Kingdom Hearts Question

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  1. Stephen Bitto

    Stephen Bitto Administrator Staff Member

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    So I've never played a Kingdom Hearts game but I know I would like them. Since I am in kind of a PS3 backlog mode, I was thinking I'd check them out. The problem is I don't know where to start.

    Could someone explain the KH remix editions on PS3? What order should I be playing games in and does this cover KH 1 and 2 sufficiently? Will I be on track for KH 3 when it comes out in 2025?
     
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    cigarley PSLS Level: Silver

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    The collections are the perfect place to start. The 1.5 collection contains Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts: Re:Chain of Memories, and remade cutscenes for 358/2 days. The second collection contains Kingdom Hearts 2, Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, and remade cutscenes for Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded. Pretty much every Kingdom Hearts game is included within the collections with the exception of Dream Drop Distance which is chronologically the last game and is only available on 3DS.

    Ideally you'd want to play/watch them in this order, which is (mostly) chronological with the exception of Birth By Sleep which serves as a prequel before the events of the first game. Re:Coded and 358/2 are "interquels" since they are side stories that take place between games.

    KH → Re:Chain of Memories → 358/2 Days → Kingdom Hearts 2 → Re:Coded → Birth By Sleep → Dream Drop Distance. You should probably just try the 1.5 collection and play the first game and form your opinion from there..
     
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    cigarley PSLS Level: Silver

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    Some more info on the games:

    Kingdom Hearts: Originally on PS2, the obvious starting point. RPG/beat em up hybrid

    Chain of Memories - Originally on Game Boy Advance, the story takes place in between 1 and 2. Later remade as "Re:Chain of Memories" on PS2. Borrows elements from the first game but attacking is based on a "card" system which requires you to make a deck which dictates what attacks you can use.

    Kingdom Hearts 2 - Takes place 2 years after the first Kingdom Hearts, surprisingly the plot continues from "Chain of Memories" so if you jump from 1 to 2 you're missing out on quite a lot of details. Gameplay similar to the first but is significantly more fast-paced

    358/2 Days - Originally a DS game, the version contained in the 1.5 collection is just basically a compilation of journals from the game and features remade cutscenes covering most of the story points from beginning to end. Basically it's a very repetitive movie and can be overlooked unless you really want to know what a major character in KH2 was doing before the game started.

    Birth By Sleep - A PSP prequel to the series, it features the events that set the series in motion. I believe it takes place 10 years before the first game. Plays similar to KH1 and 2 but features three protagonists.

    Re:Coded - Haven't played this yet, but I believe this was originally a mobile game with chapters, which was later compiled in its entirety into a DS game. The version found in 2.5 is just a voiced cutscene compilation similar to 358/2 Days. I believe there's a scene that discusses the protagonists from Birth By Sleep so you may want to save this for last.

    Dream Drop Distance - Last game chronologically, only on 3DS. Storywise it kinda leaves some weird shit up in the air, if you have a 3DS I'd probably wait until KH3 is close to release because then you have to live with that information for a while.

    If you think that's messy, just wait until you see what the story is like.
     
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    Brian Mieszala PSLS Level: Bronze

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    Ideally you want to play them as they came out, a la MGS or star wars. That's as long as you can remember when certain games and events happen that fit in with the overall story. Granted, I also haven't played birth by sleep from the collection yet and re:coded ever, abd never finished dream drop distance because I couldn't handle it on a 3ds
     
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    Will do! Thanks for the detailed response. It was exactly what I was looking for!

    It's such a revered series that I wanted to do it right if I did it at all.
     
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    So there's this "Kingdom Hearts HD II.8 Final Chapter Prologue" coming out now... Time to update the topic?

    Unlike the previous HD collections, however, this one seems to be aimed at PS4.
     
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    I'm so excited for this.
     

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