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  • Summary: KINGDOM HEARTS III tells the story of the power of friendship and light vs. darkness as Sora and his friends embark on a perilous adventure. Set in a vast array of Disney and Pixar worlds, KINGDOM HEARTS follows the journey of Sora, an unknowing heir to a spectacular power. Sora is joined byKINGDOM HEARTS III tells the story of the power of friendship and light vs. darkness as Sora and his friends embark on a perilous adventure. Set in a vast array of Disney and Pixar worlds, KINGDOM HEARTS follows the journey of Sora, an unknowing heir to a spectacular power. Sora is joined by Donald Duck and Goofy to stop an evil force known as the Heartless from invading and overtaking the universe. Sora, Donald, and Goofy unite with iconic Disney-Pixar characters old and new to overcome tremendous challenges and persevere against the darkness threatening their worlds. [Square Enix] Expand
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  1. Positive: 81 out of 88
  2. Negative: 1 out of 88
  1. 100
    The developer has refined and perfected the combat. It kept its silliness in tact. It kept in the darker themes and deep moments of self-reflection that we all need every once in awhile. It’s, quite frankly, the best Kingdom Hearts game Square Enix has ever created.
  2. Jan 29, 2019
    90
    Kingdom Hearts III has the magic you've been waiting for. Square Enix has achieved the best episode of the series. Sora, Donald and Goofy are now very fast and take you through an array of endearing experiences and characters. The script continues to have problems but everything else is a memory that will stick with you forever.
  3. Feb 22, 2019
    90
    The Final Chapter in the Kingdom Hearts saga comes with superb visuals, great story telling and an excellent combat system, that make all those years since the release of the previous major game in the franchise worth the wait.
  4. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Mar 20, 2019
    85
    You're going to visit Olympus, Monsters Inc, Toy Story, even Winnie the Pooh – and each world is created up to the highest standards. [Issue#236, p.44]
  5. Feb 13, 2019
    80
    After so many years Kingdom Hearts III needed to be a strong send-off for the series, and for the most part, it is. The gameplay is still top tier and encourages diving back in once the credits have rolled to track down missed items and a secret boss. The individual worlds are gorgeous, and deserve to be combed through for every last scrap of treasure. It’s just a shame that plot stumbles over itself so many times because it really does drag the game down, but if I turn off the analytical part of my brain just enough, there truly is something special here.
  6. Feb 1, 2019
    80
    There’s nothing quite like Kingdom Hearts. It’s like the most elaborate fan fiction of the Disney universe – a digital walkthrough of the movies with a loosely connective narrative tissue that just doesn’t matter much when all is said and done. If you embrace that it’s all nonsense to serve you up a delightful nostalgic romp through some of the greatest and most beloved family films, you’re not going to be disappointed.
  7. Feb 1, 2019
    40
    Kingdom Hearts III is overflowing with heart, and mostly unconcerned with the head; as such, it’s in dire want of wickedness.

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  1. Jan 12, 2021
    10
    Kingdom hearts 3 é um jogo feito para os fans da franquia, impossível jogar sem conhecer os jogos anteriores da serie. Sua história complexaKingdom hearts 3 é um jogo feito para os fans da franquia, impossível jogar sem conhecer os jogos anteriores da serie. Sua história complexa esta de volta nesse título, porém é uma história compreensível para aqueles que seguem todos os jogos da série.
    Usando o poder da geração atual de consoles, a square conseguiu trazer um jogo muito bonito, e pela primeira vez os mundos Disney estão mais vivos, contando com a presença de npcs em suas cidades que dialogam entre si, o que da uma perspectiva vem melhor que os mundos vazios que tinhamos antes nos outros jogos da serie. Algo que fez falta nesse jogo foram os chefes que em sua maioria são heartless maiores e mais fortes, quase não contando mais com os vilões da disney. E deixo também uma crítica a dificuldade do jogo que mesmo no modo proud não oferece um grande desafio.
    Kingdom hearts 3 é um jogo pra quem ja segue a serie desde o seu primeiro jogo de 2002,e que encerra de maneira bem empolgante a história que veio sendo contada durante todos esses anos. Um verdadeiro presente para os fans.
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  2. Feb 2, 2019
    10
    EL JUEGO MAS HERMOSO DE LA HISTORIA QUIEN NO PIENSE ASÍ TENEMOS UN SERIO PROBLEMA el gameplay presenta su mayor evolución y la historia estaEL JUEGO MAS HERMOSO DE LA HISTORIA QUIEN NO PIENSE ASÍ TENEMOS UN SERIO PROBLEMA el gameplay presenta su mayor evolución y la historia esta bien narrada así que 10/10 recomendado Expand
  3. Jan 29, 2019
    10
    It may have taken a long time for this game to come, but it was totally worth the wait. I features all the things that made the franchiseIt may have taken a long time for this game to come, but it was totally worth the wait. I features all the things that made the franchise great in the first place, and has better combat, more worlds to explore, and much more content. Definitely a must play. Expand
  4. Aug 7, 2020
    9
    Was it worth the wait? Absolutely. Is it the best one in the series? I wouldn't say that. Nut it is the best looking out of them all. It'sWas it worth the wait? Absolutely. Is it the best one in the series? I wouldn't say that. Nut it is the best looking out of them all. It's great to see brand new worlds to explore and new combat mechanics to this fun adventure. Though it kinda left me questioning the ending. There is still lots to love about this one. Expand
  5. Feb 1, 2019
    7
    I finished this very awaited title this morning. I really appreciated the experience, and it's also huge nostalgia for me. I remember being 14I finished this very awaited title this morning. I really appreciated the experience, and it's also huge nostalgia for me. I remember being 14 years old when i got Kingdom Hearts 2 for christmas, and the gameplay and content was gold. Even though i really liked Kingdom Hearts 3 it feels like it was a bit rushed... and also lacked content in relation to retail price. I managed to finish the main storyline in 26 hours and i am no pro gamer. I wil try to break the game down, with all its pros and cons.
    13 long years since the release of Kingdom Hearts 2 and i think we all have been very eager to get our hands on Kingdom hearts 3. The story feels well written even though a lot of things are very hard to explain, the relation between heartless, nobodies, the organisation and of course kingdom hearts. The story is very linear, and there are some extra content wich will keep you entertained besides the main story. But as i mentioned earlier i do lack content and elements from kingdom hearts 2, for exampel the wide range of equipment and the ability to craft objects. One other thing is that it felt like they had some problems with music rights. The pirates of the Caribbean arch does not have its original score and i think that there is one other world as well. I do also miss some characters that have been totally excluded, no final fantasy characters at all. Well it can not be easy for the developpers to meet the expectations, but again 13 years, so i definitely feel like they could have made improvements. The controls feels very sharp even though during some fights the camera angle really went bananas. But if you have played any other title in the series it will feel very natural. I do like the fact that they have included game mechanics from other titles such as kingdom hearts birth by sleep. The dialog is okay but nothing extraordinary, but it does feel like a rushed job at some points. It was a really bold move of the developpers to switch to unreal engine... which could be one of the reason to why it feels rushed and the lack of content. But visually the game looks really nice, the light and textures gives you a very nice visual.

