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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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  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: 47 out of 58
  2. Negative: 6 out of 58
  1. Jul 26, 2020
    10
    I give it 10 as in my opinion it have the best game play mechanic and i enjoyed the new characters in this game.
  2. Nov 18, 2011
    10
    Squareenix creates another instant classic with Kingdom hearts Birth By Sleep. Fans will now know more of the origin of the series' storylineSquareenix creates another instant classic with Kingdom hearts Birth By Sleep. Fans will now know more of the origin of the series' storyline in this game. The game features 3 playable characters any of which storyline can be played at any time. In the end it leads to one ultimate storyline and conclusion. Players will be sent through different worlds far different from any Kingdom Hearts game, the storyline is a bit more darker, along with that, many fans who like Star Wars might love this game as the storyline has the same direction. Considering the fact its a prequel, one can say this game is the best game to start the series with, but it doesnt matter as it answers questions for those who played the previous games and creates questions which will be answered if they play the sequels. Regardless, possibly the best game in the series to be released since Kingdom Hearts 2. Expand
  3. 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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  4. Jan 1, 2021
    9
    A must get, if you like action-adventure games. If you're a KH fan, then no questions asked! Amazing gameplay and story!

    This game is a
    A must get, if you like action-adventure games. If you're a KH fan, then no questions asked! Amazing gameplay and story!

    This game is a prequel to Kingdom Hearts 1. It talks about three keyblade wielders (Terra, Aqua, and Ventus) that fight the darkness. You go through the story once with each character, while each character encounters different events. It is important that you unlock or find some other way to watch the secret ending and final episode because it explains A LOT of the story and how it will carry on to KH1 and it also gives closure to Birth by sleep.

    Throughout KH1 and KH2, I think that Square has been improving the battling system. In birth by sleep, there is no MP cost for magic commands. Instead every command requires time to recharge after one use. There are crystals you can utilize that can help lessen the reload time on commands.

    There are attack commands and magic commands. Some of which will affect the status of the enemies, such as sleep, poison, confusion, slow, and stop. Against certain enemies, using the right one can put you at the upper hand.

    There is a command melding function, which allows you to combine two different types of attack command or magic command, from then which creates a stronger or unique command. Melding the same kind of magic will often lead to a stronger version of the same one such as cure + cura = curaga. The best part is that everytime you meld commands you may add a crystal. Crystals are items that give you character special abilities. They include, more exp, more munny, faster command reload times, HP boost, combo plus, magic damage boost, attack damage boost, etc. The more of the same ability you aquire everytime you meld commands, the more powerful the ability becomes. HP boost is definitely very useful for boss battles, and tough enemy encounters because some of them have very powerful combos, which can 1-hit-KO you if you do not have high HP.

    One of the more satisfying aspects of the battling system is the ability to unleash a special attack. There is a meter that increase everytime you hit an enemy. When that meter is filled, your character will go into a certain type of berserk mode where he/she gets an element implemented on her attacks and combos based on which magic/attack command you have used to attack the enemy. However, if you filled the meter using just a normal attack(sword swings), then you just get a normal finish command which is a powerful swing of the sword usually lasting one or two hits.

    There is one down side to the battle system. Not enough shortcuts to commands. By default the game requires you to scroll through your commands to execute them. The game does help you, by letting you put the most wanted command to a hot key. However, later in the game when you acquire more space to input commands, I think at least 2 shortcuts are needed. For aqua's story I had equiped two curagas for the boss, but when I use one curaga, and I'm waiting for it to reload, I have to run away and scroll through my list of commands to find the other curaga. If there was a second shortcut then I wouldn't have to risk being attacked.

    The graphics for this game is very nice for a psp game. The different worlds have a variety of settings, which doesn't make the scenery repetative.

    There is a decent amount of replay value in this game. You have an arena which you can face off with your friends. In combat or in mini games, such as racing. There are also plenty of things to go back and collect if you haven't done so. Such as the Xehanort reports which enables you to unlock the final episode.

