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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Review | A heartfelt reconnection

Carl 'Malkaurai' Phillips

Returning to the Kingdom Hearts franchise after all this time has been something of a homecoming of sorts. I still remember picking up my launch day copy of Kingdom Hearts on PS2 and marvelling at its intro sequence upon the first boot-up. That sense of style &wonderment that came from mixing the worlds of Disney with Square Enix’s various titles is something the franchise has continued to exude even 15 years later. It’s also one of the most ridiculous & convoluted series ever made, even rivalling the insanity of the Metal Gear Solid series (which is saying something.)

Yet despite many of the plot points going over my head, I loved every minute of what I’ve played.

In recent years I’ve not had the chance to play the many sequels that appeared, mainly due to not owning the systems they were on. Thankfully, Square Enix has rectified this as of late, firstly with two compilations on PS3. This trend continued earlier this month with Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue which marked the series’ debut on the PlayStation 4. Containing a remastered version of Dream Drop Distance – which critics have claimed is an essential entry for fans – along with a CGI film and a gameplay taster of Kingdom Hearts III, it sounded like the right time to catch up with the series and finally figure out what the hell Ansem / Xemnas / Xehanort / the bad man was up to.

The key question is, does HD 2.8 manage to be a compilation for lapsed fans like myself and the hardcore followers who have played everything? I try to answer that in my latest review which you can watch above. Enjoy!

Pros:

  • Dream Drop Distance HD is an enjoyable (and frankly unmissable) entry in the series.
  • The plot may still be convoluted, but the compilation fills in most of the blanks.
  • The taster of how Kingdom Hearts III will look and play is beautiful to look at and mostly encouraging to play…

Cons:

  • … but that frame rate needs to be fixed before KH III arrives.
  • Hardcore fans may find the value for money lacking here unless they really want to play through 3D once more.
  • Heartless? Nobodies? Dream Eaters?! The story is still bloody nuts.

The Short Version:

Its value may fall depending on your investment in the series so far, but Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is both an enjoyable way to catch up on the story and a tantalising taste of what is to come.

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Platform: PS4(Tested)

Developer: Square Enix

Publisher: Square Enix

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