If You Want in on Kingdom Hearts, Now’s the Time

If you’ve ever wanted to jump into the world of Kingdom Hearts or just want to replay through the series before Kingdom Hearts III is finally released; now’s your chance.

 

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX releases on Playstation 4 today in North America and on Friday in Europe. Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 is a combo pack that quite literally consists of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. What that means is you basically get 90% of the entire Kingdom Hearts series for the absurdly good price of $50.

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For the first time, the entire Kingdom Hearts series is playable on one console. For a completely reasonable dollar value, you can play the entire series in one place without getting lost between all of the different titles on all of the various consoles. It’s pretty easy; all you have to do is play the games. There’s no bypassing the confusion that comes with the story, but you can at least just get yourself through the games now without getting lost.

If you’re just getting involved in the series and you really don’t understand anything about it then you’ve come to the right place. Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 includes four full titles and two HD cinematics summing up the story from the more monotonous games in the series. Now, you can approach your series play through in two different ways.

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I would recommend that anyone new to the series plays through in release order. While the story is confusing and it’ll bounce around a lot, I generally believe that things created later on are created with the understanding that you’ve experienced the previous titles already. Later titles will help you plug in the holes and make sense of things as you go. Release order is as follows:

Kingdom Hearts FINAL MIX

Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories

Kingdom Hearts II FINAL MIX

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD cinematic, ~3 hours long)

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final MIX

Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (HD cinematic, ~3 hours long)

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The other way that you can play through the series is chronological order. Personally, I would recommend chronological order to anyone who has already experienced the series for similar reasons stated above. If you already know the story then there’s really no reason to not play in chronological order. Chronological order is as follows:

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final MIX

Kingdom Hearts FINAL MIX

Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD cinematic, ~3 hours long)

Kingdom Hearts II FINAL MIX

Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (HD cinematic, ~3 hours long)

Once you’ve made your way through all of these titles, you can move on to Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, which released back in January and fills in the last few gaps before the heavily anticipated Kingdom Hearts III.

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Kingdom Hearts is a huge series that is near and dear to my heart but it’s confusing as all hell to get through. Now, at an exceptional price point, you can play through the entire series in one place and get through it nice and easy. I would highly encourage veterans of the series to replay through the whole thing before the release of Kingdom Hearts III and I would encourage anyone who’s never played the series before to give it a try. The Kingdom Hearts series has been taking twists and turns for 15 years but the ending is finally in sight. You might as well jump into it now, because it’s as good a time as any.

 

@Sixchr

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