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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue by Square Enix



$29.99 Regular Price

  • Fantasy Violence
  • Mild Language
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 12.
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  • Platform: PlayStation 4
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Category: Role-Playing

Product Details:

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.
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