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Why You Should Be Excited For Kingdom Hearts III

After what feels like forever, Kingdom Hearts III will be upon us this year, but will it bring us to the light or devour us in darkness? Personally, I'm thinking it's going to bring us light and then some.

Story

Taking place directly after Dream Drop Distance, the game will follow Sora's escapades in finding the "Seven Guardians of Light" and "The Key To All Hearts" while Riku and King Mickey search for Keyblade wielders, most likely including Ventus, Terra and Aqua. Joining them will be new Keyblade wielders, Kairi and Lea. The chapter serves as the last in "The Dark Seeker" saga, so I imagine it will be quite the epic finale, something I'm most definitely looking forward to.

Gameplay

Gameplay wise, the formula will be the same affair with other games in the series. What is interesting is the introduction of "Attraction Flow" which has been adapted from "Flowmotion," first seen in Dream Drop Distance. Attraction Flow is using theme park rides as seen in Disney World Resort, Sora will be able to attack his enemies with a pirate ship, a train, and other attractions not yet seen. It is believed these will be situational in fights, as not to spam them.
Drive Forms will be returning, with Sora sporting what looks to be "Guard Form" in a recent screenshot. While no other forms have been announced, it's most likely previous forms seen in Kingdom Hearts II will make an appearance.
Sora's Keyblade now has the ability to transform as well, including into what looks like guns and a hammer.
I'm quite interested in seeing how far the game will go with attraction flow and what transformations the keyblade will receive.

Worlds

Already we have had a few worlds announced, players will be delving into the likes of Big Hero 6, Tangled, and Toy Story -- with Toy Story being the first Pixar IP to be featured in the series. In terms of original worlds, only Twilight Town has been shown to make a comeback, but it's almost certain that Radiant Garden/Hollow Bastion will be seen again. I imagine we'll be seeing a world based on Shibuya from The World Ends With You, another Square IP, as characters from the game were seen in Dream Drop Distance. It'll be exciting to see what worlds crop up, especially with the rumours going around of a world based on Monster's Inc.

Final Thoughts

For me, I really can't wait for the game to finally arrive, it's looking to be one of the best in the series from gameplay alone. Provided that the features are being implemented work well, it will be a breath of fresh air and pave the way for new games in the series.
Kingdom Hearts III will release this year. (Unless Square delay it... again... again.)

 


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Danny SKH
20-01-2018
 
 

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