Kingdom Hearts (2002)

by Ji-yeong
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Kingdom Hearts is a beloved action RPG that combines the magic of Disney with the fantasy of Final Fantasy, offering an unforgettable adventure through iconic worlds with Sora and his friends.


Kingdom Hearts is a groundbreaking action RPG that combines the magical worlds of Disney with the fantastical elements of Square Enix’s Final Fantasy series, offering a unique and captivating gaming experience.


“Kingdom Hearts” is a 2002 action role-playing video game developed by Square for the PlayStation 2 video game console. It is the first game in the Kingdom Hearts series and is the result of a collaboration between Square and The Walt Disney Company.

The game begins on Destiny Islands, where Sora, Riku, and Kairi live. The three friends dream of venturing from Destiny Islands to find out what lies beyond. One night, a violent storm hits the island, and Sora ventures out to find his friends. As the storm intensifies, they are attacked by shadowy creatures known as the Heartless.

During the storm, Sora obtains a mysterious weapon known as the Keyblade. Riku disappears into the darkness, curious about what lies beyond their island. Kairi also vanishes, and Destiny Islands are destroyed.

Sora then wakes up in a different place called Traverse Town, where he meets Donald Duck and Goofy, two emissaries from Disney Castle. They are on a mission to find King Mickey, who has gone missing. The three learn of the Heartless and the threat they pose to all worlds. They decide to team up, with Sora hoping to find Riku and Kairi, and Donald and Goofy aiming to locate King Mickey.

The trio travels through various worlds, meeting and aiding characters from both Disney and Final Fantasy franchises. They learn that the Disney villains are behind the Heartless’ invasion, using them to capture seven Princesses of Heart to open the door to Kingdom Hearts, a repository of knowledge and power, and the source of all hearts.

As they journey, Sora becomes a beacon of hope and light, standing against the darkness and the villains manipulating it. He learns about friendship, bravery, and the power of the heart.

In the climax, Sora and his friends confront Ansem, the main antagonist who seeks to use Kingdom Hearts to engulf the world in darkness. However, Sora realizes that Kingdom Hearts is not darkness, but light. Ansem is consumed by the light and vanishes.

Sora, Donald, and Goofy are left in a limbo where they find Riku and King Mickey. They are on the other side of a door leading to the realm of darkness. To prevent the Heartless from escaping, Sora and his friends, along with Riku and King Mickey, decide to close the door from both sides, trapping Riku and King Mickey in the realm of darkness.

The game ends with Sora, Donald, and Goofy on a path in a grassy field, determined to find Riku and King Mickey. Thus, their journey continues.

“Kingdom Hearts” is a tale of friendship and the eternal struggle between light and darkness. It’s a story that has touched millions with its vibrant world, endearing characters, and innovative gameplay, making it one of the most beloved games of all time.


Key characters include Sora, the protagonist; Donald Duck and Goofy, his loyal companions; Riku and Kairi, Sora’s childhood friends; and a host of Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Aladdin, Ariel, and more. The game also features appearances by Final Fantasy characters like Cloud Strife and Squall Leonhart.


Kingdom Hearts combines action-packed combat with RPG elements. Players engage in real-time battles, using a variety of attacks, magic spells, and special abilities. The game also includes platforming and puzzle-solving elements, as well as character customization through the progression system.


Kingdom Hearts stands as a landmark title in the action RPG genre, captivating players with its enchanting worlds, beloved characters, and compelling gameplay. Its legacy continues to influence the gaming industry and inspire fans around the world.

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