Generally favorable reviews - based on 62 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 62
  2. Negative: 0 out of 62
  1. 94
    I had my doubts about Birth by Sleep, and was prepared to call it quits for the series if this game didn't live up to expectations. However, Square Enix has delivered what is, in my opinion, the best Kingdom Hearts experience to date.
  2. 100
    The game is amazingly well-crafted-the only negative is that unless you have room on your memory card to install a good chunk of game data, you'll be sitting through some halting combat transitions and some unbearable load times.
  3. Jan 13, 2011
    Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep isn't just a spin-off; it's an evolution of the series that makes helpful tweaks to combat and introduces interesting new worlds.
  4. Jan 13, 2011
    Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep is a fun game that was almost brought down by questionable control issues and a repetitive story. If players can get past a few minor problems, they'll discover that this prequel offers a surprising amount of great content, beautiful graphics and even some fun multiplayer modes!
  5. Dec 21, 2010
    Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep is absolutely one of the masterpieces you will play this season for PlayStation Portable, but also one of the best games even made of the entire Square Enix saga. If you are a fan of Kingdom Hearts, or simply you like the action RPG genre, buy this game.
  6. Oct 27, 2010
    Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep is a game that sticks to its roots and expands upon a winning formula. It still can't quite put long-standing problems to rest (or sleep, whatever) but it presents fans with a cohesive, satisfying adventure and in truth, there are three of them.
  7. Oct 22, 2010
    Disappointing too is the roster of worlds you visit, and the lack of exploration in each.
  8. With loads of content to play, the addictive as always gameplay along with the enjoyable multiplayer mode, and three different storylines to play through, Kingdom Hearts fans can't afford to miss out on Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep.
  9. So while series fans who've been waiting to play the first full-featured Kingdom Hearts in almost five years may find their loved returned tenfold, PSP owners who simply desire to play an A+ exclusive might not get what all the fuss is about.
  10. In many ways, it actually outshines its console counterparts. Bar a few niggling control issues, the battle system could well be the best in the series yet, and at times I actually felt it looked better than its PS2 cousins.
  11. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep is yet another exemplarity RPG for the PSP, boasting a robust combat system, riveting plot and some sumptuous visuals. Only the protracted loading times hold it back from classic status.
  12. Birth By Sleep fixes a lot of things. The story is easy to digest and the focus is on discovering new Disney-worlds. The combat system is the most refined version of the system in Kingdom Hearts ever and the game isn't a step down graphically from the PS2-games.
  13. An action roleyplaying game that qualifies in the top of the food chain for PSP. With few exceptions the sound and graphics are great. On the negative side it takes time to learn and from the beginning there are many parts needed to master. The game includes a lot of content with three separate stories and enjoyable mini games. This is not something fans of the series and roleplaying fanatics should miss.
  14. A good, atmospheric story with a great Leonard Nimoy as icing on the cake.
  15. Intense action, great visuals and impressive characters customization system, we are full of praise for this best episode of the saga gameplay-wise.
  16. Developments to the battle system ensure that this is the most enjoyable Kingdom Hearts title in terms of its raw systems, but the storytelling and structure fail to delight in the same way.
  17. The story is drawn-out and not very interesting, and the loading times are often excruciatingly long and frequent. But high production values, the charm of the Disney universe and the depth and challenge of the combat system means that Kingdom Hears: Birth by Sleep is still worth picking up.
  18. The potential for a great game is here, but the repetitive questing, arcane plotting and thoughtless battles means its never properly roused into action.
  19. A perfect example of how to bring a series born in home console to portable gaming without making any sacrifice in visuals or in gameplay.
  20. Birth By Sleep is a solid entry into the Kingdom Hearts franchise and rivals only Kingdom Hearts 2 as the best title in the series.
  21. 90
    Existing fans of the franchise will be head over heels for Birth by Sleep. Everything you love is here with new twists and turns, and this is ironically the longest game in the series. It may even be the best game in the series so far.
  22. An excellent addition to the PSP library and a purchase I recommend you go out and make as soon as possible.
  23. Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep is just one of the best games for the PSP, with a great and long storyline, the best battle system of all Kingdom Hearts games to date and three fantastic new main characters. Don't worry about the subtitle: this is the Kingdom Hearts III you've been waiting for.
  24. Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep is a beautiful Square Enix's RPG, which includes the Disney's magic in the style of Final Fantasy.
  25. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep may not have been the game fans of the series were initially hoping for, but that doesn't stop it from being the best entry in the series yet.
  26. With its deeply satisfying series of campaigns, solid battle and progression systems, and a worthwhile multiplayer component, you'd be foolish to pass this one up.
  27. One of the reasons why one should buy a PSP. Over 60 hours of gameplay and lots of surprises: This game will definitely put the fans at ease while waiting for Kingdom Hearts 3.
  28. Birth by sleep is the best Kingdom Hearts' Spin-off. With three different adventures, an entertaining multiplayer mode and ad straight gameplay, Square Enix delivers a great title for PSP.
  29. KH: BbS is a game for those who prefer story over gameplay - but for those it is a great addition to the existing Kingdom Hearts storyline.
  30. Birth by Sleep is one of the best games for the PSP. Square-Enix has managed to shape a solid game, long, very nicely finished and highly addictive, especially in the first third of the adventure. The title is absolutely essential for the Sony portable.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 133 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Sep 12, 2010
    Square Enix does a great job with this Kingdom Hearts title. Birth By Sleep has improved its battle system and did a great job to create something new. Soundtrack - - The music is excellent as usual with the talents of Yoko Shimomura reprising her role. Graphics - - For a PSP title you can't really complain about the graphics as it does look great for a portable title. Gameplay - - Gameplay is fun and exciting with probably the best battle scheme in the series, along with a few fun mini-games and multi-player options.
    Story - - An interesting past about characters from before the events of the first game and how it all started makes you want to more about what is happening as you progress (Unless you have read spoilers)

    Overall this game is one of the best PSP titles and one of the more Interesting KH titles.
    If you haven't played the series before this is probably a great start as it is a prequel to the original.
    If you're a Kingdom Hearts fan then you will definitely love this one.
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  2. Mar 1, 2011
    The game offers you three, Identical, scenarios in which you travel to Miniature versions of the previous Kingdom Hearts worlds. These worlds offer neither the amount of Game play nor the awesome Keyblades at the completion of the level. You can burn through a world with 100% completion in less time than the average Gummy ship Mini Game (Which there isn't in this game)

    The Kingdom hearts franchise is known for mixing the Magic of Disney with the Solid Game play of Final Fantasy. With the only Final Fantasy cameo coming from a terrible remake of Zach (Crisis Core and 7) its hard to even call this a prequal to the original.

    In short:

    Three Identicle scenarios

    Quick game, 45 hours 100% completion

    Not enough Key Blades

    One Final Fantasy Character

    No Gummy Ship

    No replay Value

    Does Not compare with other Kingdom Hearts
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  3. Sep 7, 2010
    Easily the best game in the series - so far.
    The battle system is great, the graphics are fantastic for the PSP, and it rarely has any
    If you install data onto a memory card, load times are not a problem.
    This game is just amazing in general.
    If you're looking for something to keep you occupied for a while or are already familiar with the Kingdom Hearts franchise then stop reading this and go and buy it.
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