Kingdom Hearts Guide
With Kingdom Hearts 3 coming out soon, I wanted to make a guide to help everyone play all the previous Kingdom Hearts games on one convenient console, and tell you about an upcoming Kingdom Hearts game that you might not have even heard of. I am a huge fan of the Kingdom Hearts series, and I am planning to play them all over the next several months to get ready for the new release. Kingdom Hearts 3 is one of the most anticipated games of 2016, so get ready now!
Update: Recent articles suggest that Kingdom Hearts III may be released in April of 2017, although, Amazon still has it listed as being released in December of 2016. So, the exact date seems to be up to debate.
The first game to get in the series is Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix for the PlayStation 3. This game is a compilation that comes with Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Re:Chain of Memories, and a Theater Mode version of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days with HD remastered cinematics and new original scenes. This collects the first three Kingdom Hearts games, originally released for the PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, and DS respectively, all fully remastered in HD. The Kingdom Hearts Final Mix is also really cool because there are added scenes, new boss battles, and gameplay features added from the second game, among other additions. All three games feature trophy support.
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix (PS3)
The next game in the series is Kingdom Hearts HD 2,5 Remix for the PlayStation 3. This collection contains Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Final Mix, and a Theater Mode version of Kingdom Hearts Re: coded, containing HD remastered cinematics from the game with new additional scenes. This collects the next three games in the series, originally released for the PlayStation 2, PSP, and mobile phones respectively, all fully remastered in HD and featuring trophy support, As with the previous game, the Final Versions contain tons of new features. Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix is especially cool because the previously released Final Mix had additional cutscenes that were only in Japanese, but are now in English on this version for the first time. I should also say that all the games in these collections feature English dialogue with Japanese subtitles. Birth By Sleep is a game that takes place a long time before the events of the first Kingdom Hearts game, featuring new characters. Re:Coded is pretty awesome too because it tells about some of the earliest times in the Kingdom Hearts universe.
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix (PS3)
Now, you might be thinking that you are now ready to get into Kingdom Hearts 3 when it is released later this year. However, there is a brand new Kingdom Hearts game coming out soon that bridges the gap between Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts III and gets you fully ready to experience that epic new game. This new game is also coming out in December and is an exclusive for the PlayStation 4, and it might be one you haven't heard of yet. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is another collection that comes with Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Kingdom Hearts Ï‡ Back Cover, and Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep - A Fragmentary Passage. This collects the next game in the series originally released for the 3DS, as well as two completely new Kingdom Hearts games. Hearts Ï‡ Back Cover is another Theater Mode game that delves into the far history of the Kingdom Hearts universe. Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep - A Fragmentary Passage is a sequel to Birth By Sleep Final Mix and shows what happens after that game. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance is a sequel to Kingdom Hearts II, and is fully remastered in HD for the first time. Dream Drop Distance is the farthest in the Kingdom Hearts timeline, taking place before Kingdom Hearts III. You can now preorder this game.
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (PS4)
If you get all three of these collections, you will have played every game ever released in the Kingdom Hearts series, experiencing each one in fully remastered HD, with tons of new bonus features. You will be ready to play Kingdom Hearts III when it is released this December. Kingdom Hearts III has been a long time in the making, and it is going to be awesome! There is a lot of anticipation for this upcoming title. I for one am excited to get back into the rest of the series and relive some of my favorite moments, as well as play some of the games I missed. I wanted to make this guide to help steer you in the right way to experience these fun games in their entirety. I hope this guide helps you out! Get ready for the new game by preordering!
Kingdom Hearts III (PS4)
I know it has been quite a while, but I'd like to post a few updates. First off, KH3 is now scheduled to come out sometime this year (2018). Second, there is a new trailer that focuses on gameplay in the world of Monsters Inc.; it also features scenes from the world of the Toy Story films. A previous trailer showcased gameplay in a world based on the movie Tangled. The new trailer can be seen here, as well as a sampling of the English and Japanese versions of the game's theme song, performed once again by Hikaru Utada.
But the gameplay is not the only thing that's shown; evidently Marluxia from Chain of Memories and Vanitas from Birth by Sleep will make an appearance in the game.
I saw this and it was awesome, would've liked to have seen some Big Hero 6 but what they showed I was pleased with and maybe they decide to release a demo worldwide at e3 as opposed to keeping it to trade shows.
Continuing with the late responses, I'd like to point out a few things. 1, Re:Coded was a DS remake of a mobile phone game. Similarly, Re:Chain of Memories is the ps2 remake of the GBA game Chain of Memories.
2, The 2.8 release Unchained X Back Cover is cinematics based off the mobile game Kingdom Hearts Unchained X, aka, Kingdom Hearts Union X, which itself is a remake and continuation of a Japan only browser game. Union X still gets new content as well, and has apparently been stated to tie into games beyond KH3.
(Apologies for the somewhat rant.)
The new trailers look amazing, and I honestly can't wait!