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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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  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Genre(s): Action RPG, Action Adventure, Fantasy, Role-Playing, Action RPG
  • # of players: No Online Multiplayer
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  • Rating: E10+
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Score distribution:
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 85 out of 554
  1. Mar 11, 2019
    10
    Honestly can't express how amazing this game is. I've been a longtime fan, having played Kingdom Hearts as a teenager so the throwback elementHonestly can't express how amazing this game is. I've been a longtime fan, having played Kingdom Hearts as a teenager so the throwback element is cathartic for me. That aside, the gameplay, characters, stories and graphics are, one word, phenomenal. I can't remember the last time I played a game for 7+ hours in one sitting or the last time I felt a genuine excitement for playing a game OR the last time a game made me think "this, this is why I love gaming". If you're having doubts about purchasing Kingdom Hearts 3, go for it, you won't be disappointed (old fans or newbies alike). Expand
  2. Jan 31, 2019
    10
    This game is phenomenal. I can't recall a time I've played 15 hours straight without realising how much time has passed.
  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. Jan 31, 2019
    9
    Most of the fans were aware of these bad reviews. Either from it being leaked and spoiling it for everyone before the game releases so theyMost of the fans were aware of these bad reviews. Either from it being leaked and spoiling it for everyone before the game releases so they give it bad reviews for knowing everything that happens or from share lack of knowledge because they didn't invest time into the other games.

    They clearly said that to understand what is going on in the story you will need knowledge from the majority of other games released for the title. If you have not played the other titles then in my opinion you have no right to review this game. playing this game without knowing the backstories and reviewing it is the equivalent of someone trying to understand a series after only watching its 6th season. This story feels like its mainly around the Back Cover movie that comes with the 2.8 remix id say, just watching that will give you enough to go on, but for the fans who have played the other games they will understand references alot better and have a better understanding.

    now with that all covered. The graphics are stunning and beautiful, i honestly couldnt believe how beautiful it looks, it reminded me much of 0.2 in terms of graphic and fighting style system. I feel like the combat system is much better than it was in the demo, people often complained about the combat being "floaty" while in the air. It has been fixed from what i have experienced and skipping "Attractions" is now also a option. Attractions in the game can be activated by simply fighting with enemies, you may have multiple attractions or actions you can activate and you can cycle through them as well just incase you wanted to keep one for a specific occasion ( but they do have timers until they dissapear so use them before it runs out ) i think SE had the mindset of making this game feel very fun than anything else and they definatley nailed that aspect with this game being so visually stunning and making you smile from its animations and flashy moves. They really tried making sora feel very strong but at the same time hit the child inside of us all in making us feel very happy from seeing all the disney and pixar worlds.

    In terms of the keyblades i think this is depending on your playstyle. I personally only had 2 that fit the playstyle that i prefered. The Everafter blade you get early on and i basically used that for over 95 percent of my playthrough. although you can now wield 3 keyblades at one time, them all being useful is a different story, but once again that is just my playstyle and is different per person.

    The gummi ship is really fun adding now a exploring aspect of it where you can not just create and build your ship like in previous games but can now explore using it which was a bit weird at first but it did slowly grow on me.

    i didnt give this game a 10 even tho i deeply think it may deserve it. Its worlds are amazing and 1 in particular being so huge in comparison to the others which i called Assassins Creed Black Caribbean. its just a shame alot of the other worlds didnt hit the amazement you would have hoped. Dont get me wrong there is amazing and stunning worlds filled with amazing things to do, but some were a little underwhelming and could have used some more love. Its unfortunate that most of the trailers and leaks showed off all the worlds and kinda left you knowing what to expect and that hurt it in the reviews as you would expect.

    If you're a kingdom hearts fan this is a must by in my opinion. If you're not and have not played or not know much about the story then you will be confused and underwhelmed. If you would like to have a good idea what is going on i could suggest playing 2.8 remix 1 and 2 as well. But if you're short on time id suggest just watch Back Cover which comes with 2.8.

    People who have given this bad reviews don't deserve to review this game as they have no clue about the story. And therefore cannot review it, It was made for the fans and for the people who know what is going on in the series, if you don't know what is going on your review doesn't hold much value.
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  5. Jul 8, 2020
    8
    Great game but needs work once I’ve gotten into the KH series and bought a PS4 just to play it the Kingdom of Corona and Arandelle felt like aGreat game but needs work once I’ve gotten into the KH series and bought a PS4 just to play it the Kingdom of Corona and Arandelle felt like a movie world and Twilight Town didn’t felt like a world at all mostly and 100 acres felt it didn’t exist the gameplay is fun, the music is great, the graphics are awesome, story needs work

    Pros:
    Great Gameplay
    Cool Keyblade Transformation
    Fabulous music
    Good Graphics

    Cons:
    Game too short
    Story was meh
    Worlds are kinda short
    The Bosses in some worlds needs to be better

    The conclusion here is it’s a great game not the best or terrible game and not the conclusion we all hoped for
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  6. Jan 30, 2019
    6
    Me parece que la gente se guía demasiado por recuerdos en este juego... Como alguien que no ha jugado a los otros dos me parece un juegoMe parece que la gente se guía demasiado por recuerdos en este juego... Como alguien que no ha jugado a los otros dos me parece un juego blando, sin historia y un gameplay de lo más genérico. Te tiran enmedio del juego sin contarte nada, asumiendo que conoces toda la historia, los personajes son... como decirlo... prepotentes? engreídos? De momento el único personaje que me ha gustado es Hades y es el malo... Los gráficos buenísimos, la música impresionante, pero gameplay, historia y entretenimiento mínimo. Expand
  7. Jul 4, 2020
    0
    *An absolute mess of pacing, story-telling, writing, character-development and every other skill required to communicate an idea.* Few worlds*An absolute mess of pacing, story-telling, writing, character-development and every other skill required to communicate an idea.* Few worlds stand out as charming (Toy Story and Big Hero 6) and when the game forgets to talk to you about hearts/light/darkness/vague metaphor device 4 and just lets you run around and hit things then there is fun to be had.* While the Pirates of the Caribbean is an unwanted revisit when it allows you to explore islands with Goofy and Donald I found myself wishing that was more of the game. Worlds are all visited and left in one sitting with no narrative reason apart from "Sora you are weak get stronger" (that's the plot btw).*

    *Sora controls very awkwardly, the first thing I noticed when playing the game was Sora can even run in a circle with stuttering and skiing all over the place.* Gummi ship has been expanded into an ugly semi-open world map.* There is a lack of content and most of your playtime will be filled with endless upon endless cutscenes.* Most of which are boring. I skipped the second half of all of the Frozen cutscenes because it was just a retelling of the movie with no bearing on the rest of the game.* When it's fun, it's quite fun. But when it's not, which it very often isn't - it's awful.*
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