I started playing Kingdom Hearts when I was in Third Grade. I was already a fan of Final Fantasy X, so when I heard there was a game that merged Final Fantasy and Disney? Well... I begged my parents pretty hard for it.
So, when I did get my hands on the game, it was everything I ever dreamed of. Fast paced action, Disney characters that I grew up with, and the awesome vibe of Final Fantasy. It was amazing. Going through all these worlds, and going up against Ansem in the final battle was all breathtaking. I was so obsessed, I even made up my own trading cards, drew Sora and his friends ALL the time, and went through the game multiple times. There had to be more.
I never got many chances to play many Game Boy Advance games, but when I was browsing through some shops and found Chain of Memories, I was over the moon… only to see that it was 50 dollars. My parents would never let me get it, and I couldn’t afford it myself. I resorted to emulation, and I personally don’t think it was as satisfying as it would’ve been if I played the game on the actual handheld, which was sad.
When II came, I had a pirated Playstation 2 by that point. My parents had told me to download the game instead of buying it. So… I downloaded it and burned it to disc. It’s a huge regret of mine, and now that I think back, I really wish that I went ahead and just bought the actual game. Even so, this game wounded up being my favourite title so far. It was even faster than I, the characters all had updated and awesome outfits, and the music, oh, the music was brilliant!
As each new game came out, I played through them all and loved every moment of doing so, buying the games along the way. 358/2 Days, Birth by Sleep, Re: coded, even going ahead and purchasing the reprint of II… but there was one game that didn’t come out in Australia. Re: Chain of Memories. I didn’t understand. I was honestly confused. So, I did what I could and downloaded the game, like with II on launch. I went through the game and loved it, but even after all that, I had an extremely uncomfortable feeling. Especially since my experiences through Re: Chain of Memories were some of my favourites throughout the whole series.
Because I have an… illegal Playstation 2, it’s pretty much region free. I can play games from any region. I would love it so much, if I could own a legitimate copy of Chain or Memories, Re, or not. Kingdom Hearts is a series that is very near and dear to my heart, and with Dream Drop Distance coming up, my love for the series is as strong as ever. This is why I believe I would personally love to win the game.