by Kimberley Wallace
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.
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
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