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Kingdom Hearts III: Possible Vita remote play, more video


Donald, Goofy get AI boosts?
Oct 16
// Dale North
You saw the hot new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III from Japan's D23 Expo, but there's a bit more to see in this PS4 Conversations With Creators video with Tetsuya Nomura. It's really just a mix of other things we've seen bef...
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Magical rides that are weapons
Following the news of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix comes this brand new Kingdom Hearts III trailer from Disney's D23 Expo happening in Japan right now. The trailer is just a couple of major fight scenes that sees Sora, Donald...

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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix confirmed for 2014


YES!
Oct 14
// Dale North
Today at D23 Expo in Japan, Square Enix announced that Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX has started development. We'll see it here in North America some time in 2014.  This follow up to the recently released. Kingdom Hearts ...

Review: Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX

Sep 16 // Chris Carter
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX (PS3)Developer: Square EnixPublisher: Square EnixReleased: September 10, 2013MSRP: $39.99 Before the franchise was muddled with fractions in its titles and eons of "hearts darkness darkness hearts" dialog, there was the original Kingdom Hearts. Although it got a bit mystical and hard to follow at points, people fell in love with it, because it was a great action game that allowed them to adventure into the Cave of Wonders and befriend Cloud Strife over the course of an afternoon. It was an attempt to tug at all the right strings and feels of fans everywhere, and it worked. Kingdom Hearts puts you in the shoes of Sora, a keyblade wielder that has the power to travel across the universe and right as many wrongs as he can along the way. But he won't be alone, as Disney favorites Goofy and Donald will be there for emotional and practical support as you travel across lands like Aladdin's Agrabah and The Little Mermaid's Atlantica. Once the game gets rolling it doesn't really stop, as nearly every world will have you guessing as to who or what could show up, with some of the most top-notch voicework in the entire industry to boot. A few of the game's inherent issues are still there to rear their ugly head, however. It still takes a full hour to get started, after the intro, the beach, and Traverse Town are all said and done. There are still Gummi Ship sections that unnecessarily (although I'll fully admit that I do somewhat enjoy them) force you to wait before you explore new and exciting areas. But despite the lack of retooling in a few areas it's not completely same old Kingdom Hearts you know and love, as there are a few welcome mechanical additions on top of the obvious great looking HD sheen. For one, the shoddy L2+R2 camera system is gone, replaced by a sensible and modern right analog stick control system. You can also finally skip cutscenes on your first playthrough (YES!), so fans who have beaten the game more times than they can count don't have to sit through scene after scene when they can recite the lines by memory. Then, there's one major addition that's the biggest of all -- the fact that the HD set contains the Final Mix of Kingdom Hearts -- a version that was previously exclusive to Japan, and came with bonuses and additional content. For starters, a lot of the game's enemies are different compared to the original, and are otherwise remixed -- so it's not going to be exactly how you remember it if you haven't experienced Final Mix. There are also new weapons, items, abilities, and in-game story documents, as well as additional cutscenes, a few new bosses, and a revamped difficulty system that makes the Easy setting more accommodating and Hard more punishing. If you think back to playing Kingdom Hearts and cannot get past the Gummy Ship sections or the lengthy Beach and Traverse Town intros, I don't believe playing it in HD will magically change your mind. But personally, I think HD 1.5 ReMIX is worth it for Final Mix alone -- that's how good the original game is. Re:Chain of Memories is the second part of the compilation, and it plays a bit differently than the first entry. Okay, it's completely different, as it's one of those card combat games. Wait, where are you going?! Re:Chain is actually a solid remake of the GameBoy Advance game Chain of Memories (making this an HD remake of a PS2 3D remake), and adds a bit more action-oriented combat to the mix to help ease in those who normally cringe at the mere mention of "cards." My opinion on Chain of Memories itself is a bit mixed, as overall it's not really what you'd call an essential part of the franchise, but the experience itself does augment the overall narrative, and it manages to stay particularly engaging because of the sheer depth of the card based systems. Unlike other games in the series which may re-tread into exact locations, Re:Chain actually feels pretty justified because it's a direct companion piece to the original. It won't sell copies of this compilation, but it'll surprise some people. The third and final piece of the puzzle that is 1.5 ReMIX is the inclusion of Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 as a non-playable feature film that's nearly three hours long. For the uninitiated, 358 is a DS game that takes place after the first title chronologically and tangential to Chain of Memories. Due to the limitations of the DS nearly all of its environments were completely recycled, and as a result, not many people played it. Because of the general disinterest in this forgotten entry, I really like this move to make 358 into a movie (that's fully voiced now, no less), so series fans who may not want to drudge through the tedium can still experience a piece of Kingdom Hearts history. The playback system itself is fairly rudimentary, but it thankfully lets you choose between various chapters like a DVD menu, and continue where you left it should you walk away or doze off. But at what cost does 358/2 grace the rather limited space in this trilogy? Put simply, if this is a compilation of the beginnings of the franchise's story, the lack of inclusion of Birth By Sleep is criminal. As the very first game in the timeline, many would argue that it's best in the entire franchise, and the most worthy of a remake given the fact that nearly every single location is brand new. As a series fan I consider it so essential that even if Birth was just a movie remaster it would be extremely welcomed -- but alas, it's not here, and you won't get the entire story of the early timeline without busting out your PSP. All we can hope for is a HD Remix 2.5 inclusion to wrap things up for newcomers before the long awaited Kingdom Hearts III. Barring a few antiquated (but manageable) mechanics that are still in place in the first Kingdom Hearts, HD ReMIX captures the essence of the franchise quite wonderfully. For those who are wondering, it's still fun to roam around and wreck shop as Sora, Goofy and Donald, and for many people, this is the first time you'll ever experience it in its Final Mix incarnation.
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Bringing back great memories
Some of my fondest memories were spent with the Kingdom Hearts series. Growing up equal parts Disney-kid and action-adventure fan, I was ecstatic when Kingdom Hearts was announced, and enthralled for weeks on end when it fina...

