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  • Summary: With a colorful cast of characters appearing in the Disney worlds in 3D, players can delve into a lifelike story and world in KINGDOM HEARTS 3D (tentative title). Get to better know all the familiar and beloved characters through this title.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 54
  2. Negative: 1 out of 54
  1. Aug 19, 2012
    95
    Kingdom Hearts 3D is the pinnacle of the Kingdom Hearts portable formula, unifying everything that the series did right in the format and many new, smart ideas.
  2. Jul 23, 2012
    90
    Whether or not you're a fan of Nintendo's latest handheld console, if you love Kingdom Hearts, this is a must-have title that's filled with fantastic gameplay, an intriguing story, and beautiful visuals.
  3. Jul 30, 2012
    85
    We are still puzzled by a few gameplay and plot choices but Kingdom Hearts 3D is a surprisingly strong entry in the long living franchise with its excellent depth and technical achievements.
  4. Jul 25, 2012
    80
    Kingdom Hearts continues to innovate in the RPG genre ten years on from the original release with [Dream Drop Distance], a generous and exciting addition to the series.
  5. Jul 30, 2012
    75
    Graphically the game looks to be on par with the PS2 titles, but what makes DDD shine above the rest is the 3D.
  6. Aug 2, 2012
    70
    Yes, some things work better than others, but you'll learn to deal with the game's quirks in exchange for that old Disney magic, though if you're a big Kingdom Hearts fanatic, Square Enix already had your support.
  7. Jul 18, 2012
    40
    The problem with the latest Kingdom Hearts is not a lack of new ideas but that almost all of them are awful, and that's before you even consider the script.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 68
  2. Negative: 7 out of 68
  1. Jul 31, 2012
    10
    This is the best 3DS game and the only reason i bought one. buy this game and stop complaining that its not KH3, cause it will come in theThis is the best 3DS game and the only reason i bought one. buy this game and stop complaining that its not KH3, cause it will come in the future and this is a great entry in my favorite series of all time!! Expand
  2. Mar 11, 2013
    10
    Chrillbill
    Aug 1, 2012
    10 Super awesome game! A MUST for Kingdom Hearts fans! The story, the music, the gameplay, the graphics, everything
    Chrillbill
    Aug 1, 2012
    10
    Super awesome game! A MUST for Kingdom Hearts fans! The story, the music, the gameplay, the graphics, everything is just awesome! If you don't have a 3DS, buy it! This game alone will be worth it! That's what I think at least.
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  3. Mar 11, 2014
    9
    Kingdom hearts 3D is the only reason i bought a 3DS at all and it was worth every penny. The combat is the fastest it has ever been in the KHKingdom hearts 3D is the only reason i bought a 3DS at all and it was worth every penny. The combat is the fastest it has ever been in the KH series, Dash to and from buildings to pull off amazing combos is extremely fun. Collecting Dream eaters is also pretty fun trying to find the right combo of Dream eaters for yourself i found to be an enjoyable experience. The OST and aesthetics are beautiful as i've come to expect from the KH series.The story is very enjoyable but it can be a bit confusing to those who haven't played all the games but it does give a nice little explanation of every game. Now for some of the problems i had with it only 2. The game was just a bit too easy and getting the secret ending was just way too easy. The worlds felt way too empty the size was nice but they just felt dead. Overall i really enjoyed it and i'm glad i bought it. Expand
  4. Apr 21, 2016
    8
    Dream Drop Distance is definitely a worthy continuation of the Kingdom Hearts Saga. The story follows Sora and Riku taking their Key-BladeDream Drop Distance is definitely a worthy continuation of the Kingdom Hearts Saga. The story follows Sora and Riku taking their Key-Blade master exams. They travel across different worlds through different time periods. Yes this plot involves time travel and it can get convoluted if you do not pay close attention to it. The plot also drags at a few places with Xehanort up to his latest scheme involving time travel and the true intentions of Organization Xiii. The story does keep you invested but it is definitely not friendly to newcomers. Granted there are text boxes to help new players catch up to speed. The story-line actually does expand on the lore and it is clever follow up to the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III. Where this title really shines through though is in the game-play. Donald and Goofy do not accompany Sora in this adventure (sparing us from introducing themselves for the umpteenth time). Instead Sora and Riku are accompanied by creatures you can train called Dream Eaters who serve as your allies and as the main enemies in the game. After you acquire certain bits of dream fragments you can create and even train your own dream eater. You can even give them a nickname like in Pokemon. These creatures are really useful in helping you in battle and will even assist you