Kingdom Hearts fans rejoice as the latest entry of the series is almost upon us! The latest entry in the series seems promising, with a deep story finally coming to an end, and the revamp to the combat system which really propels the game into a league of its own.
This game has been in development for so long, that it’s pretty surreal to see it finally coming out. There’s only a handful of games that have this sort of feel before release, and Kingdom Hearts 3 falls in that league. I have yet to play the game, but I am as eager as you are to get my hands on it.
If you like to torture yourself, as I do, make sure to check out some review highlights for the game from renowned gaming publications down below:
While not perfect, Kingdom Hearts III is the game I’ve been waiting for. After finishing it, I was delighted by how satisfied I was with the journey. I traversed worlds with some of my favorite Disney characters, persevered through challenging boss battles, and saw a triumphant finale that only makes me more excited for the future. The series still has a lot of heart, and that’s what makes it so endearing.
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.
In 2002, as Sora, I left Destiny Islands to travel across the universe and make new friends. In 2019 I brought old ones home, and I had so much fun doing it.
For all the new in Kingdom Hearts 3, there is plenty of the old too. The action combat is more satisfying than it’s ever been, even if it’s a tad easy to skate through the main storyline. For longtime fans of the series, all those emotional payoffs that have been building for 17 years await. For newcomers, buckle up: because you’re in for a wild ride of bonkers Disney interactions and some exciting boss battles.
The Disney side is still the best side of Kingdom Hearts, and Kingdom Hearts III nails that part. But even it’s story, as ridiculous as it is, gives fans emotional moments and satisfaction.
Kingdom Hearts 3 is set to release next week for the PS4 and Xbox One on January 29th. Are you excited for the series finale? Let us know in the comments below!