The other day I thought I would finally play Final Fantasy X (never got around to it in college) and was rather looking forward to sinking my teeth into a nice RPG. An hour later…. I fell asleep. I know it’s supposed be a big, epic game but the damn thing just kept boring me to tears. The drawn-out battles, the long, melodramatic movie scenes, and the lack of large amounts of items and equipment ended up producing a thoroughly dull experience for me. Once I had resolved to put the game back on the shelf I found myself saying “Gee, I wish this was more like Kingdom Hearts,” and it made me feel dirty.
Now I really love the old Final Fantasy’s, and I will be in Target bright and early July 22nd to buy Final Fantasy 4, but lately every FF game I’ve played has seemed overly laborious. In Kingdom Hearts, however, you have a great real-time combat system, fun characters (OK, so they’re kind of overdramatic, too), and plethora of items to keep treasure hunter like yours truly enthralled. Then comes the realization that Kingdom Hearts involves Disney characters, and I feel like I’m betraying the small part of me with a little dignity left. Why, oh why must Kingdom Hearts be so fun? Why do I squeal with delight when I get to fight with Jack Skellington or Captain Jack? And for the love of Nobuo Uematsu, why can’t I stop checking for new Kingdom Hearts news?
Goddammit, Square had better make the next console Final Fantasy good, so I can start to feel like an adult again.