    Pros:
    Nice visuals
    Sharp control
    Good game mechanics
    User friendly

    Cons:
    Lack of content
    Linear story
    Removed elements from earlier titles
    Short overall gameplay

    Well to summarize everything... Kingdom hearts 3 is a very easy game to set up and to play, there are lots of turtorials and the game is very forgiving. The story feels well written but everything feels a bit rushed and short. Since i am a huge fan of the franchise i felt it was worth the money, but honestly i don't think that it's worth 60 dollars for the approximately 30 hours of main story...
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  6. Dec 7, 2019
    6
    Kingdom Hearts 3 looks amazing. The presentation is top tier, I can't think of many better looking games. The visuals almost match up to aKingdom Hearts 3 looks amazing. The presentation is top tier, I can't think of many better looking games. The visuals almost match up to a Disney movie. The sound design is also great, with a memorable sound track and quality voice acting. So why did I give it a 6? In-spite of its high quality production values, I found it to be a shallow and convoluted experience with boring combat that was often a chore to play through. I would describe it as an amusement park ride that goes on way too long. At first it is thrilling, there are so many amazing things to see but eventually it all just becomes a meaningless blur. The story is such a convoluted mess that I really didn't connect to any of the characters. The combat didn't seem to require much skill or experience. I mashed my way through most of the scenarios. Its not a terrible game, but it certainly could have been better.

    Gameplay - 6/10: The combat looks great and there are some very cool abilities but it seems like more of spectacle than an immersive experience. Most of the battles can be won by button mashing and a lot of the time I felt like I was playing the game on autopilot. Outside of combat there isn't much to do. I didn't enjoy the gummy ship sections at all. Some of the boss battles were really cool but compared to other games in the series, I found they required less strategy.

    Story - 3/10: I give the game some credit for attempting to give some explanation to all the madness but it was all so convoluted that I had trouble caring about anything that was happening. For the most part, the events in each of the Disney worlds has very little impact on the overarching story. I never felt like my actions were meaningful because most of the events came across as random. The ending seemed like a tidal wave of information that even the most hardcore fans would have trouble making sense of. While it does offer a bit of closure there are still some major loose ends that seemed to be tacked on for the sake of DLC.

    Visual Design - 9/10: This is one of the best looking games this generation. The visuals very accurately capture the look of the Disney worlds while also being distinctly Kingdom Hearts. It is very difficult to blend so many different worlds together and make it all look cohesive but the game does a great job. The FX and animations are also phenomenal. The only problem I had with the visuals were in the gummy ship sections, that part of the game looked significantly worse than the rest.

    Sound Design - 8/10: The soundtrack and voice acting are great. There are some really good new songs and also old ones that help capture the feel of the older games and Disney worlds. One weakness I found was that sometimes the soundtrack didn't fit the events that were going on. The battle music got a bit annoying and repetitive.

    World Design - 6/10: The worlds were a very mixed bag. They almost all looked great but the game play within them was mostly generic. Each world has a gimic or two that makes it fun at first but after a couple of hours I found I was bored by each one. Each world looks very different but the events within those worlds are not equally as interesting. A lot of the worlds looked really big but you are restricted to exploring small areas and straight forward paths.

    Characters - 5/10: There are a ton characters, and while they are all expressive and designed in an appealing style I didn't care about any of them. There are so many characters that all of the conversations are brief and void of substance. I never got to know any of the characters on a deeper level. The Disney characters seemed like one dimensional caricatures without any of the complexity that made them appealing in the movies. The original characters just seem to embody emotional superlatives. Sora has a lot of dialogue but it all seems shallow. Riku is just a dark broody version without anything new to contribute. Kairi once again does next to nothing. Nothing any character says comes across as novel or engaging. The game favors quantity over quality.
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  7. May 27, 2022
    0
    Devil May Cry is better....................................................

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