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  1. During the Let it go cutscene that takes place in the world of Arendelle a watermark from the rendering engine Arnold has been found in one frame of the pre-rendered cutscene. Autodesk Maya software is used by various animation studios including Square Enix to render CG animation. This watermark most likely happened because of a render farm used for high budget animations. A render farm is a network of machines that render a single frame at a time; one of these machines possibly failed to verify the Arnold license and watermarked it. Watermarks are a method used by software companies to prevent people from using the software without paying for a license. Credit goes to Dranzahi on the Kingdom Hearts subreddit for the discovery. For more Kingdom Hearts news, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, and check out the highlights on our Kingdom Hearts III master coverage! Latest Kingdom Hearts III news: - KH13's Kingdom Hearts III video review, featuring a full, spoiler-free discussion on the game and rating, is now up - "A Look at Kingdom Hearts III As Told by Emoji video" has been uploaded by Disney - Kingdom Hearts III’s development team has shared what it was like working with Disney and Pixar
  2. Welcome to KH13’s coverage for Kingdom Hearts III! This will be the home and central hub to locate many resources leading up to and beyond the release of the game, as well as an area to view other exciting content like guides and reviews. Whether you're an old fan of the series or just have recently gained an interest in it, we've got you covered! Follow our social media coverage on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, and join our Discord to discuss the latest news! Here’s how you can participate in our community upon Kingdom Hearts III’s release! Kingdom Hearts III will release on January 25 in Japan and January 29 to the rest of the world. Spoiler Policy After the release of Kingdom Hearts III worldwide, we will continue to report on officially released information (press releases, interviews, etc.) and content such as the opening themes, cinematics, artbook, trophy list, etc. while being mindful of spoilers on our website (via spoiler boxes/warnings) and social media. We won't openly discuss spoilers until March 31, 2019. For our spoiler policy regarding forum and website guidelines, click here. Kingdom Hearts III Final Battle Trailer Kingdom Hearts III Launch Commercial Click here for more Kingdom Hearts III trailers! Post-Launch News Updates - Kingdom Hearts III has officially released in Japan - Kingdom Hearts III voted 2018 Most Anticipated Game by PlayStation Blog - Kingdom Hearts III Update 1.01 now available to download on PlayStation 4 - Kingdom Hearts III is trending on Twitter and Twitch - Kingdom Hearts III releases worldwide along with Update 1.02; Launch Day! and Launch Commercial videos released - Kingdom Hearts Snapchat crown filter available for limited time - KH13.com's Raxaimus unboxes the new Kingdom Hearts III Deluxe Edition + Bring Arts figures, as well as the limited edition Kingdom Hearts III PlayStation 4 Pro - Tetsuya Nomura has left a message for fans in the Kingdom Hearts III artbook - Kingdom Hearts III sold over 600,000 physical copies in the first three days in Japan - Kingdom Hearts III Update 1.03 comprising Secret Movie is now available for download - Kingdom Hearts III ships 5 million copies worldwide - Kingdom Hearts III tops Japan's video game sales ranking for the second consecutive week with more than 700,000 copies sold; tops worldwide charts as well - "A Look at Kingdom Hearts III As Told by Emoji video" has been uploaded by Disney - Kingdom Hearts III’s development team has shared what it was like working with Disney and Pixar - A watermark from a Maya rendering engine has been accidentally left in one frame of a cutscene in Kingdom Hearts III Pre-Launch Kingdom Hearts III News Highlights - Development of Kingdom Hearts III has concluded - KH3 Launch Party by Game Realms in Burbank, CA on February 2nd, 2019 - Kingdom Hearts III Ultimania releasing on February 28, 2019 - Kingdom Hearts III Vol. 1 Re:Start novel to release March 28, 2019 - Kingdom Hearts III launch campaign at Square Enix Cafe Osaka and Tokyo and ARTNIA starting February - Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres- worldwide tour announced for 2019 - More on the power of awakening, Roxas's resurrection, and Kingdom Hearts III's secret ending requirement (interview with Tetsuya Nomura) - Tetsuya Nomura discusses writing the scenario (including dialogue) for Kingdom Hearts III and the game's own Instagram-like social network - Tetsuya Nomura on free and inclusive DLC for Kingdom Hearts III, prioritizing the next title, and rethinking simultaneous worldwide releases after leaks Click here for more Kingdom Hearts III news! Kingdom Hearts III Reviews KH13's Kingdom Hearts III review: "It is definitely a masterpiece" KH13's video review (full, spoiler-free discussion: Metacritic's current aggregated critic review: 85/100 Critic Excerpt Score Gamereactor "Simply put, Kingdom Hearts III is a masterpiece." 