Kingdom Hearts 3 Articles RSS Feed | Kingdom Hearts 3 RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Kingdom Hearts Shines Its Light on PC Soon Thu, 11 Feb 2021 16:16:02 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Kingdom Hearts is coming to PC on March 30, exclusively on the Epic Games Store. Square Enix made the announcement as part of the Epic Games Store Spring Showcase event. 

It's not just one Kingdom Hearts game on PC either. The entire Seeker of Darkness saga, a total of 11 Kingdom Hearts games, is landing on the EGS on March 30. They're split up over the following bundles:

Kingdom Hearts 1.5+2.5 Final ReMix ($49.99)

  • 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 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue ($59.99)

  • 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 + Re:Mind DLC ($59.99)

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory ($59.99)

Bringing Kingdom Hearts to PC has been a long time coming. Producer Ichiro Hazama said:

Our collaboration with Epic Games is one that stretches back to the development of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, and as part of this ongoing relationship, the team at Epic Games have been incredibly supportive in helping us make this a reality.

I’m incredibly excited for so many new players to discover and enjoy the action, magic and friendship of Kingdom Hearts on PC.

Those who purchase the Kingdom Hearts 3 + Re:Mind bundle will receive the in-game Elemental Encoder Keyblade. All Kingdom Hearts games on PC are available for pre-order now. On top of the news, there's a pretty good sale going on over at EGS, too. 

[Source: Epic Games]

Tetsuya Nomura Wants to Shake Things up for the Next Kingdom Hearts Thu, 19 Nov 2020 16:52:09 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Kingdom Hearts turns 20 in 2022, and director Tetsuya Nomura has big plans for the series' birthday. Nomura spoke with Dengeki Online, translated by Gematsu, about tying up loose ends and shaking things up for the next Kingdom Hearts game.

Nomura said the team is working to deliver "good news" for the series' 20th anniversary, though there's some mystery surrounding it. When Dengeki asked Nomura about a Kingdom Hearts on PS5 or Xbox Series X|S, Nomura said "if" they make a KH for next-gen systems, it won't come until later on.

Whatever the plans are, Nomura said fans should expect new story beats and characters. Xehanort's time as the series big bad is done, though he does still influence Melody of Memory. Nomura said he's looking to start new threads instead:

I intend to tie up remaining loose story ends but also want to change the format a bit. I want to drastically change the world and tell a new story, but also tie up the loose ends.

Hints of that drastic change exist under the surface in Kingdom Hearts 3, though whether Sora, Kairi, and Riku face their fears in modern Tokyo or some other sanctuary is still beyond the door of the future. Meanwhile, if you're aching for some more Kingdom Hearts, Melody of Memory is an entertaining romp through the series' musical history you shouldn't think twice about.

[Source: Gematsu]

Kingdom Hearts Series Rumored to be in Development at Disney Thu, 28 May 2020 10:40:13 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Disney might have an animated Kingdom Hearts TV series in the works if chatter among Disney insiders is anything to go by. There aren't any concrete details yet, and there has been no official announcement from Disney, but the initial rumors — assuming they're true — suggest the series will be developed in conjunction with Square Enix.

Cinema Spot's Emre Kaya originally heard the news and planned on running an exclusive article about it, but other insiders became aware of the plans as well. Jeremy Conrad, founder of MCU Cosmic, said the rumors are true. Then, Skyler Shuler, editor-in-chief of The DisInsider, was tagged in Conrad's post; he responded by saying not only was Conrad's post true, but he had additional information.

So, the KH series will be a Disney+ series (no surprises there) and not a movie, and Disney voice actors are expected to reprise their roles. Kaya's original post mentions the enterprise is a joint project between Square Enix and Disney and that it came from a failed effort at making a live-action Kingdom Hearts movie.

What we don't know is whether this would be a new episode in the Kingdom Hearts universe or some kind of retelling of the games' (sometimes confusing) storyline. And it's important to keep in mind these are still just rumors so far, with nothing officially confirmed yet.

But with the Uncharted movie, plus The Last of Us series, and PlayStation Productions ramping up for more video game movie and TV adaptations, we'll probably be seeing a lot more of this in the not-so-distant future. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Kingdom Hearts TV series news as it develops.

PlayStation's Month-Long Spring Sale Discounts Hundreds of Games Wed, 01 Apr 2020 14:52:39 -0400 GS_Staff

PlayStation's big March sale just ended yesterday, but that doesn't mean Sony isn't keeping the deals coming. The PlayStation 4 spring sale is live now through April 28. 

Including games and DLC, there are 600 items on sale, such as Death Stranding, A Plague Tale: Innocence, NBA 2K20, Dark Souls 3, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, The Outer Worlds, Days Gone, Vampyr, MGS5, and Doom (2016)

DLC packs and season passes for games like Marvel's Spider-Man, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, and Grand Theft Auto 5 are also available. 

Both games and DLC are currently upwards of 50% off, with quite a handful of offerings coming in below $15. Here's a larger list of what you can expect to find over on the PlayStation Store. 

Game Sale Price Regular Price
A Plague Tale: Innocence $19.99 $49.99
Anthem Standard Ed. $17.99 $59.99
Assassin's Creed Odyssey Ultimate Ed. $29.99 $119.99
Borderlands 3 $29.99 $59.99
Call of Duty Black Ops 4 $19.79 $59.99
Code Vein $35.99 $59.99
Control Digital Deluxe Ed. $47.99 $79.99
Dark Souls 3 $14.99 $59.99
Days Gone $19.99 $39.99
Death Stranding $29.99 $59.99
Doom (2016) $7.99 $19.99
Fallout 4 GOTY Ed. $23.99 $59.99
FIFA 20 $23.99 $59.99
Greedfall $24.99 $59.99
Journey to the Savage Planet $17.99 $29.99
Jump Force Deluxe Ed. $31.49 $89.99
Kingdom Hearts All-in-One $29.99 $99.99
Kingdom Hearts 3 $17.99 $59.99
Metal Gear Solid 5 Definitive $5.99 $19.99
Mortal Kombat 11 $23.99 $59.99
NBA 2K20 $19.79 $59.99
Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate Ed. $39.99 $99.99
Soul Calibur 6 $14.99  $59.99
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order $35.99 $59.99
The Crew 2 $14.99 $49.99
Vampyr $14.99 $59.99

Additionally, there's a smattering of movies and TV shows available as well, including X-Men Dark Phoenix, Doctor Sleep, Resident Evil, Joker, Jojo Rabbit, and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

The sale was announced over on the PlayStation Blog. Nathan Clark, Associate Digital Promotions Manager for PlayStation, said that the sale will be refreshed with new deals on April 15. In a move reminiscent of Valve's long-dormant flash sales, Clark did not specify what games, films, or television shows would be added to the list. 

Guess we'll just have to check back and see. 

For more on PlayStation's spring sale, as well as other gaming sales like Humble Bundle's "Conquer Covid-19" bundle, stay tuned to GameSkinny. 

Kingdom Hearts 3, Yakuza 0 Heading to Xbox Game Pass Tue, 18 Feb 2020 14:26:40 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Xbox Game Pass already offers a staggering number of excellent games for a monthly subscription fee, and it's about to get even better.

Kingdom Hearts 3 is coming to Xbox Game Pass on February 25 — minus the Re:Mind DLC, of course — followed by Yakuza 0 a day later on February 26. That's not all, either.

Ninja Gaiden 2 hits on February 20, while Wasteland Remastered and Two-Point Hospital both arrive on February 25. Finally, Jackbox Party Pack 3 is set for February 27.

Xbox Game Pass for PC subscribers aren't missing out, either. Yakuza 0 and Wasteland Remastered are heading to the PC version of Game Pass, along with the spinoff Reigns: Game of Thrones strategy game. Rounding out the additions are Indivisible and Two-Point Hospital, though Microsoft doesn't have a set release date for these yet.

That's a lot of content on top of what's already available, like almost every Final Fantasy game and The Outer Worlds, among others.

Increasing the number of games available via Game Pass is a strategy Microsoft plans on continuing into the future with the Xbox Series X, letting its various studios develop what they want and diversifying the next-gen Xbox's lineup.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Series X news as it develops.

New Kingdom Hearts Mobile Game Announced, Coming Soon Thu, 23 Jan 2020 13:12:51 -0500 Josh Broadwell

[Update: 1/31] The Project Xehanort Twitter account was updated to reflect the new mobile game's name: Kingdom Hearts: Dark Road. More information will be revealed in mid-February. The original story follows below.

