Kingdom Hearts was introduced to me by my best friend in college because he had Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts 2 on his PlayStation 2. It seemed like a game that I would like because I would get to experience Disney worlds with Disney characters. When I picked up the Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and 2.5 ReMIX for the PlayStation 4 on my final year at college, I managed to find a comforting game about friendship that I was able to bond with my friend over.
Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and 2.5
Friendship is an important part of the Kingdom Hearts series. The series begins with three friends: Sora, Kairi, and Riku. The friends become separated when their world is taken by darkness and then Sora becomes friends with Donald and Goofy to save his friends and the other worlds from darkness.
You also make friends with various Disney characters such as Winnie the Pooh and even help Pooh learn about how friends remain together even when they are far apart. The Winnie the Pooh goodbye scene in Kingdom Hearts 2.5 always makes me cry because when I graduated my college best friend moved to another state but we still remain close friends.
When I played Kingdom Heats 1.5 and 2.5 ReMIX, the friendship themes stuck with me since I would always tell my friend when I was playing and ask for hints. We would laugh over characters such as Donald Duck’s inability to heal Sora properly or how hard I thought the first game’s final boss was even on easy while he plays on the hardest difficulty. We would discuss our favorite worlds and our least favorite worlds in the games. I loved The Nightmare Before Christmas world in both games and we both didn’t like the swimming mechanics in The Little Mermaid world in Kingdom Hearts 1.5.
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
On the day of my college graduation, my friend told me to watch the Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days movie included in the PS4 version when I asked what that game was about. The three friends becoming so close and bonding together over ice cream reminded me of how my friendship formed with my friend over eating at a restaurant and how we would visit that restaurant pretty much every week together. As I watched the three hour movie, I cried remembering my friendship and how close we had become over four years.
How Kingdom Hearts Still Keeps Us Close
Whenever I play Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and 2.5 ReMIX I talk to my friend when I am playing it and I cry over all the friendship scenes. The scenes remind me of how much my friend and I bonded over the games and also about the story of our friendship.
When my friend got a PS4, I bought him this game telling him that he had introduced me to the series and I wanted him to have the game on the PS4 because it was a symbol of friendship to us. I think that this game is a great game to experience with a friend and it is a fun game to play if you have ever wanted to explore Disney worlds.
Now that I have made myself cry while writing this I want to know, what video games helped you bond with your friends?