Oh yeah, you should at the very least watch the story from that game before playing Kingdom Hearts 3.
It's where the main villain is introduced, and his background and motivation is shown, and it's the lead up to the current situation in Kingdom Hearts 3.
I don't know if they'll recap it in KH3, but a lot of crucial plot elements in Kingdom Hearts 3 are the way they are because of what happened in BBS. I'd even go as far as to say that the events of Kingdom Hearts 2 is more skippable than BBS's story, when it comes to enjoying KH3.
Because Kingdom Hearts 2 is more like a conclusion of the first section of the story, wheres BBS introduced a new chapter, that will now conclude in KH3.
Birth By Sleep has my favorite battle mechanics (cooldown system for skills, that can be reduced by using more skills, encouraging more frequent usage of skills) so I'd say it'd be fun to play, if you are at all into Kingdom Hearts. It'll probably pale in comparison to KH 3 though. But if you don't want to play BBS, at least watch the story on youtube is my recommendation.
Anyway, I really didn't want to get my hopes up about this character being playable in the main game, due to what we see in some KH3 trailers. Maybe in a DLC, I thought, but I'm very glad to see I was wrong about that.
Well that was definitely the character I was most looking foward to seeing when I finally got around to BBS, so I'm glad they're in 3 since I'm sure I'll want more of them afterwards. So is there a playable version of BBS on one of the KH collections or do I have to track down an actual PSP and copy of the game? I'll definitely play it one way or another. I love trying all the spin-offs' different battle systems.
Yeah, luckily there are several options for that game. I first played it as an HD Remaster on Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix. (PS3)
On PS4 it's on a game called Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5
And on Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far
KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX
- KINGDOM HEARTS FINAL MIX
- KINGDOM HEARTS Re:Chain of Memories
- KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days (HD Remastered cinematics)
- KINGDOM HEARTS II FINAL MIX
- KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep Final MIX
- KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded (HD Remastered cinematics)
KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 FINAL CHAPTER PROLOGUE
- KINGDOM HEARTS Dream Drop Distance HD
- KINGDOM HEARTS 0.2 Birth by Sleep –A fragmentary passage–
- KINGDOM HEARTS χ Back Cover (movie)
It basically has every game. Including Dream Drop Distance, and 0.2 (An epilogue to BBS, and Prologue to KH3 featuring Aqua).
^This one seems to be currently sold out on Amazon, though.
I wouldn't even consider Birth By Sleep a spin-off to be honest since it has both the core gameplay and story. It just features a different main cast, but that's some times necessary, like how Metal Gear Solid 3 is about Snake's father, etc.
I think they should have given it a number, like KH 0. The short epilogue to Birth By Sleep is even called KH 0.2.
First story: Kingdom Hearts 1 > Chain of Memories > 358/2 Days > Kingdom Hearts 2.
Second story: Birth By Sleep >Coded (Only the secret ending, really) > Dream Drop Distance > Kingdom Hearts 3.
Ah, I see. Then I've played through the whole first story and just part of Coded for the second story (never finished that one).
Last edited by Hiku - on 20 January 2019
Yeah from what I understand (I haven't played it myself, but I watched a story summary) Coded is mainly a side story, but the secret ending reveals something regarding the main villain of the current story, and sets up for the events of Dream Drop Distance, which is where Riku and Sora go to take the Mark of Mastery, to try to get the keyblade 'Master' title, in preparation for the final battle to come in KH3.
As of Kingdom Hearts 3 there are currently four people with that title. Aqua is one of them.
I forgot to mention that Kingdom Hearts X also plays a part in the KH3 story, and it's summarized in video form in Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far, or Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue.