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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue by Square Enix






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  • Fantasy Violence
  • Mild Language
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 3.
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  • Platform: PlayStation 4
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Category: Role-Playing

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Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue

A Great Collection Leading Into What Comes Next
by Kimberley Wallace

Provide a PS4 remaster of Dream Drop Distance alongside new content that teases Kingdom Hearts III


The series looks the best it ever has, with crisp visuals and detailed environments


Solid voice performances and appropriate melodies propel the experience


The controls are the smoothest they've been in the series, keeping the fast-paced combat at its best


A fun collection that connects the events that lead into Kingdom Hearts III



After various spin-offs and re-releases, the buildup to Kingdom Hearts III has been nothing if not drawn out. Kingdom Hearts II launched more than a decade ago, and a whole new generation of gamers can play the early entries thanks to HD remasters on PS3 (and later this year on the PS4). Final Chapter Prologue should be the last new remaster before Kingdom Hearts III; it includes Dream Drop Distance (originally a 3DS exclusive) for the first time on the big screen. Additionally, an episode starring Aqua and a mini-movie, which shows how this crazy journey all began, are both new for this entry. As convoluted as the Kingdom Hearts storyline is, after playing through this collection, I have a clearer understanding of the narrative leading into Kingdom Hearts III. Even without the extra story context, Final Chapter Prologue is fun on its own, and Square Enix did a wonderful job making this a worthwhile collection and not just a port of Dream Drop Distance.

The most appealing part of the collection is A Fragmentary Passage, which follows Aqua after the events of Birth By Sleep. The episode took me about three hours to complete, but if you collect every treasure, you can extend that an extra hour. Aqua is one of my favorite characters due to her selflessness and determination to save the world, and getting some resolution to her story was satisfying. I won't spoil anything, but playing the episode only makes me more excited for what potential role she might play in Kingdom Hearts III.

A Fragmentary Passage takes you through various levels, each with its own gimmick. For instance, in the first world, Aqua must locate five clock gears, platforming on high ledges and rooftops, while battling enemies to achieve them. In another, she must go through mirrors and uses their reflections to create ledges or manipulate gravity. Square Enix says A Fragmentary Passage uses development tools similar to Kingdom Hearts III, showing off more expansive environments and the ease of getting around them using the air slide and a powerful double jump, so it's almost a first look at how the tech has advanced for the upcoming entry. It makes me excited for Kingdom Hearts III's exploration. The episode also shows off the smoothest combat I've experienced in the series, playing out in a faster, more fluid pace. Camera issues didn't plague me as much as past entries have, either.

See more of the review at Game Informer


  • New game contents that occur after the storyline of KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep featuring Aqua as a playable character
  • New cinematics from KINGDOM HEARTS X[chi] Back Cover, connecting the storyline to the earliest parts of the series' history showcased in KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained X[chi], the upcoming mobile title.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing New Addition I bought this game for my wife and I because we were big fans of the franchise. I have played through KH1 and KH2 multiple times and even played BBS. This game however introduced a pet system, diving, reality shift, and more mini-games all of which are useless additions in my opinion to the game. The flow-motion isn't terrible but takes a little bit of time to get the hang of. The pet system (spirits in the game) is especially annoying. Instead of leveling up Donald and Goofy, you get pets that look like Pokemon. These guys have to level up individually and then NEED to have them in your party to get specific abilities unlocked. So instead of leveling each spirit, unlocking the ability, and then keeping that ability while you switch to another spirit...nope, doesn't work that way. At this point I'm trying to just complete the game for the cut scenes/story so I can set it aside and never play again. Save yourself the time and just look up the DDD movie (cut-scene compilation) on YouTube.
    Date published: 2017-06-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good taste for KH3 This game is in a weird spot for fans of the series. This bundle includes Kingdom Hearts 0.2, Kingdom Hearts Dream drop Distance, and Kingdom Hearts Back Cover. The only new piece of content is Kingdom Hearts 0.2 and despite how short it is, there is a lot to it. Story takes place between Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep and Kingdom Hearts 1, but you should play through Dream Drop Distance and the other Kingdom Hearts games mentioned above to avoid spoilers and I don't plan on saying anything about the plot other than it's a nice way to get us ready for Kingdom Hearts 3 when it comes out. The gameplay is a mixture of Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep and Kingdom Hearts 2 for the most part. There may be no flow motion like in Dream Drop Distance, but the changes to the system helps the game feel really fluid both in movement and actual combat. The Camera will be a problem as usual, but thankfully you'll be moving at least. The Soundtrack is amazing and despite how short the game is, you do listen to a good amount of osts from 0.2. I won't talk much bout Dream Drop Distance cuz the main focus was on 0.2 and I've finished Dream Drop Distance on the 3ds and I really enjoyed it then so yeah. The movie was interesting as well, but it will leave some people confused. Overall, the recommendation from me is split. If you never played Dream Drop Distance or haven't played it in a really long time, this will be a must buy for you. If you have finished Dream Drop Distance very recently or you don't feel like playing through it again, that is where it can be hard to recommend cuz the other content outside of Dream Drop Distance might not be long enough to justify getting it for $60. I honestly didn't mind cuz it's been 4 years since I've played Dream Drop Distance, but I can't speak for everyone there.
    Date published: 2017-04-16
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not a full remaster I believe that my rating for this game was gracious! I will start by saying that the Birth by Sleep fragmentary passage 0.2 was a fun and graphically beautiful game. If this portion of KH2.8 was 40 hours of game instead of 4, this would be worth the full $60. Unfortunately though it is VERY short. And as for the rest of the game I was disappointed to say the least. The KH Backcover X movie was intresting enough to finish, but pretty cheesy. KH Dream drop distance was probably the most upsetting part of the game however. The graphics looked like I fired the game up on a PS2. I would not say that this is a remasted at all but a PS4 compatible game. Do not buy for $60, it is unfortunate that I did!
    Date published: 2017-01-31
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