Kingdom Hearts finally gets the HD remaster fans have been wanting since the craze started, but does it preserve the franchise’s critical acclaim? Read our review below.
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX is an HD compilation game containing HD gameplay and cinematics of Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hreats Re: Chain of Memories, and Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days. It is available exclusively on the PlayStation 3.
Sora, Donald, and Goofy are back together again, in High-Definition!
THE GOOD: Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Remix gives fans exactly what they’ve been asking for, an HD retelling of the original game, while also adding an HD remake of Re: Chain of Memories, and a near 3 hour cinematic of 358/2 Days. However it’s not the original version of Kingdom Hearts which is included, but instead the once Japanese exclusive Final Mix version, which was believed to never see the light of day outside of it’s original home. The Final Mix version of Kingdom Hearts includes tougher enemies, extra items (including an exclusive key blade), and a new boss fight which connects the game to the other entries included in the compilation.
Roxas, Xion, and Ax…er Lea eating sea salt ice cream.
Gameplay is the standard Kingdom Hearts fair, you and your party fight the heartless using magic, and powerful striking attacks as you travel your way world to world in order to seal each of the keyholes with the key blade. If you’ve played the original Kingdom Hearts recently, then you’ll notice some key changes in the Final Mix version, such as the 99 Dalmatians being moved to different places (mostly to fix glitches that were encountered with certain ones in the original if you missed them), a difference in enemy difficulty, and more.
Re: Chain of Memories distanced it self from Kingdom Hearts’s traditional action gameplay
opting to use a new card battling like system instead.
Between the two playable games the difference in gameplay was very noticeable, Re: Chain of Memories decided on going with a storyline about memories and the use of a new card battling system, and this new transition works surprisingly well though it does admittedly take a bit of getting use to such as knowing the correct time to use the “0″ card or when to pull out a stock for a big card break during a boss fight.
The extra boss fight that has dreaded every Kingdom Hearts fans’ dreams; Sephiroth.
THE BAD: 358/2 Days not being playable is really the only notable bummer, especially when Noruma admitted that the HD version of the game was in playable form at one point, but cancelled in favor of the current incarnation.
Look, but no touch!
OVERALL THOUGHTS: Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX is the franchise fan’s compilation come true, but one of the games not being playable is a disappointment. Still the fact that Kingdom Hearts Final Mix was finally brought stateside greatly makes up for it. The differences between the original and the HD Final Mix versions are very noticeable. And Re:Chain of Memories’ new gameplay system was a new welcome.