I take my Kingdom Hearts very seriously (which is kind of sad, but I need to throw myself into something). When I first saw this, my blood boiled. Like I won’t hate on the guy “Jovenshire” because that isn’t my style, but I want to point out some ignorance toward the story of this game, and why his reasons are a little silly and misinformed.
To begin with, he says that he “doesn’t hate” Kingdom Hearts, and feels that “[Square Enix] have abandoned some of their audience by making hand-held games.” And how they are losing “the ‘hardcore’ gaming audience” by putting these hand-held games out. Another thing he says before going into the countdown is that “we need Kingdom Hearts III” which I wholeheartedly agree with, but not for his reasons.
#5. This Thing was about the outfits in KH and KH2. Jovenshire, who can I again agree with, thinks that the outfits were bad ass (citing the Halloweentown outfit above the rest). The ignorance in this is that those outfits are there for a PURPOSE other than to look cool. Donald and Goofy explained very early in the game (KH) that they needed new duds for when they left Disney Castle. They needed to protect the “World Border” - “Order!”. It is necessary to be inconspicuous in these worlds to make sure no one knows that there are other worlds out there. That is the whole reason behind the outfits, and turning into a merman/shark and lion. Jovenshire than goes on to say that they could affect stats and add abilities. Again, that isn’t the purpose for those outfits.
#4. This Thing was about the Final Fantasy characters integrated into the KH games. How there were only well-known characters like Cloud and Squall and Sephiroth. Personally, I can’t stand the game play of FF, so I only knew these characters from recent games. I think Square Enix knew they would draw a crowd from the Disney characters more than anything, but wanted to add something else from their repertoire that fans of Enix would know.
#3. Jovenshire said this one was his “biggest gripe” - the story. If it was seriously his biggest gripe, it would’ve been number one on the list. He said, in effect, that the story was too much about “friendship” and it wasn’t dark enough. Disney, in general, is about friendship, and working together to achieve a goal. Disney is about happiness and fun-times, not about whatever “dark” thing he was referring to, which he never specified. Does he want it more like GTA? Like COD? THIS WHOLE GAME IS ABOUT FIGHTING DARKNESS. HOW MUCH MORE DARKNESS DO YOU WANT? Getting a little personal here, I’m 21, didn’t have too many friends growing up, and I still don’t think I understand what true friendship is. But this game made me understand it just a little more, through the many bonds that drove the story. I was 10 or 11 when the game came out, and I cried after the first game. Like I said, I’m very serious about KH because it just means so much to me.
#2. This Thing was about the companions, more-or-less shitting on Donald and Goofy, and how one should be able to switch characters to WORLDS THEY DON’T EVEN BELONG. Again, “WORLD BORDER.” They cannot know that other worlds exist, therefore they cannot leave their world and go to another. I thought Square Enix made that very clear in the beginning of KH, but apparently, Jovenshire did not pay attention to it. That’s perfectly okay, I had to play and play and look up information so that I would have a more rounded idea of what was happening a lot of the time. Oh, and another thing, with “Donald and Goofy not being warriors,” they are not supposed to be warriors; they are the Royal Mage and Knight, respectively. They aren’t meant to be warriors. But they are loyal, wonderful characters that help Sora find his way and protect him as well.
#1. Before I get started with this one, I just have this to say: I am vehemently against this (due to it being associated with an ex-abusive-boyfriend) and I hate the fact that Jovenshire is so for it. It’s irrational, I will say that, but that’s how badly I react to this topic. Jovenshire’s number one Thing is to add Star Wars into the game. He was generalizing big time, saying that “EVERYONE wanted it, even if they didn’t know it yet”. I’m going to be completely biased here, but I don’t care if Disney has the rights to it, I don’t see it fitting as well as, say, Pirates of the Caribbean, or even both Tron movies. I don’t see a story in that world that would further the plot of Sora’s light vs dark, and I don’t see character development for Sora or Donald or Goofy or Riku. Another thing is that Star Wars has a lot of material, and would require “dumbing down” of the whole universe. Square Enix would have to start at the exact beginning or Star Wars for the audience to learn as Luke Skywalker learns about what’s going on in his universe. Sora or Riku can’t be thrown in to the the middle of the story of Luke or Anakin unless the game becomes very vague. Unless one creates a completely separate story-line that completely ignores the entire lore of Star Wars, I just don’t see it happening. Also, rendering of Mark Hamill and the ever-gorgeous Harrison Ford must be expensive. Mark also voiced Master Eraqus in Birth by Sleep, so unless he changes his voice or they use sound clips of him from the movies, then I would just be hearing a character already in existence.
If anyone actually reads this and wants to talk to me about it, possibly help me with the Star Wars stuff, I’d be more than happy to hear it, but please be respectful. I know some insane (and abusive as I already mentioned) fans that absolutely love Star Wars, and I mean no disrespect, and I hope you won’t either.
About the Final Fantasy Characters.. What I’ve noticed about the characters shown in the games, is that the majority of them were made and designed by Tetsuya. Which is why they appeared, because he has full rights to those characters, same as the characters from The World Ends With You, that made an appearance in Dream Drop Distance. Because these characters were his design, he was allowed to use them. Tetsuya does not have the right to every Final Fantasy character, that is why you only see the characters you see now.
For Star Wars, I completely agree. The world found not fit into the story. As much as I’d like to see the keyblade from that world, the Star Wars world would not suit the game at all. The order of the Star Wars series is weird as it is, it would be just a bother to find a way to add Sora and the gang into the world and make a decent story. We’ve all seen how Square messes with the stories from movies. Example: In the movie Mulan, Shang does not realize that Ping is a woman until she is injured. They are inside a tent. In the game, the secret is given away by Mushu, after the avalanche. So if Square Enix did use the Star Wars world, we can easily assume that the storyline of the world would be different, upsetting tons of fans, especially the ones who asked for it. Be careful of what you ask for. (: