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Why is Kingdom Hearts II So Popular? 91

kukyfrope writes "The long awaited sequel to the popular RPG Kingdom Hearts finally hit North America late last month, and in just those few days easily outsold all other games in March. GameDaily examines why nobody can resist the magic of Disney and Square together in Kingdom Hearts II and why the Kingdom Hearts series has been so successful."
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Why is Kingdom Hearts II So Popular?

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  • by rsilvergun ( 571051 ) on Sunday April 30, 2006 @03:22PM (#15233015)
    you hit every market. Boys like the figting, girls like the pastel collars and disney characters, hardcore gamers dig square and the graphics, it's easy enough for casual gamers. Pokemon did the same thing, that's why it was such a phenomenon. If you can make something that appeals to everyone (not po'ing your hardcore fans is an added bonus), you'll make money hand over fist.
  • by dividedsky319 ( 907852 ) on Sunday April 30, 2006 @03:32PM (#15233064) Homepage
    I loved the first KH, and was really looking forward to the second. After reading the IGN review, I was somewhat disappointed becuase they only gave it a... 7.something. Not a great review for a highly anticipated game.

    I still decided to pick it up. Now, while there are a LOT of cutscenes which can get annoying, I actually enjoy the gameplay. Sure, it isn't the hardest game in the world, and a lot of it is just mashing of the X button, there's still something satisfying about going into battle with 20 enemies and taking them all out.

    Now, while the stories for each of the "sub worlds" (Agrabah, Halloween Town, etc) technically just follow their particular movie, it all ties into the story fairly well. Now, I am a Disney fan, but as a 24 year old I don't exactly go out and buy every piece of Lion King memorabilia or see every new Disney movie... so I definitely didn't buy the game based on the fact that Disney characters are in it. But the story is enjoyable.

    So, put a good storyline, great characters, and fun, simple gameplay together and you have a quality game IMO.
  • Easy ... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by medeii ( 472309 ) on Sunday April 30, 2006 @03:52PM (#15233170)

    The reason KH2 is so popular is that there hasn't been a decent RPG out for almost a year -- not one that I've wanted to buy, anyway. More, there won't be another big-name RPG out until FF12, which is supposedly delayed until Thanksgiving.

    That said, it's a very great game in its own right. But it's arriving in the middle of a giant drought for the RPG market.

  • Re:Easy ... (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 30, 2006 @07:17PM (#15233982)
    The reason KH2 is so popular is that there hasn't been a decent RPG out for almost a year

    What dought?

    FFIV Advance
    Mother 3

    All have come out very recently, Im just about done with FFIV advance, and have just started Oblivion. Maybe you need to broaded your catagory from PS2 RPGs to just RPGs in general.
  • Re:Easy ... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Yosho ( 135835 ) on Sunday April 30, 2006 @07:20PM (#15233998)
    Dude. Radiata Stories, Wild Arms: Alter Code F, Wild Arms 4, Dragon Quest 8, Suikoden Tactics, Advance Wars, Suikoden 5, Tales of Legendia, Oblivion, Grandia 3, Romancing SaGa, Fable: the Lost Chapters, Magna Carta, Atelier Iris (1 and 2, although 2 was just released)... well, ok, a few of those won't appeal to everybody. But seriously, the only way you could say there hasn't been a decent RPG out for almost a year is if you only pay attention to Final Fantasy games.

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