Kingdom Hearts 3

Last updated date: May 15, 2019

DWYM Score
8.5

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 52 expert reviews, the Square Enix Kingdom Hearts 3 placed 1st when we looked at the top 3 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.3
18 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.9
2,104 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Disney and Pixar characters have engaging and memorable stories.
- GameSpot
January 30, 2019 | Full review
The Standard difficulty combat is mostly a breeze.
- Euro Gamer
Alongside its plot, one more aspect that defines the franchise is its combat. It’s what you’ll be engaging with most within gameplay, and so it’s a good job there’s a lot more to it than simply mashing the X button.
- Push Square
February 5, 2019 | Full review
The storylines are largely new.
- Digital Trends
Fast-paced combat that rewards flashy combos and swapping around various keyblades.
- WCCF Tech
February 11, 2019 | Full review
As far as fighting on the ground goes, you’ve got options. Combat is exciting and fast-paced, pitting you against multiple enemies at a time.
- Time
It’s impressive that the plot of Kingdom Hearts III should be so incomprehensible, given that the only thing the characters do, when they open their mouths, is attempt to advance it.
- Video Gamer
February 1, 2019 | Full review
The improvement in visual quality is clear right from the very start. The game looks crisp and refined. From character models to the environments, everything is crafted with great attention to detail.
- Dark Station
Along with the new engine also comes a revamped movement and combat system that genuinely results in the most satisfying combat ever in the series. Combos effortlessly string together, spells now home in on enemies, and the new shortcut menu makes encounters easier for both veterans and newcomers alike.
- Viewport Gaming
Beautiful environments, cutscenes, in-game action. So many things to do!
- Playstation Lifestyle
January 29, 2019 | Full review
Everything in Kingdom Hearts III is made bigger and better. The battling system, the worlds, the Gummi sections, the fanservice to Disney diehards — it’s all just larger than life versions of all the previous games.
- We Got This Covered
Speaking of Gummiships, the Gummiship system in Kingdom Hearts III is shockingly better than in previous games.
- Monster Vine
Main composer Yoko Shimomura's ability to capture Kingdom Hearts' emotional essence shines here yet again. The classic Disney music helps bring each world to life, and watching Sora explore Frozen while "Let It Go" plays makes me grin
- Game Informer
Unlocked frame rate makes everything smoother and more responsive
- Game Axis
February 4, 2019 | Full review
Variety of ways to fight, including several mechanics returning from spin-offs
- Shacknews
January 30, 2019 | Full review
It has beautiful graphics and soundtrack.
- Tech Raptor
What experts didn't like
The overarching Keyblade War story is convoluted and difficult to follow.
- GameSpot
January 30, 2019 | Full review
What's perhaps most frustrating about Kingdom Hearts 3 is that it proves it's capable of cutting through the crap. There's a piece of pure visual storytelling late on that is comfortably one of the game's most moving moments - a gesture of friendship in dire circumstances that says so much more than several hours' worth of characters explaining the plot to one another could ever do.
- Euro Gamer
One unfortunate thing you will have to deal with is the Gummi Ship. Used to travel from world to world through space, you’ll have to put up with confusing menus, needlessly complex building interfaces, and frustrating battles that gate progression. It serves its purpose if you’re just looking to get from point A-to-B, but anything beyond that is a complete hassle.
- Push Square
February 5, 2019 | Full review
The gap between each world gums up the works a bit. Yes, I’m talking about the Gummi Ship, which makes an unceremonious return. Space combat is still rather boring.
- Digital Trends
Low difficulty level that's made even easier with Attractions and other special moves.
- WCCF Tech
February 11, 2019 | Full review
Newer additions to the gameplay mechanics, including the ballet-like Flowmotion, are too unreliable to use during fights, and only further expose the barrenness of the worlds. It feels like a step back from the responsive controls and lofty standards set by recently released titles like God of War or Marvel’s Spider-Man.
- Time
Too many leather jackets and zips
- Video Gamer
February 1, 2019 | Full review
The game’s pacing, however, is problematic. Kingdom Hearts III is oddly imbalanced as the plot is backloaded too much. While adventuring in Disney and Pixar worlds is fun and interesting, there’s nothing really happening plot-wise until the very last part. You could just skip to the last six hours of the game and you still wouldn’t have missed any important plots. But when the story starts to unfold, it becomes one hell of a ride, especially if you’re really invested in the series.
- Dark Station
As for the story itself, I won’t delve too much into specifics to avoid spoilers, but it unfortunately follows the series’ trend of opening many plot threads and not closing any of them until the last few hours of the game.
- Viewport Gaming
Will be very hard for new players to the series to jump in.
- Playstation Lifestyle
January 29, 2019 | Full review
It hasn’t been easy keeping track of the entire plot. I won’t delve into absolutely everything that has happened in the past.
- We Got This Covered
The extra content is of uneven quality, like minigames sometimes being too simplistic for their own good. I also wasn’t fond of the repetitive boss battles toward the end, since repeatedly facing similar foes is a tedious way to drag out the finale.
- Game Informer
Plot too complicated, depends on knowledge of past games.
- Game Axis
February 4, 2019 | Full review
Voice acting lines can sometimes sound wooden.
- Shacknews
January 30, 2019 | Full review
No final fantasy characters.
- Tech Raptor

From The Manufacturer

KINGDOM HEARTS III tells the story of the power of friendship and light vs. darkness as Sora and his friends embark on a perilous adventure. Set in a vast array of Disney and Pixar worlds, KINGDOM HEARTS follows the journey of Sora, an unknowing heir to a spectacular power. Sora is joined by Donald Duck and Goofy to stop an evil force known as the Heartless from invading and overtaking the universe. Sora, Donald, and Goofy unite with iconic Disney-Pixar characters old and new to overcome tremendous challenges and persevere against the darkness threatening their worlds. Adventure in Disney and Pixar Worlds. Embark on an adventure that spans the Disney universe: Travel across Disney and Pixar worlds to protect them from the Heartless invasion, and befriend and join heroes from Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Big Hero 6, Tangled, Hercules, and more! Unlock the Power of the Keyblades. The mysterious and powerful Keyblades can now transform into additional forms with new abilities, moves, and animations. Equip multiple Keyblades and combo between them to unlock spectacular attacks! Experience the Magic. Cast visually stunning, powerful magic spells to battle the Heartless. Call upon Disney-Pixar friends and partner with them for support. Turn the tide of combat by summoning all-new “Attractions” inspired by the theme parks. Thrilling and Action-Packed Battles. Explore and interact directly with the Disney-Pixar worlds. Fight off swarms of Heartless while scaling massive cliffs, diving deep underwater, or even freefalling through the air. Experience unique gameplay elements custom designed for each new world! Relive Classic Disney Shorts Through Minigames.Take a break from saving the world with over 20 minigames inspired by classic Disney short films.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Kingdom Hearts 3
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 18
2. World War Z
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 12
3. Far Cry New Dawn
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 4

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