Kingdom Hearts 3
Kingdom Hearts 3 is a Disney action role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. It is the ninth installment in the Kingdom Hearts series.
It serves as the final chapter of the "Dark Seeker" saga, with Nomura revealing that the plot of the game will pick up "immediately after the events of 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-." He also added that the plot will examine the seven lights and thirteen darknesses coming together for the final battle, but that everyone that is expected to fulfill these roles may not.
With a great battle involving a clash with Seven Lights and Thirteen Darknesses closing in, and after almost becoming Xehanort's vessel and losing most of his powers in the process, Sora sets out on another journey with Donald and Goofy to regain most of his strength and improve the power of waking while trying to seek any of the Seven Guardians of Light, while Riku and Mickey try to find the three missing Keyblade wielders Terra, Aqua, and Ventus, and Kairi and Lea train under Merlin to prepare for the final battle against Master Xehanort and his Real Organization XIII.
Why It Rocks
- Its story is very well written. As it tells the conclusion of the "Dark Seeker" saga in a very heartwarming and tear-jerking style with very memorable moments.
- Awesome gameplay that involves returns of old abilities like Shotlock and Flowmotion, and introduces new abilities that involves combing the abilities to create even stronger abilities.
- Incredible graphics that is a major improvement over the previous games' graphics, and it is very well shown with how the Disney worlds like Toy Box and San Fransokyo are designed.
- It introduces new abilities like Attraction Flow, Keyblade transformations, and Linking.
- Very good comedy especially considering the games self referential humor with Axel's popularity with fans and the long development cycle.
- You don't just play as Sora but also as Riku and Aqua at certain points.
- It has awesome music with new ones by Hikaru Utada like "Face My Fears" (with Skrillex), and "Don't Think Twice." The Frozen world even features "Let It Go".
- It features the return of Kingdom Hearts protagonists like Roxas, Xion, Terra, Aqua, Ventus, Namine, Chirithy, and Master Eraqus.
- Many of the Disney characters have their voice actors reprise their roles, like James Woods as Hades, Wallace Shawn and John Ratzenberger as Rex and Hamm, Zachary Levi as Flynn Rider, Josh Gad as Olaf, Kevin McNally as Joshamee Gibbs, and T.J. Miller as Fred.
- The characters that didn't have their roles reprised are voiced by some very spot-on substitute voice actors like Jim Hanks (Tom Hanks brother) and Mike MacRae as Woody and Buzz, and Carlos Alazraqui and Christopher Swindle as Mike and Sulley.
- The gummi ship parts are even better than before it was done by the Einhandler team and it feels more open ended and there is alot more to do during these parts.
- Awesome voice acting from all the characters. Especially from Haley Joel Osment as Sora for his improved vocal range, and splendid amount of emotion he puts into his performance.
- It features the return of Kingdom Hearts antagonists like Ansem, Xemnas, Young Xehanort, Marluxia, Larxene, Vanitas, Luxord, Demyx, and Vexen.
- Awesome Disney movies were chosen as worlds like Toy Story, Frozen, Monsters, Inc., and Big Hero 6.
- Some of the worlds have their new original plot, some are retelling of the movie's plot, and they all tie-in with the game's main plot.
- Compared to the worlds from Birth By Sleep and Dream Drop Distance, the worlds are a lot bigger and filled with excitement, and they all have different features like controlling a robot, and pirate ship battles. Overall, the worlds feel much livelier than in the previous games, which only had a few characters the player could interact with, none of whom was relevant to the main story.
- In ReMind Kairi is now finally a playable character and has now finally made the effort to save her friends after years of being a damsel in distress. Fan favorite characters including Riku, Aqua and Roxas are also playable.
- The ReMind DLC adds several innovations, like the ability to fight enhanced versions of the members of Organization XIII, the Oathkeeper and Oblivion Keyblades, a new story, multiple playable characters, the return of Squall, Aerith, Cid and Yuffie, the ability to explore Scala ad Caelum, which becomes the final world, and a new secret boss.
- Both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, through backwards compatibility, are able to maintain a solid 60fps, even in in higher resolutions, thanks to their superior hardware which is a substantial improvement over their predecessors, The PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, which struggles to maintain a smooth framerate on their respective hardware.
- Despite his many evil moments and unforgivable pain he put all of the protagonists through, the game actually tries to make you sympathize Xehanort at the end.
- There isn't a button to bring up a map screen, unlike in Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance.
- Kairi once again plays as the damsel in distress.
- Rutger Hauer is a huge miscast as Master Xehanort, as his performance as Master Xehanort fails to capture the intimidation that Leonard Nimoy had, and he barely puts much energy into his performance. But Christopher Lloyd sounds much better in ReMind.
- "Come, Kingdom Hearts!"
- Despite being featured in the story, Naminè only shows up in the ending after the final battle.
- Willa Holland still sounds bland as Aqua in most scenes.
- The attraction flow is really overpowered. The 10,000 heartless battle wasn't as engaging as the 1000 heartless battle in Kingdom Hearts 2. Thankfully in Critical Mode you can disable this option.
- Lack of Final Fantasy characters save for the Moogles. Even the Final Fantasy creator himself suggested that it should have had a Final Fantasy themed story in comparison to the Disney one. The ReMind DLC that was released after the game's release would rectify this issue by adding Cid, Aerith, Yuffie and Squall.
- The 100 Acre Woods and Frozen worlds were very weak. In the latter...You literally spend five minutes in the Frozen world looking for Olaf's body parts, and in the former you play the same minigame over and over again in the 100 Acre Woods world.
- Twilight Town is nowhere near how it was in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days and Kingdom Hearts II. It's instead much smaller, with only a few areas from the older games.
- Just like in the Dream Drop Distance, Maleficent and Pete have no purpose to the story and they're not even a threat in the game! They spend the majority of their screen time looking for a mysterious black box instead of getting in the way of the main characters (or in special rare cases, helping out).
- Olaf's Japanese voice actor Pierre Taki was taken off from this game due to his arrest for cocaine.
- The World Ends With You and Final Fantasy Versus 13 are heavily referenced in Verum Rex and and a soundtrack that sounds similar to Somnus briefly plays during the hidden ending.
- The swachterzgeitz from Einhandler makes an appearance as a hidden boss.