posted by Ninjanomyx (BRIDGEPORT, CT) Aug 16, 2012
Member since Jun 2012
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Just to get it out of the way, I am a big Kingdom Hearts fan. I've at least tried out every single game in the series, and I can assure you this isnt one to pass up. Going into this game, I had pretty low expectations. The other two Kingdom Hearts games on a Nintendo handheld were pretty lackluster. They conveluded the story even more and in total were both just messes, but that's another review. One the subject of KH:3D, its a very good game. The story is fairly simple. (can't beleive I just said that.) Sora and Riku are going through the Mark of Mastery Exam in order to become true Keyblade Masters. In order to complete this large quest, our hereos must awaken seven sleeping worlds from Dream Eaters, this games main enemies. Now because Donald and Goofy aren't here to help you, you have good Dream Eaters known as spirits to help you. Now here comes big change number 1, the Spirits. This in my opinion is a high point in this game. It adds a lot customizible features to an already good game. There are tons of spirits to choose from and you can have a different experience each time you play. My favorites are Lord Kyroo and Aura Lion. You can also feed spirits to raise their stats, play with them to give them experience and Link Points, ( Which I'll talk about in a second) and even change their color. These spirits arent only allies in battle, they're gateways to new abilities. Yeah you can play with your spirit's attacks and stats, but a feature called the Ability Link can change Sora and Riku's attacks and stats. The more Link Points a spirit has, the more attacks and spells your character can have. For example, my Yoggy Ram (A spirit in the game) gave me the attack Fire Windmill and the spell Firaga. Big change number 2 is the Drop function in the game. In order to play as both Sora and Riku, theres a drop meter that'll cut you loose. It'll take a bit of getting used to, but its a fun addition in the end. In a nutshell, this game is worth picking up, take my word!
KH 3DS is truly a magnificent game. Not only does it answer many unanswered questions it further develops the story without making it confusing. One review here states that the story is cluttered I'm here to say it isn't. If you pay attention you won't be confused in the least. The new game elements such as Flow motion are a very nice touch. They also manged to fix the speed problem since both Riku and Sora run like they're lives depend on it. However they did add some new features that prove to be more annoying then anything else. The main one being the Drop feature. You have a Drop gauge when time runs out you Drop into the other character. I have Droped while I was near the end of a Boss fight , and was greatly annoyed. Another annoying feature are the Spirits. The act as Donald and goofy in this game , but aren't really helpful until later when you get the stronger ones. Unlike BBS in this game you cannot meld commands together rather you get them by training your Sprites. Witch takes an incredible amount of time. There is also another kind of Drop where you drop into other worlds. This is a lot of fun its basically like a vertical gummi ship ride. The graphics are astonishing for a hand held system especially in the opening credits. Also if You have never played a KH game before I recommend this one. Throughout the game you get glossary entries of each game giving a brief summary of what happened in the prior games. Another thing that is annoying is the key blades. While in the past most looked epic I can only say that about a select few in this game. Most of my complaints are just being a little nit picky.
Overall: Story 10/10 ,Graphics 10/10, Game-play 8/10, Music 10/10,
posted by pswilliams986 (ROCKY POINT, NC) Aug 5, 2012
Member since Oct 2011
gamers (56%) found this review helpful
I played the original Kingdom Hearts on PS2 when it was first released. I was too young back then to appreciate a really good game apparently because I thought it was mediocre and way over-hyped. When I seen that this game held a 9.7 on Gamefly a day before it was even released I thought to myself "pfft, Kingdom Hearts fanboys are giving this a 10/10 before even playing it." I try to rent all of the major games that are released on the consoles and handhelds that I got, so of course I wasn't going to pass up one of the most anticipated 3DS titles of 2012. I'm glad I didn't because it completely changed my mind about the series. I remember the gameplay of the original just being a bunch of hitting enemies with a giant key. It got repetitive, fast. Either I was horrible at the game ten years ago or Square Enix has really stepped up their game, because I really enjoyed the combat in this game. There's a lot to do aside from that like create and take care of Pokemon-like creatures called "Dream Eaters." The NintenDogs-esque handling of taking care of these creatures was actually pretty fun, so much that I hope they add a element like this to the next Pokemon game. The graphics are great for a handheld but the story is still kind of convoluted. t reminded me of a children's version of the movie Inception. That's not really a bad thing, but it definitely assumes you've played the older games and have them fresh in your memory.