Very few games have built up the same level of anticipation that Kingdom Hearts 3 has been followed with. The games overall convoluted story arc can end up looking more insane than a conspiracy theorist wall, though there is so much charm and personality in the games that many cannot help but to love.
I had the pleasure of being one of the first people in the UK to play Kingdom Hearts 3 at this years EGX at the NEC in Birmingham.
The game allowed players to experience 2 different levels; one of which was the Toy Story level where you start off with the familiar crew in Andy’s room, the second being set in the Hercules Disney world fighting Titan.
I did manage to get a hands on with both levels, both of which were visually and technically impressive. Many of us have been waiting the best part of a decade for the continuation of the main saga in Kingdom Hearts, I can say whole heartedly that this game has not disappointed. The extremely familiar game mechanics are still at the games core, while other more outlandish abilities and features have found their way into Kingdom Hearts 3.
Sora is very much where we left off, even though Haley Joel Osment has aged since last taking on the role. The rest of the usual faces are in the line-up, nothing in the trailer showed off the characters if Mickey, Rikku and many of the shady villains the series has.
Woody, Buzz and the Toy Story crew were a massive wave of nostalgia allowing fans of the films to interact with these familiar faces. The world design is fantastic, the detail of the worlds has not been overlooked allowing for an authentic Toy Story experience.
The Titan Boss level featured some new wall running mechanics while facing off against a massive foe. The level was a very impressive set piece with cut-scenes triggering new events and enemy encounters. The section I played did not give too much away about the story in the level though my time was cut short with the game.
Overall this is shaping up to be one of the nicest looking games on this current gen of games, the mechanics and gameplay are fantastic. Long time fans of the series will not be disappointed with the result when they finally get the game next year.
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