Just Finished: Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD (As Part of the Kingdom Hearts All in One Collection) (PS4)
Another Kingdom Hearts game in the books. This is the first game in my play through of the series that I had never even played partially beforehand so it was completely new to me. Of course this game was originally developed and released for the 3DS. Even though I was a 3DS owner since day one I never considered buying the game for the device. I'm glad I played it on the PS4, not only for the value, but also the trophies and ability to play on big screen. I couldn't imagine trying to take on some of these tricky combat situations on the 3DS' cramped screen and controls. Although I think all the 3D imagery and gimmicks they threw in probably looked pretty goond on the handheld. The story is still ridiculous and convoluted. It's encouraging that they threw in quite a few original worlds or movies we have not experienced in the series before like Hunchback of Notre Dame and Tron Legacy. The drop mechanic is one of the most bizarre things I have come across in a game. If a certain timed meter drops to 0 the game forces you to stop what you are doing and play as the other character (Sora or Riku) in their story. Maybe they wanted you to spend even time playing as both (though Riku takes over at the end) but it was distracting and would even happen in the middle of boss battles. My biggest pet peeve with this series remains the ridiculous difficulty spikes towards the endgame with the last few boss battles. It is quite frankly absurd and has plagued every entry in the series. Again this game has appeal for young players because of the Disney character so to make the final bosses so frustratingly grudgingly difficult makes the whole series feel discordant. Oh also the game has Pokemon style elements with the Spirit Creatures that you can create and train to fight alongside you. Initially I thought this would be an annoying gimmick but it worked pretty well and was not too obtrusive. The presentation other than the story is top notch. The gameplay still has some kinks but is mostly satisfying. I got serious gay vibes between Sora and Riku's story. And I'll end my review on that note...
Full Completed 2022 List:
- Far Cry 5 (PS4)
- Resident Evil 6 (PS4)
- inFamous 2 (PS Now)
- Super Mario Bros. 3 (NSO)
- Bioshock 2 (PS4)
- Ico (PS Now)
- Knack (PS4)
- Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD (PS4)
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