The Entire Kingdom Hearts Series Now Available on Xbox Game Pass

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Square Enix and Disney announced that the Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2, as well as the many oddly named spin-offs, have been added to the Xbox Game Pass subscription service. With Kingdom Hearts 3 already there, you can now play the entire complete series via an Xbox Game Pass subscription.

The older Kingdom Hearts games appear as two different titles: Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX, and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. They contain the following games in the series:

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX

  • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD remastered cinematics)
  • Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep FINAL MIX
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (HD remastered cinematics)

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue

  • Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
  • Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover (movie)
  • Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep – A fragmentary passage –

The Re Mind DLC has also been officially added to Xbox One, though you’ll have to purchase it separately ($29.99). Re Mind features 13 new boss battles as well as difficulty settings and gameplay challenges.

Xbox Games Pass is $10 per month for access to over 100 games on the Xbox One. It’s $5 per month for access on PC only, or $15/month for both PC and Xbox access, as well as including Xbox Live Gold membership for online gaming and 20% off games and DLC.

Full Kingdom Hearts Series Available on Xbox for the First Time

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While Kingdom Hearts 3 launched on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One last year, earlier games in the series have been exclusive to the PlayStation. Until now. Today Square Enix and Disney have finally brought the two major compilation packs, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, to Xbox One.

Additionally, Kingdom Hearts 3 is launching on Xbox Game Pass.

Here is everything included in the two compilation packs. Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2 are both included in the 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix package, while the 2012 3DS game that bridges the gap between 2 and 3 is included in the Final Chapter Prologue pack.

  • Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX
    • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
    • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
    • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD Remastered cinematics)
    • Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix
    • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix
    • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (HD Remastered cinematics)
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
    • Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
    • Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep –A fragmentary passage–
    • Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover (movie)

The recently released Kingdom Hearts 3 DLC, Re Mind, is also coming to Xbox One on Tuesday, Feb. 25, for $29.99. Music fans can check out the Re Mind + Concert Video Package, which includes the DLC plus the World of Tres Orchestra concert recorded in Japan last November, for $39.99.

Kingdom Hearts 3 will be available on Xbox Game Pass beginning on Feb. 25. Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that grants access to a selection of Xbox games. The Re Mind DLC will not be included in the subscription, however, and must be purchased separately.

Kingdom Hearts 3 and the compilation packs are rated E10+.

Kingdom Hearts All-In-One Package Arriving in March

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If you’ve been patiently waiting for the complete Kingdom Hearts collection in one box, your time has almost arrived. Square Enix has announced the Kingdom Hearts All-In-One Package will arrive on March 17 for PlayStation 4, for $49.99.

The Kingdom Hearts All-In-One Package includes all Kingdom Hearts content released so far: the 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX compilation, the 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue compilation, and, of course, Kingdom Hearts 3.

  • kingdom heartsKingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX
    • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
    • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
    • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD Remastered cinematics)
    • Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix
    • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix
    • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (HD Remastered cinematics)
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
    • Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
    • Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep –A fragmentary passage–
    • Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover (movie)
  • Kingdom Hearts 3

If you already own Kingdom Hearts 3, you’ll want to check out the Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far compilation, which includes everything minus Kingdom Hearts 3.

Note that the recently released DLC for Kingdom Hearts 3, Re Mind, is not included in the All-In-One Package.

Kingdom Hearts 3 released in 2019 after a lengthy development cycle. It reunited the unique mashup of Final Fantasy heroes with Disney characters as Sora, Donald, and Goofy travel through several Disney universes to battle the forces of darkness.

Kingdom Hearts 3 and the All-In-One Package are exclusive to PlayStation 4 and rated E10+.

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Classic Kingdom Hearts Games Coming to Xbox One Next Year

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During the annual Inside Xbox event in London, Square Enix announced that the older Kingdom Hearts games will be coming to Xbox One in 2020.

All of the Kingdom Hearts games save the most recent release of Kingdom Hearts 3, including Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2 and the many spin-offs, will be available in two compilation packs.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix includes the following:

  • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD remastered cinematics)
  • Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (HD remastered cinematics)

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue includes the following:

  • Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
  • Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage
  • Kingdom Hearts X Black Cover (movie)

Kingdom Hearts 3 launched earlier this year on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the first in the series to appear on an Xbox console. A free demo of Kingdom Hearts 3 is available on the Xbox and PlayStation digital stores, featuring the Hercules and Toy Story worlds. Save demo will carry over to the full game should you choose to purchase it with the same account. The demo also includes the Memory Archive feature, which includes cutscenes to catch players up to the current story.

Kingdom Hearts 3 is available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix and 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue are available on PlayStation 4, and coming to Xbox in 2020.

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Opinion: Kingdom Hearts 3 Has a Nostalgia Problem

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A YA-friendly, easy-to-play action-adventure that explores and celebrates Disney animated movies should be a winning formula. It certainly was in 2002 when the original Kingdom Hearts launched on the PlayStation 2. The popularity of the series and decade plus drought of a main-line game created a huge amount of anticipation for Kingdom Hearts 3.

