There are countless reasons why one could consider themselves a Kingdom Hearts fan. The games are so rich in terms of characters, narrative and gameplay that one may struggle in actually finding things to criticise. Therefore, over the years there have been countless moments of sheer beauty and joy, but what's your favourite moment in KH history?
Our wait for Kingdom Hearts 3 is going to be a long one. I'm guessing this game won't be around until, at the earliest, late Holiday season 2015. Though a 2016 release date seems far more likely. Therefore, I thought I'd honour the series by taking a look at some of my favourite moments from the games and I'd love to hear your opinions on them also! Oh, and naturally there will be a lot of spoilers.
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The ending to Kingdom Hearts 1 is an obvious example of the power of Nomura's series. Emotions run high as Sora, Donald and Goofy attempt to close the door to Kingdom Hearts. This tense and exciting moment is followed by the beautiful exchange between Sora and Kairi as they are forced to leave one another. An emotional moment for a gamer of any age. Let's hope that Kingdom Hearts 3 can match the emotional prowess of these titles!
One moment that I love, though it doesn't hold any of the emotional power of the latter reference, is when Phil announces the opening of the Olympic Games. As a kid (puntastic) I apparently found it hilarious when he stated "Gotta get this place spruced up for the games!" Also, I really enjoyed the challenge arena here. Writing this article is filling me with nostalgic joy, must replay these games soon!
Another fantastic moment takes place in Hollow Bastion, when Sora uses Riku's keyblade to unlock his heart and give it to Kairi. Then of course, Goofy yells "HOLD ON!" and Sora gives them that smile. Then we are treated to some of the most beautiful music from a game. The piano version of the Kingdom Hearts theme is possibly my favourite version. Kairi wakes up after this moment of beauty as Sora's falling and attempts to catch him and he just vanishes before her eyes. Seriously powerful games.
I'm an avid fan of the secret ending to KH Final Mix: Another Side, Another Story. This clip blew my mind the first time I saw it. We were totally lost as to what was going on. Who were these characters and what were they doing? It demonstrates the remarkable foresight of Square Enix who had a whole world planned for us to fall in love with.
For the moment, they are the clips that jump to my mind, but I've left some out in the hopes that you Kingdom Hearts fans will fill in the gaps! What are your favourite moments from the Kingdom Hearts series?!