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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (PS4) Review

February 9, 2017 | Posted by Adam Larck
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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (PS4) Review

PlayStation 3 owners got some great collections with Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and 2.5 remixes, each containing three games to relive.

 photo KH2_zps1cxm0i40.jpgHowever, while PS4 owners wait for the full Remix to coming to their console, they get Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, an interesting collection with a movie, a new chapter to Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep and Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance. While it may seem like a lot, only dedicated fans of the series will get the most enjoyment out of what has been the weakest compilation so far.

First, let’s get the talk of X Back Cover out of the way. The movie features characters exclusive to the Kingdom Hearts universe talking about what eventually sets up the Keyblade Wars. The movie basically covers the mobile app, and leaves plenty of cliffhangers at the end that have either been answered by other titles, or leave more pieces for fans to try and tie together.

The full title, Dream Drop Distance, is the 3DS port of a game a reviewed a few years ago. If you want a more in-depth review, click here to read my thoughts on the original title. They really haven’t changed here.

The game has received an HD upgrade, and they tried to convert all touch controls into the second analog stick. However, some controls are still reversed, like map movement, or just feel awkward when compared to playing on the 3DS.

Overall, Dream Drop Distance has some interesting worlds still, but the annoying Drop mechanic still makes this one of the last titles in the series to check out, just for fans to get the full story of the universe.

 photo KH3_zpswvuioot2.pngNow we come to the new entry created for this title: A Fragmentary Passage. The new chapter of Birth By Sleep is pretty short, coming it with about two hours of combat and some simple puzzles. The epilogue to the PSP game has players following Aqua as she tries to return back to the world.

Besides the short gameplay, which does play better than the 3DS title due to being able to shortcut spells, you can complete optional challenges as well to unlock new items for your character to wear during replays.

The final score: review Good
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Overall, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is a title only diehard series fans will find an interest in. The movie can easily be glossed over, Dream Drop Distance is one of the average titles in the series and A Fragmentary Passage, while fun, will only tease you with a new experience before coming to an end, making the wait for Kingdom Hearts 3 that much longer. If you really need something new in this series, it may be worth checking out. Otherwise, just sit back and wait for more news on KH3 to be announced.