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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Satisfying Conclusion

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    XZero319
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    Kingdom Hearts first released in March of 2002 in Japan, September of 2002 in North America. Over the intervening roughly 17 years, there have been numerous games released across various platforms, all of which take place somewhere along a consistent, if a tad confusing, overall timeline. It is important to know this, because if you have not played approximately half of the games that were released to date, you're going to be lost. Kingdom Hearts 3 has a decent primer--about 15 minutes of backstory accessible from the main menu catching players up on all of the story threads. However, if you're considering playing Kingdom Hearts 3, pick up a copy of "Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far" and play/watch everything on that first. For those players who are caught up, Kingdom Hearts 3 delivers on its promise. The story beats are never particularly surprising. Xehanort, the main antagonist, is on the verge of bringing his decades-long plan into fruition, and it's up to Sora and his friends to stop him. What stands out is that the game actually does a remarkable job of providing a satisfying conclusion to all of the outstanding story threads. I'm sure there are some that aren't completely wrapped up, but after my 35 hour journey which served as the culmination of nearly 17 years' of games' stories, I felt satisfied. Beyond the story aspects, Kingdom Hearts III is one of the better games in the series from a gameplay standpoint. It incorporates elements from Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance and Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep. The combat is a little tighter than in past games, and the movement and jumping, which has never been the series' strong point, is much more refined. I definitely have a few issues with the game though. The worlds you explore are huge, significantly larger than any of the worlds from the rest of the series. However, even when I was generally enjoying the stories for the game worlds, I felt like they all started to drag on a little too long. Each world is roughly a 1.5-2 hour experience to just run through the storyline. I felt that a lot of them could have been a tad shorter. Additionally, while some of them like the Tangled and Frozen worlds follow the plot of the corresponding films, some of the worlds' stories are pretty bad. The Toy Story world is really cool in concept and looks incredible, but the storyline (which takes place between Toy Story and Toy Story 2) is just dull, with little emotional weight. I also didn't care much for the story in the Monsters Inc. world, though again, it was a neat world to run through and explore. The other thing about this series is that it is extremely cutscene heavy. The general path through a world is cutscene --> battle --> safe room --> cutscene --> corridors with battles --> cutscene --> battle --> repeat until boss battle --> cutscene --> end. You spend a good chunk of time just watching this game play out, and while it's not really any different from past entries in the series, I found the endless string of cutscenes less appealing than I did in the past. Battles tend to take a little long as well. It's not any different from past games, but like the cutscenes, it was more noticeable to me this time around. Related to time spent, the finale goes on a little longer than I think it needs to, with a long string of "final battles" before the "final battle." It's all in service of a 17-year-in-the-making story conclusion, and again, it's satisfying, but it just goes on and on. That's my feeling on Kingdom Hearts III as a whole. It's by far the longest game in the franchise, and while it has a ton of time to breathe and provide a good beginning, middle, and end to each of the worlds while simultaneously wrapping up all of the core outstanding story threads from past games, I felt like there was a little too much of it. I was ready for the game to be over about 5-10 hours before it actually was finished. By the same token, I enjoyed it. I give this a conditional recommendation. If you're interested in it, but have never played a Kingdom Hearts game, get The Story So Far first. The Disney worlds are generally fun on their own, and their stories are all largely self-contained, but the main Kingdom Hearts plot elements that bookend everything will leave you completely lost if you're not already familiar with them and somewhat invested in the story. On the other hand, if you are interested and you're mostly caught up with the story and you want to see how it ends, I would strongly recommend this game. It's one of the best in the series, and while it doesn't fix all of the series' shortcomings, it does enough to wrap the endgame of a long-running saga up in a fun game experience.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Almost Good Enough

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    grouch
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    I hazard to write this review as I do not necessarily want to turn anyone off to this game, so I will make something clear up front. I really enjoyed my time with this game and I was happy to be able to experience the conclusion to Sora's saga after so long. That being said, this is not the perfect game, nor is it the best Kingdom Hearts game. I went into this game with an assumption that the writing would probably be bad. But oh boy. Some of the totally innane chatter that happens in KH3 almost took me out of it, and my wife (who has not played any of Kingdom Hearts) would consistently look at me with a raised eyebrow and an eye-roll just to indicate how childish the writing truly was. KH3 suffers from a maelstrom of crushingly high expectations and a widespread misunderstanding. Very few, if any, game studios could make a game that perfectly aligns with 12 years of expectations, but I constantly found myself wrapping up story after story and saying "is that it?" At each turn KH3 disappoints you because it always *just* falls short of your expectations. The difficulty leaves something to be desired, the campaign takes 50% of the game to totally re-tell the story as if speaking to a 5 year old, and the characters are unfortunately not relatable anymore. After 12 years I have grown up, gotten married, and graduated college and KH3 hasn't. It didn't grow up with me and it feels childish rather than nostalgic. It is unfortunate that the combat and actual FEEL of KH3 is so good, because it really left me with a wanting that I know will never be filled at this point.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun with incredible visuals.

