idea. If anyone out there has a copy of the Ultimania, and knows Japanese, I would greatly appreciate the help.
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