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Video GameKingdom Hearts (Series) Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 12 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and Rich Adams.

OverviewOverview

Kingdom Hearts is a series of action role-playing games that combine video game and Disney characters in popular adventures. You play Sora, as he journeys with various Disney, Square Enix and Pixar characters and fight multiple incarnations of games villain, Xehanort.

You explore the worlds, take on hack and slash combat, and progress a story. The novelty is, of course, the Disney characters, but also the games are known for engaging stories and light character development. They are a little like a lite version of the Final Fantasy games.

More than older role-play game, these are stories about friendship. Many characters need help along the way - and many boss battles feel almost insurmountable. With help from friends like Donald and Goofy, the player character Sora overcomes the darkness to save his friends and bring hope back to the world.
  • Kingdom Hearts (2002) on PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Kingdom Hearts II (2005) on PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Kingdom Hearts III (2019) on PlayStation 4, Xbox One

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 28/03/2002, updated in 2019

Platforms: PS2, PS3, PS4 and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Role-Play

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Square Enix (@SquareEnix)

 

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DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 29 hours and 40 hours to play a round of this game. Kingdom Hearts III, for example, can take this long. Times depend on the approach and skill of the player.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Kingdom Hearts III (like the other games) is rated PEGI 12. This time for depictions of non-realistic looking violence towards human-like or animal-like characters. This game contains depictions of non-realistic looking violence towards human-like characters. Bright lights and magical effects appear on impact of attacks. When the player character takes damage they flash brightly, stumble, and let out a pained cry, however, there are never any visible injuries shown. A health bar is present at the bottom of the screen which shows the status of player character. If the player is defeated, the screen will fade to black before a menu appears prompting the player to continue or exit. Some of the more pertinent scenes of violence towards human characters are present during the cutscenes. This involves characters being stabbed just out of shot of the camera. You never see the attack take place, however, you do see the reaction. Characters wince in pain and clutch at their body, however, there are never any wounds visible where they have been attacked on their bodies.

Rated for younger players in the US.

CostsCosts

Kingdom Hearts usually costs £24.99 to £89.99.
 

Kingdom Hearts All-In-One Package

PlayStation Store PS4 £89.99

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix

PlayStation Store PS4 £39.99

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue

XBox Store Xbox One £47.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £47.99

Kingdom Hearts III

XBox Store Xbox One £54.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £54.99

Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind

PlayStation Store PS4 £24.99

Kingdom Hearts: HD 1.5+2.5 Remix -

XBox Store Xbox One £39.99
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. Purchases in Kingdom Hearts III are for additional content like "Re Mind" or items like the "Dawn till Dusk" keyblade.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Kingdom Hearts Accessibility Report documents 21 accessibility features:
The information provided here is for Kingdom Hearts 3, older titles in the series may have different features.

There is an option to slow down the game while you make selections in the shortcut command menus, but you cannot attack or evade while selecting. These menus for magic and links can be customized.

You do not have a game map available for a world until you find it, which reveals a small minimap. During travel on the gummiship there are on screen point-of-interest and destination indicators with distances shown, as well as a small minimap with obstacles and enemies highlighted.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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