Kingdom Hearts 3 received a free update today that adds a challenging new difficulty setting called Critical Mode.
Critical Mode is here!🔥
— KINGDOM HEARTS (@KINGDOMHEARTS) April 24, 2019
Critical Mode makes two simple but, well, critical changes. Sora’s maximum HP and MP are halved, and the frequency with which situation commands and unity attacks pop up is much lower. On the plus side, enabling Critical Mode opens up exclusive new moves that Sora can unleash.
The Critical Mode update also now allows players to carry over their hard-earned late-game keyblades into a new game. When starting a new game, keyblades will revert back to their starting power level. But you’ll be able to wield many keyblades much earlier than normal.
One of our chief complaints about Kingdom Hearts 3 was how simplistic and easy the combat was. We’re not sure if halving Sora’s stats and reducing the powerful situational moves will improve the gameplay, but we’re always glad to see more options.
Kingdom Hearts 3 is available now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It’s rated E10+.