Kingdom Hearts: Re:Mind just launched, and we've already got news of another Kingdom Hearts game on the way. This time, it's a mobile-and-Amazon game, codenamed Project Xehanort. It is set for a release sometime in spring 2020, and will be available on iOS, Android, and Amazon.

The news comes from the official Project Xehanort Twitter account, which gives very little indication of what we can expect from the title. There's a shot of young Xehanort holding a chess piece, referencing the opening sequences of Kingdom Hearts 3, and... that's about it.

The game's slot on the Kingdom Hearts website provides a tiny bit more detail, saying the new title will explore why Xehanort became a seeker of darkness. Sounds a bit like Maleficent if we're being honest. However, since it's Kingdom Hearts, with all the twisting lore that entails, we can probably expect a lot more depth to the story than that.

There's also a name guessing competition running until January 28 at 6:59 p.m. PST/9:59 p.m. EST. Entrants can guess what they think the game's official title will be, using two hints Square Enix provided: it's two words and contains eight letters.

The site has more details, but you can enter on Twitter.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Kingdom Hearts and Project Xehanort news, and look forward to our Kingdom Hearts: Re:Mind review soon.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Re:Mind Introduces Customizable Combat, Data Greetings Mon, 20 Jan 2020 10:43:31 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Square Enix recently lifted the lid on some new Kingdom Hearts Re:Mind news. A fresh information page for the Kingdom Hearts 3 DLC expansion shows off some just-for-fun modes, along with options that let you customize your battle experience as you see fit.

The update is only on the Square Enix JP website, though Gematsu translated the screenshots and accompanying text blurbs.

First up is the Premium Menu. This screen hosts PRO Codes, a shmancy term for additional features you can toggle on or off, and ones that have a pretty significant impact on Re:Mind's battles. It's like Dragon Quest XI's Draconian Quest; for example, you can set it so Sora and other party members can't cast Cure, Team Attacks can be disabled, and Form Changes can be turned off.

Apart from that, Re:Mind is getting a fun little snapshot mode. You can choose specific characters, backgrounds, expressions, and poses, then snap a shot known as a Data Greeting. Stuff these into an album, set unique background music for each, and you've got a custom Kingdom Hearts slideshow unlike any other.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Re:Mind releases for PlayStation 4 on January 23 and Xbox One on February 25. We quite liked Kingdom Hearts 3 and we're looking forward to the expansion quite a bit, actually. We'll have our review for the DLC up shortly after the PS4 launch date, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Kingdom Hearts 3 DLC news as it develops.

Re:Mind Seems Like the Most Kingdom Hearts Kingdom Hearts Has Been in A Long Time Mon, 30 Dec 2019 13:12:01 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Ask Kingdom Hearts fans and detractors alike whether the Final Fantasy-meets-Disney mashup is convoluted, and you'll get answers ranging the spectrum from "absolutely not" to "I lost track of things after the first game."

It's not hard to see why. The series' plot is a gloriously tangled mess of time travel, MacGuffins, big villains with even bigger villains behind them, body switching, and a million other contrivances only possible in fantasy and video games — and I love every bit of it.

However, there's no denying the Kingdom Hearts we have now is vastly different from the first Kingdom Hearts that graced our screens on the PlayStation 2. The focus not-so-gradually shifted from telling the growing up stories of three conflicted children to losing sight of the same characters — and brands — that made it shine once.

After getting a glimpse of what Kingdom Hearts 3's DLC, Re:Mind has in store for us, though, it looks like the storytelling pendulum might be swinging back in the other direction again, focusing on the characters and their challenges as a way to lead us into the next chapter of the Kingdom Hearts saga.

Once Upon A Time...

Once long ago, we were introduced to a gaggle of children living free from adult supervision on an island. Because that's normal.

One day, a great darkness arrived on the island and seemingly devoured everything there. Sora escaped somehow, but in the process, he lost contact with Riku and Kairi.

Thus began Sora's fairly straightforward journey to find his friends again. He uncovered a mysterious plot to kidnap pure-hearted princesses, because Disney. He learned of the precarious balance that held all the worlds he visited, and came face to face with the one who wanted to redefine that balance in favor of darkness and so gain the power of Kingdom Hearts — or so he thought.

Along the way, Riku had fallen victim to his inner darkness, while Kairi remained pure as ever and dangerously close to being renamed Plot Device.

In other words, the original Kingdom Hearts was a relatively simple plot following the usual RPG narrative beats made unique thanks to the unlikely combination of Final Fantasy and Disney characters and concepts. Those were special combinations, but the personal stories and struggles, the universal appeal of friendships strained by envy and new feelings, were the game's backbone. And the game knew that too, because that's what it chiefly focused on.

Lurking Darkness?

In a way, Kingdom Hearts is a lot like Star Wars. What started out seemingly simple grew in unexpected ways and drew on an increasing number of plot devices and MacGuffins to develop its narrative, a story that vastly overshadowed the original, even while there are hints of that bigger picture from the start.

For example, the dark Ansem boss at the end of Kingdom Hearts means there has to be some force that created the darkness, a real Ansem, and, thus, a bigger story than Sora — and we — could possibly realize. It's just like A New Hope. Because it's "The Empire," there has to be an emperor ruling it somewhere, a story about how he seized power, and a big black chair waiting for him to retire to later. We just didn't see it at first.

Because frankly, I wouldn't be too surprised if there was a huge change of mind (or heart?) regarding the series' direction after the first Kingdom Hearts released.

Following this analogy further, Kingdom Hearts Final Mix is basically like George Lucas' special editions of the original Star Wars trilogy, adding in new ideas that weren't really sticking to the original ideas but reflected later thinking that fit with the overall whole. We see the hooded folks who would become Organization XIII and play a big role — but not for long — and the Kingdom Hearts that opens up is way different from the one Sora encounters in the first game.


Chain of Memories kickstarted this process of change by introducing some of Organization XIII without really setting its significance in stone yet outside the existence of Nobodies. Then we get to Kingdom Hearts II. Suddenly, the Princesses of Heart aren't important because you can apparently get to Kingdom Hearts by just releasing a lot of hearts. Kairi's still important, now because of Namine, which means Namine is important.

We learn the truth about Ansem and meet Xehanort — well, one incarnation of him — find out what Nobodies really are, and see how Riku grew.

Only Riku. Kairi herself gets demoted to damsel in distress because Disney, and Sora sort of gets sidelined by the various conflicts his friends and the Nobodies are dealing with. Development in general takes a backseat to plot, and hoo boy, does plot start to take some big turns.

Another New Story

So far, we've got two Kingdom Hearts and two people who are and aren't the same wanting to get it for different but similar reasons. Then Birth by Sleep happens. Now we've got the real mastermind behind the masterminds who manages to manipulate people throughout time to try and restore his youthful self to its real power and claim the power of worlds — yeah, like Star Wars.

The three heroes have stories, but more importantly, they have plots that mirror the three original heroes, and that turns them into types more than characters.

On top of that comes supernatural body snatching, time travel (which is never a good thing) the three new protagonists get connections to the original three heroes and the new ones introduced in the Organization XIII stories, and villains with yet another changed end-goal. First Princesses of Heart, then Emblem Heartless, now the X-Blade. Only the X-Blade has its own twisted history and story that you absolutely cannot convince me the team had in mind when Kingdom Hearts was created, and it's the latest Big Important Thing that will surely, this time of all times, help the baddies unlock Kingdom Hearts or something.

Now the Princesses' light dwells in 7 others, including Sora of course, and it's balanced by 13 bits of darkness that are actually just bits of Xehanort. There's a big war from the past that Kingdom Hearts 3 tells us will probably get repeated again, but we still can't play as Kairi, and the Nobodies are surprisingly mobile and alive for being, well, fused with their hosts and/or dead (or both) before hopping in some Replicas.

There is internal logic here, but it's starting to seem like Kingdom Hearts re-invents its plot and core ideas in each iteration without satisfactorily finishing off any of the previous ideas, all with gradually less of what made the first game so addictive and charming. Kingdom Hearts 3 is the biggest offender of the bunch.

Not only is there less Final Fantasy than ever before, but there's the MacGuffin of traveling around the worlds to regain Sora's strength again, gathering the bearers of light again, lots of convenient Replicas, followed by the (hugely satisfying) event of everything coming together at the end to finally destroy Master Xehanort. We guess. Who knows, he might be back later because Master Xehanort v.2 is really the Master of Masters with more Replicas in tanks and a fleet of Death Star Destroy... wait.

