Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue

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January 24 2017

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Square Enix

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Square Enix

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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is a collection of the Kingdom Hearts series, developed and published by Square Enix exclusively for the PlayStation 4. This collection includes Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD, Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage and Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover.

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is a mouthful of a title and helps ease the time people hang on for the long awaited Kingdom Hearts 3, whenever that may actually be. This chapter in the Kingdom Hearts series consists of Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD, a high def remake of the 3DS game Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. A new chapter to the series is Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage following the events after Birth by Sleep. And a cinematic look at how it all started with Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover.

 

What I love about Kingdom Hearts and what they always seem to hit the nail on the head is that the environments in all the Kingdom Hearts adventures always look great and help immerse you into the worlds. Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage and Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover do this effortlessly thanks to the Unreal Engine 4 utilising the extend of the PlayStation 4.  From the excellent character models to the glorious backgrounds these worlds really do come to life. Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover is almost to movie quality, it still has the cartoon look of your usual Disney animations and needs that touch of polish but it is not too far off Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.

Across all the chapters you still fall for the charm of the characters and memorable moments you have with them along their stories. Kingdom Hearts gets you invested into old as well as new characters, their stories are so engrossing you just want to hear more about their never ending fantasy about the battle between light and dark. These chapters always hit the right tone in story as well as the right harmony of emotions and you soon find yourself invested.

 

But even with all this each chapter find it’s way to disappoint. It might be because it’s not the Kingdom Hearts 3 we have been waiting for and what we really want, or it just might be that their is not a right balance and the shortcoming hit hard. Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD, the lengthiest of them all, drags on which is a weird feeling from a Kingdom Hearts title. The story does take a while to get into and since the gameplay isn’t too great from the get go you find yourself falling off the journey before it might begin. Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage is AWESOME but it just ends. It literally a fragment of what there is to come. Sure they can put all their resources into making KH3 but to tease like this? Square Enix wants their fans to bring out the pitch folks to their office doors! Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover is a entertaining cinematic piece but it leaves too many questions open and doesn’t conclude anything.

 

Is it worth the platinum?

Only Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD has a platinum and is not too difficult if you put the time and effort in. With most RPGs you can imagine many hours needing to complete the list. Trophies like “Storyteller”, “Item Collector” and “Star Combatant” want 100% completion and that is only 3/4th for the “Record Keeper” trophy as you would need to get all game records too. But even with all this time going into completing records and entries “Ability Ace” can be a mission to max out all support and spirits abilities. The rest of the trophies consist of enjoying the mini games and story related adventures. They can be tedious but with a bit of skill they shouldn’t pose a problem.

To buy or not to buy?

Newcomers will be lost entering the series and will not be worthwhile for them, their best bet is to borrow from a friend. For fans of the series they are going to want to play this at one point just to conclude all the missing parts of the puzzling story between all the games and while they patiently wait for Kingdom Hearts 3. Even for them full retail price is steep! Square Enix is having a laugh at the expense of their fan base. What I would pay for a tech demo, a HD remake of a 5 year old game and a confusing movie is £20. There is a varied amount of content but it is just a stuffed turkey with very little meat.

Reviewed by Sam

 

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6.5

Okay

Pros

  • Story continues to intrigue leaving you wanting more
  • Great cinematics
  • Varied amount of content

Cons

  • Kingdom Hearts 0.2 is short by Kingdom Hearts standards
  • Not worth full retail price!
  • Not special and confusing for new comers