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  • Summary: Sora, 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. "AheadSora, 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 it, you must lose something dear." The man vanishes before a single path, leading to a castle that eerily resembles a girl's drawing... In the coming journey, what will Sora and his companions gain, and what will they lose? In addition to Sora, players can control Riku in this adventure that bridges the gap between KINGDOM HEARTS and KINGDOM HEARTS II
    A full 3D remake of the original GBA release, KINGDOM HEARTS Re:Chain of Memories offers a refreshing rendition of the hit title for the PlayStation 2 system. The talented voice cast from the North American releases of KINGDOM HEARTS and KINGDOM HEARTS II, including David Gallagher and Haley Joel Osment, return to breathe new life into the beloved characters. The mini-game catalog has been completely renewed, now with four brand new experiences accompanying the main adventure. [Square Enix]
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories for the PS2 is definitely worth checking out, especially if you haven't yet played the GBA original.
  2. 84
    An impressive remake that improves the presentation of the original GBA version by leaps and bounds while simultaneously streamlining the battle system.
  3. 80
    Even though it's not a wholly fresh experience, Kingdom Hearts: Re:Chain of Memories is definitely worth a try, especially if you didn't play the original GBA release.
  4. games(TM)
    70
    If Birth By Sleep's twee story fails to impress, fans will be delighted to learn that it features the best combat in the series to date. Fast, fluid and featuring a variety of interesting mechanics, it's a huge improvement over past instalments. [Issue#101, p.122]
  5. 67
    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.
  6. This remake is solid fan service, but recycled content and disjointed exploration limit its appeal.
  7. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    40
    Rebuilding it using the PS2 game's engine just makes it a much more obvious retread. [Jan 2009, p.83]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 47
  2. Negative: 17 out of 47
  1. Oct 18, 2010
    10
    I may be giving this a 10 because I'm biased due to the fact this is a Kingdom Hearts game, and I am a huge fan of the series. But once youI may be giving this a 10 because I'm biased due to the fact this is a Kingdom Hearts game, and I am a huge fan of the series. But once you get used to the cards, the rest will be smooth sailing. Expand
  2. Oct 10, 2020
    10
    Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories is a remake of a Gameboy Advance game with the Kingdom Hearts 1 graphics. The game has a card basedKingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories is a remake of a Gameboy 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.
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  3. sLm
    Apr 21, 2012
    7
    It's a very good game, cannot be compared to KH 1 and 2 because this is merely a light bridge between both of them just to understand theIt's a very good game, cannot be compared to KH 1 and 2 because this is merely a light bridge between both of them just to understand the storyline, but it's fun and entertaining. The 7 score is because they didn't even bother in releasing a PAL version, shame on them, otherwise I would give this a 9. Expand
  4. Nov 29, 2017
    5
    For a game that was originally on the Gameboy Advance, this game sure has a lot of content. That is the problem with this game. The gameplayFor a game that was originally on the Gameboy Advance, this game sure has a lot of content. That is the problem with this game. The gameplay is so shallow and easy to manipulate that, save for a few extremely cheap and luck based boss fights, there is almost no challenge in this 25-hour adventure, making the player just wish for the game to end. The game has 2 campaigns for both Sora and Riku. Sora's campaign is the main event, taking me 18 hrs and 15 mins to complete. His campaign has deck building elements (the only real source of strategy in the game) and moogle shops. The player has more freedom in gameplay, but they will also quickly find out that you only have to spam a couple of card combinations--called sleights--to win. Sure, you lose the first card of the sleight, but you will always be able to replenish them with a hi-potion or elixir. The value of the sleight will be so high, the enemy won't be able to break (play a card or sleight with a value higher than yours that stops what you're doing) it without a 0 card (breaks any active card, but is broken by any card once played). Most of the time they won't be able to play the 0 card because you will be hitting them so fast, and even then they don't have that many. One could argue to just not use sleights, but without cheesing the game, it's impossible to beat. I dare anyone to beat the late game fights (at a reasonable level, not 99) with Replica Riku without spamming sonic blade, lethal frame, and strike raid. Riku's campaign is more of a side story, but it still contains plot elements integral to the Kingdom Hearts story. His campaign only took me about 6 and a half hours to blaze through. There is no deck building or moogle shops, just a darkness/superpower mode and a new duel mode. Pretty much you just match an enemy card value, and then just spam the x button until you have broken all their cards and you win the duel. Once you break enough enemy cards, you go into dark mode and just spam the fire sleight until you win. I enjoyed Riku's campaign much more because you could just skip all the regular enemy encounters. I skipped every non-boss encounter after the fifth world. I thank God that most of this game is a cakewalk because the gameplay is so boring. You're pretty much going to be praying for the next cutscene to trigger. This game had potential, but it botched the landing so much it broke both of its legs. Expand
  5. Oct 26, 2013
    5
    sigh, this game is dissapointing and i'm a big kingdom hearts fan. the game feels linear, although you can go back to previous areas, theresigh, this game is dissapointing and i'm a big kingdom hearts fan. the game feels linear, although you can go back to previous areas, there really is no reason to. the storyline... the only parts i enjoyed were the parts that took place in castle oblivion, the disney storylines though... oh god they are terrible! they are literally the same from kingdom hearts 1, maybe only a slightly bit different. and the gameplay is annoying because now you play with F***ing CARDS! it is especially annoying with bosses, who can easily break your cards to do their own rediculously annoying attacks. and every time you run out of cards you have to reload them, but each time you reload you lose more cards from your deck, until you're stuck with one weak attack card that can't do SH*T against bosses. the bosses on the other hand have unlimited cards, that they can use as they please while you're stuck with your weak attack card. the only part where i started enjoying the game was the last floor in castle oblivion, and the final boss fight, which i gotta say had some pretty awesome music. after you complete Sora's story you can start a new game with Riku, with a different story, and slightly different battle system, playing as riku isn't much better though, the disney worlds have no storyline now, and all you do is run through the same areas you did as sora, and you can't customize your deck, the game does it for you. i suggest just watching the cutscenes on youtube if you want to know the story, because the game isn't worth playing through. Expand
  6. Feb 8, 2019
    4
    A tedious, confusing system that tried to fix something that wasn't broken. This disappointing combat system is only further emphasized by theA tedious, confusing system that tried to fix something that wasn't broken. This disappointing combat system is only further emphasized by the fact that the game doesnt know where its going until the last 2-3 hours of gameplay. It feels pointless and drawn out. Unfortunately, like all the games side titles, it is imperative to know this part of the story or the rest will make 0 sense. Expand
  7. Jan 20, 2020
    0
    Its mostly a retelling of the first game and made a lot of unnecessary bad decisions and changes. Ignore the fan boys that rate based onIts mostly a retelling of the first game and made a lot of unnecessary bad decisions and changes. Ignore the fan boys that rate based on nostalgia.
    All it does it lead up to the best kingdom hearts game and it doesnt have much more to be worth playing.
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