Sora and Mickey's PS4 re­union

King­dom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX

GAX (Malaysia) - - REVIEW - by Sharmine Ishak

One of the PS2’s best ac­tion RPGs, King­dom earts nally makes its way to the PS4 with the re­lease of King­dom earts D 5 5

eM . The port of a com­pi­la­tion re­leased three years ago on the PS3 doesn’t boast any new con­tent, but with four games and two cutscene movies from its spin-o s, this is – by far – the most de ni­tive col­lec­tion in the en­tire fran­chise.

Pre­sented in highde ni­tion, the col­lec­tion for the PS4 runs at 60 frames per sec­ond on 1080p (4K on the PS4 Pro), mak­ing it an ab­so­lute joy to play – smoother and more uid than it ever has been since its re­lease and sub­se­quent re­mas­ter. Nail­bit­ing skir­mishes are now a lot eas­ier to take on, as the greatly im­proved frame rate bene ts the ac­tion-ori­ented game­play, mak­ing it eas­ier to dodge, block, and at­tack with ease. Even load­ing times have been re­duced mas­sively, mak­ing tran­si­tions be­tween worlds and ar­eas on the map shorter than be­fore. The con­trols may seem a lit­tle out­dated, how­ever, in com­par­i­son with more sim­plis­tic ac­tion­packed RPGs to­day, and con­trol­ling the camera can some­times be quite the task. There are mo­ments when lock­ing onto en­e­mies gives you more trou­ble than its worth, while try­ing to nav­i­gate the menus to cast a spell or use an item opens you up to at­tack. This isn’t to say that King­dom earts is a hard game to play; its bat­tle sys­tem just isn’t as re ned as what play­ers to­day are fa­mil­iar with, but it isn’t too com­ple to be in­ac­ces­si­ble.

Oth­er­wise, the re­turn trip is a vis­ual feast for the eyes, as the aes­thet­ics have been vis­ually souped-up for the newer gen­er­a­tion. D vi­su­als make new of the old, as char­ac­ter models are sharper and more de­tailed, while the en­vi­ron­ments are richer and more col­or­ful. A mi­nor gripe we had, how­ever, is the break­away from the 60fps game­play into the game’s locked 30fps cutscenes. This can be es­pe­cially jar­ring when jump­ing be­tween the two, although it does lit­tle to de­tract from the over­all en­joy­ment and graph­ics delity.

Ad­di­tional con­tent packed into the Fi­nal Mix ver­sions of the game give play­ers more run for their money, pro­vid­ing op­tional boss ghts and quests to com­plete. Those with a pen­chant for 100-per­cent game com­ple­tions will have a lot to un­lock, which in­cludes se­cret trea­sures and new cutscenes that lend more back­story. Across four games, this is a lot of value to be­hold, which will eas­ily keep you busy for 300 hours or more.

King­dom earts D 5 5 eM is the best way to jump into the se­ries, if you al­ready haven’t, and it’s a solid ad­di­tion for any gamer. Those who are fa­mil­iar will be sure to ap­pre­ci­ate the trip down mem­ory lane, while new­com­ers surely ap­pre­ci­ate a world com­bin­ing the best of Fi­nal Fan­tasy and Dis­ney.

CON­CLU­SION If you love Dis­ney or Fi­nal Fan­tasy, this is a mus­town ti­tle for your PS4 col­lec­tion.

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