Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix Review
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix Box Art
System: PS3
Dev: Square Enix
Pub: Square Enix
Release: September 10, 2013
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Fantasy Violence

There is no denying that the entire package is gorgeous. The bump to HD really helps capture the beauty of the game without harming the integrity of the gameplay. The textured backgrounds also make everything in the world feel more alive. Even with this overhaul, there are occasional moments in which certain features of the characters will look flat and thus remove you from the overall richness of the game. This is not a huge thing, but it is noticeable and may be too distracting for some.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix Screenshot

In addition to the graphical upgrade, a few other features were upgraded as well. The most notable is the camera. Moving it away from the L2/R2 controls to a right-stick control scheme certainly helps the camera’s functionality and removes a lot of the frustration. You will still, at times, find yourself cursing at the game, though. Couple this with the persistent platforming concerns from the first time around and you have in store for you a “fun” time. This will never make you want to just stop playing the game; it’ll just compel you to take an extended break every now and then.

A lot could have gone wrong in the delivery of this title. It could have been a cheap cash-in on the HD craze, and though that might be part of the motivation, the results are sincere, and Square clearly made this with the fans in mind. It could have easily done nothing to alter the game except slap on a few layers of brighter colors, but as I said earlier, Kingdom Hearts is special. The HD collection may not contain everything we want in a Kingdom Hearts collection, but it gives us enough to remember why we continue to love the series just as much today as we did years ago.

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Square Enix sets the bar on HD collections. Whether this and its upcoming Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD collection will be the beginning of the end for HD collections, I don’t know, but if the industry starts looking at this as an example for how to restore the magic of the original games, then we are all in for a pleasant treat. I’m just glad I can finally play Kingdom Hearts without my wife taking the game over...well, maybe.

By
Matt Walker
Editor-In-Chief
Date: September 11, 2013

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
You will fall in love all over again with the world of Kingdom Hearts.
3.5
Control
While there are some necessary, new adjustments, there are still some the ball was dropped on, again.
4.3
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Crisp, clean, and wonderfully annoying in parts. Just like I remember.
4.4
Play Value
Just like in the first go around, there’s a lot to do in this game.
4.2
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Not only does KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 ReMIX have higher quality graphics, but the character models and facial features have been updated as well. The story comes to life with more expressive and emotionally moving imagery.
  • Camera controls and commands have been revamped to create a more seamless gameplay experience!
  • KINGDOM HEARTS FINAL MIX comes packed full of new weapons, items, Heartless, abilities, synthesis recipes, and Gummi ship missions!

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