Kingdom Hearts has not aged well. Its gameplay mechanics are the product of the era of its original release, when the PlayStation 2 was king and Japanese role-playing games were popular enough that said mechanics got a little more of a pass. As for those aged mechanics? The camera is rigid and barely functional; you'll find yourself fighting with it almost as much as your enemies, especially in close quarters. The camera causes issues with basic movement, wherein you'll often find yourself falling off of platforms or losing sight of enemies due to it simply refusing to cooperate. This can also make combat a chore since enemies will often get in free attacks while you struggle to coerce the camera in the right direction.
The only things Kingdom Hearts has going for it are the charms of its characters and the visual flair that seems to be the only thing that improved with the HD update. Both Disney and Final Fantasy characters alike will easily endear themselves if you manage to stick out the entire game and each world they inhabit is brought to life so vividly that visually, this HD treatment of Kingdom Hearts outstrips many of its current generation peers.
Recommend for those who played the original PlayStation 2 release or are truly dying to experience what they somehow missed out on the first time around.
I am doing this review entirely based on the PS3 version and not the original game itself, which was released on the PS2 originally. Now the thing about the PS3 version is that, for me, it's impossible to play without out having to stop to fix the camera every 5 seconds! I don't remember having this problem on the PS2 version. It's not that I do not like the game; I actually love the game and had gotten quite far on it on the PS2 version but the camera ruins the fun for me. I do not have fun playing because half the time I am fixing the camera; having to slow down and fix the camera or getting beat up by Heartless because of the horrible camera view. I was so excited to play this title and now I am glad I didn't buy it on impulse. Like I said, I actually like the game; so maybe I'll try to play once more before I send it back...