Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories User Reviews

9.0

Chain of Memories Sets the Standard for GBA Games

The good:

~The storyline is a good bridge between Kingdom Hearts I and Kingdom Hearts II.
~Graphics are better than most GBA games.
~The audio is very well done for a handheld game.

The bad:

~The card system is complicated and has one very big flaw.
~Battle cries are irritating and may frustrate players.

Summary:

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, the so-called "bridge" game between Kingdom Hearts I and II, is an exemplary show of how good Game Boy Advance games can get. It's fast-paced, detailed, and, like its Playstation similars, has a great, engaging storyline. This is (or was) the game to beat for all GBA games of the future. It's been incredibly successful, and anyone can see why. With the famous name of Kingdom Hearts and the quality of the game in general, who WOULDN'T buy it? I'd like to meet them.

Anyone who hasn't played CoM may tell you that KHII left some things unexplained. What t...

7.0

Kingdom Hearts: CoM Review

The good:

  • Fills in missing piece of story between Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II.
  • Battle system makes you think about battles rather than just rushing through it.
  • Ability to play as Riku a great idea!

The bad:

  • Some bosses are just broken no matter which story/difficulty. (read: Captain Hook *cough*)
  • Requirement of Map Cards can lead to long/frustrating/reset games. (I refer to the infamous Required Blue Map Card with a value of 1 needed for the last floor, which many people have to play extra hours, or just reset if they aren't getting Map Cards, like I was. Don't believe me? Check forums here.)
  • Early game can be hard on new players due to a weak starting deck. (for Sora)
  • On Reverse/Rebirth, people who didn't get the picture that you have to fight intelligently, and can't power your way through won't get anywhere due to not being able to modify Riku's deck.
  • Remembering to use enemy cards is a pain as sometimes while using the card that would help you win, the boss obliterates you.

Summary:

This game I played and beat BEFORE I even picked up Kingdom Hearts II. The storyline is decent, but could have been done a little better, as the various Organization characters aren't really fleshed out.

The levelling system, while interesting, can make for some long/horrible gameplay, as Sora's choices are all equally important, and you can't just pour all your points into one category or the other. Riku's is a little easier, because you can technically just keep dividing it between HP and DP, and choosing AP everytime it becomes available.

Trying to power level leads to defeat later on, w...

7.2

Pretty good - but could be better

The good:

-New way of fighting
-good story
-unlockable character
-new and old characters and levels

The bad:

-If you don't have a certian card, can create lots of extra of gameplay to find it
-pretty easy
-recieave nothing special for getting 100%

Summary:

The game is an essential part in the Kingdom Hearts series. It starts right after the first game, and leads the characters through a mysterious castle. It features a new way of doing things, using cards. Everything is done with cards. The different worlds that you visit are created form cards, and attacking is done with cards. It is a fun, and new way of battle.
You visit new levels, and some levels that were also faced the original Kingdom Hearts. You encounter old and new friends and foes.
This game lacks difficulty, it can get challenging at times but overall it is pretty easy. Y...

9.2

A good challenge and nice replay value

The good:

-After you beat the game a new mode opens up and you play as a character who isn't Sora.
-Beginning and ending cutscene graphics.
-Card battle system adds strategy to the game.
-Still a similar action game compared to the original Kingdom Hearts while using the card battle system.
-A entertaining storyline like the original Kingdom Hearts.
-Not to easy like the original Kingdom Hearts.

The bad:

-The Deep Jungle, from the last game wasn't included.
-Some battles can be to hard for young players.

Summary:

The sequel To Kingdom Hearts is not to disapoint. In fact it's one of the best games I've played all year. Although the new battle system revolves around special cards, you shouldn't worry because it's still a action game that is similar to the original. Some people do not like the card system because they don't want to waste there time costumizing a card deck, but it can be very fun setting up combos, and sleights in your deck.
This game is harder then the original (but not too hard) which means you'll be playing it more then two weeks or so. However the card system and boss battles may be...

8.4

KINGDOM HEARTS ROX!!!!!!!!!!!

The good:

Uh, let me think.
*Battle System.
*The characters, especially the guys in black robes.
*Harder.
*Unlike other GBA games, this sometimes has PS2 like scenes (and believe me, they kick ass with graphics).

The bad:

Okay, here's a few.
*Opponents repeatedly Card Breaking (by playing a card with a higher card value than you).
*The final boss in Monstro is a little confusing.
*Ugh, those MAP CARDS! THEY PISS ME OFF, but that's only a little bit, besides the save, moogle and treasure chest cards.

Summary:

Uhh, where to start?
This is the sequel to Kingdom Hearts on the PS2. But, on the GBA? That's good of Square Enix to do that.
Well, I gathered this game is a lot longer and harder than Kingdom Hearts. It's just hard. No many people will finish this one in a week. No, they'll probably finish this in a month or 2 and this game will keep you going and going until your batteries run out.

This game requires more strategy than other games since you need to reserve the cards that don't reload (such as Potion and Ether) for later. Reloading is good for when you run out but when you do sleights (conbi...

9.0

TEH AWEXOMENSS. IT R TRULEE KEWL.

The good:

Seriously. It's Kingdom Hearts. What other Goods could I give?
Oh yeah. YOU CAN SUMMON CLOUD!!! *squeals with joy*

The bad:

... The battle system is a bit complicated and there are only 2 new worlds. That's it.

Summary:

KH: CoM is the follow-up to the orignal Kingdom Hearts for the PS2. It tells the story of what happens in between the first and the second, so if you played the first, want a good idea of the plot in number 2, play this. It's good.

It has a complicated card based battle system, and you can perform combos with them, called 'Sleights'.

There isn't a Firaga card. There's no Cura card. There isn't a Strike Raid, or a Sonic Blade card. You combine three Fire cards in a sleight to get Firaga, two cures to get Cura, and for Keyblade special attacks, you have to do a certain combination of different ...

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