Anyway, while all this plot is happening, and people are waking up from the past, fighting specters, and trying to tie up lots of story threads, these same people are getting lost in their own action. It's hard to see the emphasis on the power of light and hope as genuinely significant when it's just light and hope, the same as we see in countless other RPGs.

Apart from the ending with Xehanort suddenly deciding he'd been a bad boy, take Aqua for an example of this. Aqua's story is one of the most intriguing that also gets the least attention until it matters at the end. Even then, we only get a surface look at the reason her darkness is so strong until Sora restores her heart's light because he's Sora.

Assuming you've played Birth by Sleep, you can connect the dots and realize why she might feel the way she does, including the fact that the Mouse Himself was a bit of a dirtbag to her, but still. Her troubles just vanish like that because someone re-introduced light to her life. Why? Seeing her work through them and feeling that anguish and frustration would make all the difference here.

Re:Mind — Kingdom Hearts Comes Full-Circle?

It boils down to this: Along the way, Nomura and his narrative team seem to have been caught up in the excitement of action and big plot points, forgetting the characters are what drive our interest in that story to begin with.

Enter Kingdom Hearts 3's DLC, Re:Mind. It's supposed to follow Sora's journey into the unknown as he travels the connections between the seven hearts of light and learns the stories behind the people who helped him save the world — again. Plus there's Aerith.

That's pretty important stuff and it hearkens back to what made the original so good, with plenty of opportunities to examine some of the thornier issues that got swept under the rug along the way, i.e. what it means to be alive, how the heart works, and how one overcomes one's own darkness. Kairi will hopefully get more of a story and more of a starring role in her own story, not to mention us getting more insight into Riku's and Aqua's respective troubles.

It will, without doubt, add so much more significance to the game's ending not just by tying together loose ends KH3 couldn't deal with, but because it helps everyone involved seem more human. I care much more about a developed character engaging in a thrilling final battle capping off their tortured character development spanning in-game decades than I do a plot device smacking another plot device with a key until he decides he really prefers light over dark.

It also seems significant there's going to be Final Fantasy in Kingdom Hearts again at long last as well. It could just be fanservice, but Aerith and Yuffie were with Sora from close to the beginning in his original adventure, so there must be some kind of something planned by re-invoking these figures from the past in the quest to find Sora and understand the hearts of the heroes.

If Square Enix is actually taking Kingdom Hearts in the direction of Shin Megami Tensei and bringing it to some version of the real world like the secret ending suggests, these changes will probably be pretty important.

Characters from each arc — Ventus, Riku, Aqua, Sora, etc. — are all hinted at having more trouble to deal with in the future. And it seems like that trouble could very well relate to a mix of our world and other Final Fantasy titles, assuming references to FFXIII Versus and The World Ends with You really are what they seem.

What better direction for Kingdom Hearts to go than taking these characters we finally got to see deep inside of on new, difficult journeys alongside Final Fantasy characters? It's essentially what the original Kingdom Hearts promised us before the story veered off into another timeline anyway.

Square Enix Details Kingdom Hearts 3 Re:Mind Price, Contents, Versions Wed, 11 Dec 2019 11:51:38 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Square Enix treated us to a trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3's upcoming DLC Re:Mind yesterday and followed that with some additional details covering Re:Mind's price and what it consists of.

First off, there's one thing Square Enix didn't say during today's State of Play and it probably left many wondering whether Kingdom Hearts 3 Re:Mind coming to Xbox One.

The answer is yes, Re:Mind is coming to Xbox One. However, it's a bit later on Microsoft's platform, releasing February 25, 2020.

Kingdom Hearts 3: Re:Mind follows what happens to Sora as he visits the Keyblade Graveyard.The trouble is, he doesn't have a body during this time and can't leave. So, instead, he travels the connections binding the hearts of light together and uncovers the stories behind each heart he travels to — hence playable Kairi and seeing more of Aqua.

Re:Mind will cost $29.99, and here's what it includes:

  • The additional story: Re Mind
  • Limitcut episode and 13 boss battles
  • Secret episode and boss battle
  • Data greeting feature
  • Slideshow feature
  • Premium menu (Diverse difficulty settings and gameplay challenges)

There's also the Concert Version. This one costs $39.99 and contains everything you see above, along with the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World of Tres - concert video, which includes 19 tracks.

Both versions can be pre-ordered here.

Finally, the base Kingdom Hearts 3 game is getting a free update around the same time, introducing

  • A main story update
  • Newly added abilities
  • Keyblades Oathkeeper and Oblivion + new formchanges added (In-game requirements in Kingdom Hearts III to acquire Keyblades)
  • Expanded Sharing Features

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Kingdom Hearts 3 DLC news as Square Enix dreams it up.

State of Play Reveals Resident Evil 3 Remake, Kingdom Hearts 3 DLC, More Tue, 10 Dec 2019 10:19:44 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Today was Sony's last State of Play episode for 2019, but it certainly closes the PlayStation 4 news year out with a bang. There were plenty of new announcements, confirmations, and teases, so let's get started with the biggest State of Play news first: the announcement of the Resident Evil 3 remake. 

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Remake

Resident Evil: Project Resistance is a co-op multiplayer experience that recently went through closed beta. As Sony showed off a little of the multiplayer spin-off, they dabbled in a little trickery.

Starting off by advertising a campaign mode for Project Resistance, the episode transitioned into a lengthy trailer for the anticipated Resident Evil 3: Nemesis remake.

The Resident Evil 3 remake is real, as we reported, and it's looking like a healthy expanded version of the original RE3, delving into Jill's hardships, Carlos' struggles with loyalty, and the origins of Nemesis itself. Resident Evil 3 remake is coming April 3, 2020, and pre-orders are open now. The game will include Project Resistance as an add-on, too.

Ghosts of Tsushima

Everyone's been waiting for Ghosts of Tsushima news all year. We didn't get any at E3, and we didn't get any at the Tokyo Game Show — but we did get it today.

Unfortunately, it was only a lengthy trailer, and we didn't get an anticipated release date, but there will reportedly be more news at The Game Awards in just two days. With the PS5 looming next year, it's possible Ghosts of Tsushima might be a PS5 exclusive or a title that utilizes cross-gen play between PS4 and PlayStation 5. 

Kingdom Hearts 3: ReMind

The leaked Kingdom Hearts 3: ReMind trailer from over the weekend aired again, showing what we can expect from Kingdom Hearts 3's DLC when it launches January 23, 2020.

The episode takes place before Sora's final showdown against Master Xehanort, as he travels between the hearts of light. There's more Aqua, but more importantly, it introduces two new things fans have wanted for a long time: more Final Fantasy and playable Kairi. Playable. Kairi. Let that sink in for a bit.

It's also worth noting that KH3 will see a big patch in January as well. The update will bring a story update to the game, as well as "new abilities and a new form for Sora along with the addition of Keyblades, Oathkeeper and Oblivion." 

Pre-orders for the DLC are currently live. The DLC costs $29.99, while the DLC plus concert video package costs $39.99.

Babylon's Fall

Remember Babylon's Fall, the collaboration between Platinum Games and Square Enix? It's okay. We thought SE forgot, too. But it didn't.

Today's State of Play showed off some of the game's frenetic sword-and-magic action set in a gritty, Souls-like world. It's pure Platinum for sure, with over the top combat moves and outrageously overpowered enemies. While we didn't see much, Sony promised more to come in summer 2020.

Untitled Goose Game

State of Play actually opened by showing a littered river, as the camera panned out to show the dastardly feathered culprit. That's right, Untitled Goose Game, previously a Nintendo Switch exclusive, is coming to PlayStation 4, bringing its special brand of village chaos with it on December 17.


A new battle royale game is coming to the PS4 in 2020, combining spell-based combat with RPG-style gameplay (which ends up looking like Fortnite meets Overwatch, if we're being honest).

The trailer didn't show off too much apart from explosions of varying colors, but it's called Spellbreak, and the closed beta will open in spring 2020.


We got to see a bit more of Dreams' eclectic gameplay during State of Play, with switch-based puzzles, Frogger-style levels, and gorgeous environments ranging from a cabin in the woods to a barren urban hellscape. In short, if you can dream it, you can make it. Expect Dreams to launch on February 14, 2020.


Superliminal puts players in a strange area beyond psychospacial boundaries full of optical illusion puzzles. You're being examined and studied because you also have special powers that let you interact with the environment in big, innovative ways.

It's sort of like Elebits meets Picasso, and we're okay with that. Superliminal is currently out on the Epic Games Store for PC. We'll know more about the puzzle game on PS4 in 2020. 


Predator: Hunting Grounds

Predator: Hunting Grounds finally got some new news as well, after first being shown off in an earlier State of Play and during PAX West earlier this year (we actually quite liked our time with it).

