XBOX ONE Kingdom Hearts III

Last updated date: August 9, 2019

DWYM Score
8.6

XBOX ONE Kingdom Hearts III

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 162 expert reviews, the XBOX ONE XBOX ONE Kingdom Hearts III placed 5th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 8, 2019:
Checkout The Best Fantasy Game for a detailed review of all the top fantasy games.

Expert Summarized Score
8.4
18 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
602 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The quality of the storytelling in each world is similarly hit or miss. I often loved the worlds that presented new stories most — while often light on plot, worlds like Monsters, Inc. and Big Hero 6 allowed me to see new shades of characters I love.
- ING Middle East
January 24, 2019 | Full review
Well-designed worlds.
- NDTV Gadgets 360
Magic has an interesting mechanic too, and doesn’t rely on the overused mana based system found in so many RPG games. Sora has a set amount of magic in a bar, and you can cast as much as you want until it’s empty. Once it’s empty it will slowly refill over time, allowing you to cast again once it’s full. It’s great to either save as a backup for emergency heals, or shoot Heartless from afar with lock-on magic attacks like Fire, Blizzard and more.
- Xbox Addict
Obviously one of the big selling points of the game is the inclusion of the Disney characters and worlds. Some of the worlds this time around you will have visited before, such as The Hundred Acre Wood from Winnie the Pooh, The Caribbean from Pirates of the Caribbean and Olympus from Hercules.
- True Achievements
What stands out the most about KHIII is both the combat and the presentation. The combat has practically every aspect of the previous games here. The freeflow abilities, the changing of keyblades during battle, the combo attacks, and even special “attraction” attacks that come in the form of Disney World rides like the spinning teacups and the flying pirate ship. There’s a lot here to digest, but the game does a wonderful job of both showing the player how to pull off all these moves and make it easy and accessible to initiate them without having to do some fancy controller gymnastics.
- ZTGD
February 13, 2019 | Full review
The sound design of the series has always been strong, with music and voice work that is right at home with the movies the franchise uses for its settings. Kingdom Hearts 3 has the most robust soundtrack yet, with emotional songs that pull at the player’s heartstrings right alongside the voice work. That aspect is as impressive as ever, with cast members like James Woods doing a fantastic job with their roles.
- Game Over
February 5, 2019 | Full review
Superb graphics and presentation, with exacting attention to detail when it comes to the various Disney properties. Some fun mini-games and the summons are visually spectacular.
- Metro
January 29, 2019 | Full review
Kingdom Hearts 3 features both returns to old worlds introduced in previous games and several new additions to the series. Some of the levels, such as the one based on Toy Story, are awesome. The sheer spectacle, combined with fun gameplay distractions and wild setpieces, can really make for a, “Wow, so this is modern Kingdom Hearts” vibe.
- Xbox Achievements
Combat animations are as smooth and stylish as ever thanks to a 60fps framerate, though it can buckle under the pressure of rendering some of the more crowded and complex scenes.
- COG Connected
January 28, 2019 | Full review
The visuals in Kingdom Hearts III are best described in one word: Flawless. They are spectacular and the performance is great in combat, at least, on the Xbox One X.
- Gear Nuke
February 5, 2019 | Full review
Disney and Pixar characters have engaging and memorable stories.
- GameSpot
Disney worlds are absurdly detailed and fun to explore.
- Trusted Reviews
Good enemy variants, with grand boss battles.
- Xbox Tavern
February 4, 2019 | Full review
Newcomers should fear not though, as despite Kingdom Hearts’ long and intense plot, the game does a fairly good job at welcoming in those new to the series. There are catch-up videos available from the main menu to get you up to speed and the overall game is relatively plot-lite until the last third, giving you enough time to get fully versed whilst still enjoying the game.
- The X Box Hub
February 20, 2019 | Full review
The worlds in Kingdom Hearts are phenomenal, and all our colourfully presented. Olympus is fantastic, as is Pirates of the Caribbean and Toy Story. They all bring back a sense of nostalgia for these Disney films that I never thought I would get out of a Square Enix title, but they definitely delivered.
- Games Reviews
Graphically—and sound wise—Kingdom Hearts III is easily the best of the series and one of the best looking Square Enix titles to date. Cutscenes are truly beautiful and even in game moments look top notch. The music and voice acting also does an incredible job of making every moment in Kingdom Hearts III—sad or happy—feel impactful and noteworthy.
- Honey's Anime
What experts didn't like
There’s definitely a bit of sluggishness before you get to that point — characters are peppered into each Disney world and small updates about the overarching story are provided, but the real confrontations and character-shifting moments don’t factor into Sora’s journey until it’s nearly complete.
- ING Middle East
January 24, 2019 | Full review
Recap feature is too vague and brief.
- NDTV Gadgets 360
The only noticeable oddity I found in nearly every world is that many of the iconic voice actors aren’t used and reprising their roles. For example, Woody and Buzz aren’t voiced by Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, but instead people that sound similar, or doing an impression of their performances
- Xbox Addict
The story is a complicated one to follow, to say the least, and requires you to have played some (if not all) of the series' previous entries to understand exactly what is going on.
- True Achievements
Some worlds go on a bit too long.
- ZTGD
February 13, 2019 | Full review
The game did have issues with the voiceovers cutting out completely in favor of the music, which also led to sound effects in-battle like keyblade attacks and magic not being heard.
- Game Over
February 5, 2019 | Full review
Incoherent storytelling that’s made worse by dull dialogue and endless cut scenes. Empty game worlds, poor level design, and a lack of challenge. Gummi ship is awful, as usual.
- Metro
January 29, 2019 | Full review
Too many tutorial pop-ups with too much text
- COG Connected
January 28, 2019 | Full review
The main issue that I had with Kingdom Hearts III is that it is far too easy on the standard difficulty setting. It wouldn’t be this way if there was no flaw in the game balance, but in its current state, there are many powerful reaction commands that will tempt you to use them during combat and the enemy difficulty itself is beginner friendly unless you are playing on proud.
- Gear Nuke
February 5, 2019 | Full review
The overarching Keyblade War story is convoluted and difficult to follow.
- GameSpot
The Gummi Ship remains a bit of an afterthought.
- Trusted Reviews
Some lazy development choices throughout.
- Xbox Tavern
February 4, 2019 | Full review
Battles are too chaotic.
- The X Box Hub
February 20, 2019 | Full review
They aren’t all perfect, however. The seemingly never ending forests in the Kingdom of Corona and the snowy wastelands of Frozen become a bit…samey after a while, and can really pull you out of the experience. My least favourite moments in Kingdom Hearts 3 were running around the Frozen world, and travelling through the Forests with Rapunzel in tow. They are still beautiful, but the detail here is lacking.
- Games Reviews
Gummi ship segments still feel a bit unnecessary even if they have been enhanced.
- Honey's Anime

