Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Review

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (PS4)
Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: January 24, 2017

Kingdom Hearts 2.8 isn’t a collection of Kingdom Hearts games. Really, it’s Dream Drop Distance remastered with a short additional game included. Don’t get me wrong Dream Drop Distance is a great game, but this collection not so much. Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue includes Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD Remaster, Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover and Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage.

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Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD Mini Review

Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance is the last “real” Kingdom Hearts game and it was released back in 2012 for the 3DS. If you’ve already played this game before then I don’t recommend you get this collection as this is the only “full” game in this so called collection. Graphically, this game doesn’t look too good, but it’s still nice to see it remastered for the big screen. That being said, this game runs at 60FPS and framerate is more important than graphics in my opinion. 

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Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance isn’t the best Kingdom Hearts game but it is still very enjoyable. They fixed a lot of problems the originals had in this remaster and that’s great. That being said the drop system is still in this game. Honestly, the drop system really made me annoyed with Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance. It’s such an awful feature in my opinion and I have no idea why it’s still in this game. It would have been great if they got rid of it. Anyways let me tell you how the Drop system works in this game. Basically, you can play as either Sora or Riku in this game. Each character has a drop meter and when that meter reaches zero you’ll switch into a different character. Basically, if you’re playing as Riku and the drop meter reaches zero you’ll switch into Sora. I honestly think the drop system is tedious and annoying. This game would have been a lot better without the tedious drop system. The voice acting is also incredibly bad in this game. 

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Overall Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD is a good game with an excellent combat system and epic boss fights but it’s not worth $60. Definitely not. Like I said before, this is the only “real” game in this collection. 

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Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep – Fragment Passage Mini Review

First things first the title for this game is extremely confusing. I just wanted to get that out of the way. Kingdom Hearts 0.2 is a beautiful game and it extremely fun. To be honest this game is already better then Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance and this game makes me very excited for Kingdom Hearts 3 because if this game is like Kingdom Hearts 3 then we are in for a real treat. Aqua is an excellent character and her voice acting is great. The story in this game was very interesting and the battle system is excellent. That being said this game a “tech demo” deny it all you want. In my opinion, this game was only made to get us excited for Kingdom Hearts 3 and it worked. I’m very excited for Kingdom Hearts 3. Kingdom Hearts 0.2 was good but it was too short then again I wasn’t expecting a tech demo to be long. 

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We also got a movie called Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover but I don’t want to spoil it in this review. Overall Kingdom Hearts 2.8 is very good but there isn’t enough content so therefore I can’t recommend this game to anyone. You should definitely get this game when it’s $20. You should buy Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 HD remaster in March and then buy this game after you complete Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5. 

 

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Kingdom Hearts is great but this collection isn’t good. There is a serious lack of content in this collection.

 

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