100 PlayStation LifeStyle (Editor's Choice) "I never once thought there was a way Square Enix could live up to the hype the company has built up for this game. But bravo, it has done it and then some." 100 Impulsegamer "It’s a great use of the Disney characters and imagining of the locations that should entertain young and old… it does in our house." 98 XGN "Magical from start to finish." 98 Famitsu - 97.5 (39/40) Hobby Consolas "Its greatest achievement is that, despite the passage of time, it is still an experience that can only be described with one word: magic." 95 The Games Machine "Kingdom Hearts 3 succeeds in the difficult task of being up to expectations, not distorting anything but raising to the nth degree the strengths of the previous chapters." 95 Game Informer (Game of the Month) "A main attraction worth waiting for." 95 Easy Allies "It may have a been a long time coming, but Kingdom Hearts III delivers on its promises, and it’s easily the best game in the series. " 95 Meristation "An outstanding adventure that has come to remind us why Sora, Riku and Kairi ... and Donald, Goofy and Mickey Mouse, of course, are living videogame history." 91 3DJuegos "Its extraordinary fusion of creative worlds reaches a new peak in the history of the franchise, giving rise to playable concepts that surprise from start to finish in a durable video game loaded with content." 90 US Gamer "Kingdom Hearts 3 ushers a beloved series into a new generation, while wholeheartedly embracing its roots." 90 Atomix "The wait for KH3 was very long, but believe me when I tell you that it was really worth it." 90 GamesBeat "Excessive, yet satisfying." 90 IGN Italia "A game that focuses on spectacularity, coming out head-on. Kingdom Hearts III is the worthy conclusion of a journey begun seventeen years ago." 90 IGN Germany "Kingdom Hearts 3 is by far the best Disney game, a fun action RPG and the successful completion of the Xehanort saga. Those interested in just one of these three aspects will have fun with the third part of the crossover series." 90 IGN Spain "It's magic." 90 Multiplayer.it "It would have been absurd to drastically change a structure that, for better or for worse, has become iconic. So Tetsuya Nomura did not do it." 90 Press Start Australia "With exhilarating combat, fantastic Disney worlds and a smart approach to an unavoidably convoluted story, it does everything it needs to not only please hardcore fans but anyone up for a solid action JRPG. Against all odds, this might be the perfect Kingdom Hearts game." 90 Vandal "Kingdom Hearts ends an era with a fantastic game, spectacular, varied and, above all, very fun." 90 GamePro Germany "A colorful firework of childhood memories, motivating role-playing mechanics, and spectacular boss fights." 90 Gameblog.fr "A true homage to the fans of the saga, to whom it addresses itself above all, Kingdoms Hearts III retraces the end of Sora's journey through the exploration of new worlds, more beautiful and vast than in the past, with a strong respect for the Disney worlds from which it is inspired. " 90 Trusted Reviews "Whether you’re a hardcore fan or a hesitant newcomer, there is an undeniable charm to Kingdom Hearts 3 that’s easy to fall in love with." 90 PushSquare "The fact that Kingdom Hearts III even managed to release could be considered a miracle in of itself, but what’s perhaps even more surprising is that the finished product defies all expectations." 90 Twinfinite "It’s an unerring tribute to everything Disney and what the Kingdom Hearts series has become, and despite its few flaws creates an interesting blueprint for where the series could go next with gameplay and story." 90 Shacknews "Kingdom Hearts III is an absolute triumph, conquering the darkness that plagued the series' past and standing firmly in the light." 90 Worth Playing "Kingdom Hearts III is exactly the sequel it should be." 90 Hardcore Gamer "From combat to story to graphics, Kingdom Hearts III delivers the magic, gut-punches and grandeur the series is known for." 90 Game Revolution "When the credits finish rolling, you’ll be safe in the knowledge that you’ve played a game like no other." 90 Digital Trends "Kingdom Hearts III plays similarly to its PS2 predecessors while bringing new elements to the gameplay that make it feel incredibly modern." 90 Power Unlimited "If you have warm feelings for Disney characters and worlds, this is perhaps the best game ever, but even if you do not feel anything for Disney, it is actually mandatory." 90 LevelUp "Undoubtedly, Kingdom Hearts III is a satisfying chapter in one of the most beloved sagas by fans of the action JRPGs." 88 4Players.de "Kingdom Hearts 3 is more than the sum of its items, more than a franchise mix of Disney and Square characters. Despite small weaknesses, it is an experience that leads me through a wide range of emotions and will establish itself as one of the most outstanding action-adventure of the year." 88 IGN "Kingdom Hearts 3 is a fulfilling evolution and resolution of the franchise that shows it’s still full of heart." 87 App Trigger "Though the plot is a little too reliant on side entries and remembering almost everything in the series, Kingdom Hearts III is a welcome return of the Disney action-RPG epic and the best game in the series to date, making you really want to see the next chapter in the series as soon as possible." 