Kingdom Hearts (PS2, 2002)
Our cynical nature, at best, makes us believe we’re above the transparent money grab that Kingdom Hearts seemed to embody. And at worst, it just makes us remarkably blind.
Fortunately, we’re not opposed to tossing that same cynicism into the freezer (because yes, we’re sure we’ll need to thaw and use it again at some point). KH should NOT have worked as well as it did. But as soon The Dream level kicked off, we knew that we were in for a real ride – and not that Disney World crap. What really caught us off guard were the unexpectedly dark themes, which wiped away any lingering dingleberries of our cynicism.