McKinley Mcnoble writes "When Square Enix re-releases RPG games, they often tread a fine line between creating thoughtful remakes or hatred-inspiring rehashes. I'm happy to report that Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, a PS2 port of a GBA game, falls in the former category-it's a worthy addition to the much beloved franchise as well as a compelling choice for diehard fans as it sheds some much needed light on events from past entries in the Kingdom Hearts franchise. Series noobs, however, might find themselves a little lost in the intricate plot that Kingdom Hearts has spawned thus far.
THE BOTTOM LINE: For people new to this title, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories takes place during the timeskip between Kingdom Hearts and KHII. More importantly, the story sheds some light on the origins of Namine, Organization XIII, and why the heck Sora, Donald, and Goofy were encased inside of weird bubble capsules prior to the events of Kingdom Hearts II. If you only played the PlayStation 2 KH titles, KH Re:COM ties everything together in one nice big (if slightly convoluted) package."