85 Gamer.ni "Kingdom Hearts 3 is far from perfect, but it is everything the fans hoped for." 85 GameCrate "Kingdom Hearts III is too much game for its own good." 85 SpazioGames "Kingdom Hearts III is technically excellent, aesthetically bewitching and in some moments manages to shine and sweep away any limitations it might have." 80 GamesRadar+ "I'm not sure how I lived without its Mickey Mouse shaped madness in my life." 80 GameSpot "In 2002, as Sora, I left Destiny Islands to travel across the universe and make new friends. In 2019 I brought old ones home, and I had so much fun doing it." 80 Eurogamer Italy "Congestions aside, the combat system is one of the best in the saga for variety and dynamics, and there is no shortage of battles that will challenge the most experienced players." 80 FANDOM "This magical finale overcomes its storytelling flaws." 80 Game Rant "You may find yourself googling character names and plot details from 15 years ago, but all of that confusion fades away when you get lost in the moment summoning tea cups or a giant rollercoaster to help attack a big boss with your best friends." 80 ScreenRant "A sprawling, varied game that is all the better for its wild, confusing moments." 80 Destructoid "Despite all of the absurd twists and turns, the character missteps and the complete lack of some series-defining cast members, there are very few creations out there that make me smile this often." 80 PlayStation Universe "Kingdom Hearts 3 has everything a title could want: iconic characters, enthralling and accessible gameplay, and a story that just won’t quit." 80 CGMagazine "Kingdom Hearts III is the biggest, boldest, flashiest entry in the saga—one that builds upon the gameplay systems of its forebears in a kaleidoscopic carnival of action RPG jubilance." 80 JeuxActu "Backed up by a enjoyable battle system and a genuine love for the animation films it has adapted, Tetsuya Nomura’s work takes on the big boys and we cannot not suggest it to you." 80 GameSpace "If you embrace that it’s all nonsense to serve you up a delightful nostalgic romp through some of the greatest and most beloved family films, you’re not going to be disappointed." 80 The Digital Fix "Kingdom Hearts 3 is a great game that parades itself around in a plethora of showy and colourful clothing and just asks you to watch." 80 Cultured Vultures "While the game does come with some problems with its plot and big empty worlds, I wouldn’t call them deal breakers, as whatever they lacked for they made up for with energy and, no pun intended, heart." 80 Jeuxvideos.com "Despite its shortcomings, Kingdom Hearts III remains a very good experience which distils its world brilliantly." 80 Gamers Heroes "Newcomers to the series will be baffled by the complexity and bizarre nature of Kingdom Hearts III’s story. Despite this, if you like good combat and want to visit Disney World, you can do far worse than this title." 80 EGM "Is it a game that lives up to a decade of hype, though? Perhaps not. But maybe no game could." 75 God is a Geek "It may have been challenging at times, and the final flourish of boss fights nearly killed me, but I did enjoy playing the concluding game in Sora’s journey to vanquish evil once and for all." 75 The Guardian "Kingdom Hearts III plays it extremely safe, ultimately banking on nostalgia and delivering more of the same. Its charm is only skin-deep." 60 VideoGamer "Kingdom Hearts III is a beautiful hunk of sugary writing, convoluted plotting, and repetitive combat with a reliance on beloved IP that exposes its shallow core." 40 Game Watch - N/A Eurogamer "A grand finale that's both torturous and sublime." N/A Kotaku "Wow, they filled this game with stuff." N/A The Verge "Maybe this is actually the ideal way to play: you’re going to be confused no matter what, so you might as well embrace it." N/A Mashable "I love the idea of this game being able to float me back into a time where I could cheer for Mickey Mouse without feeling silly and cry because Naminé was lonely. That feeling alone is worth the box price on Kingdom Hearts III." N/A Waypoint "Kingdom Hearts III is an absolute disaster. I loved every minute of it." N/A The A.V. Club "Kingdom Hearts III is a cheerful celebration of Disney’s inescapable cultural monopoly." N/A Jimquisition "Yes, it’s more total nonsense from a story perspective. As a game? Well, it’s a ton of bloody fun, because it’s a very good game!" N/A Polygon "After years of buildup, the story’s conclusion fails to do it justice." N/A Resources KH13 Datascape: Gallery, Videos, Wikis, and more! KH3 Renders & Screenshots Interviews Retrospective Documentaries Kingdom Hearts Timeline series Kingdom Hearts Games Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX includes the following titles (in the order they were released originally): - Kingdom Hearts Final Mix - Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories - Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (movie) - Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix - Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix - Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (movie) Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue includes the following titles (in the order they were released