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    twrex77
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    The visuals of this game are just unbelievable. This game is gorgeous to the point that I would probably just sit and watch someone play. The game play is much simpler than the previous games and therefore not as challenging at least on the moderate setting. However, I liked this as it made for an enjoyable first play through and makes me more excited to replay on a harder setting for the challenge. I actually preferred the fighting controls in this game as it was much simpler and less convoluted than previous with trying to quickly swap forms and scroll through several menus all while trying to keep your enemies at bay. I liked leveling up the keyblades for a change as well. Some people don't like the Lucky Emblem (IE: Hidden Mickey) hunt, I loved it even if the addition of a cell phone was a bit of a groaner. Maybe it was the nostalgia of previous trips to Disney World where Hidden Mickeys actually exist. I thought it was a fun scavenger hunt and they made those emblems appear in some very creative ways using various perspectives. I thought it was a little short. I wouldn't have minded the addition of one or two more main worlds. And I'm undecided if I like the previous games where you cleared a world once but then would have to go back and clear it again or in this game spending more time in one longer setting to clear a world. Pros and cons to both. In the end I love Kingdom Hearts and wasn't disappointed after such a long wait. It's a fun lighthearted game that is just beautiful to watch.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Finally

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    MarioTennisAce
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    The wait is over. Kingdom Hearts 3 is here and it's pretty dang good. Now let me answer the question everyone probably has: Should you buy it? If you've been playing KH games. Yeah, just finish up the series. If you're interested, I would say you can jump in, but you might be confused. The plot to KH is already confusing and KH3 doesn't really help. If you just want to jump in and beat things up with a giant key while meeting Disney (and now Pixar) characters, then pick it up and ignore the story. ----- The Game itself is fun. There's a lot happening and you'll find yourself beating up a bunch of heartless with a giant ride from Disneyworld. It's just fun! The plot itself is confusing. If you haven't touched Kingdom Hearts before, the plot is a very strange anime-esque storyline. Even after playing all but one game in the series, I am still confused at some moments. It took me some time to even realize why I was running around exploring these worlds in this game. Overall, four out of five. The game is fun, and games should be fun. Plot is strange, but that's nothing new. If you just want to play a KH game, watch a recap of all the games, pick this up and enjoy the interesting blend of Square Enix and Disney

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Could be better, but it's good enough

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    RichyFlacko
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    Kingdom Hearts 3 is that one day we've all been waiting for. It was everything you could have dreamed of but once you got it, you realized it made you happy but not as happy as you thought you'd be. For me it just felt like it was sort of incomplete. In terms of pacing for the story once you finished the disney worlds things kind of moved really fast. Would have loved to have a bit more of the final fantasy characters in the game tbh. The combat also felt too easy. I played on proud mode and it was not a challenge at all, like I never died and it was super easy to level up. This is the first KH game out of the 9 (i believe don't quote me) that have been released. Wanted more of a challenge definitely. It also kind of felt like the CGI was worse than the in-game cutscenes. Sometimes characters looked younger than they were supposed to, especially Kairi. But for what it lacks, it is an amazing end to a tale that was long awaited. I did in fact love the story and how Sora went on this journey of redemption. And the parts where you'd switch characters and play as others (won't spoil too much) were fantastic and well though out. All In all I give this game an 8/10.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Graphics, Clunky 2008 Mechanics

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    Addle
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    I've been waiting since high school to play this after KH2 was released. There's a lot of good and a lot of bad so no sugar coating on this one. Good *Amazing visuals. Everything looks beautiful on my launch PS4 so I can only imagine it looks better on newer models. *Finally an final-ish ending. The creator already said KH3 would be the end of the Xeanort saga. So I'm glad it ties things up but...come on. Bad *The game carries the same base mechanics of KH2. Lots of attacks hit or don't hit. Enemies can juggle you if you get caught. I see so many chances where you could break free, but the mechanics don't let you. Yes, they added lots of beautiful attacks to look at, but the foundation they were built on belongs back in 2008. Not 2019. *Still confusing story telling despite knowing everything going in. *Too much fluff. Way too much. I get people like Disney and all that, but I can't accept that it takes 24 hrs, on Standard mode and rushing through Disney worlds, before I get to the actual story I've been waiting for. Easily a 4/5. Even with the bad mechanics and overstuffed fluff I still highly recommend it.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not Great, But A Good Trilogy

