It has been 17 years since the unlikely fusion of Square Enix and Disney properties, Kingdom Hearts graced the Playstation 2 with cheesy dialogue and an over-the-top style and was followed up with a sequel in 2005. Fans have been clamouring for the third main entry in the series, which was announced way back in 2013. After many delays and a seemingly neverending development cycle, Kingdom Hearts III will finally release on Playstation 4 and Xbox One on 29th January 2019. If you haven’t picked the game up yet, you can do that from this handy link.
Kingdom Hearts III tells the story of the power of friendship as Sora and his friends embark on a perilous adventure and support each other through difficult times. Set in a vast array of Disney worlds, Kingdom Hearts follows the journey of Sora, a young boy and unknowing heir to a spectacular power. Sora is joined by Donald Duck and Goofy, two emissaries sent by King Mickey from Disney Castle, to stop an evil force known as the Heartless from invading and overtaking the universe. Through the power of positivity and friendship, Sora, Donald and Goofy unite with iconic Disney-Pixar characters old and new to prevail tremendous challenges and persevere against the darkness threatening their worlds.
The collective anticipation from the games industry has been palpable and the media have had their hands on the action-roleplaying game for review. Here is a roundup of reviews from some of the gaming media’s largest outlets.
|Destructoid(Chris Carter)||Kingdom Hearts III is familiar so far, which is either a good or a bad thing depending on how you feel about the series (I’m aiming to elaborate more once everything is said and done). There’s still irritating intrigue and frantic fun on a moment’s notice, glued to a stable action shell. I dig it? Let’s see if it can maintain this pace and if the house of cards story stays standing.||Unscored|
|Gamespot(Tamoor Hussain)||What sticks with me is the exciting battle against elemental titans with Hercules, taking Rapunzel out into the unfamiliar wide world for the first time, snapping selfies with Winnie the Pooh, and going toe to toe with Davy Jones. 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.||8/10|
|IGN(Jonathon Dornbush)||Kingdom Hearts 3 is a fulfilling evolution and resolution of the franchise that shows it’s still full of heart. 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.||8.7/10|
|GamesBeat(Mike Minotti)||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. I wouldn’t say it’s better than Kingdom Hearts or Kingdom Hearts II, but Kingdom Hearts III is magical enough to resonate with this big Disney geek.||90/100|
|Game Informer (Kimberley Wallace)||With higher stakes, Kingdom Hearts III is a lot of spectacle in the best way possible. It isn’t afraid to go big, but it also doesn’t forget what made fans fall in love in the first place||9.5/10|