originally): - Kingdom Hearts HD Dream Drop Distance - Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage- - Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] is an ongoing mobile game. Kingdom Hearts Recap Videos Square Enix have published five short episodes to recap the Kingdom Hearts series for Kingdom Hearts III! Episode 1: Departure Episode 2: Memories Episode 3: Twilight Episode 4: Dawn Episode 5: Darkness Kingdom Hearts III Characters More characters include various Disney (and Pixar) protagonist and returning characters from the series! Click here for information on more characters from the series! Kingdom Hearts III Worlds More worlds (playable/non-playable) include Radiant Garden, Disney Castle, Destiny Islands, Yen Sid's Tower, Castle Oblivion/Land of Departure, and Dark World! Kingdom Hearts III Gameplay Keyblade transformations: There are many different weapons that each Keyblade can transform into to give even more variety to the gameplay. You can also equip up to 3 Keyblades and switch between them in battle. Magic: Use a range of spells for offense and defense, as well as to manipulate your environement, for example, by creating ice slides. Gummi Ships: Used to travel between worlds. There are many different Gummi blocks to collect and use to design and empower your own Gummi Ship. Links: Summon friends from other worlds to use their powers in battle. Attractions: Disney theme park rides can be summoned to deal powerful blows to the enemy. Team Attacks: You can play with up to 5 party members; companions can collaborate with Sora to deliver powerful attacks. Mini-games: A range of mini-games can be played in each world. Classic Kingdom: A special set of over 20 LCD-type mini-games that Sora can play on his Gummi Phone. Selfies: Sora can also use his Gummi Phone to take selfies! Kingdom Hearts III Trophy List Kingdom Hearts III Artbook
  3. During the Let it go cutscene that takes place in the world of Arendelle a watermark from the rendering engine Arnold has been found in one frame of the pre-rendered cutscene. Autodesk Maya software is used by various animation studios including Square Enix to render CG animation. This watermark most likely happened because of a render farm used for high budget animations. A render farm is a network of machines that render a single frame at a time; one of these machines possibly failed to verify the Arnold license and watermarked it. Watermarks are a method used by software companies to prevent people from using the software without paying for a license. Credit goes to Dranzahi on the Kingdom Hearts subreddit for the discovery. For more Kingdom Hearts news, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, and check out the highlights on our Kingdom Hearts III master coverage! Latest Kingdom Hearts III news: - KH13's Kingdom Hearts III video review, featuring a full, spoiler-free discussion on the game and rating, is now up - "A Look at Kingdom Hearts III As Told by Emoji video" has been uploaded by Disney - Kingdom Hearts III’s development team has shared what it was like working with Disney and Pixar View full article
  4. Originally announced earlier last month, the Kingdom Hearts III edition Walkman and h.ear headphones are set to release for a limited time starting in late March up until April 19. The device ships with a 16gb hard drive and comes pre-loaded with "Face My Fears" Japanese Version by Utada Hikaru and "Chikai" by Utada Hikaru. It's releasing around the end of March for ¥28,880 yen and is available for pre-order here. The hard drive can be extended to 144gb through the use of optional MicroSD cards. As well as the Walkman, the Kingdom Hearts III Edition h.ear on 2 Mini Wireless headphones are releasing at the same time until April 19. They're available for pre-order here for ¥24,880 yen. View full article
  5. Originally announced earlier last month, the Kingdom Hearts III edition Walkman and h.ear headphones are set to release for a limited time starting in late March up until April 19. The device ships with a 16gb hard drive and comes pre-loaded with "Face My Fears" Japanese Version by Utada Hikaru and "Chikai" by Utada Hikaru. It's releasing around the end of March for ¥28,880 yen and is available for pre-order here. The hard drive can be extended to 144gb through the use of optional MicroSD cards. As well as the Walkman, the Kingdom Hearts III Edition h.ear on 2 Mini Wireless headphones are releasing at the same time until April 19. They're available for pre-order here for ¥24,880 yen.
  6. In commemoration of Kingdom Hearts III's release, Disney has added four new Kingdom Hearts tsum tsums to their mobile game! The app's icon has been updated with Kingdom Hearts characters and so has the start menu! Available now are Kingdom Hearts III Sora, Kingdom Hearts II Organization Mickey, Xemnas, and Ansem. Along with the new tsum tsums, a Kingdom Hearts event has taken place in which the player can go through worlds using the gummi ship and complete missions to receive coins, tickets, and a Shadow tsum tsum! At the moment, the Kingdom Hearts event is currently only available in Japan. See the Kingdom Hearts tsum tsum updates in our gallery below! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr for more news on Kingdom Hearts!
