Kingdom Hearts III
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The lineup of locations are the strongest in the series and I adored the depiction of the Disney worlds as vast playgrounds where you can explore, battle and take selfies to your heart's content. Kingdom Hearts III exhibits quality from every expensive edge, with a presentation that matches Disney’s animated output and a phenomenal score by Square-Enix’s composers.
This is a game that wants to delight you. It is unapologetically hopeful, like nothing I’ve ever played, offering a seemingly endless font of positivity that is difficult to ignore. Alas, it is still very much a Kingdom Hearts game, and the staunchly unwavering architecture of it is felt in every U.I element and cutscene.
It’s a little hard for me to answer the question ‘does it live up the hype?’ as I wasn’t really hyped up for the game until just before Christmas, so I haven’t had 14 years of waiting to compare it to. That said, it’s a very polished game that is incredibly fun to play, and a game that has no loot crates or microtransactions (at the time of writing this review). A very big plus in my book (as I’m sure anyone that’s read my previous reviews of certain games will know). There is almost nothing bad that I can say about Kingdom Hearts 3. In today’s gaming world, I think that is rare and a testament to the effort put into it by the Square Enix guys. Anyone looking for a family-friendly adventure game to enjoy really needs to check this one out (and play the previous releases as well).
Kingdom Hearts 3 can be repetitive and slow in its gameplay, but it makes up for this shortcoming with astounding visuals, tons of ways to play, and a heartfelt story.
Ultimately, Kingdom Hearts III suffers from too many elements that backfire against its own earnest and most sincere intentions. As I slogged towards its climactic finale, I couldn't help but question if the series' magic was ever really there.
It's been a very long wait for Square Enix "Kingdom Hearts 3", but the game is now finally here! And I'll have you know that KH III is a wonderful but complicated action/RPG gem, and this is the reason why.
It could have done with a little more love for us life-long fans of the series.
Sadly, the third time is not the charm. Time has passed, and we’ve all grown up. It’s difficult to say the same for Sora and his companions, with Kingdom Hearts III featuring a mixed bag of old and new elements across the areas of combat, storytelling, and design.
After a deep experience with it, I can tell you that we’re looking at a masterpiece. Kingdom Hearts doesn’t show any lack (but the camera control), being excellent in everything! It has just a limit: who plays it needs to know the story of ALL the previous chapters. That’s the only way to experience and enjoy the beauty of this saga, that grew up together with many generations of players. As you can see from the review and the vote, Kingdom Hearts 3 is a game that must be played. A videogame that moves you from the start to the end.
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Kingdom Hearts 3 is finally here, but it ever-so-slightly misses the mark. However, after all's said and done, after worlds have been explored, friends have been made, and keyblades have been wielded – I'm so, so glad it's here.