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    There is a lot to this game from the characters, story, gameplay mechanics, et cetera. New players may feel a little lost throughout if you have not played the other games. Not to say that it is not welcoming new players, but I think you will not enjoy the entirety of it without playing the others. There are some returning Disney worlds and new ones. I rather liked how they did an original story in some of the worlds whereas the others were almost a replica of the movies such as Tangled and Frozen. Pirates of the Caribbean was also the same story as the movie, but it was my favorite world because you pilot a ship and actually explore islands. As for the main story, it is sprinkled a little here and there throughout the worlds until the third act. That is where it is all wrapped up and it is the main focus. I wish it focused more on the story since it is the end of the Xehanort saga. Not much endgame content as I would have liked compared to the second game, but there is some.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A fun and beautiful adventure.

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    Jenny
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    Kingdom Hearts 3 is the imperfect but still great conclusion to the Xehanort arc of the series. Gameplay is fun but less so than previous entries (especially KH2, my favorite entry in the whole series). It lacks Final Fantasy influences but does set up some interesting things for the next game. The story is the typical conflux of interweaving character arcs, but for having so many characters to wrap up, it does a decent job at this. Game length was disappointing as you do not visit worlds a second time like in previous entries and this made the game feel shorter. Overall, Kingdom Hearts 3 perhaps did not live up to (relatively unattainable) levels of hype, but it was a blast to play and see how the Sora-Xehanort arcs ended. I recommend it to anyone who is a big fan of the series, but you should probably play at least some of the other entries in order to have a good understanding of the story (particularly Birth by Sleep, 358/2 Days, Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2, and Dream Drop Distance)

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not as good as I had hoped for...

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    BigGamer
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    I have played all Kindom Hearts to this point. I was really excited for this game. I preordered the Deluxe Edition. The packaging was fantastic. You got a steel book and a normal case for the game, a book and a pin. It looked like it was going to be a home run. Remember the saying 'Dont judge a book by its cover'? Yeah, I assumed too quickly. While the game is good, it could be better. There are aspects of the game that are great... same battle system, new characters, wrapping up the story and it's pretty to look at. While it's great, it needs some work. The wall running is crazy. You do it all the time, even when you dont want to. Its annoying. You're wither walking or running, there's no in between, and the sweet spot on the joystick is easily missed. Some of the voice acting is horrible. Its seems forced, and its beyond frustrating. I'm only 5 hours in and starting to get into it, but that's my experience so far. I have high hope for this game, so I really hope it gets better.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Incredible gameplay, okay story

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    PirateKing
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    Pros: All the worlds in this game came with its own keyblades and drive forms, and each had unique gameplay features not present in other worlds keeping things fresh and engaging. There's open world hubs for gummy ship travel as well with it's own secret bosses and challenges. Cons: This was supposed to be the culmination of story of kingdom heart series, instead, most of the game is sora dicking around on random Disney worlds for no real reason. In previous titles, they always did a great job tying the Disney worlds into the main story or at least gave us a reason why we need to go visit them. In this game, there is no such drive except that sora needs to go find the power of waking, which (minor spoiler) he doesn't find or even get a clue to on any of the Disney worlds. Once you finish the last Disney world, you enter the final act, which while good, feels very rushed and leaves you with way more questions then answers.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic for Fans of Series, OK for Newbies

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    Let me preface this by saying I've been playing this series from the beginning and I absolutely adore it. That means it has a very soft place in my heart. Therefore, I adored this game. It feels like an old kingdom hearts game. If you've played the past ones, you will feel right at home with the controls. However, if you've never played before then this game is just ok. The controls can be clunky and the story is super cheesy and weirdly complicated. But if you love disney then definitely give this game a shot. You get to essentially play through some disney movies. Movies like frozen are in the game and you get to play through basically that entire movie. Toy story is also in this game and playing through gives you an entirely new story. So there is a lot to love here.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun to play, not sure why it took so long

