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Kingdom Hearts

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Genre Action Role-Playing Game
Developer(s) Squaresoft
Publisher(s) NA Square Electronic Arts
Disney Interactive
JP Squaresoft
PAL SCE Europe
Composer(s) Yoko Shimomura
Series Kingdom Hearts series
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Release Date Kingdom Hearts
NA September 17, 2002
JP March 28, 2002
EU November 15, 2002
AUS November 22, 2002
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JP December 26, 2002
Mode(s) Single-Player
Ratings
ESRB:80px-ESRB Everyone.svg - Everyone
PEGI:60px-PEGI 7.svg - 7 and older
CERO:Cero a - A
ACB:35px-OFLC Australia Rating - G8 - General 8 and older
ELSPA:11+
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Kingdom Hearts (キングダム ハーツ, Kingudamu Hātsu) is an action role-playing game developed and published by Square Soft (now Square Enix) in 2002 for the PlayStation 2 video game console. The first game in the Kingdom Hearts series, it is the result of a collaboration between Square Enix and The Walt Disney Company. The game combines characters and settings from Disney animated features with those from Square's Final Fantasy series. The story follows a young boy, Sora, as he is thrown into an epic battle against the forces of darkness. He is joined by Donald Duck and Goofy, classic Disney characters who help him on his quest.

Kingdom Hearts was a departure from Square's standard role-playing games, introducing a substantial action-adventure element to the gameplay. In addition, it has an all-star voice cast which includes many of the Disney characters' official voice actors. Kingdom Hearts was longtime Square character designer Tetsuya Nomura's first time in a directorial position.

The game was praised for its unusual combination of action and role-playing, as well as its unexpectedly harmonious mix of Square and Disney motifs. It received numerous year-end "Best" video game awards, was a dominating presence in the 2002 holiday season, and went on to achieve Sony "Greatest Hits" status.

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