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    jp's Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories (GBA)

    [March 3, 2006 09:13:14 AM]
    I doubt I played this game on easy, but that is what it felt like most of the time.

    Yes, I finished it a while ago and I've been thinking about my experience with the game. My almost-30 hours playing it, as a matter of fact.

    I feel that this game has so much potential. The game system is interesting and there is certainly quite a bit of depth. However, most of the time, it goes completely to waste. It's just too easy. All the regular fights are pretty much a grind. You can, once you've reached a certain level and have enough cards, button mash your way through them. You don't even break a sweat.

    There is one major exception to this. The boss battles. In particular those towards the end are remarkably good. I had to really sit down and think, tweak and test different strategies until I was able to beat them. The really nice thing is that I always had to make changes to my deck. This is good because it means that I had to strategize prior to each fight.

    The actual battles were also interesting. Having a nicely tuned deck wasn't enough either. I had to be very careful about when I played certain cards, when I didn't, etc. There were quite a few battles that I lost due to being careless and not playing carefully and correctly.

    So, in the end, is it worth it? Hmm.. it's a tough question to answer because although the game does improve the more you play, it still takes a while before it hits its stride. In other words, until you get to the part where there are plenty of boss battles you're simply running on a treadmill.

    As for the story? It's intersting and gets more so the further you play. I have to confess I did end up thinking about many of the issues/ideas raised in the game...I'm also sure that if you played Kingdom Hearts on the PS2, you'll get a little bit more out of it.
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    [February 22, 2006 12:32:47 PM]
    The site has been down for ages and I've only just been able to get it back up (on another server in a different country, blablabla). I finished this game since the last time I blogged, but I'll have to put my thought together a bit more in order to write something vaguely decent.

    For now, let's just say that I discovered (from reading the credits) that Haley-Joel Osmont (of "I see dead people!" fame) did some voice work on this game! Cool! I didn't notice since I basically play with volume off so as not to upset my fellow MARTA commuters.
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    [January 11, 2006 11:41:48 AM]
    Level 12 in 3:10:32.

    I've just defeated Jafar. The first fight I've had to attempt more than once! (yay?) This is the first fight where I've felt that paying attention to the cards in play was somewhat important. In other words, no button mashing this time!

    I still think that I'll have to take a look at the manual...but hey..this game is starting to (slowly) seem a bit more interesting than I had originally thought.
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    [January 11, 2006 01:17:12 AM]
    I need to sit down and read the manual because so far, sucess in combat seems to require little more than button mashing. Yes, I know there IS more, it just doesn't seem terribly relevant up until now.

    By the way, I've defeated my first boss and I'm currently in Aladdin-land!
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    [January 9, 2006 05:07:40 PM]
    I hate long unskipabble cut-scenes (or "dialogue"), especially in a portable game.
    This game starts off with the wrong foot in that respect, but I will have patience and understanding. Let's move on to other things.

    I've only played this game and it seems pretty interesting. It feels like a nice rpg with plenty of strategic elements thrown in. It's like a collectible card game. Does it work? I'm not sure yet...there is a lot going on that I still have to learn and combat also has an action component that is, up until now, distracting from the strategic parts of the game. I don't feel comfortable yet with making a judgement on whether it works or not...but we'll see.

    What I have enjoyed, is how this game really acknowledges the original Kingdom Hearts on PS2. I didn't play this game, but I have a feel of what happened (story-wise) from my few minutes of playing this one. Not bad!
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    jp's Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories (GBA)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Sunday 8 January, 2006

    GameLog closed on: Friday 24 February, 2006

    jp's opinion and rating for this game

    It's interesting and there is depth of gameplay. But it really shines in the boss fights. The rest is mostly a treadmill.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstar

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