Sora and Mickey's PS4 reunion
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX
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 The controls may seem a little outdated, however, in comparison with more simplistic actionpacked RPGs today, and controlling the camera can sometimes be quite the task.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.