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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Kingdom Hearts 358/2*6-12+86 Days

If I was Disney, I would be livid at Square right now. What started as a relatively straightforward Square/Disney mashup has now gone completely off the rails.

I played the first 20 minutes of Kingdom Hearts e=mc squared last night, and while it's neat, it's certainly not what Disney must have wanted at this point. You wouldn't even know that Disney characters were in here unless you look at the box art. There, in the very corner, is Mickey. The rest of the art? White space and spiky-haired anime characters. More and more, Kingdom Hearts is turning towards Square's increasingly convoluted storytelling and fleshing out a world that didn't really need fleshing out instead of focusing on what Disney probably wanted. It's no wonder that Disney is commissioning the "Epic Mickey" project.

Do you want to see something absolutely hilarious? I can't find it now, but Games Radar has an absolutely ridiculous recap of the events from Kingdom Hearts 1, 2, and Chain of Memories that will make your head spin. The series is not at all conducive to allowing new people to join up and enjoy, and that has to drive Disney crazy.