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Games I’m Looking Forward to in 2012: Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

07 Feb

Now out of all of the games I am looking forward to, this happens to be one of, if not the highest in my list. I have been following the Kingdom Hearts series for years and while I haven’t played all of the games due to console availability and lack of funds I can honestly say that I have emotionally invested my time in this series. While my sister is actually the primary player of the games, I have played my fair amount too. Playing the games in a weird order me and my sister started when I bought Kingdom Hearts II, then went back to the first Kingdom Hearts and then in 2010 I played through 358/2 Days on the DS. The games I have missed out on are Chain of Memories (or the remake on the PS2), Birth By Sleep & the remake of coded (Re:coded). So I have missed a few, though again if I could afford all video game consoles and games I wouldn’t have this problem lol. But now we’re going off topic. The reason I made this blog is because I’m totally hyped for Dream Drop Distance.

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When it was announced that this would be a continuation in the series rather than another prequel or bridge between KH1 & 2 I was extremely excited. Finally getting a continuation in the series after so much backtracking is very exciting and makes you ask so many questions as to where the series is going to go with the story and main characters Sora, Riku & Kairi along with all the other Disney characters. And while this new game isn’t quite Kingdom Hearts 3, I wouldn’t expect it to be announced so soon, so Kingdom Hearts for the 3DS is better than nothing, plus with KH3DS tieing into KH3 it makes the new game even more intriguing to play.

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I’ve been following this game for a long time so whenever new screenshots or trailers were released I was super hyped. I think the first debut trailer for KH3DS came out just over a year ago back in January 2011 and left us wanting more for ages. Then some way down the line in 2011 the first gameplay videos showed up showcasing Sora and Riku’s individual fight styles against the new enemies known as Dream Eaters as well as showing off new attacks and stuff of that nature. Then in September 2011 when the Tokyo Game Show came around we got a new cinematic trailer and some gameplay footage that was streamed from the TGS too and the excitement grew. With that trailer we got see so many new gameplay elements like Sora’s ability to bounce from wall to wall, swing on lamp posts or glide on railings and his ability to ride the fat dog-like creatures and use them against other enemies. While on Riku’s side of things he has an ability to charge at enemies while flying (or at least not being on the ground) and deliver some pain. We also saw the confirmation of the new world from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. We also saw something that looked like augmented reality with those Dream Eaters possibly with those AR Cards that’s been used on other games with the 3DS. But the best part was the appearance of Neku from the game The World Ends With You, I was like “Okay this game just got absurdly better just from that one scene!” We also got a little bit of info about the plot of the game too.

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But don’t think it was until just a little while when the 8 minute Jump Fiesta trailer showed up and showcased of the best things about the game so far. So far this game looks really interesting especially from a story standpoint, the new worlds that you’ll be able explore look great, with the world from The Hunchback of Notre Dame already confirmed we were treated to additional worlds rom the films Pinocchio, Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, Fantasia and very interestingly the digital world of Tron: Legacy. Seeing all of those cut scenes play out looks great especially the recreations from The Hunchback of Notre Dame and of the scenes from Tron: Legacy look pretty epic. The characters all look pretty interesting, we have a lot of returning cast members like our main people Sora, Donald, Goofy & Mickey, along with old enemies like Master Xehanort, Vanitas, Maleficent and Pete. But then there are new appearances from the cast of The World Ends With You and there’s also new faces that comes with new Disney worlds too, one part that stands out for me is the scene where Axel makes an appearance nad I was like “Woah! Holy cow!” Was the most amazing I saw and I got so hyped, obviously if you played KH2 then you know what happened to him, so I’m glad to see him make another appearance in a new KH game.

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There is a lot going on in the world of Kingdom Hearts, it happens to have one of the most intricate storylines set over several games I have ever come across. I have only played 3 of the 6 games out because I’m not one of those rich people who can afford to have multiple consoles to play each new game on, so my knowledge is still fairly fuzzy on this game series, but thanks to Wikipedia and the info my friend gave me I’m filling in holes. Luckily for me KH3DS is coming to a console I should be able to afford and play this year. I’m really excited for this game and I want to play it now, but going from the history of the KH series this game will probably show up in November for Europe and the United States. I just hope when it comes out in March in Japan Famitsu gives the game a great review so it’ll be good indication of what to expect when we obtain the game on western shores.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2012 in Media, Video Games

 

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