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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: 78 out of 84
  2. Negative: 1 out of 84
  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 31, 2019
    90
    It's not just a great Kingdom Hearts game, it may very well be a game that gets revisited in December.
  3. Mar 4, 2019
    90
    A grand finale that summarizes one of the most legendary waits for a video game sequel - ever, and really does a fine job! Kingdom Hearts III is a complex yet perfectly lite experience story-wise, packed with amazing combat and adorable worlds and characters. It is a game that lives up to the Kingdom Hearts name and is something you should not miss, whether you are a long term fan or new to the franchise.
  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 13, 2019
    80
    After so many years Kingdom Hearts III needed to be a strong send-off for the series, and for the most part, it is. The gameplay is still top tier and encourages diving back in once the credits have rolled to track down missed items and a secret boss. The individual worlds are gorgeous, and deserve to be combed through for every last scrap of treasure. It’s just a shame that plot stumbles over itself so many times because it really does drag the game down, but if I turn off the analytical part of my brain just enough, there truly is something special here.
  6. Feb 4, 2019
    80
    Kingdom Hearts III had a lot to say, a lot to show. It is an incredible journey across many Disney worlds, set up on various gameplay mechanics. But fighting is quickly redundant and its writing loses itself into lazy dialogues.
  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: 53 out of 381
  1. Feb 2, 2019
    10
    This is all my own opinion, please no hate comments | 35 hours in and I can say without a single doubt that this is not only the best KingdomThis is all my own opinion, please no hate comments | 35 hours in and I can say without a single doubt that this is not only the best Kingdom Hearts game in the series, but it is the greatest video game ever made. It expresses all of the best features from older titles, has extremely clever writing that is on par with the Disney, Pixar & Final Fantasy titles it is paralleled to, combat that both feels classic and fresh for the series, especially with the transformations and attractions, Music that is honestly the best in the series with both new and remixed versions of both original and classic songs & to top them all off graphics that are out of this world, making the photo mode all the more special. The minigames are fun, the ingredient hunting keeps your eyes open and is very rewarding, the level grinding is as fun as ever & the world gimmicks make you keep coming back for more. I cannot wait to finish this game, but am also extremely sad to see the Dark Seeker Saga end. This game is literally defining a generation and their love for this wonderful series, me included since I've been a fan since 2006. Here's to hoping that Nomura and his partners puts just as much effort in the next installment Expand
  2. Feb 2, 2019
    10
    I love this game!!! Its so fun a little light on content for a KH game but overall tons of content.
  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. Feb 19, 2019
    9
    Kingdom Hearts 3 is a game carrying a lot of burden mainly from fans' expectations and from narrative complexity of previous entries, yet itKingdom Hearts 3 is a game carrying a lot of burden mainly from fans' expectations and from narrative complexity of previous entries, yet it manages to satisfy most of those expectations and manages to serve as a satisfying end of the dark seeker saga. Expand
  5. Feb 5, 2019
    8
    Waited a long time for this one so I wasnt about to savor it, so i devoured it in a few days. WARNING: Even if you have played past games, itsWaited a long time for this one so I wasnt about to savor it, so i devoured it in a few days. WARNING: Even if you have played past games, its not a bad idea to watch a refresher video on youtube before picking this up. I personally didnt play any of the DS games and if youve only played 1 and 2, youre going to need it! I do have a few gripes. Ill do the bad stuff first and finish strong!

    1. The voice acting was awful. I know its not their fault and they're just following a script, but it felt like it was chopped and pasted all over the place. There were unnecessary pauses after quick sentences and it just didnt flow well.

    2. THE SHEER AMOUNT OF CUTSCENES. The toy story world was the most notorious for this. You take five steps and youre back in a 2 minute long cutscene. Unless you're a huge fan of toy story, chances are you just wanna continue with the story. The problem is, while they do give you the option to skip, the way the kingdom hearts story is so complex that you cannot afford to miss any information if you want to understand whats going on.

    3. The lack of Square Enix characters. Im not saying I want Cloud front and center, but none of the previous characters from square made appearances. I liked Kingdom Hearts not for Disney, but for the crossover and how silly it was. This along with the constant barrage of park themed rides just felt like someone was taking Disney in a fist and shoving it down my throat. (I know im part of a minority in this and im not hating on Disney, there was just no balance.

    Now for the good.

    1. The worlds felt great. Surprisingly the standout for me was the Tangled world. It was well built and had good flow. The Caribbean was refreshing and felt great, almost like playing AC4 Black Flag but on a scaled down version which was awesome. The sheer amount of map in a single world, I could have spent hours upon hours searching for treasure.

    2. The Keyblade upgrade system and number of Keyblades. KH has always had plenty of options in this department, but being able to upgrade them and have different focus abilities depending on your playstyle was awesome. I found myself using mainly the kingdom key throughout the game because I like the finishers and its not super fancy.

    3. The amount of side missions and mini games. Though some of them can be quite frustrating especially if youre going for all of the trophies, theres no shortage of things to do even after youve completed the game.

    4. The Ending. (NO SPOILERS) It was pretty much everything I could have wanted and more. It felt very satisfying, kind of on the level of playing through Final Fantasy 7 and having your showdown with Sephiroth at the end. It wasnt drawn out, there was no huge heartless star ship crap like in 1 and 2, but yeah. It was great. All the feels.

    TL;DR/ I loved it, it has its flaws, a couple that made me a little upset but overall it made me happy to have stuck around and wait.
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  6. Mar 8, 2019
    7
    I wanted this game my whole life too. I loved the trailers of it. And the excitement had me stoked to finally see my boy get his happy ending.I wanted this game my whole life too. I loved the trailers of it. And the excitement had me stoked to finally see my boy get his happy ending.

    It ties up the ends it needs to, but I feel like there was something missing. I liked it, but I didn't love it, and ten year hype can't ever live up to what I hoped for. I still recommend the game. But it wasn't the finale I hoped for.

    Still. Have to admit. While some of it was bland, when it finally gets to the Kingdom Hearts portions, and not the Disney? That's when I had the most fun. It's just a lot of pushing through Disney to get there.

    Overall though? Good game. Get it.
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  7. Mar 15, 2019
    0
    It's unbelievable how much this game sucks. The story is stupid, confusing, and contradicting to he other games in the series. In fact, thereIt's unbelievable how much this game sucks. The story is stupid, confusing, and contradicting to he other games in the series. In fact, there is no story, and nothing makes any sense. The characters are empty, one-dimensional, and just as stupidly written as the plot. The battle system has Sora way over-powered, removing any challenge whatsoever. And the mini-games. There are way too many mini-games. Half the game is mini-games. This game is the worst in the entire series. Even if you're a fan, I wouldn't recommend playing this game. Skip it. The story pretty much ended at Kingdom Hearts 2 anyway. There's nothing that this game offers that ends up being meaningful or important to the lore. The story doesn't even begin until you're about 80% of the way through the game, and you have to suffer through hours of nonsensical Disney slop before getting to the actual Kingdom Hearts story. What a waste. After this utter disappointing failure, I think I'm done with Kingdom Hearts. Expand

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