Call me crazy, but I love me some JRPGs. If given the choice, I prefer to play them from the comfort of my own bed on my handheld of choice. Thatâ€™s why Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance is so appealing to me, even though I am a little late to the whole Kingdom Hearts bandwagon. I have never experienced the PS2 originals, with my only time spent with the franchise being on my trusty AGS-101 and Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories.
It has occurred to me that I probably should go back and play at least the two numbered Kingdom Hearts titles before going on the play Dream Drop Distance, but Iâ€™m not sure that will exactly happen. Maybe I will wait for the inevitable HD remakes that seem to be all the craze nowadays. One this is certain however: even without the backstory gained from playing previous titles in the series, Kingdom Hearts 3D is looking like it will class up 3DSs everywhere when it launches later next year.
Chain of Memories is–by far–the least enjoyable of the Kingdom Hearts games, so if you liked it at all, rest assured the other games are far more fun and do not involve frantically shuffling through decks of cards.
Don’t worry too much about missing out on backstory for Dream Drop Distance; the plotline of Kingdom Hearts is so convoluted at this point that it’s pretty much turned into total nonsense–but really, really fun nonsense! It’s what drives me crazy as a fan; KH1 had a solid fantasy tale about the Heartless and the universe being ripped apart. They had the Disney princesses being kidnapped one by one and the Disney villains working together to take over everything, unware they’re just pawns to a greater evil, and it all came to a good, bittersweet conclusion with a great teaser for a sequel. Since then, instead of expanding on the story and really going forward, it’s become a huge knot of backstory upon backstory and needless complications. Maybe it has something to do with their agreement with Disney and what they can and cannot do with the characters as far as plot elements go.
Anyway, this 3DS chapter is looking awesome. I can’t wait!
KH 1 was amazing. 2 wasn’t as good. Chain of Memories was not good compared to the 1st.
Now they’re splicing in TWEWY? Huh.
Yep, this guy’s been in a couple trailers thus far. First non-FF or Disney character they’ve included.
I never got the play The World Ends With You. I’ve never actually disliked a character in Kingdom Hearts, but can someone tell me if this guy’s personality is likable? His name escapes me… Nero?
It’s Neku. Neku Saturaba. His personality (at first) in TWEWY is very rude and mean. He hates people in general. By the end, he learns to deal with people.
If you want to catch up on the KH storyline, here’s a guide to the major events. It is very convoluted. SPOILER ALERT:
BBS: Sora, Riku, and Kairi born. Terra gives Riku ability to use Keyblade. Ventus’ heart transfers into Sora’s. Mickey becomes Keyblade Master under Yen Sid. Master Aqua banished to Realm of Darkness. Terra merges with Master Xehanort; creates Xehanort. Xehanort meets Ansem the Wise, creates Heartless (“Ansem” and Xemnas)
KH1: Sora gains Keyblade. Riku goes to dark side, helps Ansem. Oogie Boogie killed in Halloween Town. Princesses of Heart open Kingdom Hearts/Door to Darkness. Sora stabs self with Keyblade, releases Kairi’s heart – creates Roxas (his Nobody) and Namine (Kairi’s) “Ansem” unmeaningly commits suicide by light of Kingdom Hearts.
COM & 358/2D (THIS IS WHERE IT GETS WEIRD)
Ansem disguises self as DiZ. Sora’s memories warped from Castle Oblivion. Roxas steals Sora’s memories. Riku turns into “Ansem” to gain power and murder Roxas to restore memories.
Oogie Boogie resurrected. Organization XIII members killed by Sora. Xemnas’ “Kingdom Hearts” destroyed.
Xehanort resurrected in three forms: Xehanort, Ansem, Xemnas.