From The Manufacturer

Combines worlds of Disney and Final Fantasy. Sora returns with Donald Duck, Goofy, King Mickey and Riku to stop Master Xehanort's plan. New "Attraction Flow" attacks incorporate Disney Parks attractions. Features worlds based on new Disney properties including Tangled and Big Hero 17

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An Overview On Fantasy Games

Be transported to another world when you sit down to a great fantasy game on your favorite console. Whether you are an avid Xbox One player or you are exclusive to your PlayStation 4, you’ll surely discover excellent fantasy games that will fill your free time with exciting adventures on screen. Let’s take a closer look at the two consoles and what they have to offer fantasy game players.

The PlayStation 4 has countless perks for its players. With an excellent record behind it for graphics, the console offers detailed imagery with excellent 1080 resolution. Players also find a very easy-to-use interface on the PS4 along with endless options for playing with friends. Owners of the PS4 also love the feature that allows you to transfer your gameplay to another device when others want to use the television. For those who want to use their console for more than just game playing, the PS4 offers a couple of different options for media apps to access television series, movies or music.

Perhaps the biggest perk for PlayStation 4 owners is the copious amounts of games that Sony offers. You will find all kinds of genres from adventure to Indie and, of course, plenty of fantasy games. If you’re looking for non-stop action within an elaborate fantasy world, “Sekiro Shadows Die Twice” is the game for you. Situated in old Japan, the game allows players to create their own path through battles with creative monsters and encounters with friends and foes alike.

