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  • Summary: Long before Sora was chosen by his Keyblade, the worlds' safety lay in the hands of the true Keyblade Masters. Three youths - Terra, Ventus and Aqua - have been training long and hard under Master Eraqus to prove that they, too, exhibit the Mark of Mastery. But they will soon find themselvesLong before Sora was chosen by his Keyblade, the worlds' safety lay in the hands of the true Keyblade Masters. Three youths - Terra, Ventus and Aqua - have been training long and hard under Master Eraqus to prove that they, too, exhibit the Mark of Mastery. But they will soon find themselves in the middle of a crisis affecting worlds far beyond their own - just as another Keyblade Master, Xehanort, goes mysteriously missing. Three friends, three destinies. Everything will link back to the beginning. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 62
  2. Negative: 0 out of 62
  1. Exploiting the PSP capabilities nicely, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep offers a long ride, with the three crossing adventures of its three heroes, and those new, subtle innovations integrated in the gameplay (especially alchemy and the fury moves). This episode is an enchanting one, with a beautiful atmosphere and dynamic gameplay... even though you need need to be in touch with the child within yourself to fully appreciate it.
  2. Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep is a beautiful Square Enix's RPG, which includes the Disney's magic in the style of Final Fantasy.
  3. 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.
  4. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    80
    The graphics are as strong as the combat. While everything's very simple it all runs smoothly and everything's nicely animated. Cutscenes tend to drag, though, and some of the voice acting will have you cringing, but we're truly impressed by the size of the game and the direction. [Oct 2010 p78]
  5. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Jan 13, 2011
    80
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
  6. A great game that will keep fans busy until Square Enix finally makes the long awaited Kingdom Hearts 3.
  7. The potential for a great game is here, but the repetitive questing, arcane plotting and thoughtless battles means its never properly roused into action.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  1. Sep 12, 2010
    10
    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 createSquare 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. Feb 12, 2011
    10
    Very good game! Answered many questions, and has me pumped for the next chapter in the series, Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance.
  3. Nov 18, 2011
    10
    This game is pronominal. it brings gamers the answers and more of an understanding of the kingdom hearts story things missed in games beforeThis game is pronominal. it brings gamers the answers and more of an understanding of the kingdom hearts story things missed in games before it was cleared up and it came together perfectly with perfect explanations.
    I personally enjoyed the attacks and being able to fuse them together to create an even stronger attack
    This game is amazing and I can't wait for the next one.
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  4. Apr 12, 2016
    9
    The best Story on all the 9 kingdom hearts games, technically, it was amazing on psp, gameplay is very action driven, 3 campaign fromThe best Story on all the 9 kingdom hearts games, technically, it was amazing on psp, gameplay is very action driven, 3 campaign from different perspectives, and really defining towards KH3 Expand
  5. Jun 18, 2012
    9
    Though playing as all 3 characters is basically just playing through the same game 3 times, its fun. The characters themselves are each uniqueThough playing as all 3 characters is basically just playing through the same game 3 times, its fun. The characters themselves are each unique and fun to play as. However, I felt that Aqua was a challenge to play as due to her constant magic use. The story is good and the game looks great. The multiplayer additions seem pretty good except for the Kart racing game. Still, Birth by Sleep is one of the best PSP games. Expand
  6. Oct 28, 2012
    8
    "Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep" is a very fun and interesting game. The only problem is the levels get harder and harder. But other than that"Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep" is a very fun and interesting game. The only problem is the levels get harder and harder. But other than that I just love Kingdom Hearts! :D Expand
  7. Dec 5, 2016
    1
    Classic Kingdom Hearts Fanboyism this game is nowhere near good the characters

    Aqua: She's good except her voice acting at times. Ventus:
    Classic Kingdom Hearts Fanboyism this game is nowhere near good the characters

    Aqua: She's good except her voice acting at times.
    Ventus: Had some growth but fell flat in the end
    Terra: I don't know where to begin he's like Anakin Skywalker
    They all had no growth nor interest to me whatsoever

    Gameplay: Broken,Unfair and just Difficulty Spikes all over the place
    The Thunder and Fire Surges even Cures are the most powerful commands + with attack and magic haste you'd be GODLIKE in every boss no tactics in commands no point of using combos and shocklocks. but Endgame bosses you can't use the commands that well they are the examples of difficulty spikes.

    Story: A mess this game is the turning point to the franchise nothing makes sense at all i'd rather play metal gear than this. The Dialogue is more cheesy than KH1 about friendship it's a bit tiring.

    Music: 10/10
    Overall: I wish this game could have taken more time because it had great potential :( 1/10
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#3 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2010
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#7 Most Shared PSP Game of 2010