by fusing your self with these creatures. For Sora these fusion attacks involve him riding or doing a team attack and for Riku he has the soul of the monster go inside him to perform more deadly attacks. The combat has also marginally improved with more flow and the interface via birth by sleep has been made more accessible with new spells and attacks such as the balloon spell. Some of these spells can only be done with Sora and some are exclusive to Riku. The flow-motion system has been included to add extra combos which feel very rewarding to execute. The flow-motion also makes the biggest improvement to the platform jumping segments which was a problem that plagued the series since game one. The camera is also more flexible instead of being locked at a certain perspective. The most annoying mechanic that was introduced though was the drop system. It has Sora and Riku drop out of the combat after the end of the time limit so that the game can alternate between each respective character's campaign. The intention was to give players a chance to experience both stories at their own pace but it is a nuisance during the middle of a fight or a boss battle since it halts all progress and when you drop back into the fight, the enemies and the boss regain all of their health. Despite its shortcomings, this is one of the best games on the Nintendo 3DS with its excellent mechanics (aside from the drop system) and its gorgeous graphical fidelity. This is more than enough to fill your Kingdom Hearts mania until Kingdom Hearts III finally comes out. Expand
  5. Sep 18, 2012
    8
    This is fa from being the best game in the serie but is great nonetheless. It has the same characters that we learned to love, an beautifulThis is fa from being the best game in the serie but is great nonetheless. It has the same characters that we learned to love, an beautiful soundtrack and incredible 3D effect. Despite this I can't help complain that it is about time of kingdom hearts 3. Expand
  6. Apr 2, 2019
    7
    This one really takes me back. Sure, I didn't get into the "Kingdom Hearts" franchise until 2017, but I still remember this because 2010 wasThis one really takes me back. Sure, I didn't get into the "Kingdom Hearts" franchise until 2017, but I still remember this because 2010 was the year my 12-year old, 3D-loving self was hyping up the Nintendo 3DS and everything that came with it (yeah, even that "DJ Hero 3D" game that never happened because Activision likes running franchises into the ground). So, knowing how much my family and friends enjoyed the game, it was pretty damn cool to hear that a "Kingdom Hearts" title was coming to the 3DS. And sure, I didn't get to really play it on its original system (I played the HD remaster on the PlayStation 4), but getting to finally play and beat the game after several years was certainly gratifying.
    "Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance" (or as the PS4 calls it, "Kingdom Hearts HD: Dream Drop Distance) retains many of the key features we've come to know and love from the "Kingdom Hearts" franchise: the graphics are gorgeous, the worlds are beautifully-designed and filled with fun fanservice, and the soundtrack is absolutely lovely. From a presentation standpoint, the game ticks all the boxes, and while the story can be confusing (as always, this is "Kingdom Hearts"), it's nice that it's so detailed and actually tries in some meaningful way to lead into "Kingdom Hearts III." The gameplay, one of the things that's kept me consistently coming back to this series, is also top-notch: the controls are fluid, the combat is incredibly fast-paced, and the addition of Flowmotion and Dream Eaters only helps to make the combat more fun and varied.
    That said, this "Kingdom Hearts" title does have it's share of flaws: as I had said earlier about "Birth by Sleep," the fact that you play through this game twice with very few differences between the characters you play as can be rather frustrating, and the drop meter that forces you to switch between characters can be immensely frustrating, especially when it kicks in on a boss fight. Speaking of boss fights, those things are pretty uninspired. Most of them are lackluster and just more annoying than challenging, and they bring the excitement of the game down a notch.
    Still, while "Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance" (or, "Kingdom Hearts HD: Dream Drop Distance," whichever you prefer) may not be the pinnacle of the "Kingdom Hearts" series, it's still a more than enjoyable adventure that's definitely worth giving a shot. It's plenty fun and frantic, and while it may not stick with you in the way that the first two numbered entries will, it's still worthy of a recommendation if you've enjoyed the series up to this point.
    Final rating: 7 out of 10 "Good"
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  7. Dec 5, 2016
    1
    Worst game in the series Plot Holes, Broken Gameplay, Dumb Story, Framerate Issue,Fans Overrating this game what the heck Square you'reWorst game in the series Plot Holes, Broken Gameplay, Dumb Story, Framerate Issue,Fans Overrating this game what the heck Square you're Ruining your franchise. Expand

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