Union Cross. You either love it, hate it, or couldn’t care less about it. The undeniable fact about it is that it is an essential for those who are into the lore. At time of writing, late 2020, the story is ending. I’d recommend watching it on YouTube. It would take years to catch up and there are a lot of fillers. Union Cross is all about the very first Keyblade wielders in Daybreak Town. They separate the keyblade users into different factions. All of them have a mission to collect lux in order to keep the pending darkness away.
Many questions linger about why Xehanort did what he did. Dark Road intends on answering this question. It is an idle game, you can leave it on in the background. There is a manual mode, but there isn’t a need to. It takes a lot of the things that Union Cross got wrong in terms of its engagement and makes it right in Dark Road. There are two episodes at time of writing and there has been zero filler. So if you’re interested at all in better understanding Xehanort, Dark Road is a must. It’s free on iOS and Android.
Despite loving the original release, Kingdom Hearts III Re:Mind manages to fix its biggest issue- a lack of content. What you have here is a mostly enjoyable short campaign, and a collection of 14 incredible boss fights that are more than worth the price of admission. Speaking of, the biggest problem with ReMind is its asking price, which is steep for what essentially is revamped boss fights. The content here is worth it, but if you’re not obsessed with finding out what happened to Sora or taking on some incredible bosses then it might be worth waiting for a sale.
Living up to a decade of anticipation is no small feat, but Kingdom Hearts III manages it by satisfyingly tying up the loose ends, introducing awesome new gameplay mechanics and having the series’ trademark fantastic presentation. The Disney worlds included here range from some of the best to some of the most boring, but they’re held together by the best combat system to date which is thanks to Keyblade Transformations. The only thing letting it down is a lack of meaningful side content, but beyond that Kingdom Hearts 3 is more than worthy of the years of hype surrounding it.
This marvelous entry, intended to keep us going while waiting for Kingdom Hearts 3 tells the story of Keyblade Master Aqua, and how she found herself in the realm of darkness after the events of Birth By Sleep. More of a psychological horror than a traditional entry, this game plays directly into your fears. What would you do if you had to fight your darkest self? What lengths are you willing to go to search for your loved ones, and at what point do you’re willing to step up and sacrifice yourself to protect what means the most to you?
It is time for Sora and Riku to take on the Mark of Mastery. This exam is to decide who is deemed worthy of being a Keyblade Master. For this, they’re to acquire the power of waking, which is required to rescue fellow keyblade wielders Aqua, Terra, and Ventus. However, things take a turn for the worse when Sora is unknowingly lured closer and closer into Xehanort’s villainous master plan and stripped of any personality, sense, intelligence, and even his powers. The game is mechanically some of the most put together in the series and it’s well worth a play.
About 10 years before the events of Kingdom Hearts, prospective Keyblade Masters Terra and Aqua are taking their Mark of Mastery exam. All is not how it seems, though. Will the trio be able to uncover the mysteries of the universe and what truths lie within the darkness? It strays from the traditional hack and slash nature of the previous games and focuses now on having specific move sets which you have to build for each character. You must play all 3 stories to see the entire picture. Making each new run a pleasure by slowly connecting all the dots.
While originally launched for the Nintendo DS, 358/2 days are now available as an interactive movie on Playstation 3, Playstation 4 and Xbox. Which is a vast improvement to the DS experience. The story centers on Axl, Roxas and Xion, three friends from the mysterious Organisation 13. But what are they going to do when things start to take a turn for the worse? You can now relive all of your favourite memories of 358/2 with none of the pixilation making this more palatable for those looking to catch up. It is as sad as it is sweet.
Probably known as the weakest entry in the franchise, Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded was born after creator Tetsuya Nomura was drunk one night in a bar, and you can see why. To say that this entry is a barrel of crazy would be an understatement. This takes place in Jimmy’s Journals that have been digitized after a strange note in the journal “Their hurting will be mended when you return to end it” After this, it goes into the traditional Kingdom Hearts nonsense. Thankfully, in the remaster it’s a movie, but that doesn’t mean it will make any more sense!
Kingdom Hearts II is the game that will make or break what kind of Kingdom Hearts fan you are. You either love the story and how it expanded from the previous two games, or you just like the combat and nothing more. Surprisingly, this game caters well to both. If you love the story, it introduces some of the most memorable characters from later games, and the combat’s stylish and varied attacks and spells are a strong upgrade from CoM’s restrictive card system. Combined with a wonderful soundtrack, Kingdom Hearts II is a strong follow-up to the initial enchanting entries.