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Kingdom Hearts and plot connections as player reward

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Hey, donít I know that kid from somewhereÖ?

I have no idea how many people out there in the world of gaming are as captivated as I am by this meta-game of piecing together the mythos. Iím sure that many, if not most, adult gamers donít have the time to invest in a series with a younger audience in mind, especially one thatís spread across at least five different systems.

What I do know is that the final epilogue of Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep contains individual scenes which make no sense if you havenít played Chain of Memories, the original Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts II, and 358/2 Days, and it delights me to no end. Iím not sure I can think of another series of games that invests that much time in establishing connections between its different entries, with the possible exception of Metal Gear Solid (talk about a self-referential mythos, yikes).

Though itís obviously not everyoneís cup of tea, I think that the Kingdom Hearts series should be applauded for the way it rewards the series-faithful. There is great joy to be found, as a player, in gradually uncovering the pieces to a larger puzzle. I wish more games offered us this pleasure.

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This article originally appeared on The Lost Levels.
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About SinclairVoxone of us since 4:56 PM on 03.03.2013

Nate has been a gamer since he was gifted a Game Boy at the tender age of six. He's played an awful lot of games since then, and developed a lot of opinions. He keeps a blog at The Lost Levels.