The State of Play trailer introduced some classes and pre-order bonuses, but it also announced a release date. Predator: Hunting Grounds will launch April 24, 2020.

That's it for the year's final State of Play episode of 2019, but stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on all these titles and The Game Awards announcements as it develops.

Best Buy Black Friday 2019 Video Game Deals Fri, 08 Nov 2019 15:21:09 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Following on from Target's early release of its Black Friday ad, Best Buy has made its own ad available, full of video game sales you won't want to miss.

We don't cover tech of movie deals in this piece, instead opting to focus on all of the console and video game deals in the ad. This includes online sales and doorbusters. 

We also have Black Friday roundups for PSN, Microsoft, GameStop, and Walmart

Best Buy Black Friday 2019

This list is based on the preliminary deals Best Buy announced ahead of time, so it's likely to be adjusted and updated as the outlet announces more sales, and it's just Black Friday — no Cyber Monday or weekend deals are included.

We break things down by console and price. We start with console deals (including PSVR) and follow things up with the best deals on games by console. 

Video Game Consoles

Best Buy has some of the same deals on consoles as Target, though Best Buy favors Xbox One for variety and has no free gift cards thrown in.

PlayStation 4

  • PlayStation 4 Slim (1TB), DualShock Wireless Control, and three free games — $199.99. The games shown are listed below.
    • The Last of Us Remastered
    • God of War
    • Horizon: Zero Dawn Complete
  • $100 dollars off any PlayStation VR bundle

Xbox One

  • Xbox One X (1TB) Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Deluxe Edition bundle + free 3-month Xbox Live Gold subscription — $349.99
  • Xbox One S (1TB) All-Digital Console (White), includes Sea of Thieves, Fortnite, and Minecraft — $149.99
  • Xbox One S (1TB) NBA 2K20 bundle — $199.99

Nintendo Switch

Don't get your hopes up for any big Switch discounts this season. It's going to be the same old, same old all around

  • Nintendo Switch w/ Neon Joy-Con and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle — $299.99
  • Select Joy-Con will be on sale for $59.99 ($20 off) 

Best Buy Black Friday Game Deals

Like Target, Best Buy has different sale tiers for different games We break them down by most expensive to least expensive.

PlayStation 4 Games

Games for $27.99

  • FIFA 20
  • Borderlands 3
  • Ghost Recon: Breakpoint

Games for $24.99

  • Judgement
  • Catherine: Full Body
  • Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Games for $19.99

  • Concrete Genie
  • Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
  • Rage 2
  • MediEvil
  • Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy

Games for $19.99 or less

  • NieR Automata: Game of the YoRHa Edition — $19.99
  • Dragon Quest XI — $19.99
  • Resident Evil 7 Biohazard: Gold — $19.99
  • Resident Evil 2 — $14.99
  • Kingdom Hearts III — $14.99
  • Marvel's Spider-Man GOTY Edition — $14.99
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III — $14.99
  • Devil May Cry HD — $12.99

Games for $14.99

  • Devil May Cry 5
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2
  • Shemnue I & II
  • Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition

Games for $9.99

These are basically PS Greatest Hits for 50% off.

  • God of War
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn — Complete Edition
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • Persona 5
  • Bloodborne
  • Nioh
  • Ratchet and Clank
  • Yakuza 0

Games with various discounts

  • Red Dead Redemption 2 — $24.99
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice — $24.99
  • Shenmue III — $34.99
  • Code Vein — $39.99
  • Need for Speed: Heat — $39.99
Xbox One Games

The preview ad is a bit on the confusing side with how it breaks down game categories — namely by blending them together despite separating them by console. Because of that, you can probably count on XB1 equivalents of PS4 games on sale, like Kingdom Hearts III, to be offered at the same price, even if they aren't listed directly.

Games for $29.99 and less

  • Control — $29.99
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 — $29.99
  • NHL 20 Standard Edition — $29.99
  • NBA 2K20 — $27.99
  • Madden NFL 20 — $27.99
  • Gears 5 — $24.99

Games for $19.99

  • World War Z
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood Edition
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition
  • Sea of Thieves

Games for $14.99

  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
  • Tom Clancy's The Division 2
  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection
  • Fallout 4: GOTY Edition
Nintendo Switch Games

Nintendo's official Black Friday announcement lists a number of games that will be listed for $39.99, including Best Buy as a retailer.

  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Super Mario Party
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Splatoon 2

Games for $24.99 (including Black Friday 3DS game deals)

  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection
  • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
  • Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
  • Overwatch: Legendary Edition
  • Persona Q2: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS)
  • Etrian Odyssey Nexus (3DS)

Games for $19.99

  • Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy
  • Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair
  • Rocket League Ultimate Edition
  • Lego Harry Potter Collection
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • Sid Meier's Civilization VI
  • Killer Queen Black
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Dualist: Link Evolution

Games with various discounts

  • Hollow Knight — $29.99
  • Collection of Mana — $19.99
  • Spyro: Reignited Trilogy — $24.99
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition — $44.99
  • Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (3DS) — $24.99 each


This is all just from Best Buy's Black Friday preview, so it's possible there will be even more deals as we get closer to the actual day. Make sure to check back with GameSkinny for more Black Friday 2019 deals as they pop up.

And here's the full Best Buy preview ad as well.

Critical Mode to Finally Arrive In Free Kingdom Hearts 3 Update Mon, 22 Apr 2019 16:16:58 -0400 QuintLyn

Kingdom Hearts 3 players looking for a more challenging experience will soon get their wish when Critical Mode is made available in a free update on April 23. News of the content release came via Twitter as both the English and Japanese Kingdom Hearts accounts posted a note from the game's director Tetsuya Nomura.

The note was short but sweet, and it should have Kingdom Hearts 3 fans excited.

Critical Mode, which has appeared in previous Kingdom Hearts games notably Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix, Birth By Sleep, Re: Coded, 3D: Dream Drop Distance, and Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep - A fragmentary passage  was announced for Kingdom Hearts III in February.

Unlike some other promised content for the game, Critical Mode is a free DLC offering. Paid DLC will include story-related and other content.

As noted in the tweet, KH3's version of Critical Mode will be different from what players have seen in previous games, although the specific differences were not stated.

However, this shouldn't be too much of a surprise to Kingdom Hearts fans as the mode has varied a bit in each of the games it has appeared in. What remains the same is that the mode makes things a good bit more difficult for players, increasing the overall challenge of the game.

Considering Kingdom Hearts 3 released near the end of January, giving dedicated players the time to complete at least one run through, the release of Critical Mode should be exciting news.

For those more interested in finding out more about the game's story that will, unfortunately, have to wait until the paid DLC is released sometime in the future.


More Than 5 Million Copies Of Kingdom Hearts 3 Sold Since Release Wed, 06 Feb 2019 13:31:45 -0500 QuintLyn

Among console gamers, Kingdom Hearts 3 is the current darling of the day. Fans of the Square Enix/Disney crossover JRPG have been waiting for this particular installment of the franchise for an extremely long time. And if the current sales numbers, social media chatter, livestreams, reviews are any indication, it was well worth the wait.

According to a post on the Kingdom Hearts Twitter account, over 5 million copies of the game have been shipped worldwide. In fact, the game has done so well in the UK it knocked Resident Evil 2 down a peg, stealing the number one spot on the sales charts.

At a minimum sales price of $60 for the standard version of the game, Kingdom Hearts 3 has brought in over $300 million in sales.

Of course, that number doesn't account for individuals who spent $230 on the KH 3 Special Edition bundle or $80 on the Deluxe Edition. Nor does it take into account regional price variations or the cost to make and ship each individual copy.

Still, that's a heck of a lot of money in such a short time frame.

Considering the game's title, it may seem there's not too much to the Kingdom Hearts series. But longtime fans of the franchise know that's not the case. Kingdom Hearts doesn't consist of just three games but boasts 16 entries across a variety of platforms.

Granted, roughly six of those are remakes and collections designed to introduce new gamers to the series, but overall, it's impressive, especially impressive considering Square and Disney are telling the same story across all of the games.

Not only does the Kingdom Hearts series allow players to revisit their favorite characters from Square Enix's Final Fantasy games, it also allows them to spend time with the Disney characters they grew up with. The series also benefits from the fact that Square has done a good job crafting the games, making them fun to play and telling good stories.

So it probably shouldn't surprise anyone that Kingdom Hearts 3 is doing so well.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Battlegate Locations and Rewards Tue, 05 Feb 2019 14:02:51 -0500 Synzer

Kingdom Hearts 3 has additional content for you to complete after you finish the story in the form of battlegates. 