  7. In commemoration of Kingdom Hearts III's release, Disney has added four new Kingdom Hearts tsum tsums to their mobile game! The app's icon has been updated with Kingdom Hearts characters and so has the start menu! Available now are Kingdom Hearts III Sora, Kingdom Hearts II Organization Mickey, Xemnas, and Ansem. Along with the new tsum tsums, a Kingdom Hearts event has taken place in which the player can go through worlds using the gummi ship and complete missions to receive coins, tickets, and a Shadow tsum tsum! At the moment, the Kingdom Hearts event is currently only available in Japan. See the Kingdom Hearts tsum tsum updates in our gallery below! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr for more news on Kingdom Hearts! View full article
  8. Selfies are so fun.
  9. Hey guys! Been years since I've been on these forums haha Anyways, just got round to getting the ultima weapon, and I have to say it is incredible! Not only does it look badass but it's so powerful! Ultimate form is a blast and insanely powerful, it's pretty much an upgraded single-keyblade final form. And my God the shot lock! It targets only one enemy and it takes a few seconds to lock on but it's pretty much an atomic bomb going off wiping out everyone nearby! It's a shame there's not much to do with it post game, I've saved the last 2 battlegates for it but besides that there's not much. It would have made an already easy game even easier but it's fun feeling so powerful!
  10. In the first three days since its Japan release, Kingdom Hearts III had no trouble topping the weekly video game sales chart in the country with over 600,000 copies, selling almost 2.5 times more copies than Resident Evil 2 in second place (which released on the same day). In the following week, commencing Monday, January 28, Kingdom Hearts III kept its number one position selling 91,019* more copies, adding to a cumulative 701,096* copies sold in Japan as of February 3. This includes both individual and bundled versions of the game. Kingdom Hearts III became the most downloaded game on the PlayStation Store in January despite releasing only 3 days before the end of the month. It was also the Players' Choice Winner of the month and the top PlayStation game in the Australian charts in its first week. It took the top spot in its first week also in video game sales in the UK. Square Enix have reported that the game sold more than 5 million copies worldwide within a week of its international release, including digitally and across all platforms, making it the fastest selling game in the series. Before its release, Kingdom Hearts III (PS4) was the most pre-ordered game on Amazon and remained the #1 bestseller entertainment software on the website until the end of the month. *This data was collected by Media Create. A higher cumulative number of copies sold is reported by Famitsu, who report that Kingdom Hearts III sold 81,795 copies in week commencing January 28, adding to a cumulative sales of 722,201.
  11. In the first three days since its Japan release, Kingdom Hearts III had no trouble topping the weekly video game sales chart in the country with over 600,000 copies, selling almost 2.5 times more copies than Resident Evil 2 in second place (which released on the same day). In the following week, commencing Monday, January 28, Kingdom Hearts III kept its number one position selling 91,019* more copies, adding to a cumulative 701,096* copies sold in Japan as of February 3. This includes both individual and bundled versions of the game. Kingdom Hearts III became the most downloaded game on the PlayStation Store in January despite releasing only 3 days before the end of the month. It was also the Players' Choice Winner of the month and the top PlayStation game in the Australian charts in its first week. It took the top spot in its first week also in video game sales in the UK. Square Enix have reported that the game sold more than 5 million copies worldwide within a week of its international release, including digitally and across all platforms, making it the fastest selling game in the series. Before its release, Kingdom Hearts III (PS4) was the most pre-ordered game on Amazon and remained the #1 bestseller entertainment software on the website until the end of the month. *This data was collected by Media Create. A higher cumulative number of copies sold is reported by Famitsu, who report that Kingdom Hearts III sold 81,795 copies in week commencing January 28, adding to a cumulative sales of 722,201. View full article
  12. As 2019 came, so did January, so did Kingdom Hearts III, and so did all the merch! KH13 is therefore duly back with its monthly Kingdom Hearts merch roundup. The first merch to report might be a good choice in case you’re looking for some cool streetwear or winterly accessories. Gamestop is selling a Kingdom Hearts themed New Era baseball cap (fitting name, I must say) for $24.99 and a beanie with pom for $14.99. GameStop have also started to sell a Heartless themed Satchel for $20, and a Sora Wallet for $19.99. These two goodies look absolutely stunning, and might be even better if paired to match an evening outfit. Speaking of... these might be a good accessory to wear at the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres-! Looking for some fancy looking Destiny Islands or Keyblade inspired t-shirts? You might want to take a look at these. According to fan @TheFluffMother, the Destiny Islands one is being sold by BoxLunch, and the other