Kingdom Hearts II
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Kingdom Hearts II is an action role-playing game developed by Square Enix and Disney Interactive. It is the third game in the Kingdom Hearts series, preceded by Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. The game once again follows Sora, Donald, and Goofy as they continue to search for Riku and King Mickey. The game once more features several characters and worlds from Disney films, as well as some characters from the Final Fantasy series.
Kingdom Hearts II was released exclusively for the PlayStation 2 on December 22, 2005 in Japan. It is one of Sony's Greatest Hits.
Kingdom Hearts II picks up where Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days and Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories leave off. Sora, Donald, and Goofy have been sleeping for a year while they regain their memories. In the meantime, Roxas has been living in Twilight Town, trying to understand the strange dreams he's been having of Sora's first adventure, whom he does not know of. During the following six days, Roxas encounters various strange anomalies, including a strange enemy that continues to attack him. He also comes in contact with Axel, who appears to know him and tries to take Roxas, and Naminé, a girl who also seems to know Roxas and tries to help him. After six days, Roxas sets out to learn the truth, and makes his way to an abandoned mansion at the behest of a mysterious voice. Along the way, he runs into Axel again, who attempts to fight him, but is unable to beat him. Roxas finally comes across the mysterious voice, an enigmatic man known solely as DiZ, from whom he learns of Sora's relation to him. Roxas decides to return to Sora, effectively disappearing, which leads to Sora's awakening.
Sora, Donald, and Goofy awaken in Twilight Town, not remembering how they got to Twilight Town or anything from the previous year. They soon run into new enemies, but are rescued by King Mickey, who gives them instructions to visit Master Yen Sid. On the way there, they run into Pete, who claims to be working with Maleficent, apparently not knowing that she'd been defeated a year earlier by Sora and company. They later learn from Master Yen Sid of the new enemies, called Nobodies, and they mysterious Organization XIII that's composed of thirteen powerful Nobodies.
Clad in new clothes and powers, the trio ventures through various worlds, battling the Heartless and Nobodies and facing off with several members of Organization XIII. During an attack on Disney Castle, they learn of Maleficent's return, and her plans to again take over the worlds using the Heartless. During a battle in Hollow Bastion, they encounter Xemnas, who they learn is the leader of Organization XIII, and is using the Heartless to get Kingdom Hearts. At the same time, they learn that Kairi has been kidnapped by Axel, who they run into in Hollow Bastion. A member of the Organization himself, Axel appears to be defecting from the Organization, as he tells them that every Heartless slain by the Keyblade releases a heart, which the Organization seeks to build Kingdom Hearts. They also learn from Mickey that Xemnas is the Nobody of the Heartless Ansem that they had fought the year prior, and that the Heartless was an imposter of the real Ansem the Wise, being the Heartless of the real Ansem's apprentice, Xehanort.
Sora, Donald, and Goofy, with help from Mickey, finally come across a link to the Organization's world through Twilight Town, where they find the alternate Twilight Town where Roxas had been kept by DiZ. With a tip from a hooded figure, they figure out the password to the Simulated Twilight Town and make their way into the secret link into The World That Never Was. On there way, however, the trio is ambushed by Nobodies, but are helped by Axel, who puts his whole existence into defeating the Nobodies, confessing as he fades away that he had kidnapped Kairi in hopes of finding Roxas, and helping them reach The World That Never Was. Once there, Sora runs into a hooded person, who battles him, revealing that it's Roxas. He disappears after that battle.
Sora, Donald, Goofy, and Mickey finally arrive at the Organization's stronghold, The Castle That Never Was. There, they begin to run into several members of the Organization, defeating them, and finally reuniting with both Riku and Kairi. Mickey goes off ahead and finds Ansem the Wise, who attempts to convert Kingdom Hearts into data using a special device, but which ultimately explodes, seemingly killing Ansem and releasing Riku from the hold of the darkness that had transformed his appearance into Ansem, Seeker of Darkness. Sora also learns that Roxas is his Nobody, and learns of Naminé, who is Kairi's Nobody. They finally face off against Xemnas, the last remaining member of the Organization. Sora and Riku unite to defeat him, and his new Kingdom Hearts is destroyed. Sora and the others are returned to their homeworld of Destiny Islands, where Kairi, Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are waiting.
Sometime later, Sora, Riku, and Kairi receive a letter from King Mickey. They proceed to read the letter, but the contents are left unrevealed.
Characters and Worlds
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- Sora: The main protagonist and wielder of the legendary Keyblade. He searches the worlds for his best friend Riku and King Mickey.
- Donald Duck: The Royal Court Magician at Disney Castle, and a friend of Sora's. He searches with Goofy and Sora for King Mickey and Riku.
- Goofy: The Captain of the Royal Knights at Disney Castle, and a friend of Sora's. Alongside Donald and Sora, he searches for King Mickey and Riku.
- Roxas: A boy who lives in Twilight Town. He has a special tie to Sora.
- Naminé: A witch who has powers over Sora's memories. She seems to know a lot about Roxas
- King Mickey: King of Disney Castle, and a friend Riku. He was trapped behind the Door to Darkness with Riku, but appears to have made it out.
- Riku: Sora's childhood friend, and a friend of King Mickey. He was trapped behind the Door to Darkness along with the King, but he may have made it out.
- Kairi: One of Sora's best friends and a Princess of Heart. She awaits Sora and Riku's return at the Destiny Islands.
In 2007, Square Enix released Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, a re-release of the international release of Kingdom Hearts II. The Japanese-only release featured additional cutscenes and story, a battle against the Lingering Will, and additional battles against the Organization. It also featured an additional secret video titled "Birth by Sleep". Additional Keyblades, Heartless, a new drive form, weapons, and special challenges against the Mushroom XIII were also included in the release.
In 2014, Square Enix re-released Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix internationally as part of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. The HD re-release featured Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix in its entirety, with remastered music and textures. Little was changed between the original release and the HD remake, unlike with Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX
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- Game Guide at Strategy Wiki.
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