Kingdom Hearts 3: The Long Awaited Conclusion!

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I finished Kingdom Hearts 3 on the PlayStation 4 recently and wanted to do a full review of the game! I mostly really enjoyed the game, but I did wish there was more content. Spoilers are here so don’t read if you haven’t finished the game!

Plot

The full plot was engaging and kept me hooked up until the end! I was excited to finally beat Xenahort! The plot mainly did tie up loose ends except for anything to do with the Master of Masters. I’m assuming this means that this will either be covered in the next saga of Kingdom Hearts.

I liked that the plot was filled with emotional moments and there felt like there was so much at stake for the characters especially in the Keyblade Graveyard!

Disney Worlds

These felt different this time around. They were fully developed stories, but they were also short. Usually the worlds would be visited at least twice so I wanted to explore the Disney worlds more, but the plot is told in one sitting.  I feel like this was done because the emphasis of the plot was on Xenahort and not Disney this time around. But, I still miss spending more time in the Disney worlds.

Where this really showed was in The Caribbean world. They attempted to put a fairly complicated plot in a short trip. This could really confuse those who haven’t seen Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Please let me know in the comments if you understood the plot of this story without having seen this film! I saw this film years ago in theaters with my mom!

Bosses

Disney

I enjoyed the Disney bosses. My favorite was the Ice Wolf boss in Arendelle. I loved the design of the boss! My least favorite was the Kraken boss fight because it was just fighting tentacles until the health drained. Honorable mention goes to the Doll boss in Toy Box for freaking me out and making me want to beat it the fastest because the flying doll really creeped me out!

End Game

These boss fights were really interesting. Fighting Ansem, Xemnas, and Young Xenahort all at once was really difficult! I had to really watch my health! That was probably the most challenging boss fight for me!

As for Xenahort, I enjoyed fighting him the final time when he was in his human form! His magic was powerful and it felt so good to finally defeat him! I also loved the ending where Donald and Goofy’s voices come in through the PlayStation 4 controller!

Ending

The ending was not what I had expected. I was expecting all loose threads to be tied up, but there still are mysteries surrounding the Master of Masters, the black box, and what will happen to Sora.

The story also ended with tragedy because Sora sacrifices himself to save Kairi so they never do end up together after finally figuring out their true feelings. I am anxious to find out if Sora can be saved in another game! I am hoping that it does not end there!

Things I Missed From Previous Games

  1. Multiple secret bosses

Usually there are multiple bosses to fight before seeing the final boss. From what I understand there is only one secret boss so no fighting Sephiroth.

  1. The Colosseum

I loved the challenges and bosses you faced in this section! There are little battlegates you can do and I did do one of them, but I miss fighting Hades and Final Fantasy characters at the Colosseum in Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and Kingdom Hearts 2.5!

Final Thoughts

Overall this was a really great game and a good way to finish off Xenahort. I liked that it ended peacefully with Xenahort and Eraqus. I do wish the Colosseum was brought back and there were more bosses to fight, but I do still love the game! I am hoping that in a next game we will be able to save Sora!

What did you think of Kingdom Hearts 3! Let me know!

Kingdom Hearts 3: Lessons in Friendship

A major theme that was present in the Disney worlds in Kingdom Hearts 3 was love. In my case, I wanted to apply this concept to friendship since this series allowed me to get closer to one of my closest friends! There will be spoilers for some of the Disney world plots of Kingdom Hearts 3!

Tox Box

Buzz, Andy, and the toys have been separated from Andy and are trying to find him. Sora, Donald, and Goofy team up to help them.

The first point about friendship comes from when Buzz almost get turned to darkness by Young Xenahort. Woody’s strong bond to Buzz allows him to save Buzz from being consumed by darkness. This reminds me of how friends are there for you during hard times. Friends provide comfort when times are tough and the love of a friendship can keep your heart strong! When I get anxious , I talk to my friend and the comfort of having that friendship always makes me feel better!

The second point about friendship comes from the end of the plot. Buzz and Woody are still far away from Andy, but they point out that Andy is in their hearts. My friend and I live a few hours away from each other, but we still have that close connection that we had when we were in college together!

Arendelle

This world revolves around the plot of Frozen. Sora, Donald, and Goofy meet Elsa who has run away to isolate herself from others and they team up with Anna, Sven, Olaf, and Kristoff to help Elsa.

At the end of the story, Anna is turned to ice, but she is saved by Elsa’s love. This relates to the saying that love can heal a frozen heart. When I got to this scene, I loved that it was not romantic love that saved Anna, but the love of a sister. This scene made me think that all love is an amazing thing to have in your life. I have not experience romantic love either, but I have experienced the love of friends and family and that is a really great gift to have in my life!

Hundred Acre Woods

This was mainly comprised of helping Rabbit with his garden so he could give honey to Pooh. What struck me was the ending. Whinnie the Pooh says that at one point he felt separated from Sora and that he did not want to lose Sora again. He realizes that Sora will stay in his heart.