Battlegates are portals you can find on each world that lead to fights against strong enemies. You can also acquire exclusive items and Secret Reports that shed more light on the KH 3 story.

This guide will tell you where to find each of the 14 battlegates and what you get for completing them. Slight spoilers will follow, but no details will be given on the contents of the Secret Reports.

Each battlegate will be listed in numerical order and separated by world.

Olympus Battlegates

Battlegate 1: Realm of the Gods

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The first battlegate is at the entrance to the Realm of the Gods in Olympus.

  • Location: Teleport to the Mount Olympus Summit save point, then head up the stairs to the Realm of the Gods. You'll see the portal in the center.
  • Rewards: Secret Report 1 and Fire Cufflink.
Battlegate 2: Realm of the Gods

kh3 battlegate 2

This battlegate is at the Apex of the Realm of the Gods in Olympus.

  • Location: Teleport to the Realm of Gods Apex save point, then go through the gates past Zeus.
  • Rewards: Secret Report 2 and Cosmic Belt+.

Twilight Town Battlegate

Battlegate 3: Old Mansion

kh3 battlegate 3

The third battlegate is near the entrance to the Old Mansion.

  • Location: Teleport to the Old Mansion save point, then head toward the forest. You'll see the portal as soon as you pass the gate, before you enter the forest.
  • Rewards: Secret Report 3 and Evanescent Crystal.
    • Evanescent Crystals can be used to craft the Nobody Guard and Nobody Guard+, a weapon for Goofy that deals more damage to Nobody enemies.

Toy Box Battlegates

Battlegate 4: Kid Korral

kh3 battlegate 4

This battlegate is at the Galaxy Toys Kid Korral save point.

  • Location: You'll see it as soon as you teleport in.

  • Rewards: Secret Report 4 and Megaelixir.
Battlegate 5: Galaxy Toys Entrance

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You can find this battlegate as soon as you enter Galaxy Toys.

  • Location: Teleport to the Galaxy Toys Main Floor: 1F save point and turn around toward the entrance to see the portal.
  • Rewards: Secret Report 5 and Thunder Cufflink.

Kingdom of Corona Battlegates

Battlegate 6: Wetlands

kh3 battlegate 6

This battlegate is in the wetlands, closest to the Wildflower Clearing save point.

  • Location: Teleport to the Wildflower Clearing save point, then go back toward the Wetlands. When you enter and see the cliffs, go right; you'll see the portal below you.

  • Rewards: Secret Report 6 and Illusory Crystal.
    • The Illusory Crystal can be used to craft the Heartless Maul and Heartless Maul+, a weapon for Donald that deals extra damage to Heartless enemies.
Battlegate 7: Forest Entrance

kh3 battlegate 7

The seventh battlegate is in the forest, closest to the Tower save point.

  • Location: Teleport to The Forest Tower save point, then head through the caves. Stay to the path on the right after exiting the cave, and you'll eventually run into the portal.
    • Don't head toward the other cave.
  • Rewards: Secret Report 7 and Aero Cufflink.

Monstropolis Battlegate

Battlegate 8: Power Plant

kh3 battlegate 8

This battlegate is in a silo near the Tank Yard save point.

  • Location: Teleport to The Power Plant Tank Yard save point and leave the room. Ride on the rail in the next area; it will take you straight to the battlegate.

  • Rewards: Secret Report 8 and Illusory Crystal.

Arendelle Battlegate

Battlegate 9: Labyrinth of Ice

kh3 battlegate 9

You can find this battlegate inside the Labryrinth of Ice in Arendelle.

  • Location: Teleport to The North Mountain Gorge save point and head inside the portal to Labyrinth of Ice.
    • Spin on the crystal behind you to go to the middle tier.
    • Follow the path that leads upward until you reach the big room; the battlegate is in the middle.
  • Rewards: Secret Report 9 and Evanescent Crystal.

The Caribbean Battlegate

Battlegate 10: Huddled Isles

kh3 battlegate 10

This battlegate is in an opened cave near the huddles Isles save point, where you get your pirate ship.

  • Location: Teleport to the High Seas Huddles Isles save point, then head left in the water as you are facing the beach.
    • Continue around until you see a cave opening, then head in to find the battlegate.
  • Rewards: Secret Report 10 and Water Cufflink.

San Fransokyo Battlegates

Battlegate 11: North District

kh3 battlegate 11

This battlegate is near the entrance to a train tunnel near the North District save point.

  • Location: Teleport to the City North District save point and climb a nearby building until you can get on the rails.
    • Ride the rails until you reach the northwestern-most part of the mini-map, and you'll see the battlegate near the tunnel.
  • Rewards: Secret Report 11 and Yin-Yang Cufflink.
Battlegate 12: Central District

kh3 battlegate 12

This battlegate is on top of a building near the North District save point.

  • Location: Teleport to the City North District save point then run up the building to the southwest. You'll see the battlegate when you reach the top.
  • Rewards: Secret Report 12 and Blizzard Cufflink.

Keyblade Graveyard Battlegates

Battlegate 13: Badlands

kh3 battlegate 13

This battlegate is near the Badlands save point.

  • Location: Teleport to The Badlands save point and turn around. Follow the path out of the cave and you'll see the battle gate near the portal to The Final World.
  • Rewards: Secret Report 13 and Celestriad.
Battlegate 14 — Secret Boss: Badlands

kh3 secret boss battlegate

The final battlegate is actually a secret boss fight against Dark Inferno. You won't get a Secret Report, but you will get a very nice item.

  • Location: Teleport to The Badlands save point and head forward, out of the cave. The battlegate is in the open area as you leave the cave.
  • Rewards: Crystal Regalia, an accessory that gives five to Strength and Magic, 16 to AP, and the MP Hastega ability. MP Hastega recharges MP 30% faster when you run out.

Additional Rewards

As you complete battlegates, you will also unlock new poses for when taking selfies with the Gummiphone.

  • Completing five battlegates unlocks the Palm of Hand selfie pose.
  • Completing 10 battlegates unlocks the Yoink selfie pose.
  • Completing all 14 battlegates unlocks the Finger Smack selfie pose.


Those are all the battlegate locations and rewards for completing them in Kingdom Hearts 3. Were you able to complete them all? Did you find the secret boss to be difficult? Let us know in the comments.

For more tips and information, please check out our other guides for Kingdom Hearts 3.

Best Keyblades in Kingdom Hearts 3 Mon, 04 Feb 2019 15:44:27 -0500 Synzer

There are 14 unique keyblades in Kingdom Hearts 3, and it can be hard trying to decide which to use. Each has its own abilities, and each shines even brighter when upgraded. 

Of course, you don't want to waste all those hard-earned upgrade materials only to find your keyblade is not that good compared to others. This guide will go over the best keyblades in Kingdom Hearts 3, so you can prepare to upgrade only the best.

If you need to know how to get any of the keyblades listed in this guide, head over to the Kingdom Hearts 3 complete keyblade info guide.

Best Keyblades in Kingdom Hearts 3

Before continuing, the absolute best keyblade in the game is the Ultima Weapon, by a long shot.

It has 13 Strength and Magic, comes fully upgraded, and has the strongest Formchange in the game. If you have access to it, you should always have it with you, unless you are specifically looking for a bigger challenge.

However, the Ultima Weapon does take quite a while to craft, so you will be using other keybaldes for the majority of the game. The following list is what to use with or instead of the Ultima Weapon since you can equip three keyblades at once.

Classic Tone

kh3 classic tone keyblade

This is the best keyblade besides the Ultima Weapon. When it's fully upgraded, it has 14 Magic, which is the highest in the game. Its Strength is also 11, which ties with the highest Strength keyblades in the game.

The Formchanges mirror the Toy Story keyblade, Favorite Deputy, but its stats and multiple MP Haste abilities make up for it.

Hero's Origin or Grand Chef

kh3 hero's origin keybladekh 3 grand chef keyblade

There are two options here because it depends on which abilities you want.

Both of these keyblades turn into a shield when you Formchange, which can help a ton. These shields allow you to block for longer, move while blocking, and absorb hits to create a stronger follow-up attack.

Hero's Origin emphasizes Strength and allows you to absorb HP from a non-maxed Shotlock. 

Grand Chef emphasizes Magic and potentially allows you to recover HP based on how much MP you spend.

Ever After

kh3 ever after keyblade

Sure, Classic Tone has the highest Magic in the game, but Ever After is the next best and you get it early in the game. This is one of the best keyblades you get from a Disney World.

