Today, Dec. 2, 2014 marks the day that the greatly anticipated Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMIX was released, the second high definition remake of the popular video game saga. The game was released exclusively for the PlayStation 3, making it only the second title in the series to be made available for a next-generation gaming console.
2.5 HD ReMIX is not necessarily a brand new game to the series, as it is a collaboration of the three later titles in the Kingdom Hearts saga placed within one game disc. The games included in this collection are Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep – Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts II – Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded. The subtitling of Final Mix indicates that the first two games are the expanded editions of the original games, which were only made available in Japan until now. All three of the games have been remastered in a stunning high-definition that captures the pure essence of the franchise, maximizing its effect through beautifully defined visuals.
Birth by Sleep was one of the games released later in the franchise, but is actual a prequel title. The events of this game take place ten years before the original Kingdom Hearts title. Birth by Sleep was originally released only on the PlayStation Portable device, so players are undoubtably eager to take control of the action-packed title through use of a console controller. This particular installment proved very vital to the saga’s storyline as it contains many backstories on numerous characters and fills in some unsolved puzzle pieces in the earlier titles. Players take control of three heroes, Terra, Aqua and Ventus and must play through the entire game with each character to fully complete it.
Kingdom Hearts II marked the first true sequel to the original game for the PlayStation 2. Also on the PS2, KH2 offers players many hours of gameplay and a very in-depth storyline that makes use of some of the most cherished Disney characters meshed with Square Enix’s original characters from the Final Fantasy franchise. The central character of the series, Sora, is who players take control of and a great many customizable choices are available regarding abilities and weapons. The Final Mix edition is sure to contain more gameplay and even more story originally unseen in the U.S.
The Re:coded section of the game will actually consist solely of cutscenes remastered in HD. The original Re:coded was released for the Nintendo DS so it will prove very interesting to see the flat, voiceless transitions from the DS version come to life on the PS3. Re:coded takes place some time after KH2 and is the storyline bridge to the next installment, Dream Drop Distance, which was released in 2012 on the Nintendo 3DS, but has not received an HD remake. It is unknown if the latest installment will be remade as well due to the fact that Square Enix and game director Tetsuya Nomura have been hard at work with the creation of Kingdom Hearts III for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One which is rumored to release late 2015.
The second HD remake of the Kingdom Hearts saga is now available in North America for the Sony PlayStation 3. A trailer for the game can be viewed below.
Opinion by Cody Collier
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