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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: 71 out of 76
  2. Negative: 1 out of 76
  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 has the magic you've been waiting for. Square Enix has achieved the best episode of the series. Sora, Donald and Goofy are now very fast and take you through an array of endearing experiences and characters. The script continues to have problems but everything else is a memory that will stick with you forever.
  3. Feb 12, 2019
    90
    Kingdom Hearts III is big, bold and beautiful. The game delivers on almost all fronts: from the charming and faithfully crafted Disney worlds, to the engaging and extremely varied gameplay. Some aspects are still a little confounding, and the game is clearly not meant for newcomers, but returning fans will find exactly what they've been waiting for here.
  4. Feb 11, 2019
    86
    Kingdom Hearts III is a marvel of presentation filled with heart and charm, but might not quite be the dramatic finale that fans have waited half their lives to see come to a close.
  5. Feb 11, 2019
    80
    Kingdom Hearts III may be a hack and slash, with a few RPG elements sprinkled in, but at its heart, it’s a weird adventure like nothing that you’ve ever played. It makes no sense, but once you’re in the groove things start to get into focus. When the game is over, you’re left with a strange feeling of completions and melancholy, and that should be proof enough that you’ve experienced something worthwhile.
  6. Feb 1, 2019
    80
    There’s nothing quite like Kingdom Hearts. It’s like the most elaborate fan fiction of the Disney universe – a digital walkthrough of the movies with a loosely connective narrative tissue that just doesn’t matter much when all is said and done. If you embrace that it’s all nonsense to serve you up a delightful nostalgic romp through some of the greatest and most beloved family films, you’re not going to be disappointed.
  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: 34 out of 289
  1. Jan 29, 2019
    10
    It's really fun and is worth the long wait. I normally don't give tens but this game is good enough
    to make it to that score. The Disney side
    It's really fun and is worth the long wait. I normally don't give tens but this game is good enough
    to make it to that score. The Disney side is also better than ever, including more modern Disney characters.
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  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. Jan 29, 2019
    9
    I can’t believe it, but this game lives up to the hype so far. I was expecting dissapointment, but it seems like this was worth the wait andI can’t believe it, but this game lives up to the hype so far. I was expecting dissapointment, but it seems like this was worth the wait and I’m so happy and relieved that I can say this honestly. Expand
  5. Feb 4, 2019
    8
    Fans of the franchise have been waiting almost two decades for Kingdom Hearts 3, so now that it's finally here, how well does it stand upFans of the franchise have been waiting almost two decades for Kingdom Hearts 3, so now that it's finally here, how well does it stand up against it's memory with an aging fan base?

    For all intents and purposes it's a Kingdom Hearts game through and through. It still has the same spirit and soul that the previous entires in the game have. The combat mechanics have been refined fairly well, without straying too far from the path. The game looks about as good as it ever did.

    With that being said, there are some flaws in this diamond.

    To begin with, there is a technical aspect to the game that can sometimes be borderline disappointing. When the Xbox One and Playstation 4 Pro made their debuts, both companies made a point to hammer in the fact that all games would work across all consoles, games wouldn't suffer on the older hardware, but instead, users could expect a better, more premium experience with the newer, updated models of hardware.

    Unfortunately, that doesn't appear to be the case with Kingdom Hearts 3. Playing on the original PS4 or the Slimline models, players are going to be faced with slightly muddier colors, jagged textures and a frames issue that can bounce anywhere from 60FPS, to 30FPS and in some cases, down into the low twenties. It's 2019, this game has been in development for 15 years, this kind of technical performance and occasional slow down isn't accetable anymore and I am surprised Square thought htis would be okay.

    While the graphics look great on the Playstation 4, many of the character models have a tendency to lack emotions in their faces. A lot of the times, they look like pieces of clay that are talking. This tends to lead to a lot of weird, uncanny valley moments where the dialog being spoken isn't being properly displayed on faces.

    The dialog and writing is another aspect really aren't up to standard. A lot of the English voice acting sounds off, not a lot, but enough for people to question what's going on. How characters talk and the inflection of their voices aren't always great and a lot of the dialog can come off as overly cheesy.

    One of the most early surprises in the game for many people familiar with the franchise is a complete lack of dialog from Phil. A character that is usually overly chatty and sarcastic is completely silent in the game, giving them an almost errie feeling. This was a terrible decision from Square and it's one of the most obvious glairing flaws early on in the game.