It has strong magic, a Shotlock that absorbs HP like Hero's Origin, and a Formchange that allows you to move freely with wide area attacks. The finisher is also very powerful and looks cool on top of that.


kh3 starlight keyblade

This keyblade doesn't look like much and has okay stats, but it is actually a very good keyblade.

It's Second Form S is very similar to the Kingdom Key, but it has a third finisher if you continue building the form gauge. Ancient Light deals a lot of damage and makes this keyblade worth using just for that.

Honorable Mentions

There are a couple of options that are still pretty decent, though you will only use them for certain situations.

Favorite Deputy

kh3 favorite deputy keyblade

This keyblade is good for the Lucky Strike ability. That ability increases how often enemies drop items, which is fantastic when you are farming materials.

You will need several materials for the Synthesis shop and upgrading keyblades in the Keyblade Forge.

Nano Gear

kh3 nano gear keyblade

This is a unique keyblade because its Formchange uses attacks from several other keyblade Formchanges. The specific reason for using this keyblade is the Stun Protection ability.

The secret boss you can fight after completing the story uses stunning, so this keyblade can help make that boss fight easier.


That's it for the best keyblades to use in Kingdom Hearts 3. What do you think, agree with these selections? Have any keyblades you think are better? Leave a comment below on what you think.

For more tips and information, check out our other guides for Kingdom Hearts 3.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Review: Well Worth the Wait Tue, 05 Feb 2019 11:49:16 -0500 Synzer

Kingdom Hearts 3 finally released last week and many fans wondered how it would be to play this long awaited game. A game like this can be hard to review, many factors go into coming up with a score for a game that is a sequel to such a beloved game back on the PlayStation 2.

I can say that Kingdom Hearts 3 was well worth the wait. It is not a perfect game, but I believe it is the best in the series. 

What I Liked

There is a lot to like about Kingdom Hearts 3, but my favorite is the scale of each Disney world.

Expansive Worlds

Gone are the short, fragmented areas of the past games. Each Disney world, besides 100-Acre Wood, is much bigger than the ones in previous games. Previously players had to traverse smaller areas broken up into several load screens.

There are still load screens, but now each world is only separated into about three different "zones" with each zone having several areas to explore. You can actually get lost and miss a lot of things, which is great for a Kingdom Hearts game.

It's clear that a lot of time went into crafting each world. Not only are they large, but each one has its own game play style.

kh3 pirate ship battle

The Carribbean, my favorite world, lets you explore the open seas on a pirate ship, have ship battles, level up the ship to make it stronger, and dive underwater for even more exploration.

The Toybox, aka Toy Story, has toy robots you can defeat and control on your own. There are different types of robots you can use and each has a unique ability.

The visuals of these worlds are outstanding as well, especially if you have an Xbox One X or PS4 Pro to play in 4K. Since they switched to the Unreal Engine for this game, you can notice how clear and beautiful the effects are for KH3. Water in particular look absolutely gorgeous.

I won't spoil everything here, but there are plenty of mini-games or surprises awaiting in each world as well. The game keeps you busy.


Keyblades have always been a huge part of the game, especially seeing which new ones you can get throughout your playthrough.

In previous installments, Keyblades have always had set stats that could not be upgraded. They also had one special ability, but nothing else that made them special besides the way they looked.

KH3 takes it up a notch by letting you upgrade each one to become stronger throughout the game. Each one also has its own abilities and Formchanges that alter the combat. There may not be as many, but each Keyblade is so much more than they have been in the past. Quality over quantity, as they say.

Gummi Ship Exploration

This was one of the features that surprised me the most and become a big part of my enjoyment. Gummi Ships have always just been a way to get from one world to the next. The action was much better in Kingdom Hearts 2 than the first game, but it was still simply a rail shooter with no freedom.

Gummi Ship features have improved over the series, but Kingdom Hearts 3 takes it to an other level. You can now fully explore three space areas with complete freedom.

You can choose which direction to go, which planet to visit, unlock treasures, upgrades and new ships, complete space battles, and the list goes on.

The important thing to note is that there is a lot you can do with the Gummi Ship in this game and it is much more fun than it has ever been. It's far less static and there are plenty of surprises in store for aspiring pilots.

What I Didn't Like


One of my only complaints is the game was very easy compared to previous games. I played on Proud, the highest difficulty, and never died one time. Sure there were a few scary moments when I thought I might meet my first death, but I was easily able to overcome them.

In previous games I actually would have a challenge when going through the game on Proud Mode and had to carefully plan for some boss fights. There was also a harder difficulty, called Critical Mode, that KH3 does not have.

I won't spoil it, but there's a secret boss you can fight after finishing the game. It was definitely the hardest fight in the game, but even that wasn't too bad when compared to previous games.

My main issue is that it's not just easy, but you don't have to do much planning or strategy to win fights. Each fight is a spectacle for sure and it is still 10/10 fun, but I miss fights like Sephiroth from KH2. That fight was a real challenge that involved a lot of planning, timing, and execution to win. Most importantly, it was satisfying winning.

There weren't really any fights that gave me that level of satisfaction in Kingdom Hearts 3.

Lack of Important Original Worlds

kh3 Disney worlds

I stand by how amazing each Disney World is, but there was a surprising lack of the original worlds fans grew accustomed to seeing in each installment.

This game holds a lot of nostalgia and call backs to previous games, so it was a shame to not see worlds like Traverse Town and Radiant Garden. Newcomers to the series probably won't mind, but as a long-time fan I really wish I could have gone to Traverse Town or at least Radiant Garden.

Traverse Town was the first Town you visited in the original Kingdom Hearts and had multiple districts you could visit. It was also the temporary home of Final Fantasy characters that played a role in the story.

Radiant Garden/Hollow Bastion was a very important world in multiple games. There was a lot to discover when visiting this world, more Final Fantasy characters inhabited it, and it was a central part of the story. It was also the location of my favorite Sephiroth fight in the series.

The fact that you don't visit Radiant Garden, even briefly, is baffling. This is even more frustrating since Twilight Town is in the game, even if it is small compared to how it was in Kingdom Hearts 2.

More Unanswered Questions

Everyone knows Kingdom Hearts is a complex and often confusing story, but it doesn't end with this game. This one isn't so much a negative as it is an anticipation.

It was already said that KH3 would not be the final game and it would only be the end of the current saga.

The story itself was great and had many emotional moments. Most things were cleared up, but there are still some big questions left unanswered, particularity after viewing the epilogue and secret movie.

The Verdict

Kingdom Hearts 3 is an incredible experience that fans and newcomers alike will enjoy. Even if new players don't understand everything that is going on, they will enjoy the game.

The new Gummi Ship system, intense combat, and varied gameplay of each world makes this an instant classic.

  • Fantastic Battle System
  • Expansive and unique world game play
  • Amazing Gummi Ship revamp
  • A little too easy

Anyone who is even remotely interested in Kingdom Hearts 3 will not regret picking it up.

[Disclosure: Writer was granted a copy of the game from the publisher for review purposes.]

Kingdom Hearts 3: Gummi Ship Exploration Guide Fri, 01 Feb 2019 22:21:06 -0500 Synzer

Gummi Ships have always been an important part of the Kingdom Hearts series, but Kingdom Hearts 3 takes it to another level. In this new entry, you have complete freedom to explore the space between worlds, and there are many battles to fight, treasures to find, and missions to complete during your Gummi Ship travels.

This guide will explain the basics of Gummi Ship exploration, and it will outline the rewards you can get from doing it.

Exploration Basics

When you're in the world map, you can choose a travel location. If you have been to the location before, you can warp there instantly, and, if it is a world, you can choose to land at any of the discovered save spots.

Alternatively, if you have not previously visited a location, you can place a waypoint and explore on your way to the destination. There are a total of three areas to explore: Starlight Way, Misty Stream, and The Eclipse. You'll start in Starlight Way and unlock the other areas as you progress through the story.

When you begin to explore, there are several things to look out for on your mini-map:

  • Heartless Battles
    A Heartless icon means that there is a Heartless ship battle nearby. These battles work similarly to classic Gummi Ship levels in past games, and they come in three categories: Countdown, Speed Skirmish, and Boss Battles. 

    Countdown requires you to defeat a certain number of enemies before time runs out, Speed Skirmish requires you to defeat as many enemies as possible within a time limit, and Boss Battles are straightforward and only require you to defeat a boss.

    Each battle has a level indicated by a number of stars. The higher the star count, the harder the fight.

