Videogame Review: "Kingdom Hearts III"

Updated on February 15, 2019
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Kingdom Hearts III PlayStation 4 cover.
Kingdom Hearts III PlayStation 4 cover. | Source

Quick Info:

Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Squre Enix
Released: January 29th, 2019
Availability: On PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

What is Kingdom Hearts III?

Kingdom Hearts III is the third mainline entry in the Kingdom Hearts series. It continues Sora’s adventures with Donald and Goofy. Sora has to gather the Seven Guardians of Light to battle the 13 Darknessess and defeat Master Xehanort.

The Graphics Are Incredible!

This game has been a long time coming. I’ve been waiting for this game since 2005. There have been a lot of sequel and prequel games that came after Kingdom Hearts II but at long last, it’s finally here.

I finally got to play a game I have waited for and I was blown away by how great the graphics look. It’s a huge graphical upgrade compared to both Kingdom Hearts I and Kingdom Hearts II. The Unreal Engine 4 looks amazing and this franchise has never looked better visually. All the art styles from the different Disney worlds work well and I liked the world level design for each place I went in the story.

Combat animations are very nice and fluid and the character designs look really nice.

Sora using new Keyblade transformations.
Sora using new Keyblade transformations. | Source

The Story is Just as Ridiculous as Always:

The story I just as insane and crazy as it has always been. But the plot became even more complicated due to time travel shenanigans in Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance.

There’s a lot going on in the plot and wrapping up plot points from 12 different games is a lot to do, but Kingdom Hearts III does a good job of tying up a lot of plot details, but the game left itself open for a sequel which might disappoint some fans, but it’s very interesting because the series is taking some exciting and unexpected turns.

KINGDOM HEARTS III – Final Battle Trailer (Closed Captions):

The Graphics Are Incredible!

This game has been a long time coming. I’ve been waiting for this game since 2005. There have been a lot of sequel and prequel games that came after Kingdom Hearts II but at long last, it’s finally here.

I finally got to play a game I have waited for and I was blown away by how great the graphics look. It’s a huge graphical upgrade compared to both Kingdom Hearts I and Kingdom Hearts II. The Unreal Engine 4 looks amazing and this franchise has never looked better visually. All the art styles from the different Disney worlds work well and I liked the world level design for each place I went in the story.

Combat animations are very nice and fluid and the character designs look better than ever using the Unreal Engine 4.

The Gameplay is a Blast!

The gameplay is a ton of fun. It’s very varied and diverse. The ways you can use your magic and your keyblade make the combat fun and exciting, and it’s so much fun to play the game.

You can use any strategy you want to defeat Heartless, whether you like to use magic, or mainly use the keyblade. If you like the attraction rides, you can use them more.

They’re so many ways to fight that you can be overwhelmed and it’s also a nice variety of ways to play the game.

You can take selfies and it sounds silly but there are a ton of funny pictures people have posted online from this game.

The Voice Acting is Mostly Good:

The voice acting is pretty good for the most part. Haley Joel Osment did a fantastic job as Sora. It did take him some time to get back into sounding like Sora, but he was great in this game and I really enjoyed his performance.

David Gallagher did an amazing job as Riku/Riku Replica. His voice acting was just fantastic and I really enjoyed his acting in this game. His character has developed a lot over the years and he did a great job portraying that.

Bill Farmer is fantastic as Goofy; he did a great job in this role. He just brought life to this character in an endearing way.

Tony Anselmo did a great job as Donald Duck. His voice is a little hard to understand, but we have subtitles for us to understand him. He did a great job and I enjoyed his work this game.

Alyson Stoner did a great job as Kairi. She is a good voice actor for when Hayden Panettiere and I enjoyed her performance as Kairi and she did a great job in this role.

They Disney voice actors are more hit or miss. The main actors that reprise their roles from the movies are fantastic. The voice cast members that aren’t the cast members from the movie don’t sound as good. Some of them sound very bad.

It’s pretty good, but not the best voice acting in a videogame.

Disney's Rapunzel fighting Heartless in a team attack with Sora, Donald, and Goofy.
Disney's Rapunzel fighting Heartless in a team attack with Sora, Donald, and Goofy. | Source

Kingdom Hearts 3 OST - Dearly Beloved:

The Music Is Amazing!

Yoko Shimomura’s music is amazing. It’s just wonderful that the music composer is still composing music for so long. It’s a very heartwarming thing for me as a long-time Kingdom Hearts fan.