one is by Spencers. You might also want to consider to replace your old and holed socks with this new pair of Kingdom Hearts Icon Socks, which is going for $9.90 on the BoxLunch website. Be aware that this article is currently discounted by 25% ($7.42)! In case you’re looking for hair accessories, keep in mind that Kingdom Hearts Scrunchies will release in Japan in April 2019 with a price of 3200 yen each ($29.27). The available designs are based on Sora, Riku, Kairi, and Roxas! HotTopic sure has much to offer in terms of hoodies and jackets! They have started selling a bunch of new Kingdom Hearts III character-inspired clothes: a KHII Sora hoodie (no price confirmed at the moment); a KHII Sora Jacket for $59.90; a KHIII Kairi hoodie for $34.90; an Axel crop top plaid shirt for $36.90. But that's not all: HotTopic is also selling an Organization XIII long jacket, which is currently priced at $103.90, and a Riku jacket for $59.90. Looks like HotTopic also wanted to catch shortalls lovers’ attention too by offering this amazing Kingdom Hearts shortall for $49.90. They are also selling a KH3D shirt designed with the official game cover artwork, and it comes for $24.90. HotTopic is also selling Kingdom Hearts icon soft shorts for $19.90 and a Heartless hoodie for $54.90 on their online shop. Now that you've got your hands on Kingdom Hearts III (and have probably been playing it for hours and hours and hours), your addiction to Sora's new outfit might have grown so much that you are looking forward to cosplay him. You know what? This hoodie from HotTopic is a really good choice for both cosplay purposes and casual wear, and it can be yours for $59.90. This tip and photos were provided by @KingdomPlayer19 and @Churro! Looking for a light-colored shirt, perfect for those warm and sunny days when your only thought is to lie down on a gold sandy beach? It seems that despite the cold weather, Hot Topic has managed to bring some summer sunshine with the Sea Salt Ice Cream/Paopu Fruit shirt for $24.90. Let's shift our attention from clothes to collectible figures. You might be interested in these new exclusive Kingdom Hearts figures from Diamond Select Toys, which are currently being sold at Walgreens. Have some of the listed merch caught your attention? If there is anything which you are considering buying, don't forget to let us know in the comment section below!
  13. Our spikey-haired hero has returned to continue his fight against the darkness in a brand new and most awaited installment of the 17-year saga, Kingdom Hearts III! Kingdom Hearts III is a masterpiece that flourishes through the cinematic cutscenes, gameplay, and story while retaining bits and pieces from past games. This preliminary review will go over our staff's takeaways of the game without spoiling the story. An in-depth analysis and video review will also be coming soon! Update [Feb 11, 2019]: Our video review, which includes our rating and a fuller discussion on the game, is now up! Watch it here or scroll down to the bottom of this article! The charm of Kingdom Hearts III lies prominently in the amazing cinematic scenes Square Enix developed working in unison with Disney and Disney Pixar. Compared to the past games in the series, Kingdom Hearts III’s cutscenes are more vibrant and the characters are far more expressive, both in cinematics and in gameplay. No more robot face Sora! Sora blends in smoothly with Pixar characters as if he were originally part of the movies. The scenes transition into battle flawlessly and without delay. Along with the beautiful visuals, Yoko Shimomura’s arrangements amp up the emotion throughout the game and resonate nostalgia, beginning with the new arrangement of Dearly Beloved. Hearing Dearly Beloved brought back many memories and emotions from the years of playing the series. To top it off, the dialogue is delightful; written by director Tetsuya Nomura himself, the scenarios were scripted naturally, with humor scattered throughout that underlined the theme of friendship. You will find yourself chuckling even at the cheesiest lines! The story is an engaging experience with contributions by the player itself but also succeeds in delivering the immersive of the original Disney movies themselves. As expected, Kingdom Heart's storytelling's staple convolution throughout over a dozen different games may hinder new players from grasping the core plot elements - even at a basic level. Actually, it's not even an issue of understanding the plot, which is partly aided by references to past events, flashbacks, and the Memory Archive summary videos; but rather it is an issue of appreciating it. Longtime fans may make jokes regarding the series's plot but we still find ourselves enraptured by plot twists (and holes), tangled dialogue, vague implications, abstract references, and symbolism in the story. For brand new or fairly new players, their inexperience with the "side games" of the story (whose stories can be accessed at once via the 1.5+2.5 and 2.8 collections for PS4) may not hinder the fun of playing Kingdom Hearts III or even understanding the superficial plot points, but can sadly interfere with the delight that comes with both comprehending the underlying plot and characters' personalities or pondering about its mysteries. Despite this, whether Kingdom Hearts III can encourage new players to try out the other games (or at least read multiple wikis on the series) is a question that needs to be asked exclusively to those very players. Before