Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX - PlayStation 3

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Overview

What's Included


  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (447 out of 454)

Product Details


  • Developer: Disney Interactive
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platform: PlayStation 3
  • Genre: Action and Adventure
  • Release Date: 12/02/2014

Synopsis


For years you've joined your favorite Final Fantasy and Disney characters on thrilling adventures in the Kingdom Hearts franchise. However, some games never reached the Americas — until now. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX delivers a fully remastered, high-definition compilation of two popular Kingdom Hearts titles and brings them to life on your PlayStation 3. Do you have what it takes to join Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy on another action-packed journey?

Dive into the epic, adrenaline-pumping quests of the Kingdom Hearts saga that you've been missing with Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. Featuring Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix originally released on the PlayStation 2 and Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Final Mix for the PSP, this fully remastered, high-definition compilation brings two popular titles to the Americas for the first time ever. With the addition of theatrical cutscenes from Kingdom Hearts Re:coded for the Nintendo DS, this ReMIX delivers a stunning, engaging and action-packed adventure for Kingdom Hearts fans. Picking up after Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 ReMIX, you'll be able to continue your journey with Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy, while also exploring the origins of the series with Terra, Aqua and Ventus. Take your gaming experience to the next level with new cutscenes, mini games, enemies and more. Are you ready to meet up with your favorite characters again?

Features


Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX

Pre-order to receive a free upgrade to the Limited Edition

Limited Edition

includes three unforgettable stories — Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded — plus, receive an official Disney Collector's pin

Kingdom Hearts

Return to the saga with this fully remastered, high-definition compilation of Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix for the PlayStation 2 and Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Final Mix for the PSP

Kingdom Hearts Re:coded

Dive into the engaging storyline even further with theatrical cutscenes from for the Nintendo DS

Experience the thrilling adventures for the first time with additional cutscenes, mini games, enemies and more, as both titles were previously exclusive to the Japanese market

Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 ReMIX

Continue the exciting storyline from , as you join Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy, while also uncovering the origins of the Kingdom Hearts franchise with Terra, Aqua and Ventus

Immerse yourself in the action with stunning high-definition visuals and enjoy enhanced gameplay mechanics

For 1 player



Overall customer rating

4.8
99%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good additions, but can suffer from high difficult

    Posted
    BasilioBoy777
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    These last few years have seen the re-release of the fan-favorite Kingdom Hearts series. Possibly as small recompense that the series proper hasn’t been given another true installment in over a decade and thus skipped over this entire last generation of major home console, these games are bundled Remastered versions of PS2/PSP classics. The graphical enhancements are notable, but are they worth the full purchase? Are these not the same games we’ve already played? For us Americans, yes and no. You see, these are the Final Mix versions of these games, which until these releases, have never seen the light of day on Western shores, having previously been Japan exclusives. So then, there are some elements of these games that are certain to have never been experienced by most American games. So what do these changes add? What do they take away? Do they warrant the new purchase price and time investment? Since most of us have already played the original version of this game, I’ll focus on the new version for this review. Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Fix does a lot of what Kingdom Hearts Final Mix did. Nearly all basic Heartless get a palate swap, some more visually appealing or sensible than others, but still essentially the same. There are additional cutscenes, fully voiced in English, which explore more of the goings-on with the game’s antagonists, Organization XIII, and fill-in a few more gaps between this sequel and the first installment. They fill time mostly well, although some drag out longer than they are welcome. Another minor addition is a new puzzle sidequest. Simple in its execution, there are several crown-shaped piece scattered around the worlds. They are not hard to find, but somewhat difficult to acquire, with most requiring Sora to max out his Drive Abilities. It’s a nice distractive additional quest for the collector types. Sora also gets an additional Drive Form, Limit Form. His clothes resemble the color scheme he had in the last game, and he can preform the special Limit abilities he could last game. Because they take the place of Magic Commands and can be difficult to time right and be blocked, they are not very useful outside of being the experience needed to level up this Form. Still, the sheer power of this Form’s combo finishing moves make this Form very valuable in combat, especially since Sora can trigger it alone without any allies. There are new synthesis materials that are quite powerful, but difficult to obtain. Most come from a new section of the game, the Cavern of Remembrance, in Hollow Bastion/Radiant Garden. In it, there are new Heartless, palate swaps of other Heartless that are much stronger than their counterparts. They drop the new synthesis type materials, Remembrance, and some strong weapons for Donald and Goofy. They are not earned lightly, but they do provide a good challenge and excellent means of grinding high levels. There is also another group of additional special Heartless, called Mushroom XIII. As you could guess, they resemble the members of Organization XIII. They are scattered throughout the Worlds, and their powers faintly resemble their Organization counterparts. They are the only source for another synthesis material needed for unique items, Tranquility, and they drop extra staves and shields for Donald and Goofy, but they are mostly too weak to be effective. And sadly, these new enemies are where the game loses some of its traction: the difficulty. Each of these encounters plays like a mini-game, and the challenges you are expected to complete range from doable if you know how to downright nigh-impossible. Trying over and over again, with no apparent progress can suck some of the fun out of the game and replace it with frustration. This trend continues to an even greater extent with the final addition the Final Mix makes: extra boss fights. And there’s a LOT of them. There are fights against Absent Silhouettes, rematches against the Organization XIII members defeated during the mid-quel Chain of Memories, with reworked mechanics to include KH2’s battle system. These can be very challenging, particularly at lower levels. There is also an additional fight with Roxas toward the end of game, replacing what was just a cutscene before. At the end of the Cavern of Remembrance is the Garden of Remembrance, where Sora can fight Data Rematches against the greatly power-up members of Organization XIII. These fights are mostly identical to their previous encounters, but their stats are maxed out and some condition mechanics are made much harder. And to top it all off, there is after-game fight with a foe called Lingering Will, to set the stage for Birth By Sleep. His combos are unbreakable, his Strength, Defense, and HP enormous, and he can lock Commands. These fights can be downright insane, impossible to beat at lower levels, and possibly even difficulties. They are extremely trying on even the lowest game difficulty setting, to say nothing of Normal or Proud Mode. This kind of difficultly greatly harms the game in my opinion, require ridiculous amounts of practice, grinding, and farming to be able to complete for 100% game completion. Victory seems to come more from luck than perseverance, and that’s not a good point in my book. In sum, Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix is still a phenomenally good game, in terms of story, gameplay, battle mechanics, and character. While the new edition adds much to this release, it can suffer a bit from much higher difficulty. Sure, it’s all optional in theory, but not for us completionists. A new purchase is easily warranted for the die-hard fans of the series, but for those who might want to try it out, it may be better to wait for a price drop. Final score: 8.5/10.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nostalgia Remix 2.5