    You can also get ranks for completing each battle. A is the highest rank you can achieve, and ranks are determined by your score. You can increase your score by defeating more enemies, by finishing the fight more quickly, and by not taking damage.

  • Constellations 

kh3 endymion constellation

Taking pictures of Constellations grants you a special gummi ship. Special Gummi Ships can be used even if it goes over your limit, so these are great to have.

You can find these by looking for the huge white dots while exploring. They will form a shape and if you take out your camera, you will see exactly what it looks like.


  • Blue and Pink Crystals
    A blue diamond icon means that you will find blue or pink crystals at its location. Blue crystals give you Gummi Ship parts while pink crystals give you pieces to the zone's special blueprints.

  • Boost Rings and Spheres
    The yellow "+" icons on the mini-map indicate a boost ring or sphere. If you travel through one, you will get a burst of speed.

  • Treasure Spheres
    These gold spheres have a lot of treasure inside, including Keyblade Forge materials. When you reach one, you must shoot the gears until they line up with the circuits in order to open the sphere. 

Exploration Tips

Here are some tips on what to do while exploring:

  • Shoot the Black-Glowing Blue Rocks
    These rocks are scattered all around the areas. Shooting these rocks grants mostly Gummi parts, but you can also get crafting materials.

    The biggest reason to shoot as many of them as possible is that they can contain Damascus and Electrum, which are needed for high level Keyblade upgrades.

  • Collect Special Blueprint Fragments from Pink Crystals
    Each zone has 15 fragments that you can collect and combine to get a special+ Gummi Ship blueprint. You can get these fragments by destroying the pink crystals, so search all around the zone to find the blue diamond icon on your mini-map.

  • Aim for A-Rank in Heartless Ship Battles
    When you achieve a high rank in space battles, you will get treasure for that zone. At A-rank, you will get all the available rewards for that particular fight.

    You can view all the treasures available in each zone by pausing the game, then selecting Information. From there, you can select Treasures to see what you already have and what you can still get.

    You can also select Gummi Records to see which battles you've done and the rank you achieved for each.


That's all you need to know to get started with your own Gummi Ship space adventures. For more tips and information, please check out our other guides for Kingdom Hearts 3.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Guide: How to Upgrade Keyblades Thu, 31 Jan 2019 12:39:21 -0500 Synzer

Kingdom Hearts 3 is different from previous titles because it lets you upgrade each keyblade, allowing you to use your favorite keyblade late into the game, no matter when you obtain them.

However, you have to upgrade each keyblade individually, and it takes several materials to fully upgrade even one of them.

This guide will explain how to upgrade your keyblade via the Keyblade Forge.

How to Upgrade Keyblades in Kingdom Hearts 3

The Keyblade Forge is found in the Workshop, which you can reach by interacting with any Moogle shop in the game. Once you reach one, select the Keyblade Forge option.

There are 10 total upgrades for each keyblade and the materials needed will increase and change as you upgrade each one.

Although one of the later upgrade materials will vary slightly for each keyblade, there are important ones that each one requires no matter what.

Benefits of Upgrading Keyblades

Each upgrade will either increase a keyblade's Strength or Magic stat by 1, then it will alternate each level. The first upgrade depends on if the keyblade is a Strength-type, Magic-Type, or Balanced-type.

Strength keyblades increase Strength first; Magic keyblades increases Magic first; and Balanced keyblades increase whichever stat needs to be balanced first.

At either rank 4 or 8, each keyblade gets a new ability. Most keyblades get the Formchange Extender. This extends the availability period of formchange commands. Some keyblades get different abilities, and they depend on the keyblade.

kingdom hearts 3 formchange extender ability

Keyblade Upgrade Materials

Fluorite, Damascus, Adamantite, and Electrum 

These are the important materials you'll need to worry about when upgrading Keyblades. Fluorite is needed first, followed by Damascus, and finally Adamantite for the last upgrades.

Fluorite and Damascus are fairly straightforward.

Fluorite can be found in chests and during gummi ship exploration early in the game. As you progress, you will be able to buy them both from shops.

Damascus can be found the same way, but you won't encounter them until Monstropolis and later, starting from the second space area.

Kingdom Hearts 3 damascus material

Adamantite can also be found in chests and space exploration, but only from The Caribbean onward.

When you are exploring in the gummi ship, look for the black/glowing blue rocks to shoot. These rocks sometimes have the materials required for upgrading keyblades.

Electrum is needed for the final upgrade and can be hard to get. You can sometimes find them from the treasure spheres and the black/glowing blue rocks in The Eclipse space area.



That's all you need to know about the Keyblade Forge and upgrading your keyblades in Kingdom Hearts 3. Leave a comment below if you have any questions. Also, be sure to check out our other guides for Kingdom Hearts 3, including our keyblade info list as well as our guide on how to find orichalcum+

Kingdom Hearts 3 Orichalcum+ Locations for Ultima Weapon Wed, 30 Jan 2019 15:28:13 -0500 Tobbpitt

There are a few steps to getting the Ultima Weapon Keyblade in Kingdom Hearts 3. However, the hardest part is finding seven additional Orichalcum+ to make it. 

Finding all seven pieces of Orichalcum+ requires a fair amount of world-bouncing and playing minigames, but the end result is more than worth it for longtime fans of the series or Final Fantasy diehards. Who turns down Ultima Weapon? Nobody, that's who.

The most difficult Orichalcum+ to get are the ones tied to Trinity Sled, the Flantastic Seven, and the Omega Machine Gummi Ship boss. The one at the Moogle Shop seems a little flaky, but using the method outlined below will net you the ore in no time.

1. Moogle Shop Postcards

There's a random chance you can obtain a piece of Orichalcum+ from the Postcards you get for making purchases at the Moogle Shop. You have to be a little lucky here, though.

You can make getting this one more bearable by entering the shop and purchasing a single potion. If you're not given a Postcard, you can leave the shop and come back to try again as many times as needed to get the Orichalcum+.

2. Obtain 10 Treasures in Trinity Sled

You have to obtain all 10 of the treasures found within the Trinity Sled minigame to be granted a piece of Orichalcum+. Check out the following video showing the locations of all 10 treasures. Speak to Elsa to receive your Orichalcum+ as a reward once you've found them all.

3. Find 80 Lucky Emblems

Lucky Emblems are found throughout the game and 80 is a lot. You'll be hunting these things down throughout a playthrough, and with luck, you will have 80 before you even start to worry about Ultima Weapon.

4. Find a Chest in The Caribbean

The chest containing this piece of Orichalcum+ is found on Exile Island in The Caribbean world. Head to the island and look for the chest among the rocks on the island.

5. Find a Chest in the Keyblade Graveyard

This one's easier to get than most.

Spawn yourself in The Badlands and turn around. You should see a portal you can step into to get to the chest containing Orichalcum+. Very easy compared to some of these others.

6. Beat all Flan minigames with A rank

Finding the Flantastic Seven isn't that bad, but getting high scores in their minigames can be a little tough.

Below, we've just listed these out with the worlds they're in, along with the most important part: the minimum score you need to get an A rank. Good luck!

  • Cherry Flan: Found in Olympus (Min. score 20000)
  • Orange Flan: Found in the Kingdom of Corona (Min. score 23300)
  • Banana Flan: Found in Monstropolis (Min. score 22000)
  • Strawberry Flan: Found in Toy Box (Min. score 17000)
  • Grape Flan: Arendelle (Min. score 20000)
  • Watermelon Flan: The Caribbean (Min. score 29000)
  • Honeydew Flan: San Fransokyo (Min score 15000)

7. Defeat the Omega Machine Gummi Ship Boss

This big bad can be found in the game's final galaxy, The Eclipse. Make sure you bring along a decked out Gummi Ship for this fight. Beat it, and you've got the last piece of Orichalcum+.


It took forever for Kingdom Hearts 3 to come out, do you feel it was worth the wait? Let us know in the comments, and look for our upcoming review and guides for Kingdom Hearts 3, including our keyblade list as well as how to upgrade keyblades.  

Kingdom Hearts 3 Complete Keyblade Info Guide Wed, 30 Jan 2019 12:32:58 -0500 Synzer

Kingdom Hearts 3 has multiple Keyblades to choose from, and they are all unique. Some Keyblades are better suited for magic, some for physical attacks. Most of them have game-altering form changes.

With so many options, it can be hard to keep track of all the Keyblades and what they do. This guide will make that easier. Here we have a sort of Keyblade list, going over each of the ones obtainable in Kingdom Hearts 3 along with their stats, special skills, and form changes.

