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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
  • Cheats: On GameFAQs
  • Rating: E10+
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 77
  2. Negative: 1 out of 77
  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 is exactly the sequel it should be. Despite the absurdly long production time, it manages to hit all the right notes and feel like a satisfying and enjoyable conclusion to Square Enix's most confusing story. It's charming, it's funny, it's emotional, and it's a boatload of fun to play. It has its flaws, including a low difficulty level and a borderline incoherent story, but they're not enough to detract from the enjoyment of Sora's big adventure with Donald and Goofy.
  3. Feb 19, 2019
    90
    Each of the Disney worlds completely captures the magic of the movies, plucking the heartstrings and embracing the nostalgia. This is exactly what fans of the series wanted and, best of all, somehow, someway, all the crazy plot threads are dragged together, kicking and screaming, into an utterly satisfying conclusion. The prospect of Kingdom Hearts III being the end of the road is a sad one. Sora's tale may be over, but there are so many other Disney worlds left to explore. The world needs a Moana level with Mau'i helping to take on a huge Tamatoa boss. Wreck it Ralph deserved its own levels, as did The Incredibles, and so many more. Here's hoping, one day, Kingdom Hearts will return.
  4. Jan 24, 2019
    87
    I thoroughly enjoyed Square Enix’s evolution of Kingdom Hearts’ gameplay and fidelity to Disney’s beloved animated movies. While the storytelling could use some punching up, Square has done a fantastic job of capturing the spirit of these worlds while giving us a massive toolbox for battles and exploration. Even as I watched the dust settle on the story I wanted to jump right back in to collect everything. But to see all of the events of the Kingdom Hearts games so far culminate is, frankly, weird. Having been given so much time to ruminate, its specific resolutions aren’t all that surprising, but only a marginal impact is lost as a result. I still loved seeing so many characters from throughout this series interact in new ways and rekindle old bonds. It’s nice to see that, even so long after the very first game, Kingdom Hearts 3 is so full of heart.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Feb 12, 2019
    80
    It looks spectacular and captures the magic of Disney across its many varied worlds. Despite some grindy moments, and an Uncanny Johnny Depp, that charm can’t fail to raise a broad smile. [Issue#159, p.80]
  6. Feb 4, 2019
    80
    Kingdom Hearts III had a lot to say, a lot to show. It is an incredible journey across many Disney worlds, set up on various gameplay mechanics. But fighting is quickly redundant and its writing loses itself into lazy dialogues.
  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: 37 out of 300
  1. Jan 29, 2019
    10
    This game is a huge fan service to longtime KH fans. From inside story quips to songs, it keeps giving!
  2. Feb 13, 2019
    10
    Awesome game with fun gameplay, great graphics and music, pretty-looking worlds and likeable characters.
  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. Feb 11, 2019
    9
    The end of the Dark Seeker Saga.
    Pros:
    -fun combat -amazing ost -smart writing -aesthetically beautiful -amazing gummi ship exploration
    The end of the Dark Seeker Saga.
    Pros:
    -fun combat
    -amazing ost
    -smart writing
    -aesthetically beautiful
    -amazing gummi ship exploration
    -keyblade transformations are awesome
    -equip 3 keyblades at once

    Cons:
    -too easy even on proud mode, turning off experience is a cop out in my opinion
    -i don't like attraction flow attacks
    -still some questions left unanswered
    -combo customization is quite limited
    -this might be a good spot to find some ingredients

    Overall I really enjoyed the game and although the ending leaves you asking more questions, i think that is how games are meant to be if a sequel is coming. If you like Kingdom Hearts then buy the game, if you aren't a fan of the direction it is going in then end it here.

    I think the game stands on it's own 2 feet pretty well despite the difficulty being very easy. I am hoping that critical mode gets introduced and it is reminiscent of KH2's Critical mode where I can start off with a bunch of lucky strike abilities.

    The world's are huge and deserve to be explored thoroughly or, at least what you would perceive to be thoroughly only to find you are missing a chest or a secret emblem.

    Phil would drive us nuts in KH2. Prepare for Donald to absolutely top that.