    Posted
    Phill
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have always been a fan of the Kingdom Hearts series. I've played each and everyone of them. I slept countless hours on Kingdom Hearts 2 when it was released on PS2, and ever since a final mix version was created from it, I've been wishing it to be translated in English. Birth By Sleep on the PSP was one of my most favorite Kingdom Hearts. It was a day one purchase for me. I had beaten multiple times. Now, let's talk about the 2.5 Remix. KINGDOM HEARTS 2 FINAL MIX: THE GOOD: At the base this is still the Kingdom Hearts 2 we grew up with on Ps2, but there has been a lot of new editions since this is the final mix version. Tons of new bosses, new abilities, new weapons, items, and Sora even receives a handy new drive form that pays homage to the first Kingdom Hearts. This being a HD remastered, Square Enix really outdid themselves in some area. The music tracks for Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix have all have been completely re-orchestrated to one of the most dynamic soundtracks I have ever heard. The upgrade in SOME textures really are great. The BAD: Some texture weren't really changed. (building and some armor and other details in textures) With everything else looking so nice and top notch, it is hard not to notice the textures that weren't changed at all. Something else, (not a big deal) the loading times for drive forms are a bit..timely sometimes. Not a big deal. KINGDOM HEARTS BIRTH BY SLEEP FINAL MIX: This HD version of Birth By Sleep is a great Upgrade from it's psp original. I'm not going to be as hard on it about the textures as I was with 2, because Square came a long way with Birth By Sleep HD Remastered compared to the Psp's original textures. As for the Final Mix version, a ton of new bosses, mirage arena events, new commands, new weapons, items, and even a "Secret" story episode has been added. The BAD: Now, you noticed I didn't talk much about the Remastered upgrades? Because outside of the textures, there really aren't much. They kept the original music tracks with the exception of "Dismiss' and "Keyblade Graveyard". I wished they would've redone them as well. I came to my attention when I was listening to the 2.5 soundtracks, and the only tracks it contained from Birth By Sleep were to two I mentioned earlier. The reason is: Those were the only two tracks they redid. Not a big deal, but I noticed it. The only reason it's worth mentioning: They did it for Kingdom hearts 2 why not keep the quality consistent and do the same for Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep? As for the camera, it helped me when I set the Left/Right Camera to inverted. This sets the L3 to L=L and R=R direction whereas the original settings were L=R and R=L. BottomLine: Other than those minor issues this is well worth for the forty bucks I paid for it. If you played 1.5 Remix and loved it, than you will love this one even more. If you hated it, the upgrades and changes in Kingdom Hearts 2 will make you love it. If you're reading this review now and are curious about buying this game, DO IT. And if you haven't played the 1.5 remix, there's a collector edition that includes both the 2.5 and 1.5 Remixes and the soundtracks and art of them both. If you really don't want to shell out 90 bucks then you can always just purchase the standard edition of them which totals to about 60 bucks. 2.5 = 39.99 1.5 = 19.99 I hope this helped your decision.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Really fun game

