May this cheat sheet continue to be your guiding key
Hot on the heels of my first part today I'm going to look at;
Good Stories That Are Kind of Important but The Games Are to An Acquired Taste
The title is enough of an explanation but what I mean is, here you’ll find those games that have good and even important stories however the actual gameplay is literally the worst you’ve probably ever played but once again, if you want the full Kingdom Hearts experience, you should probably educate yourself on these titles too.
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (2009)
Now I don’t know about you but whenever I see an RPG on DS, I usually see it as a bad sign. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 days was released on the Nintendo DS in 2009. The reason I don’t like RPG’s on the DS is simply because it doesn’t feel fun to play, the controls and screen are too small and due to the DS’ inside capabilities the game feels a little hollow. Anyway, back to 358/2 Days.
The game takes place between KH1 and Chain of Memories and links together many plot points in Chain of Memories and KH2. In this addition however, there’s no Sora, no Donald and no Goofy. Instead we are introduced to Roxas (who we had previously met in Kingdom Hearts 2) and the rest of Organisation XIII (it all gets explained in KH2, don’t worry). If you’re like me though and can’t stand the gameplay there is another option, if you buy a copy of either Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix on PS3 or PS4, you’ll see that 358/2 Days is included. It isn’t the full game however it’s a 3-hour long movie compiled of all of the cutscenes in the game, all digitally remastered! So, you can get the story down without having to play the full game, brilliant!
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (2012)
As I’ve mentioned in various other posts on this site and my own blog, I had a hard time with Dream Drop Distance to begin with. For some reason I just couldn’t get on with the new gameplay mechanics. The fact it was another RPG on another tiny handheld console probably didn’t help either. I attempted it a few times, didn’t get very far so just gave up.
Fast forward to when Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue for the PS4 came out (I know, confusing right?) which contained a HD remaster of Dream Drop Distance. I thought I’d try it again now that it was on a bigger console and miraculously I took to it like a duck to water and got on with it really well! I ended up completing it and everything! I can’t believe that I ever had trouble with it as I understand it so well now. I can even go back and play it on the 3DS with no problems. I may be wrong, but I believe that Dream Drop Distance is one of the closest games to Kingdom Hearts 3 timeline wise, so it’s worth getting all that extra information.
Chain of Memories (2004) / Re: Chain of Memories (2007)
As mentioned before, Chain of Memories was released and is set inbetween Kingdom Hearts 1 and Kingdom Hearts 2 so if you weren’t a die hard fan at the time you may have missed it. As Chris has mentioned in multiple different posts: as someone that only knew about the PS2 games at the time, he was pretty lost at what happened between 1 & 2 as he didn’t play this game.
I also didn’t play Chain of Memories before playing KH2, I went back to try it and basically couldn’t stand the gameplay (surprise, surprise). So, I watched every cut scene on YouTube to get the story. I even tried my hand at the PS2 version: Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories and still had no luck. This game explores more of Organisation XIII and fills in the blanks between 1 & 2.
That concludes the second and middle part of my cheat sheet - I'll be following up with a final piece to complete the whole series so please come back soon and check out that.
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