There are just so many songs that I love. There are many songs from the series that make me happy. Every track is a song that is either from the previous game or a new track. The music is fantastic and it made the game an amazing experience.

The Difficulty Can Feel Very Easy:

Because the combat system has a variety of choices when it comes to how you fight, this game has become extremely easy. I played on the Standard difficulty and rarely died except during some early and late boss battles. Other than that, I basically breezed through this game.

The A.I. also improved a lot. Donald actually healed me, it’s a well-known joke that in the Kingdom Hearts games, Donald’s terrible at healing; he actually healed me a few times in a clutch so at least they fixed that problem.

The problem for Kingdom Hearts fans that like difficulty spikes is that there really aren’t any. I went into various worlds under levelled and easily levelled up to their recommended levels by just fighting everything. And since I rarely died it was incredibly easy to do. In previous games, you were punished for going into a world under the recommended level.

The game is easier for me because I’ve played many of the previous games. It’s fun but can feel extremely easy.

There isn’t Much Incentive to Revisit Worlds:

In this game there isn’t much incentive to revisit worlds after you go through the main story, other than minigames or unlocking the secret ending by taking pictures of Lucky Emblems hidden in the world to unlock the Secret Ending. While it’s fun to explore while you’re there the first time, there isn’t much incentive to go back.

The minigames are a lot of fun so there’s always that reason, unless you’re a trophy hunter and want to Platinum the game.

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The Story Can Be Confusing if you haven’t Played the other Games:

Kingdom Hearts main plot can be very confusing at times. You should have played through the other games in the Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far release so you can be caught up story-wise. While there is an archive on the Kingdom Hearts III disc in the menu to get newcomers caught up, playing the games is the best experience to get the entire story.

The Ending Could Disappoint Some Fans:

I wasn’t disappointed by the ending but I know that some fans will be disappointed because we’ve been waiting for this game for many years, and not just because we’ve been waiting for a numbered title since 2005.

The ending of the game is very bittersweet, but I won’t spoil it for you. They do wrap up a lot of the storylines for the other games but they can’t make everyone happy. I really enjoyed this game, but it’s a game that can be polarizing if you’re expecting the best game in the Kingdom Hearts series.

There are some Bugs:

I have had a weird bug where Sora’s animation gets stuck in small spaces. I have heard other gamers say they have had the audio not work sometimes during their game.

I have also noticed that the audio would stutter sometimes if a lot of things are happening on screen. The bugs are few, but noticeable. It might bother some people, if these bugs bother you, you might want to wait for a patch.

Sora taking a selfie.
Sora taking a selfie. | Source

It was Worth the Wait for Me:

While my opinion of the game can’t be the same as other critics, I loved Kingdom Hearts III. It’s not perfect but it’s was a blast to play. This game is not a the best game I’ve ever played, and it won’t please everyone.

I loved this game; there were many heartwarming moments and a lot of fanservice for longtime fans. This game brought me a lot of joy, especially since it’s everything I wanted while I was waiting for this game.

Quick Summary:

What Works
What Doesn't Work:
Emgaomg story
No incentive to revisit words unless you like the minigames
Fun, fluid gameplay with variety
Some stuttering if there's too much action on scren
Good English Dub
Not a lot of replay value unless you want trophies
Amazing soundtrack
 
Fun minigames
 

My Grade: A:

Kingdom Hearts III is a joy to play. I loved this game. I had a blast and love every second of it. I loved this game; it is everything I wanted this game to be.

The game is a graphical marvel, immensely improved gameplay and a ton of fun that brought me hours and hours of entertainment. This is everything I ever wanted Kingdom Hearts III to be, and while not everyone is going to have the same gaming experience I did, for me, it was worth the $60.00.

It won’t be that way for everyone, but I didn’t overhype this game to be the best game I would ever play. It was not the best game I have ever played, but it brought me a lot of joy and excitement and as a Kingdom Hearts fan, that’s all I could ever ask for.

You don’t have to pay full price for this game, but it is worth it if you have played the other games. You can try to go in blind, but you might be confused by the main plot that’s taken place over 11 games.

But if you’re only here for the Disney worlds you should still enjoy the game as it is, but for me, a fan of the series for 13 years, this is everything I could ever ask for.

My Rating:

5 stars for Videogame Review: Kingdom Hearts III

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