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    CatcherWry
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    This game is a BLAST to play. It's gorgeous to look at and the battles are fluid and interesting, I'm really not sure why it took so long to come out, though; it's definitely the easiest of the three main KH games, and (as far as I know) there is no "Critical" difficulty mode as there were in the other two. Also, as is usual for this series, the dialogue between characters is disjointed and the story-telling jumps around and is extremely childish at times (yet super dark at other times?). But you should already expect that if you are this deep in the series! If you played the other games long ago, definitely give this a play through. If not, you can probably skip it; this isn't a game-changer for the series or for consoles.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good game, disappointing ending

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    MLHumpty23
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    No spoiler review! KH3 was supposed to be a great close to the saga. While the gameplay is fun and most similar to KH2(finally they went back to the significantly better combat system), the story was lacking in several areas. You'll find very little story really happens in each world until the last few minutes. The Disney/Pixar worlds are large and entertaining, fans of Disney won't be disappointed. Exploring your favorite worlds has never been so fun. I still recommend the game if you have been with the series from the beginning, however I would not recommend it at a jumping on point for new fans.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The KH Saga Continues!

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    The gameplay is really fun and the graphics have significantly improved. I love the new user interface / menu design. The artbook is tiny. As a collector, I love having the box and steelcase, and the keychain is a nice bonus. The regular game case is included too, so you'll just relocate the game from the standard edition case to the steelbook case. If the steelbook case and box isn't of importance to you, I'd just go for the standard edition. If the artbook is the biggest driver for you to get the deluxe edition, I'd recommend passing it up and going for the standard edition.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    TrinityFoxglow

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    After years of waiting the game is finale here. I can say that at first I was very pleased about all I was seeing. This game is still visually appealing as the the other kingdoms hearts tiltles. I as also overwalmed with various battle system and how many there were. The story was cute and continuing pushing freindship is sora power. However I found the game play to be too easy even on proud. There was not enough substance like a reason to go back to other past worlds. There was lack of independent story beyond the Disney story for amount of time they kept us waiting. Overall I was happy with the game.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not quite as expected, but still a decent game.

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    I got this for a friend for her birthday. The Steelbook is rather nice and the included art book is of high quality. The game itself unfortunately lacks the magic that made the first two PlayStation titles great. To touch on this briefly, the combat feels lightweight and less meaningful, and there isn’t much replay value to the game at all. You’re also not going to see much of any FF characters whatsoever, which was a drag. Despite its flaws, KH3 is still a fun little action RPG romp through a handful of Disney worlds, and that was pretty much worth the purchase.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very different from the other games

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    Kyah
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    As always I absolutely adore the story line for kingdom hearts. The best parts of the game is the increase in graphics and dialogue. The only downside is that the battles are a lot less about technique and more about spamming new “attraction” powers that I am really not a fan of. For me it is kind of annoying to have giant rides from Disney world like the “teacup” ride or “pirate ship swing” ride appear during a battle, especially so frequently. Other than that the game is truly amazing and the opening scene is emotional as always. Was well worth the money!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great game

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    Skreamkid
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    Kingdom hearts 3 is an amazing and beautiful game that any fan would enjoy. There are a few parts of the game that seem rushed, but it was in development for so long I feel like they wanted to get it out. If this is your first game in the series, pump the breaks and play the others in the series. If you only played 1 and 2 you will still be lost without the stories of the others. Story wise, this puts a nice bow on top leaving room for so much more beyond this game alone. Can't wait to see if and what they do with continuing the story

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Undeniably a great continuation on KH

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    I haven’t gotten very far into the game, but so far it’s really entertaining. I’m hoping I can put some more time into it and submit an amended review, but so far my only drawback is that there is a LOT of talking. Yes, it’s an RPG, and yes, it’s Square Enix, so it’s to be expected. It’s just a personal observation / preference :) Overall, absolutely recommend to long time fans and newbies to the story. You can def pick up and play without having played the others (mainly because the story is so hard to follow anyhow, haha).

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    After 13 years KH3 is a fun Action RPG.

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    After 13 years of waiting KH3 finally arrives. Overall, it's a nice action rpg but does have some minor flaws. The camera can get very sensitive or unresponsive sometimes leaving you to get free hits from the enemies. Also, the visuals and graphics is pretty and capture the feeling of being in a Disney movie. However, the frame rate slows down sometimes making the combat and gameplay choppy and slow at moments. While not gamebreaking, but a problem this game has. Still, a fun game to play and dive into.

    I would recommend this to a friend