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More Thoughts From Me #158: Does Kingdom Hearts 3 Live Up to the Hype?

In a column not long ago, I talked about how much I was looking forward to Kingdom Hearts 3. I had very high expectations for the title. While I haven’t finished Kingdom Hearts 3 yet, I have played all of the Disney worlds and I’m very close to seeing the ending. How am I feeling about Kingdom Hearts 3? Is it living up to the hype? Warning: there are spoilers to Kingdom Hearts 3 in this article so don’t read this if you want to remain completely unspoiled. If you want an actual review of Kingdom Hearts 3, you should check out Adam Roffel’s review.

Let It Go is in this game!

Do you want to build a snowman? is sort of in this game!

You meet Buzz Lightyear and Woody from Toy Story!

Best of all, in my opinion, you get a freaking pirate ship and can sail around the Caribbean, visiting islands, exploring them, diving under the sea, and finding shipwrecks and treasure!!!

Kingdom Hearts 3 is a love letter to Disney fans. If you love Disney from Pixar to Frozen to Tangled to Pirate to…other things…well…you should play this game. Don’t worry about the game’s overall story. Its there and you can pay attention if you want to, but you can also just play all of the Disney worlds and have fun.

The cutscenes in this game are like watching a Disney movie. Heck, running through the worlds themselves is like being in a Disney movie. The gameplay is also really fun and the combat is flashy and full of Disney references.

If you loved the other Kingdom Hearts games, you’ll love this game. If you never played those games, but you love Disney, then you’ll love this game.

You must be a Disney fan to play Kingdom Hearts 3. And you can’t be one of those Disney fans thats tired of Let It Go. Cause really, you should let that go. Sorry. Ok, I’m not sorry.

Do I like everything about Kingdom Hearts 3?

No, no I do not. There are a couple of annoying things in the Frozen world. Not the story, but gameplay stuff I won’t spoil. And I really dislike a certain part of the Big Hero 6 world. I’m not looking forward to replaying that again. And the Pirates world begins with a couple of frustrating segments. Oh and I didn’t care for the gummi ship stuff.

And yes, the Kingdom Hearts story is as confusing as ever.

However, the good in this game far outweighs the bad. The cutscenes rock, the voice acting is amazing, the music is wonderful, the combat is fun, the graphics are jaw dropping and once you really get into that Pirates world, oh man, this is the best world! Though Frozen, Tangled, Toy Story…basically all of the worlds have their moments.

Kingdom Hearts 3 lives up to the hype. It was well worth the wait. And I say that before seeing the ending of the game. Even if the ending is super disappointing, that won’t change how much fun I had with most of the worlds. I love this game!

Have you played Kingdom Hearts 3? What is your favorite world in the game?

Next week: If you have a Nintendo Switch and like strategy rpgs, then you’ve probably played Wargroove by now. If you haven’t, what’s wrong with you? Next week I’ll take a look at Wargroove and tell you why its a must play on the Nintendo Switch!

More Thoughts From Me is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed here are mine and mine alone. Now I have to go revisit that Pirates world! Wow!


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Daniel Fugate has wanted to be a writer since he was seven years old. He has a bachelor's degree in English and he's a huge Animal Crossing fan. The Wii U and 3DS are currently his favorite video game systems!

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