May this cheat sheet continue to be your guiding key
And to round off and wrap up on you KH lessons;
In My Opinion These Games Didn’t Add a Lot to The Overall Story However You Should Probably Try Them At Least Once
Fans that have their fingers in every single one of the Kingdom Hearts pies will disagree with me but the following games I believe are worth trying however don’t necessarily bring much to the table. Again, it’s totally up to you which games you decide to play and which you skip over.
Kingdom Hearts Coded (2009) / Re:Coded (2010)
If you weren’t already confused by all the different iterations of each game, it’s about to get even worse. Kingdom Hearts Coded was originally released in 2009, it is a mobile game that didn’t receive a release outside of Japan. Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded that was released in 2010/11 is the developed Nintendo DS version of Kingdom Hearts Coded. With me so far?
As mentioned previously, I don’t like DS RPG’s so you guessed it, I tried this multiple times and never finished it. Similar to 358/2 Days though, Re:Coded received a 3 hour cutscene compilation on the PS3 and PS4 HD remakes, so if there were any important plot points, I got ‘em. The game is basically a rehash of Kingdom Hearts 1 to put it bluntly. It takes place after Kingdom Hearts 2 and if I remember rightly you basically play through slightly different, digital versions of the worlds you encountered in Kingdom Hearts 1. If you decide to pick this game up, you’ll understand what I mean.
Kingdom Hearts χ [chi] / Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ [chi] (2013 – Present)
You’ll have to bear with me on this one, as this is probably the most confusing game in this list as well as the one I know the least about. This game started out as an online game in 2013 branded as Kingdom Hearts χ [chi]. In 2016, the game was released to iOS and Android and rebranded as Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ [chi], it then changed to Kingdom Hearts Union χ [Cross] in 2016. The game acts as a prequel set 100 years before the events of the Kingdom Hearts game series.
Players create their own avatar to traverse around the KH world. As far as I’m aware it’s a turn based, sometimes multiplayer mobile RPG. That’s kind of all I know honestly, so if you’re interested in this game it’s free to download on your phone’s version of the app store. If, however you’re like me and can’t stand mobile games, don’t fret as on the PS4 collection: Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, you guessed it! There’s a film version of the game. I watched this after realising that I couldn’t get on with the mobile game and it only confused me more… but who knows! It could come into play later in the series.
Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this game. It was really exciting to get a brand new Kingdom Hearts console game that wasn’t just a HD remake of an old KH game. Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage was released as part of the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue PS4 collection (I’m aware of how wild these titles are, every fan is) and is basically a mini episode sequel to 2010’s Birth by Sleep. I won’t spoil too much for those of you who haven’t played the original Birth by Sleep but let’s just say that this mini game explains what happened after the events of BBS in more detail. If you’re interested I wrote a review of this game which is linked below. The game lasts around the same time as one world in a normal KH game would, it is set immediately after Dream Drop Distance and links up to what will happen in Kingdom Hearts 3. It is also a good installment to the franchise at this moment in time as it implements gameplay mechanics that will be used in Kingdom Hearts 3, so it was almost like a Kingdom Hearts 3 taster without giving too much future information away. Like I said, I enjoyed playing this game a lot but again, it rehashed a little of the original Birth by Sleep (for understandable reasons but none the less). I added it to this section of the post as 1) I can’t think of anything new story wise the game offered us and 2) it didn’t fit in any other category!
That’s about it for the Kingdom Hearts series. I’ve briefly covered it all but really, I only scratched the surface so use this as a launchpad into your own Kingdom Hearts research. Understandably, a lot of people will probably disagree with my choices in this post, if so: we’d love to hear from you! Let’s create a Kingdom Hearts discussion.
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