we dive in to discuss battle, let's take a moment to talk about the amazing Gummiphone. The Gummiphone is first introduced as a way to communicate in the Kingdom Hearts universe and as a way for Jiminy Cricket to record your adventures. But as with any smartphone, its main use becomes quickly evident; selfies! Characters will pose when you aim the front or back camera at them, and you can make Sora give a cheesy smile (pun intended). Some characters are more photogenic than others (*cough* Rapunzel *cough*) and you may find yourself taking a few dozen pictures of or with them. The views are also breathtaking, in some worlds more than others, and you can't help but want to record this in photographs. Unfortunately, the maximum number of photographs allowed is 100; but you can easily save your favorite ones externally on social media, and delete some as you go along, such as the Lucky Emblems photos, which are stored in their own separate album. Speaking of Lucky Emblems (just another name for Hidden Mickeys, really), snapping a good picture of them will enable you to unlock the secret ending movie after beating the game upon installing Update 1.03. The requirements are to snap all 90 Emblems in Beginner mode, 60 on Standard, and 30 on Proud, and the movie can be viewed either after the Epilogue or in the Theatre. Now, onto battles. Kingdom Hearts III’s gameplay feels very fluid and has improved from the demo. There are factors that pay homage to past games such as the return of Flowmotion and Shotlock. The game also has many new varieties of mechanics. Formchanges, in which Sora and Keyblades transform into powerful forms with very effective combos, and a mechanic called Attractions, that unveil beautiful cinematic scenes of Sora, Donald, and Goofy riding recognizable Disney rides that release powerful finishers. The detail and time put into the Attractions are amazing, and many, like Splash Run, leave you feeling like you're riding them yourself; but they often feel excessive and overpowered in battle. There are times during battle when I accidentally trigger the Attractions and it feels more in the way than helping. (By the way, you can change between different reaction commands using L2!) There are many layers in this game that enable you to vary your strategy from world to world, battle to battle, and within the same battle! As always, you can equip your favorite abilities, but in Kingdom Hearts III it is one of the keys to making gameplay more challenging. In fact, selecting Proud mode is only one way to test one's abilities; for more competitive players, equipping and unequipping certain abilities (such as MP Safety, Zero EXP, or Auto-Finish) is highly recommended. A monumental change has been implemented in the Keyblades in this game; along with formchanges, each with their own gimmicks and abilities, even more variety can be added by switching between 3 Keyblades in a single battle or even during combos! Switching Keyblades also helps in retaining forms by preventing their timer from depleting. And if that isn't enough, you can power up your Keyblades with the help of Moogles, the meisters of synthesis! After formchanging your Keyblade, you can choose to deal powerful finishing attacks; some can leave you with a sense of accomplishments as you knock down enemy after enemy; others... not so much. (Try the Hero's Origin Keyblade finisher for the Counter Shield formchange when you get the time; you will know exactly what I mean!) Among Kingdom Hearts III's plethora of battle elements to use at your disposal, other examples include Links with other Disney Characters (and Dream Eaters) and Team-up Attacks with your allies. It feels refreshing to be able to hear your party members call out to alert you that they are ready to deliver a special move together. Some of these moves can also be used outside of (or exclusively in) battle to overcome barriers in your exploration, such as burning debris with Goofy's shield or tall cliffs with Rapunzel's hair. Variety in combat would mean very little if not accompanied by a variety of battles. Fortunately, in Kingdom Hearts III, the two go hand-in-hand. (Yes, pun intended.) The enemies in the game are quite diverse and therefore push you to choose different combat strategies; this aids even the least creative, most stoic players to come up with their own styles - and enjoy doing so! Almost every fight - from the hordes of Heartless to the small, medium, and big boss fights - has a different fighting experience to offer. The boss fights are always interesting and ask you to change strategies during the battle and relish in figuring your way out of it. The worlds of Kingdom Hearts III also introduce new mini-games for players to enjoy! Each world has its own set of games along with recurring ones. A favorite of mine is the Tangled rhythm mini-game where Sora dances at the festival in Corona. The mechanics are very similar to Atlantica’s mini-game in Kingdom Hearts II, but the music is instrumental and amps the rhythm as you proceed through the different stages. Classic Kingdom mini-games are also accessible through the Gummiphone, inspired by LCD games and themed after classic black and white Disney shorts; these are simple yet addictive, and fun to spend time playing during breaks from grander fights and breaking previous records. Something convenient in Kingdom Hearts III is Remy's restaurant in Twilight Town - which can be accessed through the world map as well! At Remy's Bistro, you