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Kingdom Hearts HD

Reminisce with Sora in this Kingdom Hearts HD trailer


Get reacquainted with Mickey, Sora, and Donald...in HD
Sep 11
// Chris Carter
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix launches this week, and you can celebrate with a brand new launch trailer showing off the game's various Disney flavored locales. Watching it brings back memories, as it's over 11 years later and ...
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Kingdom Heart III release

Don't expect Kingdom Hearts III soon, says producer


Rain wet
Sep 10
// Steven Hansen
Hopefully you weren't anyway. If you were expecting it soon, sorry to have ruined your day. Kingdom Hearts III director Tetsuya Nomura is also directing Final Fantasy XV. This conflicts. You may remember Final Fantasy XV as t...
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New releases

New releases: Scary, porcine machines


Plus, Killzone, Kingdom Hearts, and Arma III
Sep 09
// Fraser Brown
I'm still recovering from last week's Outlast, and now we've got another bloody terrifying first-person horror title to scare our pants clean off in the form of Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. I confess that reviews, such as ou...
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Kingdom Hearts HD

This new Kingdom Hearts HD trailer brings back memories


A look at Re:Chain and 358/2
Aug 30
// Chris Carter
In just a few short weeks you'll be able to play a trio of Kingdom Hearts games in HD in the form of HD 1.5 ReMIX, which features the original Kingdom Hearts, Re:Chain of Memories, and a movie version of 358/2 (okay, so the ...
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Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix trailer shows off its HD-ness


Aug 08
// Dale North
We're about a month out on the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix (September 10 in North America, September 13 in Europe), and a new trailer has been released to celebrate and promote.  As I'm sure you already know,...
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Square Enix news

Square Enix not giving up on AAA PC and console games


But will be expanding more into mobile, tablet and online titles
Aug 02
// Fraser Brown
Square Enix has been a bit of a Negative Nancy this year, specifically when it's come to sales. Although it shifted quite a few copies of Sleeping Dogs, Hitman Absolution, and Tomb Raider, as well as garnering quite a bit of ...
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Kingdom Hearts

New Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX trailer teases harder


Ohhh, shiny
Jul 11
// Abel Girmay
Because the wait for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX just wasn't hard enough, here's another trailer to salivate over what we'll have in just two months' time.
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Kingdom Hearts X[chi]

Initial details for Kingdom Hearts X[chi] emerge


It'll take you to Agrabah, the Dwarf Woodlands, and Wonderland
Jul 05
// Chris Carter
In case you couldn't get enough browser-based games and oddly named Kingdom Hearts entries, Kingdom Hearts X[chi] is coming to browsers soon in Japan. As indicated in the trailer above, the game will utilize a chibi-esque ar...
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The Order: 1886, Google's Console, & MGS1 in HD?


