Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Was Both HD-y and Remix-y

By Robert Ward . June 16, 2014 . 6:01pm

Kingdom Hearts fans may have been disappointed that the third installment in the Square Enix/Disney crossover didn’t make an appearance at this year’s E3, but its half-step-away brother, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix, did—and we got to play it.

 

For those that don’t know, the collection will include Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep Final Mix, and over 3 hours of re-mastered cutscenes from Kingdom Hearts Re:coded.

 

During my session with the game, I just so happened to stumble upon one of my favorite sections of Kingdom Hearts II—Yuletide Hill, from the second visit to Halloween Town—and it looked beautiful in HD. Ample detail was put into the way lights reflect off of the snow here, making it even more atmospheric than before.

 

They even threw in two new musical tracks to the area: What a Surprise! and Happy Holidays, which, while I never got the chance to confirm it, sounded like pleasantly re-mastered versions of the tracks in Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix.

 

The environment wasn’t all that saw some polishing. Much like the recent Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, it seems like a lot of the art assets in these games have been redrawn, adding to the sharpness of the spiffed up visuals. Combat feels more or less the same, though arguably more responsive than its Playstation2 counterpart. Loading times felt just a bit speedier, too.

 

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix launches in America on December 2nd.


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  • KrazyBean

    2 and BBS were the best. Can’t wait to play their Final Mixes in HD. Awesome stuff.

    One question. Does it run at 60fps?

    • Chogokin

      It probably won’t, considering how none of the KH games have.

  • Surgeon of Death

    KH 2 was and still is my absolute favorite ps2 game of all time. I cannot wait to play it again in all it’s HD glory.

    • Invisbin

      Same

    • Compton Boodhoo

      Kingdom Hearts 2 is my favorite game of all time. The storyline, the combat, the music and the epic reaction commands are the best things in a video game for me. If any game wants to top KH in my eyes they have to beat KH with those elements. My cousins and I jest that Square-Enix implemented an “awesome” button, the triangle command lol.
      I REALLY HOPE they made that 1000 heartless fight they way the wanted to with bigger heartless and stuff ( I know it’s unlikely but I’m hoping)

      • Surgeon of Death

        That 1000 hearless battle was EPIC. I hope they add more depth to it

      • Steven Higgins

        I doubt it. It’s pretty much a direct port of the Final Mix version which had many changes, but none to that battle.

  • Alestaos

    Loved KH2 so much lol. Just wondering do you not have a date for Europe? I thought Europe was the 5th of Dec release wise but im not sure.

    • Steven Higgins

      Yep, Dec. 5th in Eu and Dec. 4th in PAL

      • Alestaos

        Thats a tad bit odd since isnt Europe PAL anyways? I mean i live in EU but have PAL games. Either way thanks alot for the date :)

        • Steven Higgins

          Not exactly, PAL is mostly Australia. I think New Zealand is a PAL region too, but I’m not really sure. And NP, I’ve been a fan since the first game came out 12 years ago, so I follow news rabidly.

          • Alestaos

            Similar was a game i got the moment it came out. It introduced me to alot of Final Fantasys i didnt know off. And i loved the reinvionsing of the disney worlds in 1 etc. Kh2 is my fav KH game period at this moment. I enjoyed 1 but 2 just brought it to a new level. My only wish is that they go back to making the majority of the worlds disney (which basically could stretch far with what they own) and only a few characters made for the game. Not start making it where theres more original worlds made only for KH instead of the disney ones.

  • JustJam

    Thanks for the review. I’m definitely going to buy this. Never got to play Birth By Sleep and my KH2 copy broke.

  • Prinny Dood

    I just wish it was remotwplay:(

  • leingod

    Damn. Wish this was on the Vita.

  • MaximDualBlade

    Over 3 hours just to tell us what that letter in a bottle Mickey wrote was about :O It must be a very long letter XD

  • Slickyslacker

    Glad to hear about the snappy loading. Given the amount of data on the disc, I’d think the opposite about loading particularly.

    Halloween Town is one of my favorite worlds in KH II, too. Finally getting to fully explore Christmas Town during the revisit is magical.

    • Shady Shariest

      Saw Jack Skellington for the first time there =W=
      Decided to watch the movie :3
      …And now do so every Halloween and Xmas.

  • Tg

    “Kingdom Hearts fans may have been disappointed that the third installment”

    No, not ‘third’ installment. KH3 will be the 8th installment, not counting the two Remixes + all Final Mixes + KHX (Chi).

    • Anime10121

      Hush you, only numbers matter :P

      • Tg

        >D He he….

