Warning : This node contains rather large spoilers for both of the above games.
Being a rather prolific console gamer, I played through both Kingdom Hearts
and Starfox Adventures
this year. Both were good games, but I noticed some uncanny similarities between them. The paragraph below is a basic comparison between the two, with game-specific names in (Starfox/Kingdom Hearts) brackets.
The story starts when our hero, (Fox
) is inadvertently sent to a world (Dinosaur Planet
) that he didn't know existed, inhabited by several species different from his own, which is currently being menaced by a new group of enemies from a different world (the sharpclaw tribe/the heartless
). Here, he quickly finds a magical weapon (staff/keyblade
) and meets his sidekick(s) (Tricky/Donald & Goofy) after saving them in a fight. The fighting system is active combat, which involves (Fox
) repeatedly hitting nearby enemies with his (staff/keyblade
) while the CPU controls the sidekick(s) who can be commanded to attack with one button press, as well as casting spells using the (Staff/Keyblade
). The hero has to save the (world/universe) by traveling to floating landmasses nearby and performing an action that would be impossible without his magic weapon (entering spellstone shrines/sealing worlds). In order to get to these other floating landmasses, the hero has to fly there in his (Arwing
) by playing a trackshooter-style minigame. Aside from saving the (world/galaxy), one of the hero's main objectives is saving a girl held captive by the enemy (Krystal/Kairi
) who is unconcious for 2/3rds of the game. When you reach the end, the final boss is revealed to be somebody unexpected (Andross
/Ansem) and a minor character mentioned once early in the game shows up just in time to save the day (Falco
). During the ending, the hero gets to see the girl again, but only briefly. The (world/universe) is saved, but if you do everything possible in the game, it's possible to see a (secret ending
/message) that hints at a sequel. (Starfox Adventures
) was a joint effort between (Rareware
) and (Nintendo
There are probably a few more, but I'm too tired to think of them right now. Feel free to /msg me if you've got something to add.