The Destructoid Show wears a sombrero to be "offbeat"
Jun 28
// Max Scoville
Hey hey! Here we are, another fine Destructoid show for you, about video game news. Tara's still gone, so I apologize about the scary bearded man who's guest-hosting. The news: Google might make an android console, Square lo...
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Kingdom Hearts HD

Kingdom Hearts HD's graphics rebuilt from the ground up


Original data went missing a long, long time ago
Jun 28
// Wesley Ruscher
In a recently posted E3 interview conducted by Square Enix, Kingdom Hearts game director Tetsuya Nomura divulged that the original assets from the 11-year-old title had been lost. Because of this, the grap...
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The 'last chapter of the Seeker of Darkness saga'
It looks like more details are coming in for Kingdom Hearts III, and things are actually looking pretty good. Although it can be expected, through a Famitsu Weekly interview it is now confirmed that the game will continue aft...

HD Happiness: Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy X

Jun 11 // Dale North
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix (PlayStation 3) / Final Fantasy X HDDeveloper: Square EnixPublisher: Square EnixRelease: September 10th, 2013 / TBA 2013 First up is Kingdom Hearts. Though the work on all titles previewed here continues, at the time of testing, Kingdom Hearts looked a bit better. Maybe it's the punchy colors or the incorporated Disney designs, but running around in Halloween Town, I thought this game edged out Final Fantasy X visually for what was shown at the time. Jack Skellington looked awesome in his introduction scene, for example. Cutscenes seemed to be slightly smoother than gameplay, but things were sufficiently smooth overall. Battles looked great, but they lacked the sharp looking set pieces that would catch your eye while exploring. Really, outside of some odd bits of background art having lower resolution textures, everything I saw of this upgraded Kingdom Hearts looked fantastic. This release will be a treat for series fans for sure, but should also open the door to new players with its fancy new look.  I spent more time with the PS3 version of Final Fantasy X than I did with Kingdom Hearts, though I was stuck playing through the game's lengthy opening section, so it was a bit less rewarding to see the HD upgrade work. That's not to say that the game didn't look great -- it definitely did, with a new level of detail that makes the game feel fresh. The in-engine cutscenes early on use a lot of tight face closeups, and in each scene the facial textures were very clean and smooth, though you might find they lack detail when compared with current-day games.  While it's not fair to compare this PS2 RPG with current titles, it does manage to hold up nicely. This could have passed for an early Xbox 360 or PS3 JRPG, really. It looks old, but nice. Lighting, texture detail, and backdrops all seem to stand out more. The opening's dark heavy use of blues and blacks meant that it lacked the pop we saw with Kingdom Hearts, but the water in the game's opening looks really nice for PS2-era water! Battles from early in the game were pretty cinematic for the time, and they hold up nicely even today with the HD upgrade work in place. The experience isn't different in any way, but fans of the game will appreciate the small things: enemies show much more detail, the menu text font is sharp, and so on.  I did notice that when things turned busy graphically, camera panning turned a bit wavy and stuttered. Square Enix reminded that they're still a bit of work left on these ports, so this could be fixed before release. Outside of this, Final Fantasy X has never looked better. I'm betting it'll come off even better on the Vita's screen. You've probably heard this by now, but this HD upgrade is a straight port of the western release, meaning that we're not getting that International Version that some series fans were hoping for.  These were the only two games available for testing, meaning that I didn't get a chance to witness the magic of Final Fantasy X-2's Dresssphere transformations in HD. I can't wait for that. 
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First hands-on with these HD'd RPGs
I keep saying that I'm tired of all of the HD-upgraded game collections coming to market for the PS3 and Xbox 360, but I'm still okay with the two that Square Enix have slated for this year. Both Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix&n...

