Kingdom Hearts 3 Hands On Impressions from E3 2018

Story contributed by Draden Gaffney from the E3 2018 Showfloor:

Kingdom Hearts 3 is finally here. Finally after a very long hiatus, Disney & Square Square Enix announced the rebirth arriving on January 29, 2019. Kingdom Hearts 2 was released in 2006, or 2005 for anyone in Japan. There were actually plenty of Kingdom Hearts games released between the two:

Kingdom Hearts χ
Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep
Kingdom Hearts
Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories
Kingdom Hearts 0.2 (begins)
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Kingdom Hearts II
Kingdom Hearts: Coded
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dreams Drop Distance
Kingdom Hearts 0.2 (ends)
Kingdom Hearts III

If Apple doesn’t have to follow the traditional naming convention neither does Kingdom Hearts. Kingdom Hearts is truly a unique breed of video games. Where else is Donald Duck helping a spiky-haired kid fight monsters using magic and weapons?

This unique game came from a random conversation in an elevator between a senior developer at Square Enix and a Disney Executive.

What is new with this game? Some of the confirmed returning maps are Twilight Town and Olympus. Kingdom Hearts 3 has a variety of new Disney worlds. The ones we know so far are as follows: Pirates of the Caribbean, Frozen, Tangled, Big Hero 6, Toy Story and Monsters, Inc.

In past games parties were restricted to three members. Normally it is you(Sora), Donald and Goofy, and the option to exchange either Donald (mage) or Goofy (defense) for the hero of whichever Disney world you are playing in. Kingdom Hearts 3 now allows for up to 5 people in a party, so now players will have Donald, Goofy and three other players from any of the world’s.

I got to play the Toy Story themed demo at E3, and boy, did it make me smile. Andy’s room brought back memories and was absolutely beautifully designed and the detail was phenomenal, it had the film-like accuracy of Kingdom Hearts world. Andy’s room in the game is exactly the same as in the Pixar’s movies. Reliving the movie was magical, having the chance to climb out the window and jump down to the driveway. The game doesn’t allow players absolute freedom, players can’t roam around freely or open drawers. The game does a fantastic job of making players feel as if they are truly Woody or Buzz Lightyear.