Unfortunately, Kingdom Hearts 3 feels like a PS2 game in all the worst ways.

Seventeen years feels like forever ago, but I played and enjoyed the original Kingdom Hearts. The hack and slash combat was fast and fun, and the use of Disney and Final Fantasy characters as NPCs and party members was something truly special. The story rested on whimsical light against darkness tropes, which is perfectly fine when you’re battling alongside Goofy and Donald. When the sequel came out in 2005 I jumped all over it, only to be left with a vastly more convoluted story involving virtual world copies, soul-merging heroes, and impostor villains.

Several spin-off games, prequels, and side stories were released in the years between Kingdom Hearts 2 and 3, which I ignored. I fully expected to be completely lost in Kingdom Hearts 3’s story. But I did not expect the series’ defiant refusal to evolve beyond its PS2-era interface, combat, and level design.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 is a grim reminder of how far gaming has come in the last decade and a half. I was frustrated from the very opening level in the Disney Hercules world of Thebes and Mt. Olympus. Every area is mostly a series of walled, linear hallways, with a few larger rooms for bigger combat sequences. A minimap in the upper right corner is mostly useless, and the game lacks a proper world map. Countless times I got completely turned around, doubling back for awhile before I realized I was going the wrong way.

Exploration in most worlds is extremely limited and not very rewarding. The exception early on is the Toy Story world, which primarily takes place inside a three story toy store, granting a bit of freedom to explore different areas. Even then I got completely lost when I was told to go to one location, only to finally look it up online where exactly I needed to go. Never have I ached for a proper quest marker or just any kind of journal. At the very least a standard map would’ve saved so much of my frustration, even with the mostly boring level designs.

Don’t even get me started on the Gummi ship sequences. They managed to make the weakest part of the original games and make it even worse in Kingdom Hearts 3.

To travel to each new world you have to pilot an ugly, blocky, customizable ship in a pseudo free-roaming space sequence. Controlling the Gummi ship is abysmally frustrating. Worse still the game forces you into retro shoot ’em up boss battles between worlds. These boss fights weren’t difficult but took forever to complete, all while doing nothing but mildly moving the ship around and holding down the attack button.

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On-foot combat isn’t much better. Fighting the heartless and the nobodies mostly boils down to mashing the attack button as quickly as possible while Sora vaults through the air with colorful keyblade attacks. Occasionally a special attack is available, such as uniting with your allies or summoning a neon-colored Disney attraction, like the teacups or carousel.

The attraction attacks are a neat idea but given their resource-less cost you never pass them up, and it turns the already dull combat into an even duller shooting gallery or rhythm game. The first time you unleash the teacups or the splash run is a blast. Not so much the 20th time.

Gaining a new keyblade after completing a world is the one piece of fun loot you’ll ever get. Each keyblade has slightly different stats and different special attacks they can unleash, including transforming into entirely different weapons like a warhammer, dual pistols, or a magical staff. Visually it’s fun transforming the Frozen keyblade into a pair of lighting fast dual blades, but the actual combat doesn’t change. I’m still mostly mashing the attack button.

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Elemental spells can be thrown around, but feel sluggish and weak compared to the much quicker basic attack combos, and selecting a spell using the d-pad is a nasty UI holdover from the PS2 era. Equipping abilities is also needlessly fiddly. Sora and friends level up and gain new abilities, which must be actively equipped. Each ability takes up a certain AP cost, and a character can only equip so many. If you equip an accessory which grants additional AP, you’ll need to first de-equip a number of abilities in order to shuffle your items around. It’s exactly as annoying as it sounds.

I’m not going to comment too much on the story itself, given that I fell out of the Kingdom Hearts loop long ago. But I was disappointed in how the story approaches the Disney worlds. The worlds of Frozen and Tangled simply recreate the movies, beat for beat, including drawing cutscenes directly from the films (yes, they do the entire “Let it Go” number).

In the Frozen world I was hoping to actually adventure with Queen Elsa. She has superhero-style ice powers – how do you not include her as a party member! But no, we have to tell the entire Frozen story again and follow everyone around, at one point getting thrown into an annoying, bland ice labyrinth for no reason other than to pad out the adventure.

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The Pixar worlds fare much better. Both Toy Story and Monsters Inc take place AFTER their respective films (first films anyway). The stories and level designs are much better served when they’re not beholden to retelling stories that were clearly not built for video game adventuring. Tangled’s world consists of running through a forest to the castle, then running back through the exact same forest. Whereas in Toy Story Sora and company are shrunk down and explore a toy store with giant robots. The Pixar worlds are far more interesting (to a point) and make the actual Disney animated worlds that much more disappointing.

I had fond memories of the original Kingdom Hearts. And I still think a high-concept RPG using Disney’s deep roster of worlds and characters is a wonderful thing to explore in a video game. But Kingdom Hearts 3’s shocking refusal to evolve beyond its aging level designs and simplistic combat create an experience that only the most nostalgia-blinded fans can enjoy.