Kingdom Hearts is the nearly two decades old franchise which started when a developer at Square saw his child doodling Final Fantasy
characters playing with Disney characters in the margin of their school notebook the
evening before a big presentation. The
developer had no other ideas, so he decided to steal this nonsense from his kid.
At least you have to assume that’s where it started,
because the actual story of a chance meeting between
a Square employee and a Disney employee that resulted in a literal elevator pitch seems too weird and coincidental for a series this successful. But there you have it: that’s Kingdom Hearts.
With 17 games, 3 concert tours, an ongoing manga series, novels, and literal text books written about it, it's daunting as
hell. But which ones are the best? If you were a crazy person and played them
all back to the back, which ones would stand out? With the newest game, Melody of Memory, just
released, it seems the right time to look at the games leading up to that. So, let’s look at the 10 games on the
collection disc of Kingdom Hearts: All-in-One
Package, worst to best.
Going by this collection, that means seven games and
three compilation movies - and yes these movies will be ranked amidst the
games. Perhaps not the best method, but the
alternative is diving into an even more complicated version of a Kingdom Hearts
list and let’s not do that.