    Thank you for reading. If you enjoyed my review please add me and track me. I will write more.
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  5. Sep 13, 2010
    8
    Kingdom Hearts BBS is an amazing game, and shows just what a psp is capable of, however, i do not understand how people claim it to be theKingdom Hearts BBS is an amazing game, and shows just what a psp is capable of, however, i do not understand how people claim it to be the "best in the series."
    While it has a great storyline, and an amazingly easy to use but fun battle system, the small number of worlds and loss of many of the best KH characters causes BBS falls short of the PS2 Kingdom Hearts installments. A definite must have but definitely not the best in the series.
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  6. Feb 18, 2019
    8
    "Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep" was a game in the "Kingdom Hearts" series that I was very much looking forward to playing. Yes, I knew that"Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep" was a game in the "Kingdom Hearts" series that I was very much looking forward to playing. Yes, I knew that the game would not be quite as good as "Kingdom Hearts II," the last game I'd played in the series, and one of my favorite video games, but I'd heard a number of people say that, of all the "Kingdom Hearts" games that are not numerical, "Birth by Sleep" is high up there as one of the best in the series (and as evidence by the fact that it even received a "Final Mix" version, it seems pretty popular). And, yeah, I can agree with that!
    "Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep" is yet another beefy adventure in the "Kingdom Hearts" series that feels and plays extremely smoothly: the combat is enticing and fun, it adds some nice features and subtle changes to what's been established in the first two entries, and doesn't feel like "change for the sake of change" like we saw with the card-based mechanics in "Chain of Memories." The new characters introduced in the game, Ventus, Terra and Aqua, are all charming in their own ways, and they do bring different things to the table from a gameplay standpoint. The story is very detailed, in how it tackles three different perspectives at once, and aesthetically, the game is stellar; the visuals are gorgeous especially when being played on the PlayStation 4 where the HD facelift really brings out the colorful environments, and the music is as stellar as you expect out of the "Kingdom Hearts" series.
    Now, unfortunately, I did have some gripes with this particular game: chief among them, repetition. Even though the game allows you to play as three different characters, at the very end of the day, these characters do all travel to the same exacts worlds, which all have mostly the same designs, objective points, and structures to them, so you are essentially playing the same game two more times than you need to, and the character differences don't take away from the general repetition. If you play in the game's recommended order of characters (Terra, Ventus, Aqua), by the time you get to Aqua the game will already start feeling rather stale, and admittedly, I find that Aqua is the least fun character to play of the three, so by the time you get to that last story, don't be shocked if you find yourself hoping for the game to end quicker.
    Still, for all that it does right, "Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep" is an enticing prequel to the series that certainly does better than you'd expect for a non-numbered entry in the "Kingdom Hearts" series. Even if you're a newcomer to the series, don't be afraid to give this game a whirl. And if you're a "Kingdom Hearts" fan that hasn't experienced this yet, it's certainly well worth your time.
    Final rating: 8 out of 10 "Great"
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  7. Jan 8, 2019
    0
    Oscuridad en el interior del castillo de Vlotho (Alemania).
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    Aunque la oscuridad
    Oscuridad en el interior del castillo de Vlotho (Alemania).
    La oscuridad u obscuridad1​ es la ausencia de luz visible.

    Aunque la oscuridad como ausencia total de luz percibida o visible para los seres humanos es relativamente fácil de alcanzar, la oscuridad pura o total desde un punto de vista científico, no existe, porque la definición científica de luz incluye no solo la luz del espectro visible, sino todo el espectro electromagnético, y una cierta cantidad de radiación existe en cada lugar del universo, aunque sea imperceptible al ojo humano. Así pues, la oscuridad total es solo teóricamente posible en condiciones de cero absoluto, o en las proximidades de un agujero negro.

    La respuesta emocional a la ausencia de luz ha inspirado diversas metáforas en literatura, en simbolismo y en las artes.

    Anteriormente en la historia, fue vista en ocasiones como sustancia por derecho propio, y aparece en esta forma en un poco de literatura de fantasía. Otro nombre para la oscuridad en este contexto es sombra.
    Caith paga Los bacalaos , Primer aviso
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