Kingdom Hearts 3 Review – Possible Contender for GOTY?

WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SOME FORM OF SPOILERS. I HAVE TRIED TO REVIEW THIS GAME WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT THE STORY PLOT.
READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!

ALL SCREENSHOTS ARE MINE UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE

It’s been 14 years since the previous part in the Kingdom Hearts story. Kingdom Hearts 2 released on the 22nd December, 2005. With Kingdom Hearts 3 releasing on the 29th January, 2019 (in Australia), it’s no surprise that millions of copies were sold worldwide. The anticipation for this game was extremely strong, with many people of all different ages waiting for the 3rd instalment to the story. For me, I had been quite excited for the release of KH3, but I haven’t been waiting nearly as long as everyone else. And truthfully, I have only played Kingdom Hearts 1.5. The reason why I haven’t played the other fillers in the story is because I got stuck on a part in 1.5 that I couldn’t get past (curse you Shadow Sora fight!) and that prevented me from continuing for quite a while. So unfortunately, I wasn’t able to finish the series before the release of KH3. Nonetheless, the game lived up to the expectations I had, and it was a journey that I adored with all my heart.

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WORLDS

  • Olympus (Hercules)
  • Twilight Town
  • Kingdom of Corona (Tangled)
  • Toy box (Toy Story)
  • Monstropolis (Monster’s Inc.)
  • Arendelle (Frozen)
  • The Caribbean (Pirates of the Caribbean)
  • San Fransokyo (Big Hero 6)
  • 100 Acre Wood (Winnie the Pooh)

SOME WORLD LOGOS FROM THE GAME

My favourite world started off as Monstropolis as I am a HUGE Monster’s Inc. fan. The reason I like it so much was because the way they designed the world is how I imagine it would look like if you could really go and explore it. However, when I went back to finish some collectibles in each world, I started to love the Kingdom of Corona more! It looks so magical and the town was so beautiful to explore. The detail in that world was insanely good. I think my decision on what my favourite world is will change a lot as I am very indecisive. However, my least favourite world definitely had to be The Caribbean. The world was designed beautifully but my problem with it was the travelling across the sea in the pirate ship. I found that really frustrating when you had to battle other ships on the seas and the actual sailing part was super slow. Swimming underwater as well was very annoying to me and these reasons really made me begin to hate being in that world – it’s a shame really because they graphically put a lot of effort into making that world so realistic, points for effort to them!

COMBAT

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Kingdom Hearts 3 had combat that I didn’t expect to be so easy. They included special moves that you could use as a team with Donald and Goofy once you get enough hits into the enemies. The special moves are based off actual rides from Disneyland. Pictured is the “Pirate Ship” special move. This move pretty much replicates the ride and has the ship rock back and forth knocking out enemies. It also spins around in a circle. I think these moves made the game’s combat so much easier and in my opinion that is a good thing because the combat was the reason I got stuck on a part in KH 1.5. It also allows the younger generations to give this game a go without it being too difficult for them.

On top of the special moves, the Keyblades were incredible. There were many different Keyblades to play with, one coming from every world in the game.

My top 3 Keyblades are:

  • the Ever After Keyblade – Kingdom of Corona
  • the Crystal Snow Keyblade – Arendelle
  • the Hunny Spout Keyblade – 100 Acre Wood

Photos of Keyblades courtesy of allgamers.com

If I had to pick 1 from my top 3 Keyblades, I would choose the Crystal Snow. The powers of that Keyblade made combat so smooth and fun. That was the Keyblade that I powered up to the maximum and finished the game with. The designs of all Keyblades were gorgeous – so colourful and fun! Each one was so unique and represented the world that it came from so well.

TASKS

The game itself has a very big and involved story line. But it also has mini games and little side things that you can do which involve finding collectibles!

Some of these tasks include:

  • Little Chef’s Restaurant – Remy from Ratatouille has cooking mini games where you can find ingredients on your adventures and unlock recipes to help Remy (or Little Chef as he is known as in the game) make the menu for his restaurant.
  • Flan Pudding mini games – once you finish a world and go back to them, you will find a crown with a certain fruit on top of it coming out of the ground. Sora examines these and up pops a mini game involving Heartless Pudding monsters and each mini game requires you do something different within a time period. You will win that certain fruit at the end if you pass the mini game and that will help you further unlock recipes in Little Chef’s restaurant.
  • Lucky Emblems – throughout the game you may come across “Hidden Mickey’s” known as “Lucky Emblems”. When you get to Twilight Town, you unlock the ability to photograph these Lucky Emblems which you will need to do to complete each world’s collection and unlock a trophy in the game.
  • Gummiphone Classic Kingdom – Throughout the game, you will find chests that include “Classic Kingdom Mini Games”. These mini games are in the style of “Steamboat Willie” and remind me of the old Game & Watch days. There are 23 to collect and play!

DO I NEED TO PLAY THE PREVIOUS GAMES IN ORDER TO PLAY KINGDOM HEARTS 3?

Short answer: Yes AND no.

If you have the time to watch a story recap on YouTube before you play KH3 then you should be fine. I however, did not watch a story recap and having not played the whole series, I really did struggle with some certain parts of the game trying to understand what they were talking about and which characters were significant and who they were. You’ll be able to play through the game fine with no issues in regards to gameplay, but following the story will be quite difficult. So I do recommend you either play the previous games or watch a recap.

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Overall, I believe Square Enix produced a fabulous game to continue the series. The graphics were incredible especially on a PS4 Pro and 4K/HDR TV. The character designs were beautiful and they aged the characters so well (Sora is such a cutie!). Even the enemies look great! The game was so colourful, fun and inviting and it is something I truly loved – loved it so much that I played and finished the main story in 45 hours and was talking to my boyfriend in my sleep saying “I’m planting strawberries for Mickey Mouse”……..

I believe that Kingdom Hearts 3 is a contender for the 2019 Game of the Year. I along with many others believe that Square Enix did so well with this game and it was so enjoyable for many. Also, the fact there has been a 14 year wait for this game is one crazy thing, but with how good this game is, it makes the wait worthwhile. I am looking forward to seeing if they continue the series. Let’s just hope it’s not another 14 year wait!

 

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