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Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Hearts 3 go Xbox One worldwide


Microsoft loyalists need love too
Jun 11
// Jonathan Holmes
Based on Sony's E3 press conference last night, it was easy to assume that Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts 3 were PS4 exclusives. Good news, Xbone One fans! Both games are coming to the Xbox One worldwide, as confirmed by...
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Hhhhnnnngggggg


Square Enix posters
Jun 11
// Dale North
Oh god. Even the glare-y posters have me freaking out.
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Kingdom Hearts III

Kingdom Hearts III is finally announced!


Square Enix announces the long awaited sequel is now in development
Jun 10
// Chris Carter
It looks like Square Enix is tired of endlessly linking letters, numbers, and symbols together for titles, as Kingdom Hearts III has finally been announced for the PlayStation 4. The series has been polarizing for some throug...
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Kingdom Hearts 3D

Kingdom Hearts 3D is only $10 at Best Buy today


It's the Deal of the Day, so act quickly!
May 16
// Tony Ponce
I don't know what it is about Square Enix games, but they always feel like they cost too damn much. This is especially true of the handheld titles -- I refused to pick up Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy for $39.99, waiting instead...
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Square Enix

Kingdom Hearts HD comes to PS3 on September 10


Pre-orders come with 24-page art book
May 07
// Allistair Pinsof
Publisher Square Enix revealed today that Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX will arrive on PlayStation 3 on September 10, filling the need for Kingdom Hearts and awesomely bad game titles in one swoop. Pre-orders will be treated to...
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Blacksmith forges a real Kingdom Hearts Keyblade


And then proceeds to smash stuff
Apr 16
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Man At Arms is the perfect Internet show. A guy builds weapons from TV shows, games, and whatever else based on user comments. Then after he builds it, he goes and smashes a bunch of stuff up with the newly created weapon. I love it! This latest episode sees the master blacksmith recreating the Keyblade from Kingdom Hearts. The next episode looks to be teasing the sword from Minecraft.
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Japanese Charts

Luigi's Mansion 2 tops Japanese charts, Vita sales strong


I'm a-Luigi, number one!
Mar 28
// Kyle MacGregor
Weegee number one! The leaner, greener Mario brother is enjoying his time in the spotlight this week, as Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon edges out One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 for the top spot in Japan with 280,151 copies sol...
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Kingdom Hearts 1.5 ReMIX

PAX: Kingdom Hearts 1.5 ReMIX is more than a pretty face


New controls and content in store for fans in the West
Mar 23
// Kyle MacGregor
A new lick of paint, a hearty dose of nostalgia, and not much else; these are the things fans have come to expect from high-definition re-releases of classic games. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX is a little diffe...
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A nice, long look at Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX


New PAX East trailer
Mar 21
// Dale North
The newest trailer from Square Enix for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX hits just before PAX East begins this week. It gives you a nice, long look at the remastered games, complete with samples of voice work. Let Hikaru Utada si...
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Kingdom Hearts

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX comes to PS3 this fall


Finally!
Feb 25
// Dale North
We knew this was coming, but now we finally have official word from Square Enix. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX is coming to North America, landing on PS3 this Fall. Of course, the main draw here is the HD upgrade, but there are...
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Kingdom Hearts

Free-to-play Kingdom Hearts browser game called X[chi]


It's pronounced like "key," get it?
Feb 20
// Darren Nakamura
According to the official Kingdom Hearts blog, Message from the Kingdom, the free-to-play spinoff that had previously been referred to as Kingdom Hearts PC has been given an official name: Kingdom Hearts X. It isn't the ...
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Kingdom Hearts

New info on Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix surfaces


A nearly three hour recap for 358/2
Jan 25
// Chris Carter
Recently, we found out about the probable US release of the Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix. Now, we're getting a few more details on what the package actually entails. What we know is that Jesse McCartney was recording new dialo...
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Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD confirmed by voice actor?


'Recording the next chapter'
Jan 24
// Dale North
Today it looks like the localization for Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix was leaked there by actor Jesse McCartney. Maybe. Don't get too excited yet. McCartney plays Roxas in the localized KH games, and today he dropped an image ...
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Looking good!
New Japanese screenshots of Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix really show off the work Square Enix has done for the characters in the game. In this massive gallery we have shared below you'll find several character closeups that gi...


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