KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX Review

Jari Välimäki

Collection

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX is a PS4 port of the two PS3 Kingdom Hearts compilations that released around four years ago.
Final Mix includes versions of :

  • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Cinematic
  • Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded Cinematic

Story.

The Destiny Islands are a beautiful paradise where children’s
laughter abounds. Day after day, Sora, Riku and Kairi talk and
dream of new places, new worlds beyond their islands. They ponder
the usual questions that adolescents do – about the
world outside, about their own existence

Little do they know a great destiny awaits them. One stormy night,
a terrible darkness invades Destiny Islands. Thus does
their journey begin… Sora awakens in another world in a place
called Traverse town.

And that’s how Kingdom Hearts Final Mix begins..

If you are not familiar with the Kingdom Hearts story line I suggested reading up on it at :

http://www.kingdomhearts.com/1525/us/

Gameplay.

As one who had his previous Kingdom Hearts experience such a long time ago, I am almost embarrased to say that it took me a while to get used to the controls/camera:
You hit square to attack, and you’ll occasionally use the d-pad to view your command menu to then use items and magic spells which is fine. But the camera angles and how
the camera follows you (looking around) or marking an enemy not always working like you want felt a little bit dated compared to todays games with their camera options.
It’s not so bad it would put you off the game, as the game / games themself are brilliant but it can be a bit frustrating.

Kingdom Hearts 2 and Birth By Sleep adds a lot more depth by introducing the finisher moves and different command styles.
If you’re looking for any real combat challenges you should look into the games secret bosses, I have not been brave enough to tackle that yet.

Besides the small issues with the camera control, the gameplay is very enjoyable across all the titles in the 1.5 + 2.5 HD ReMIX.

The Music/Sound across the games are brilliant, what’s there not to love hearing Goofys voice or Donald’s or the iconic Music..

Once you’ve finished 1.5 & 2.5 ReMIX, and cannot wait for the release of Kingdom Hearts 3, there is the Kingdom Hearts 2.8 HD Final Chapter Prologue for you to tackle as well,
this being though a separate title to purchase to have that full collection.

Conclusion

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX is a high quality collection for new players and offers those who haven’t picked up the series
in a long time an excellent reason to revisit and replay it.

Square Enix has done a terrific job on the remaster, and one can only guess the man hours that went into this labour of love.

Some technical issues aside, it is hard to find a compilation with this much value in the box on any system..

Highly recommended purchase for the PS4.

Release Date: March 31st, 2017
Developer : Square Enix
Platforms : PS4

Review code supplied by developer.

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