    Posted
    Tezca
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    Review for Kingdom Hearts 2 Pros: Expanded levels- KH2 expands the areas of worlds that were in the previous KH. There are also new worlds to choose from. The music- The music is KH2 is amazing. Many of the songs are taken from their respective movie, such as This Is Halloween, and are blended in with the game to deliver a fun atmosphere. Gameplay-The gameplay can be seen as very simple or very complex. To someone who just wants to play he/she can play through by simply mashing buttons, however the game offers a variety of tools that can make the game more suitable for the more advanced player. There are spells, summons, special attacks, tram attacks, etc. The best thing about is that they are not difficult to perform. It all depends on the playing style of the gamer. Visuals- The graphics in this game were nicely retouched, complimenting the Disney/Final Fantasy theme. Cons: Cutscenes-The cutscenes in this game seemed a little excessive, especially in the beginning. Telling a story is not a problem but the game would not allow the player to immerse his/herself in the fame without interrupting them with a cutscene. They were nice to look at but should have been a little less. Gameplay- As stated before the game can be played through by button mashing. The problem with with this is that players run the risk of playing a game that extremely repetitive. Without using the extra tools the game will seem bland and boring. Story-The KH story is a very complex one to understand. The die hard KH fan will be more willing to explore and try and understand what the true purpose of the story was. For the casual player, however, the story would just seem complicated and end up not making sense. It does retell some parts of the previous games but it is still recommended to play the other games first, if you are interested in the story. Overall Kingdom Hearts II is a fun and complex game that will appeal to both hardcore and casual gamers. There are obviously more pros and cons to this game but I felt these were my biggest concerns. I believe people should try this game as it is very well put together.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It's Kingdom Hearts..

    Posted
    seanizL
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Quick review - One of my most beloved series mixing my favorite Final Fantasy characters, Disney characters, and their own unique characters in a memorable story. Enjoyable for all no matter what age. Start with 1.5 Remix before this one and then get ready for Kingdom Hearts 2.8 and 3 (both not yet released) worth plugging in my ps3 again since I heard the Remix won't be ported to ps4 This review is mainly covering KH 2. I did not play the portables myself. I also like leaving the story telling to part 1 and 2, although the others may shine some light on certain things, I've heard they can also be confusing. Pros - Fun characters both new and old, great story, gameplay in 2 is definitely a step up from part 1. Action RPG is where a lot of the RPG genre games are going these days. Overall simple yet satisfying gameplay mechanics. The music in this game is also one of the best you'll hear. I only wish they continue the trend in future Kingdom Hearts 2.8 and 3. Cons - I think the camera is better than part one, but with these games it usually can come across as an issue. Your team AI can sometimes be unreliable. When Kingdom Hearts first released I was quick to judge it for having a mix of Disney characters, thinking that it would make the game into something strictly for kids. But once my friend let me borrow I quickly realized how wrong I was. I grew up with this series, so it will have that special place in my gaming library for years to come.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this game

    Posted
    Bb30
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    I wish Square-enix could have treated this series like they do Final Fantasy, but alas, there are only three main stories, with many side story lines intertwined (on different platforms). 2.5 brings Birth by Sleep gameplay to the PS3 and does so flawlessly. It looks amazing on the bigger screen. I personally think they should have brought 3D Dream Drop Distance into this 2.5, but instead it is Kingdom Hearts: coded. Kingdom Hearts: coded is a video clip walkthrough of the entire story without gameplay. The final mix and HD upgrade of KH2 is just enough added to make the game feel like I'm playing it over for the first time. It was well worth the purchase. I love this game series and can't wait until KH3 finally releases.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The nostalgia gets HD'd

    Posted
    Raitu
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    I, like several others, originally got into Kingdom Hearts thanks to the PS2 games. In my case--Kingdom Hearts II was my first game because who needs order when you stumble upon Disney characters on boxart? Anywho, the long and short of it is--you get a fully remastered and nicely done HD version of Kingdom Hearts II, but you also get Birth by Sleep, which was a PSP title, and which I dearly love. Add in the cinematics from Kingdom Hearts Re:coded and you get a pretty nice bundle--two frankly fantastic FULL games and some cutscenes from a DS title. So, yes, I'd definitely rec this for anyone wanting to get into KH, but unsure! Unless you're really set on the order of things, which I'd then rec 1.5 first.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very well worth it

    Posted
    ChrisforChrist
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    I've always been a fan of Kingdom Hearts, and I'm looking forward to the third release. I have to say, KH2 was my favorite release so far. I never really got into the smaller side stories, so having the main KH2 game remastered was a treat in and of itself for me. It's great that they went above and beyond to include another game, a collection of remastered cut scenes, and even a pretty cool collector's pin if you buy the limited edition release. I managed to catch it on a sale, so the value was even greater. If you're a fan, you can't go wrong. If you're buying for someone who's a fan of Kingdom Hearts, Disney, or RPG's in general this would be a terrific present.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another Great HD Treatment

    Posted
    dtherpgfan657289
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    First game was good. Second game was much better. Add in all the spinoffs that came out on various game consoles, and you have a real diverse universe. The first HD ReMix on PS3 brought the original game with Chain of Memories and 358/2 Days. This one brings the second game with Birth By Sleep and Re:Coded, both portable titles like CoM and 358/2 Days were, into an HD package. This series is worth getting into to see Disney merged with RPG elements and thrown into a very deep epic. I love both collections, for they give me more worth in my PS3 while the PS4 builds up its RPG arsenal (which will start with Kingdom Hearts 3!).

    I would recommend this to a friend


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