Thirteen years have passed since the last main entry in the Kingdom Hearts series. Meanwhile, Square-Enix has kept the franchise alive and in the public eye with portable spin-offs, prequels, and mobile titles, all of which expand the backstory by filling in the gaps.
Kingdom Hearts saw so much fallout, in fact, that the storyline got so convoluted that some players were put off from jumping straight into Kingdom Hearts III. It’s been a hot topic lately, Jim Sterling and AVGN recently tried to make sense of the timeline. We dare say that Square-Enix has done itself no favors here.
The same can be said for the fact that many European outlets did not receive a review code prior to launch, suggesting that Square-Enix believed that European gaming sites would not be as positive about it as those on the other side of the pond. Supporting this theory, Eurogamer was far from wowed by the 40-hour action RPG. As Emily Blunt sings in The Poppins Awakens, ‘Some things and nonsense could be fun.’ There’s a lot of both in Kingdom Hearts 3, but not enough of the kind I’m looking for, ‘said their reviewer.
While it all might seem rather overwhelming, critics in the US were wowed by Kingdom Hearts III, with some critical scores being a perfect 10/10. If you have followed the events before, it is obvious. It’s a game that’s been going on for thirteen years, after all.
There is a decent amount of other notable new releases. Team17 is back with Genesis Alpha One, an ambitious mix of genres being a first-person sci-fi survival game with construction and strategy elements. PlayStation Universe claims this is the first must-see indie release of the year.
February 1 sees the launch of Wargroove, the Advance Wars style anticipatory strategy simulation. Reviews are not live yet, but it looks like an extremely safe purchase. There’s also a Switch HD reissue from THQ Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy, the voxel-based RTS 8-bit hordes, and Drowning – a slow first person “walking simulator” that deals with depression. We’ve found that it doesn’t quite hit its mark due to the basic storytelling. However, other reviewers have been nicer with SquareXO, handing out a 7/10.
Link quasi-film Dragons Dawn of the New Horsemenis also coming out this week. It looks infinitely better than the last How to Train Your Dragon game, which was a horrible “fly through the hoops” runner. Solve my maze, dragons!
Kingdom Hearts III – PS4 / XO
10/10 – PlayStation Lifestyle: âThe developer has refined and perfected combat. He kept his stupidity intact. He stayed in the darker themes and deep moments of self-reflection that we all need from time to time. This is frankly the best Kingdom Hearts game Square Enix has ever made.
9.5 – GameInformer: âAlthough not perfect, Kingdom Hearts III is the game I have been waiting for. After I finished it I was delighted to see how satisfied I was with the trip. I’ve walked through worlds with some of my favorite Disney characters, persevered through tough boss fights, and saw a triumphant finale that only makes me more excited for the future.
8.7 – IGN: “Kingdom Hearts 3 is a rewarding evolution and resolution of the franchise that shows it is still full of heart”
8/10 – Destructoid: “Kingdom Hearts III might not be the best final entry possible (and knowing this series, a” Final “mix of the” final game “is easily an option), but Sora and his buddies. Despite all the absurd twists and turns, the character’s missteps, and the complete absence of some of the show’s defining cast members, there are very few creations that make me smile so often. “
4/5 – GamesRadar: âWhatever the flaws, there is nothing quite like Kingdom Hearts 3, and it’s a crazy and wonderful race as a result. Name another game where you can watch Elsa play Let It Go before hammering monsters to death with a giant wrench. I’ll wait”
Genesis Alpha One – PS4 / XO
9/10 – PSU: âGenesis Alpha One is an extremely rare beast. A guaranteed marriage of elements of FPS, space simulation, roguelike and strategy, this is quite simply the first essential independent title of 2019 “
8/10 – PlayStation Country: âGenesis Alpha One is one of the few survival titles that combines a real sense of high-stakes urgency while juggling multiple styles of play. Although it may seem heavy on paper and Strewn with challenges in the structure of the gameplay and the technical aspects, Radiation Blue has managed to marry FPS, sim management, RTS and roguelikes in a unique and convincing experience.
6/10 – The Metro: “The mix of tactical spaceship building and roguelike action is intriguing, but Genesis Alpha One suffers from a split personality and limited development budget”
8-bit Hordes – PS4 / XO
7/10 – PlayStation Country: “8-Bit Armies is a nice RTS that will appeal to newbies of the genre and fans of the old Command and Conquer games, but it could do with a little more variation and the lack of story takes away the a bit of the personality of the game â
5/10 – TheSixthAxis: â8-Bit Hordes has some eye-catching visuals but little else to offer. This is the real-time strategy in numbers and completely forgettable, although other developers would do well to remember and adopt the 8-bit serial control scheme. In that regard at least, Hordes could have some of his own ideas stolen, rather than generously borrowing everyone’s.
4/10 – PSU: âA voxel-based RTS console that tries to make things easier for the platform but fails. There’s a whole bunch of games here, but the simplistic controls and poor AI end up making the whole experience hard to enjoy unless you really like the RTS genre.
Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy – Switch
8/10 – Nintendo Insider: âNot only does it capture the essence of a good adventure title, but it gives us entertaining abilities and puzzles that are truly a fun experience. Maybe THQ Nordic will give this game the chance to have a sequel, where it could potentially become the series it was always meant to be.
7/10 – Nintendo Life: âCombining melee combat, environmental puzzles and many platforms with a fun and interesting take on Egyptian mythology, this is an action-platform game that holds up really well, despite the years. spent on his clock. Its camera might still suck a bit, but with a new coat of HD paint, it’s a hidden gem worth a little time in the limelight.
6/10 – GameSpew: âI wouldn’t say Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy is a must buy on Nintendo Switch. If you have fond memories of the original, I’m sure it will be fun to come back to it. And if you are a die-hard 3D platformer fan (does this exist?) Then you will probably find something to enjoy here â
DreamWorks Dragons Dawn of the New Riders
Song of memories
DayD: through time
Super animal squad
Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy
Dragons Dawn of the New Horsemen
Child of light and brave hearts
Next week: God Eater 3, Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Video Game 2, Riot: Civil Unrest, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2, 39 Days to Mars, Please, Don’t Touch Anything, Away: Journey To The Unexpected, Pipe Push Paradise, and Spike Volleyball.