PS4 version here. That's a really sweet game, great story, I seem to be in the minority that enjoyed this one more that Kh1. This one is more concise, has some strategy elements. But honestly you can just spam your way with Sonic Blade and Lethal Frame through most of the game, the only boss that gave me a *really* hard time is the final boss for Sora (I play on Proud). I'm still midway in Riku's story, his gameplay is different, and I'm looking forward to finishing it.
You must play Kh1 before this one, and it is recommended you also play 358/2 Days (I mean watch) before this one.
Seriously, though -- for Kingdom Hearts fans who missed out on COM the first time, this is definitely the best way to play it. While the new stuff is small (a few so-so minigames in Hundred Acre Wood, additional voice acting from the Sixth Sense kid, etc.), my memory of Chain of Memories hasn't changed: It's a pleasant little title that reminds me how much I want Kingdom Hearts 3.
Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories is a remake **** Advance game with the Kingdom Hearts 1 graphics. The game has a card based battle system where you collect and equip them to build a deck and use it during battles.
It's a bridge game to tell the events between Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2 and intruduces new characters and gives more insight to them.
The Disney worlds are sadly just a rehash of Kingdom Hearts 1 and the Level Design is due to being a Gameboy Advance Game, very limited.
I still enjoyed the Story Cutscenes and messing around with my deck and trying new combos.
If you don't like the systems I would recommend to watch the cutscenes on youtube before playing Kingdom Hearts 2.
All in all I enjoyed the game a lot.
*Flawed, but fun*
Originally, I didn't play this game and watched the story cinematics because I just couldn't play it. However, I decided to give it a shot. Needless to say, I found some enjoyment out of it. It takes time to learn, but when you do, it feels great. However, if you're looking for a standard Kingdom Hearts experience, or just wanna get to Kingdom Hearts 2, just watch the story scenes on YouTube. This game has Gameplay>Story which makes sense because it was originally a GBA game, but it still feels empty in some spots. The bosses were the best part of the game because they actually provided challenge, and Riku's campaign provided challenge as well. What I liked a lot about this game is the deck building and how you could approach it however you want. But, it's not for everyone. 7/10, didn't expect it to be as good as it was.
It enters the list of great games that had a serious flaw like Epic Mickey (Camera), Kid Icarus Uprising (Controls) or Mass Effect 3 (Ending). To be fair it is an 8-9/10 game for me but the horrible battle system destroyed the experience. Here they use a card style battle system in real time battles. It takes a lot of time to get used to it (If you can even get used to it). I had to push myself to play the game and was always annoyed by this. It is a shame because the rest is really good. The graphic and sound are good as always. The story is Kingdom Hearts like. That means it is good for me (fans) but can annoy others. Side-note: Have you ever explained the story of Kingdom Hearts to your friends that don't have played the games? It is an interesting experience and can turn awkward really fast;-). Back to the game. Like I said the story is really good for me as are the characters. You learn something about the Organization and it plays with the concept of memories. I will also praise that they tried something new or different. Overall this is my least favorite Kingdom Hearts game because of the battle system. If you don't agree that's fine for me. I was also on the other end of this type of conversation and admit that this is a thing about preferences. I prefer better systems.
I played this game for 5 hours (1/3 of the game) until I got stuck and I was playing it in easy mode. This game has the worst battle system that I've ever played. They tried to do a mix between turn-based and real time gamplay and they didn't succeed. Plus, it's a game that doesn't have much new things. It feels repetitive. I just watch some videos on youtube about the argument and watched the ending and I went on. If you have KH 1.5 do the same as I did: try this game in easy mode but skip it if you have troubles.
SummarySora, Donald and Goofy travel down a long road that meanders through endless fields, and come to a crossroads. As Sora stands in the crossroads, he gazes up at the night sky and thinks of his lost friends. Just then, a mysterious man approaches from down one of the branching paths. "Ahead lies something you need," he says, "but to claim ...