For an old favorite, discover the excitement in “Final Fantasy XV.” This PlayStation 4 fantasy game has been around for years, but never like this before. With improved scenes and performance options for the characters, this edition will leave you wanting more game time than ever. When you need a good fantasy game fix, these two will certainly give you the ultimate experience you want.

Now let’s turn our attention to the Xbox One. This console offers some competition to the PlayStation 4 players. With access to three generations of Xbox games and cross-play on PC games, Xbox trumps PlayStation 4 with its accessibility to games. The affordability of the games and console also gives it an advantage for budget-conscience consumers.

However, for those who want the best graphics, Xbox One is just a bit subpar with a 900 resolution on most games. A cool feature with Xbox Skill features is the ability to activate and control your console through Alexa devices with your voice. In addition, Xbox One, which features Xbox Live, has excellent options for entertainment outside of games, including Kodi, a sought-after media app. The console also offers compatibility with Dolby sound products for outstanding audio experiences as well.

Xbox One has simply incredible fantasy games. For challenging and diversified action scenes, “Dark Souls III” is the fantasy game for you. The player will find their way through intense combat with creatures of unimaginable characteristics surrounded by an edge-of-your-seat landscape that keeps you on your toes.

If “Dark Souls III” is a favorite, you will also enjoy “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.” Players will find a frigid atmosphere set in the Northlands during a post-war period in this fantasy game. Navigate through sparse lands while encountering enemies and friends in a unique and entertaining story.

The fantasy game lineup extends much further beyond these favorites for console game players. Take a deeper look into what Microsoft and Sony offer for games and get a feel for which has the library of your taste. From there, you can decide which console will best suit your fantasy game style.

DWYM Fun Fact

In schools in the mid-1900s, video gaming became an object of study. Students and professors were exploring all the possibilities, and although they were starting simple with games such as “OXO” and “Tennis for Two,” they were major advancements. As time passed, the games became more complex. In the late 1960s, the home console or “The Brown Box” was created. Later in 1972, consumers were offered this same console as the “Odyssey” from Magnavox. From there, developers gave life to new games and improved versions of old games. Even new consoles were eventually born. Some of the earliest favorites that are still loved today include “Pac-Man,” “Donkey Kong,” and “Space Invaders.”

The ’80s brought about a crash in the industry from a flooding of the market, and many console creators experienced bankruptcy. In 1989, the first console war arose between Nintendo and Genesis, both of which had hit the market with improved gaming attractions: Genesis with “Sonic the Hedgehog” and Nintendo with a 16-bit Super NES console. The ’90s then exploded with multiple new genres, including fighting games with gore that prompted a rating council to emerge in 1993. This was the basis of today’s rating system used by all the game producers.

Three-dimensional gameplay broke out in the mid-’90s with Sega releasing the first 32-bit console,  and then one year after, Nintendo launched its 64-bit console. This ushered in the dawn of modern gaming that we still see in action today. The early 2000s were marked by Blu-ray compatibility and an improved motion system for players. The Wii was soon to follow with motion-sensitive remote controls and the “Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure” that brought players physically into the game with plastic figures.

The evolution of video games has been an incredibly quick and impressive progression over the last 65 years. From simple tennis to motion-censored controllers, generations have seen the industry go through so many changes that most industries do not witness in a single lifetime.

The Fantasy Game Buying Guide

  • When looking for games for kids, be mindful of the rating on the fantasy game. You can find an explanation for the rating on the advertisement, such as violence or language.
  • Although subscriptions to the gaming networks for each console might seem pricey, it is a cost-effective way to have all the games at your fingertips for convenience. This is something to consider if you play games a considerable amount in your home.
  • Online networks help players to connect with friends and fellow gamers to create outstanding teams and enjoy the games further by tracking your progress and stats.
  • When you buy a subscription, you will find the latest news on recently released fantasy games or soon-to-be-released fantasy games. You’ll always stay up to date.