The newly released trailer for the upcoming Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix features a nostalgic series of cut scenes that catches fans up on the entire story of the saga so far. Kingdom Hearts is known for its in-depth story lines that captivate audiences by recreating old tales anew and filling each sequence with as much emotion as possible.
The series is still known as an action/adventure hack-and-slash type of experience, but still garners critical praise that exceeds that of any other ordinary role-playing game. Since the original title was released in 2002, the series has amounted to become a brand of its own and has put forth five sequels, a prequel, an HD remix of the first three games and the aforementioned second HD remix which is scheduled to drop this winter.
Followers of the saga will know that the series features an unorthodox marriage of characters from the Final Fantasy realm with classic Disney heroes and villains to create a completely original storyline. Square Enix, formerly known as Square Soft at the game’s origin, garnered a vast new fan base by enticing Final Fantasy and Disney fans, alike, with their unexpected combination. Director Tetsuya Nomura also featured a cast of A-List voice talent for the North American version of the game including Haley Joel Osment and Hayden Panettiere.
Catching up on the story so far, the new trailer for Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix takes viewers on journey of numerous memorable moments from the saga, reintroducing principal characters that are original to Kingdom Hearts only and do not spawn from Disney or Final Fantasy vaults. The remastered HD cinematic cutscenes are simply breathtaking against the elegant score by Yoko Shimomura playing in the background. Fans relive some of their favorite past-times in watching this video and undoubtably experience the euphoric aura that comes with delving into the lives of Kingdom Hearts characters.
The new HD remake will consist of three of the later released games in the series. Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts: Re:coded are what make up the latest title. Birth By Sleep and KH2 will actually be the only playable titles within the game, as Re:coded simply features newly remastered scenes in high definition from the title originally on the Nintendo DS. The two playable games will be featured as Final Mix editions, previously only released in Japan. The Final Mix versions will be everything that was found in the original editions plus so much more including deleted scenes, new bosses and extra quests.
Kingdom Hearts has featured a consistent theme of the battle of light against darkness throughout the series. The topic is not one that exists only in fantasy realms, it is one that exists in every day life. The creators of the series cleverly implement seemingly epic fantastical battles within the games that truly represent a battle within a single individual who struggles to balance their own personal lights and darknesses. That being said, there is much more to take away from the series than mashing a few buttons on a video game controller. Perhaps the series owes its success to this specific factor.
To catch up on the story of Kingdom Hearts so far, one can view the new trailer below. Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix will drop on Dec. 5, 2014 and be available as a PlayStation 3 exclusive.
By Cody Collier