    Finally, for a game franchise that started off with quite a bit of darker undertones, more often than not, the game feels way too overly cheery and feels like Disney had a much larger impact on the development of the game, going as far as having special movies, skills and spells that actually mimic some of their well known attraction park rides. The game, writing and dialog feels overly optimistic to the point that it negatively impacts the game.

    At the end of the day, it's a great game with some flaws that I feel like, personally, could have been buffed out if Square simply had paid a bit closer attention to details.
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  6. Feb 18, 2019
    7
    Kingdom Hearts III has a strong opening, Sora is supposed to be weaker and while if you never played any game outside of KHI and KH II youKingdom Hearts III has a strong opening, Sora is supposed to be weaker and while if you never played any game outside of KHI and KH II you will be a bit on the ‘lost’ side but the story so far didn’t feel overly complicated. It felt like it was taking it very safe as if they wanted it to be open to new players rather then giving those who have been a part of the Dark Seeker Saga since the beginning.

    This isn’t overly a bad thing at first, the overall plot remains the same but there are noticeable pacing issues with the story. After the first two worlds, one being a very good world and a fan favorite and the other feeling too stilted and cut back from its inception in Kingdom Hearts II, the story takes a serious backseat. No longer are they really worried about taking out the main antagonist, instead Disney takes over. It’s obvious Disney probably paid Square Enix a lot to keep to the source material.

    It’s a shame because the other games didn’t really have this issue. Sure they usually followed the plot but they always worked in the overall theme of the games into the plot. The stakes were high, here it doesn’t even really matter that much. Don’t get me wrong, the Disney worlds are fun but a lot of them felt like filler.

    The other games, while having this issue to an extent made them quicker. You could do them pretty fast and get on with the story, sure you had to return to them but by then, you don’t’ feel like they’re overstaying their welcome. Their pacing was perfect, especially in the second game. The story does pick up at the last act but by then it feels like a lore dump. Here is where new players would feel the most lost because it waits to the actual last 4 hours or so to get good and it gets really good. The problem is, it should’ve built these moments up. The middle section of KHIII feels like a huge missed opportunity and I’m still wondering what Nomura was thinking. To be honest though, the last 4 hours are fantastic and well worth trudging through 18 hours to get there.

    So the pacing is pretty bad but how is the rest of it? The voice acting is top notch and so is the music. While I did miss the theme of the series, Simple and Clean, the new theme songs are actually not bad! They’re not as memorable as Simple and Clean or Sanctuary but they’re enjoyable. The remixes of previous games are great as well.

    The gameplay is fun but there are some issues. Sora is supposed to be weaker. You’d think that normal difficulty would present some sort of challenge, but it doesn’t. I didn’t grind at all, just fought enemies as I saw them, and it wasn’t hard at all. I died maybe 2-3 times and that was at the final bosses. I usually don’t mind easier games and tend to play them on easy mode if I find they’re too much of a struggle but here Normal felt like an Easy mode. I’d hate to see how easy Beginner mode really is. Even if you’re bad at games, Normal probably is the way to go since it gives you so many tools to win.

    There are these summons called attractions. While at first, they seem fine enough but there just isn’t enough of them and sometimes they feel like immersion breakers. I avoided them after a few times. They made the combat too easy and there really should be an update that lets you turn them off for the entire game. The combat is fun but I found the combat in KH2 better, mostly for reaction commands. Here it’s flashy but it didn’t have the great moves the second did. It does have super moves you can use but it could’ve used more. After using the same ones for most of the game it got a bit old. It would’ve been nice to have more to use. Still, not a bad combat system and I did like it.

    The worlds are a bit too big as I stated before. It would’ve been nice to have them cut off about an hour of content in the worlds. Some of them felt too open for their own good and the pacing hurt because of it. While this is a weird request but I feel if they had done this they could’ve expanded on the worlds that actually were too short.

    All and all, the pacing is pretty bad, the combat is easy but is it worth it? Yeah. It’s fun. That’s what’s important. It’s a good game, it’s just not the best in the series. If you’re a fan, play it. If you’re not, this won’t change your mind. If you never played a KH game before? I’d recommend playing a few and then checking this one out.

    All and all, it’s in a weird place review wise. It’s closer to a 7.5 than an actual 7 but still, it could’ve been better, but I don’t’ regret my purchase. I did enjoy it despite its flaws.
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  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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