developer: Square-Enix / Eidos
publisher: Square-Enix / Eidos
Game mode: single player
Kingdom Hearts III for PS4 and XONE is another entry in a popular jRPG series from Square-Enix. It has been directed by Tetsuya Nomura, a veteran of this genre, who worked as the creative producer and character designer of many games from the Final Fantasy franchise, as well as Parasite Eve and The World Ends with You. Kingdom Hearts III is a final act in the story started in 2002 on PlayStation 2. It has been subsequently presented in the following six titles, appearing over the period of 10 years, on various platforms, confusing many fans. Productions from this series are characterized by fast and arcade battle system, along with unique and complex mythology combining universes of Disney movies with TV dramas and Final Fantasy series.
Kingdom Hearts III for PS4 and XONE is a direct sequel to Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, which debuted in 2012 for Nintendo 3DS console. It also ties up most of plotlines and stories that appeared in previous games from the series, considered by the creators as one, complete act called Xenahort Saga. Main heroes are – again – Sora, Riku and Kairi, as well as characters like Donald, king Miki and Goofy. During the game, we will witness final clash between the light and dark, the latter represented by Organization XIII led by resurrected master Xehanort. He aims to recreate a legendary X-blade (pronounced like key blade) and use it to gain access to titular Kingdom Hearts.
The game uses the battle system of its predecessor. We observe the world from the third person perspective. During fights with enemies, we can jump, dodge attacks and use magic and special abilities. We also get support from our two allies, each given unique set of skills.
Colorful graphics make utilize DirectX 11's libraries, bringing the series into the new generation.