When I was about to leave college, I worried that my friend and I would lose how close we were over time. But we are still really close and my friend sometimes comes up to visit. We are still close in each other’s hearts no matter how far away we are!

What Kingdom Hearts 3 Teaches About Love and Friendship

  • Bonds between close friends remain close no matter how far the distance
  • A strong bond like friendship is comforting
  • Love is a strong force that can be healing

What do you think of Kingdom Heart 3‘s themes? There will be one more post on Kingdom Hearts 3 coming up! I wanted to write a post on this because I kept talking about this with my friend when we were both playing through the game. Next up will be a full review highlighting the pros and cons of this game and then you can finally stop hearing me ranting about Kingdom Hearts 3! 

 

Favorite and Least Favorite Kingdom Hearts 3 Worlds

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I have played through all of the Disney and Pixar worlds in Kingdom Hearts 3 for the PlayStation 4! I finished the game last night! I wanted to talk about my favorite Kingdom Hearts 3 worlds! There will be spoilers in this post! 

Favorite World:

Kingdom of Corona

I loved the environments of this world! I also loved that Rapunzel played a role in the story and fought with a frying pan! I also really loved the festival of lights scene! The story was emotional and had me crying! The final boss was also pretty cool consisting of Mother Gothel turning into a tree-like heartless!

Least Favorite World:

The Caribbean

I was not a fan of the big empty world. Now this could be because I was spoiled by Assassin’s Creed Odyssey right before I started playing Kingdom Hearts 3. I also felt that the map could be confusing since there was no way to mark where you wanted to go on the map. I also found the race scene at the beginning to be frustrating and I was only playing on easy mode. I struggled with trying to keep up with Luxord’s ship, but I eventually figured it out.

Honorable Mentions:

Toy Box

I loved the original story! I also loved the environments like the toy store! I loved how the theme of friendship was explored in this series through the toys being separated from Andy. I originally did not like that the story ended with the toys not finding Andy, but that is resolved in the game’s credits.

Arendelle

I really enjoyed this world! I was impressed that they were able to incorporate the whole “Let it Go” song into the game! I also loved that the final boss was a really big ice wolf! I also loved the message about true love and friendship!

What were your favorite and least favorite world in Kingdom Hearts 3? 

Kingdom Hearts 3: A Fun Journey

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I started playing Kingdom Hearts 3 on the PlayStation 4 on Tuesday and I love it so far! It was definitely worth the wait! This post will mostly be spoiler-free except for the sections on the first world and the Gummi ship!

Story

Kingdom Hearts 3 has a complicated plot and many loose threads to tie up so I’ll just give a general story summary. Sora needs to get his powers back after Dream Drop Distance, find allies, and stop Xenahort.

Music

I loved the new “Dearly Beloved” title song. It is my favorite version of the song and I love the piano! I started crying when I heard it!

I also love “Face My Fears”! I loved it with the opening cinematic and I also love the message of the song! Utada Hikaru and Skrillex are a great team!

Combat

I love the combat so I wanted to give it it’s own section! It’s like they took everything I loved about the previous games I have played! There are special reactions from Kingdom Hearts 2.5 like Donald Duck’s Flare Force. The links are also fun to use! I loved using the Meow Wow as a summon! It’s so adorable! Magic is also a lot of fun in this game!

Using the keyblade is fun as well since Sora already has some of his powers from previous games like multiple combos and basic spells and the keyblade can transform and get it’s own unique moves.

The new system is called attractions and I love it because it involves fighting enemies with Disney rides!

First World: General Impressions

The first world was fun to explore! The plot followed the plot of the film! I loved seeing the characters with their new graphics! Everyone looks great!  It was a good introduction to the game and made me excited to play more!

First World Bosses: Spoilers

The bosses were so much fun! I loved that I got to fight four bosses in a row! My favorite boss to fight was the Rock Titan because I got to climb a mountain and also fight him with a roller coaster attraction! My least favorite was the Tornado Titan because I found the fight to be confusing since it was in the air and there were platforms, but I still enjoyed it! I am hoping that I might get to fight Hades later on in the game!

Gummi Ship

Minor spoiler section about gummi ship exploration!

I love the new gummi ship! I love that it is an open world and I get to explore space! The game also shows you where to go and you can explore and fight Heartless or get treasure on the way!

The Journey Continues

I stopped playing on Tuesday after going back to the first world to explore more of the environment after saving the world! I am currently on the Toy Box world!  I have had lots of fun so far and I am looking forward to how the plot will unfold! I also look forward to seeing more Disney worlds!

What do you think of Kingdom Hearts 3? Let me know!

Couch Bandits: Kingdom Hearts 3 Features

Fortissimona is back, and this time, she’s outlined the features she’s most excited to explore in Kingdom Hearts 3.

via Most Exciting New Features in Kingdom Hearts 3 — The Couch Bandits

Fortissimona wrote on The Couch Bandits blog about features in Kingdom Hearts 3! I enjoyed reading this article because I am excited to play Kingdom Hearts 3 on Tuesday! The article covers new features that will be in the game which makes me more excited to play it! Check out the article here!