    I do think a few things could be improved upon as with any game but this game is a very solid entry and I really liked it. Oh it also has a very achievable Platinum trophy. 1 play through only.
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  5. Feb 4, 2019
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The long-awaited Kingdom Hearts 3 has finally been released. And in my opinion, it has once again been released with an astonishing key blade swinging combat system, Truly beautiful and enticing Storyline. And an amazing view of what the best of Unreal Engine 4 has to offer for action role playing games for years to come. But while this game in my opinion truly being I believe to be one of the best action role playing games to have ever been released in the 21st century. It can not be excused from its flaws. Which it does have. Without further a do allow me to embark on my In depth review of Kingdom Hearts 3 although I am confident that I can type for days about this game I am going to break down this review into 5 simple categories 1. Gameplay 2. Graphics 3. Storyline 4. Emotional impact 5. Execution of emotional Impact. The gameplay in Kingdom Hearts 3 is truly phenomenal instead of your standard keyblade swinging infused with a casual magic move, block and dodge for the combat system like we have seen in previous kingdom hearts games. Kingdom Hearts 3 takes it to a completely different level by adding everything we love from the previous game while also giving new and amazing features like keyblade transformations, shot lock, flow motion dashes to close in on enemies never be foreseen extensions to combos and to top it all off we get to see all of this in an amazing the best unreal engine 4 has to offer experience which leads me to the graphics section of this review. Graphicly this game is truly breath taking and although graphics alone certainly does not define an amazing video game it certainly does wonders to immerse the gamer deeper into the experience and the world of a game it allows the video game to come to life while also making the gamer feel like he or she is not only a playing this game but truly inside of it. Whether it’s the chain of Sora’s Kingdom Key keyblade swaying back and forth, the lining on the seams of Riku’s clothing, or the beautiful and sometimes sentimental sunset of Twilight Town this game graphicly is breathtaking. The storyline of Kingdom Hearts 3 bring the finale of the Xehanort saga to an astonishing conclusion exploring Sora’s powers and the Nobody’s he has within him while also tying once again the malevolent intentions of Organization 13, Xehanort and a plot to truly slay the guardians of light once and for all and bring to life his dream of Kingdom Hearts and darkness conquering all is truly interesting and will keep your eyes glued to the screen. However, there are certain aspects of the world’s inside of Kingdom Hearts that could have done a better job with interacting with the characters inside of them. This does not apply to all of them. For example Monsters Inc. has plenty of interaction with the characters of that world same with Toy Story and Tangled but I feel like the world of Frozen specifically had very little to no interaction with Elsa besides seeing her in cutscenes we were not able to battle alongside her and although I do see how this was important to how they portrayed that story when Sora, Donald and goofy got there I do believe it is essential to at least fight alongside the main characters of that world in a couple fights it was modestly disheartening to not fight alongside her most of the time is spent saving her from her own powers instead of eventually having her learn how to use them and together taking down a final boss but it was not done that way. Besides this and other inconsistencies like lack of important worlds lion king, Incredibles, Final Fantasy or even Sora’s maturity as a character the storyline is the best we have seen in the series. Now for the emotional impact some of you might be wondering why this is important. In my opinion this is extremely crucial to any video game but even more so to a storyline like the kingdom hearts series. Emotional impact is not only the emotions the characters of a video game express but how real and impactful those emotions feel to the gamer this leads me to the execution of emotional impact. It is normal to feel a certain emotion arise inside of you when your favorite character of a movie or anime dies. The same applies to video games they create this impactfulness by voice acting, storyline and the movement of the characters. While the movement and storyline in my opinion being astoundingly impressive I feel like the voice acting of kingdom hearts 3 for the English dub in crucial moments lacked greatly what the Japanese dub had to offer this deeply affected the emotional impact of the game so much so that it questioned whether or not Sora truly was sad of full of rage in certain scenes. In comparison to the Japanese dub where the voice actor displayed a truly beautiful harmony between rage, disbelief with small hints of profound sadness in a scene where Sora had lost everything. In conclusion despite this do not think twice about getting this game it will be worth every penny. Expand
  6. Feb 22, 2019
    7
    Its been a long time coming, but its finally here for the mega-hype for KH3. But do you think it lived up to the hype? Because, in my opinion,Its been a long time coming, but its finally here for the mega-hype for KH3. But do you think it lived up to the hype? Because, in my opinion, the hype surrounding the game, was much bigger and better than the actual game that we got. Now don't get me wrong I don't think the game is terrible, in fact, its still a good game but is it that exciting I mean the gameplay is excellent as in previous KH game, the worlds are fascinating at, and the story is alright. But the story is where the real problem is; it feels very rushed with the story for the first few hours, side mission in the middle, and going back to the story for the final hours of the game. The proud mode which is supposed to be the hardest mode in the game, but instead it's too easy. The game was letdown man; the game feels it was rushed out the door so that was we can get our hands on the game already. The game is also way too easy, and I understand it, its a Disney game with FF mixed in, but we're all adults here and ever since we played the first ever KH game, we expect the game to be a challenging man. And there are like six worlds instead of like ten world from the previous KH game, but they're going to be DLC in the future, so I'm expecting other worlds to explore. It's still a good game, and if you loved the game that's fine, but I think this game could have been a lot better. 7/10 Expand
  7. Feb 19, 2019
    0
    Pra mim é um game de emo com um personagem ridículo e uma história rasa e sem graça, não gostava dos antigos e não gostei desse ultimo, passoPra mim é um game de emo com um personagem ridículo e uma história rasa e sem graça, não gostava dos antigos e não gostei desse ultimo, passo longe dessa comédia em forma em game Expand

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