Keep in mind that there will be slight spoilers that reveal where you get the later Keyblades.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Full Keyblade List

Kingdom Key

kh3 kingdom key

  • How to Obtain: Starting Keyblade
  • Form Change: Second Form
  • Special Skill: Treasure Magnet
  • Starting Stats: 4 Strength, 3 Magic

Second Form is just an enhanced version of Sora's normal fighting style. It adds wider area attacks and a Stun Impact finisher that stuns enemies.

Treasure Magnet automatically draws in and collects nearby loot, and you can stack the ability to increase the effect.

Phantom Green, Midnight Blue, and Dawn Till Dusk

kingdom hearts 3 phantom green keyblade

  • How to Obtain: DLC
  • Form Change: Second Form Variation
  • Special Skill: Elemental Boost (See Below)
  • Starting Stats: 4 Strength, 4 Magic

You get these Keyblades by pre-ordering a copy of the game. Microsoft Store pre-orders come with Phantom Green, Playstation Network pre-orders grant Midnight Blue, and Amazon pre-orders give players access to Dawn Till Dusk.

These Keyblades all have a version of Second Form, but the form change behaves the same way across all three of them.

Regarding Elemental Boosts, Phantom Green gives Thunder Boost, which increases Thunder damage by 20%, and unlocks the Thundaza situation command. Thundaza is the highest version of the Thunder spell.

Midnight Blue gives a comparable boost and command for Blizzard magic, while Dawn Till Dusk comes with these bonuses for Fire magic.

Hero's Origin

kh3 hero's origin keyblade

  • How to Obtain: Complete Olympus
  • Form Change: Counter Shield
  • Special Skill: Defender
  • Starting Stats: 5 Strength, 2 Magic

Counter Shield changes the Keyblade into a shield that you can use to block attacks. Each block gives you one charge, and you can hold up to two charges. These charges unleash a powerful strike when you attack.

Its Finish Command starts a short ride with Pegasus where you throw lightning bolts at nearby enemies.

Defender potentially increases defense by two when your HP is at 25% or below.

Shooting Star

kingdom hearts 3 shooting star keyblade

  • How to Obtain: Complete Twilight Town
  • Form Change: Double Arrowguns, Magic Launcher
  • Special Skill: Magic Treasure Magnet
  • Starting Stats: 3 Strength, 5 Magic

Double Arrowguns changes the Keyblade into two guns that allows you to shoot in all directions. If you continue to build the Form Gauge to max before time runs out, the Keyblade can transform into Magic Launcher.

Magic Launcher turns the Keyblade into a huge cannon that can shoot big projectiles at the enemy.

Magic Treasure Magnet automatically pulls in and collects loot from enemies defeated by magic.

Favorite Deputy

kingdom hearts 3 favorite deputy keyblade

  • How to Obtain: Complete Toybox
  • Form Change: Hyper Hammer, Drill Punch
  • Special Skill: Lucky Strike
  • Starting Stats: 5 Strength, 3 Magic

Hyper Hammer changes the Keyblade into a huge hammer that moves slowly but hits hard. If you continue to build the Form Gauge to max before time runs out, the Keyblade can transform into Drill Punch.

Drill Punch turns the Keyblade into a giant drill that lunges at enemies and can go underground to attack.

Lucky Strike increases how often enemies drop items.

Ever After

kh3 ever after keyblade

  • How to Obtain: Complete Kingdom of Corona
  • Form Change: Mirage Staff
  • Special Skill: Leaf Bracer
  • Starting Stats: 2 Strength, 6 Magic

Mirage Staff changes the Keyblade into a staff that shoots rays of light and creates mirage clones of yourself when you dodge.

Leaf Bracer allows you to continue casting recovery magic, even if you are hit by attacks in the process.

Happy Gear

kh3 happy gear keyblade

  • How to Obtain: Complete Monstropolis
  • Form Change: Agile Claws, Twin Yo-Yos
  • Special Skill: Focus Converter
  • Starting Stats: 7 Strength, 3 Magic

Agile Claws changes the Keyblade into rotating claws that allow you to do damage while using evasive maneuvers. If you continue building the Form Gauge, it can transform into Twin Yo-Yos.

Twin Yo-Yos turns the Keyblade into yo-yos that can attack distant enemies and move you close to them.

Focus Converter converts all Focus Prizes into large Focus Prizes. This allows you to use Shotlock more often.

The max Shotlock for Happy Gear allows you to create a network of portals and attack from all directions.

Hunny Spout

kh3 hunny spout keyblade

  • How to Obtain: Complete 100-Acre Wood
  • Form Change: Hunny Blasters, Hunny Launcher
  • Special Skill: Harvester
  • Starting Stats: 6 Strength, 5 Magic

Hunny Blasters changes the Keyblade into guns similar to the Shooting Star Keyblade's form change. Building up the Form Gauge further unlocks Hunny Launcher, which also works like the Shooting Star's Magic Launcher.

Harvester allows you to pick up one extra cooking ingredient each time you gather.

Crystal Snow

kh3 crystal snow keyblade

  • How to Obtain: Complete Arendelle story
  • Form Change: Blizzard Claws, Blizzard Blades
  • Special Skill: Freeze Protection
  • Starting Stats: 4 Strength, 7 Magic

Blizzard Claws works very similarly to the Agile Claws from the Happy Gear keyblade. If you continue building the Form Gauge, it can transform into Blizzard Blades.

Blizzard Blades gives you ice arm blades to attack with and ice blades to skate along the ground.

Freeze Protection prevents you from getting the Freeze status.

Wheel of Fate

kingdom hearts 3 wheel of fate keyblade

  • How to Obtain: Complete The Carribbean story
  • Form Change: Highwind, Storm Flag
  • Special Skill: Waterza
  • Starting Stats: 8 Strength, 5 Magic

Highwind transforms your keyblade into a spear that gives all your attacks an extended range. If you continue building the Form Gauge, it can transform into Storm Flag.

Storm Flag changes your spear into a flag that can create storms and prevents your weapon attacks from being deflected.

Waterza allows you to generate the Waterza situation command without meeting the requirements.

Nano Gear

kh3 nano gear keyblade

  • How to Obtain: Complete San Fransokyo story
  • Form Change: Nano Arms
  • Special Skill: Stun Protection
  • Starting Stats: 7 Strength, 5 Magic

Nano Arms transforms the keyblade into one that uses a combination of the other keyblades' form attacks.

Stun Protection prevents you from getting the Stun status.


kh3 starlight keyblade

  • How to Obtain: Complete Keyblade Graveyard story
  • Form Change: Second Form S
  • Special Skill: MP Haste
  • Starting Stats: 4 Strength, 4 Magic

Second Form S is very similar to the Kingdom Key's Second Form, except it has a different ability for the 3rd finisher. Ancient Light is a huge area attack that deals massive damage, which is determined by your Magic stat.

MP Haste recharges your MP 10% faster when you run out. Stack the ability to increase the effect.

Grand Chef

kh3 grand chef keyblade

  • How to Obtain: Get Excellent on every normal recipe in Little Chef's Kitchen
  • Form Change: Frying Pan
  • Special Skill: Wizard's Ruse
  • Starting Stats: 5 Strength, 7 Magic

Frying Pan transforms the keyblade into a frying pan that can be used as a shield and use flame attacks.

Wizard's Ruse potentially recovers HP proportionate to the MP you use.

Classic Tone

kh3 classic tone keyblade

  • How to Obtain: Get a high score in all 23 Classic Kingdom mini-games.
  • Form Change: Boom Hammer, Clock Drill
  • Special Skill: MP Haste
  • Starting Stats: 6 Strength, 9 Magic

Boom Hammer and Clock Drill work exactly like the form changes of the Favorite Deputy (Toy Story) keyblade.

MP Haste recharges MP 10% faster when it runs out and can be stacked.

Ultima Weapon

kh3 ultima weapon

  • How to Obtain: Craft in the workshop
  • Form Change: Ultimate Form
  • Special Skills: Combo Boost, Air Combo Boost, and Situation Boost
  • Stats: 13 Strength, 13 Magic

Ultimate Form allows Sora to deal very high damage with wide area attacks. It is by far the strongest of all the keyblade forms.

Combo Boost and Air Combo Boost increase damage done by combos and air combos. Situation Boost fills the situation command gauges more quickly as you defeat enemies.


That's all for the this Kingdom Hearts 3 Keyblade guide list. Now you can plan out which Keyblades you'll want to upgrade first in the Keyblade Forge. Remember to head over to our Kingdom Hearts 3 guides hub for more tips and strategies, including where to find Orichalcum+ for the Ultima Weapon, and how to upgrade keyblades