Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory (Series) Review
Posted: 9 weeks ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.
There are 140 tracks in the story mode that revisit brief synopses of the main game series' storylines. These offer a novel introduction to the main stories, while also fleshing out the complicated narratives. In co-op mode you take turns to play different sections of a song. In battle mode you compete with players online to see who performs better. You can earn tricks to hamper the other players.
The game offers an unusual combination of rhythm and storytelling while evolving the play with new mechanisms, modes, and difficulties.
You will need Nintendo Online (must be 18 to purchase, but can be any age to use) to play online with Nintendo Switch. You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4.
Rated PEGI 12+ for violence. Violence towards human characters is unrealistic, with bright lights and magical effects appearing on impact. Characters stagger backwards but do not show injuries or cry out in pain.
During the various levels, fantastical enemy characters advance on the player's character and must be attacked in time to the music. In most cases, characters are defeated with a single hit but others may require multiple hits. As with the human characters, reactions to violence are undetailed and unrealistic. All the weapons used are unrealistic and the reaction to the violence is the same regardless of the type of weapon or magic used.
Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for fantasy violence, mild language. Animated sequences sometimes depict characters using keyblades to attack enemies in one-on-one combat; a handful of sequences involve characters being impaled—depicted off-screen or obscured by bright flashes of light. One song title contains the word “damned.”
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.
How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.
Select Difficulty: Select difficulty from a range of presets.
Customise Difficulty: Customise different aspects of the game.
Adjustable Between Levels: You can adjust the difficulty between levels/rounds.
Save Anytime: The game automatically saves progress or you can save any time, and not lose progress.
Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.
How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.
Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required.
Some spoken content has subtitles: Some spoken content has subtitles.
All Dialogue is Voiced: All of the game dialogue and narrative can be voiced.
How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.
Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.
How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.
Bright Colourful Palette: Game uses bright colours and is generally high contrast.
Outline Interactive Elements: Characters, platforms and enemies can be outlined for visibility.
No Screen Shake: No screen shake effect or this can be disabled.
Audio Cues for Visual Events: Audio is provided to indicate visual events.
Colourblind friendly: Game doesn’t rely on colour or can switch to colourblind friendly mode.
Clear Interface: The game navigation, maps and information are clear to read, large or adjustable.
How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.
Customise Audio Levels: Control volume levels of specific events and elements in the game.
How you can communicate with other players in the game and what options are available to customise and control this interaction.
Preset Chat: Communicate with other players with word-less icons, sounds or preset phrases.
Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping)... read more about system accessibility settings.
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