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Well, since I just went to the store to pre-order Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Re:Mix (and not the awesome Japanese pre-order version with a statue for like $300) I thought I would list out my favorite worlds in all the Kingdom Hearts games to show my love and appreciation for the series. Eleven years, eight games, and a hell lot of worlds just means it only makes my job harder to list what are the best damn worlds I've played in. The goal of these lists and these worlds came into my Top List is due to the factors of: impact (on the player and story), fun, music, and of course unexpectedness.
Honorable Mention List
5- Agrabah (both KH1 and KH2)
This was probably my hardest choice, but a well deserved one. First off, I love Aladdin, second Jafar is a great villain, and third KURT ZISA (play a secret boss people). Agrabah stays true to its core-Disney story, but perfectly adds the element of KH-trio in the story. The world is vast, brings a great element of danger as well as exploration, and let's face it Aladdin is a pretty good-AI....that I never use. Not only is Agrabah great, but the second area in the world, the Cave of Wonders is fantastic battleground area with tons of memorable Heartless and Nobodies. Who can honestly forget the Fat Bandits strolling by everywhere and breathing fire in the most inconvenient off-camera position?
4-The World That Never Was
The World That Never Was is what Castle Oblivion is to villains and myself, just in a more epic way. The Organization's Hideout is located here, the door to Kingdom Hearts, and of course it's the place with some pretty epic battles against some pretty badass leaders/bosses. The World That Never Was has all the iconic and toughest variations both the Nobodies and Heartless' and the entire soundtrack is just a giant tense filled build up because you know you are reaching the finale of Kingdom Hearts 2 or Dream Drop Distance. If you wanted to play in a world where you know something is about to go down there ain't no other place like The World That Never Was (sorry End of the World).
3- Symphony of Sorcery
This is my biggest surprise of the list and honestly, it still is. Symphony of Sorcery is a Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance only level and is based off of Fantasia (the Magic Mickey which is super iconic). The crazy special thing about this world is: there is no sound! You can only here the beautiful symphonic music (L'Apprenti Sorcerer, Nutcracker Suite, etc.) and I have to say it fits perfectly. Killing enemies and interacting with the world also adds to the music without ruining the sweet melody you are listening too. The world is also pretty big, holds some very rare Dream Eaters, and provides you with the second best keyblade in the game (Ultima is #1 of course)! Let's not forget how beautiful the surronding forests, clouds, and other areas the world holds! It's like going through all the seasons (Click Clock Wood anyone?) yet you're just exploring them. The bosses are a bit unique in this world as they are not normal fights, with Sora you must grind/Flow Motion of notes while fighting a Dream Eater and Riku gets to fight the fabled Chernabog!
2- Hercules Coliseum (KH1 ONLY)
This level is probably the most crossover, action packed, awesome level anyone can play in Kingdom Hearts. Hercules Coliseum in Kingdom Hearts 1 holds fantastic tournaments that make the player just itching to unlock the next Cup! First off, you fight Cerberus here, then you fight the greatest costume designed Cloud in existence!! (THE CLAWS! AND THAT WING), and let's not forget figuring out how to hurt Hades. In addition (cause I'm not even done), I didn't mention fighting Squall/Leon, Yuffie, Squall and Cloud together (there was no Dissidia yet), and the best of them all THE ICE TITAN...no wait I mean SEPHIROTH! *Cue theme song* Not only is Sephiroth better in Kingdom Hearts 1 (and more difficult) but after you beat him you get an epic secret scene when he fights Cloud and you literally melt. The entire Hercules Coliseum is built off Cups, it has 2 rooms! And yet epic battles against character greats just make this the best world in Kingdom Hearts.
1- Radiant Garden/Hollow Bastion
Now, I did say Hercules Coliseum was the best world in Kingdom Hearts, but don't you dare think it is the most iconic and greatest world KH has. That belongs to Hollow Bastion, which in turn is also the most important world in all of Kingdom Hearts. This is where all the Final Fantasy characters live, it is also the world Kairi is the Princess of Heart, I also have to mention that this is where the Organization was first created, in addition to it being the place where Ansem the Wise did his studies. Ansem the Wise found Terranort here, which lead to Xehanort gaining more knowledge with Light and Dark....you get the picture.
Not only is it THAT important story wise but you also have some iconic battles here like Maleficent, Ansem Seeker of Darkness Riku-form, and on the KH2 side, Sephiroth Round 2, Demyx, and of course the Sora vs. 1000 Heartless. Everytime you enter this world, you know you are at some turning point in the story and it serves as some amazing penultimate world, both beautiful and serious. Hollow Bastion/Radiant Garden is a gorgeous world that connects Kingdom Hearts with Disney and Final Fantasy. In addition, to being a glorious and huge town that is just amazing to be in, you have to remember that it boasts some of the best damn music in all of Kingdom Hearts. That Piano Collections OST of Hollow Bastion is just an earful of glory and it makes you want to grind for EXP or just explore! Hollow Bastion/Radiant Garden just has so much story behind it and really I feel like we haven't explored it all, even after playing through all the Kingdom Hearts games.
Thanks for reading and tell me your favorite worlds down below! No phoney's allowed!
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