This is video #131 in my playthrough of Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, part of the Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 ReMIX. This is Critical Mode. This video does not contain commentary. To view the commentary version, click here: https://youtu.be/0tsI-caJxGo
Previously, Sora and Riku defeated the evil Xemnas, and after a visit to the Dark Margin, they made it through the door to the light. Now, it is time for the final scenes and the credits. Unfortunately, I probably won't be able to include Utada's Sanctuary vocals.
After the touching scene at Destiny Islands, the credits begin (time 2:18). The credits show off images from some of the game's scenes.
Then, the credit crawl begins (time 6:41). There are scenes revisiting many of the worlds and characters in the game. Towards the end, there is a scene with Sora in the Secret Place on Destiny Islands (time 13:02).
I love this game. Kingdom Hearts II is my favorite game in the Kingdom Hearts series, and I would say it's in my list of favorite RPGs. I'm glad that Square-Enix finally saw fit to release the Final Mix in North America. The story is amazing, darker in some areas than its predecessor. The Organization makes an interesting group of adversaries. The addition of Forms is a nice touch, giving Sora added abilities in combat. And it is nice that you have to work for growth abilities, unlike in the original Kingdom Hearts, where you got them at plot points. In the Final Mix, the Limit Form is a very nice touch. Critical Mode is not for the faint of heart, though!
Of course, there is plenty of game left for me to do. The Paradox Cups remain, as do Sephiroth, the Organization Data battles, and a Final Mix-exclusive super-boss.
When the credits are over, a scene takes place with Sora and Riku on Destiny Islands (time 14:31). Kairi arrives with a message from the King! To be continued in Re: Coded and Dream Drop Distance!
Afterwards, we are treated to the first secret ending (time 16:19). It is earned by completing the story of each world, including Atlantica and 100 Acre Wood. This ending is a preview of Birth By Sleep, the prequel to Kingdom Hearts. That will probably be my next Kingdom Hearts game.
The trophies roll in after the endings (time 17:50). The trophy "Ambitious Adventurer" is earned by completing the game and viewing the credits. "Critical Competitor" is earned by finishing the game in Critical Mode. "Proud Player" is earned by finishing the game in Proud Mode or Critical Mode.
I take a short time to show the trophies earned so far (time 18:50).
To get access to the post-completion challenges, it is important to hit X to save the game from the Battle Report screen (time 20:47). The completion save puts a crown next to your save number. A Theater option is now placed on the main menu. We can now view movies from the game.
Back on the Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 ReMIX load screen, a new theme is unlocked by completing Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix (time 22:39).
Thank you for watching!
This video is part of my Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix Playthrough playlist. I am playing the version released as part of the Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 ReMIX compilation for the PlayStation 3 in 2014. All characters, story, music, artwork, and other copyrighted and trademarked components of this game are the property of their respective owners. Videos uploaded are educational and commentary in nature, as defined under the 'fair use policy' of copyright.
Played on PlayStation 3. Recorded with the Elgato Game Capture HD device and software. Produced with Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.