        If that was the case, the Remixes would only contain KH1 and KH2 FMs. There goes Castle Oblivion~. Every non-portable player, who don’t do research, will be in trouble when they find out Riku’s status has changed, Axel is *spoiler*, Foretellers are *spoilers*, and Sora’s memories have…………. *snip spoilers*

  • Vash bane

    I forgot BBS had a final mix…I probably should search it to see what was added.

    is that screenshot from recoded? I don’t remember it (then again I don’t remember much of this series…guess i’ll pick up KH HD as well while im at it)

    • Argama

      A new special episode for Aqua has been added(The events of Blank Points secret ending I think)~

      As well as few improvements~

      • Byron Kerrison II

        And I think 2 or 3 extra Mirage Arena missions.

        • Argama

          Yeah, that too~
          There is that new mission where you get to fight Monstro~

    • Ni ~Algidus~

      We can play as aqua in the realm of darkness and fight against heartless, a new Final Boss and a new cutscene after completing it.
      Eraqus Lingering Will and No Heart (pretty much Xehanort’s Lingering Will) as bosses in Mirage Arena.
      Monstro boss fight in MA.
      A new keyblade called Crown Unlimited.
      New command boards
      Unversed missions (like the thirteen mushrooms in KH2)
      and a new drive called Rhythm Mixer

      New deck commands

  • Janrabbit

    I’m getting the remixes just because it includes the final mixes that I always wanted to play! Remastered graphics is also a cheeky bonus. I never got to play BBS either soooooooooo I CAN’T WAIT. Love me some KH

  • Triplicity

    Getting this for BBS FM HD. Great game hindered by being on PSP.

  • Rayhan PromisedGallery

    I’m playing 2.5 HD remix first, go away Xehanort

  • Spicydicey

    Very disappointed about the lack of online multiplayer for Birth by Sleep. Pure laziness on Square Enix’s part.

    • http://blackstar2661.deviantart.com/ SilverSpades

      There has to be SOME kind of online, since there’s no PSP equivalent to Ad-hoc/Ad-hoc Party.

      I know it’s very possible to do all Mirage Arena missions alone, but a lot of the fun was doing it with friends.

      • Spicydicey

        I’ve been looking into the topic and unless I’m mistaken, they actually removed the functionality altogether :(

    • Steven Higgins

      Not laziness, lack of time and manpower. Including online multiplier would have required them to take people off of KHIII, and lengthened the development time for the collection, making for a longer wait for both titles. People are already annoyed that KHIII isn’t out already and hated that they have to wait till December for II.5. Delaying development on both games would have just further alienated the impatient fanbase.

      • Spicydicey

        Online was one of the main features of 2.5 which made it stand out from 1.5, since multiplayer was also removed from that title. As for delaying KH3, that game is already leagues in the future, so online mode delay wouldn’t make much of a difference. The same excuse was given for not making 358/2 days playable and the result was a mess present in 1.5. Another thing delaying KH3 is the collections themselves- if delaying it was really a factor than they wouldn;t even have bothered with the HD collections.
        Since they ARE bothering, and since they are delaying KH3, they should make the collections as good as they can be, which they aren’t.

        • Steven Higgins

          They also had have deadlines to release the collections worldwide by the end of the year. The remixes didn’t delay KH III because they’re being done by separate teams but to include multi player the’d have to take people off the KH III team which would slow development. Besides, not everyone who played 1 and 2 played the hand he;s titles so they’d be lost when KH III came so they decided to put most of the story in one place.

  • Gilson Ríspoli

    I haven’t played any of KH games ever. The order is:
    Kingdom Hearts Re:coded.
    Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix,
    Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep Final Mix,

    ?

    • Lucas Martinez

      The order (with KH 1.5 HD) is

      - Kingdom Hearts Birth by sleep Final Mix

      - Kingdom Hearts Final Mix

      - Kingdom Hearts RE: Chains of Memories – Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (cutscenes only, original game in DS)
      - Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix
      - Kingdom Hearts RE: Coded (same as 358)
      - Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance (3ds)
      - Kingdom Hearts III (ps4)

      • Rayhan PromisedGallery

        what’s with people recommending this on chronological order anyway…. Release order is far better and easier to understand

        • 하세요

          Yeah, play in order of release. They make references that get explained later and it feels much better than just doing it in order of timeline. Part of the fun in mystery is thinking “What on earth are they talking about? Guess I’ll find out next game!”

      • Gilson Ríspoli

        Nice!!! I completely forgot the 1.5 :/
        Thank you a lot

  • Bobby Jennings

    Lemme know when the multiplayer gets added back for BBS.

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