can use the ingredients you've collected to cook new recipes through a pleasing mini-game and the outcomes are beneficial! When dishes are consumed, it raises stats for a temporary amount of time (and you get a bonus for a full-course meal). Ingredients can be bought in Moogle Shops but also collected in different worlds; make sure to check every cranny, smash every barrel, hit all the bushes, and swim every way! Even if those broken barrels don't yield anything on your shopping list, they might give you some extra Munny to spend - which is great, because you might find yourself strapped for cash otherwise. Apart from looking for ingredients and Lucky Emblems, another element that rewards the player for exploration comes with the Gummi Ship's "open-world" mode, but let's talk about that within the next section of our review: the return of the Gummi Ship. It could not have been imagined in any better way. The Gummi Ship element of the gameplay has been completely overhauled in Kingdom Hearts III. You can now explore the universe freely and multi-directionally, leading your own way across asteroids, avoiding enemies, marveling at space lights or venturing to find treasures hidden inside puzzle-like Treasure Spheres while bathed in the light of faraway stars. The stars themselves may represent a constellation that you can take pictures of (yes, you can use your Gummiphone in space) to be rewarded with new blueprints. And then, when you're well rested, you can dash towards enemies of your level of choice and engage in a fight in the Gummi Ship's battle mode. The Gummi Ship can be customized to boost appearance and stats at an even greater level in this game, and can be equipped with auxiliaries such as special weapons and "teeny ships"! It is something I suggest you play yourself to experience the marvel of. Below are some of our favorite Gummi Ship designs! In conclusion, Kingdom Hearts III isn't perfect, but it's definitely a masterpiece. Following the series for years, this game stirs up so many emotions and is a rollercoaster ride from beginning to end. It makes you laugh so hard that you can't breathe, it also breaks your heart and makes you cry. It is incredibly fun to play and easy to immerse yourself into as it offers you the freedom to choose your own play style, all this in a gorgeous Disney and Square Enix original settings. If you haven't picked up Kingdom Hearts III yet, you should! If you are new to the series, the game offers a memory archive in which you can watch videos recapping the past games, and is not timid in bringing back events from the past to remind old players and recap new ones. If you are Disney fans, all the better experience as it takes you on a nostalgic adventure as you re-experience beloved stories or a new storyline altogether with your favorite Disney characters. But to truly appreciate the charm of its storytelling, we recommend playing Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, both on PS4 and also available as a physical bundle in Kingdom Hearts -The Story So Far- and digitally in the All-In-One Package. If all else fails, there's always fanmade recap videos such as the Kingdom Hearts Timeline series to help you out! But whether or not this is your first Kingdom Hearts game, it will be an insanely fun ride. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr for more news on Kingdom Hearts, and keep in touch with the latest highlights through our Kingdom Hearts III master coverage! UPDATE [Feb 11, 2019]: You can also watch our video review for a fuller discussion by Staff @Toominator and @SeaSaltShelby on what they enjoyed, the most and the least, about Kingdom Hearts III! Kingdom Hearts III review codes were provided by Square Enix. This review pertains to Version 1.00 played on a standard PlayStation 4. This review was co-written by Erica-Janine Sanguir and Fatima Kaiyum; it been updated with additional comments after Update 1.03. The video review was made by @Toominator and @SeaSaltShelby. For more reviews by critics, click here. View full article
  14. Our spikey-haired hero has returned to continue his fight against the darkness in a brand new and most awaited installment of the 17-year saga, Kingdom Hearts III! Kingdom Hearts III is a masterpiece that flourishes through the cinematic cutscenes, gameplay, and story while retaining bits and pieces from past games. This preliminary review will go over our staff's takeaways of the game without spoiling the story. An in-depth analysis and video review will also be coming soon! Update [Feb 11, 2019]: Our video review, which includes our rating and a fuller discussion on the game, is now up! Watch it here or scroll down to the bottom of this article! The charm of Kingdom Hearts III lies prominently in the amazing cinematic scenes Square Enix developed working in unison with Disney and Disney Pixar. Compared to the past games in the series, Kingdom Hearts III’s cutscenes are more vibrant and the characters are far more expressive, both in cinematics and in gameplay. No more robot face Sora! Sora blends in smoothly with Pixar characters as if he were originally part of the movies. The scenes transition into battle flawlessly and without delay. Along with the beautiful visuals, Yoko Shimomura’s arrangements amp up the emotion throughout the game and resonate nostalgia, beginning with the new arrangement of Dearly Beloved. Hearing Dearly Beloved brought back many memories and emotions from the years of playing the series. To top it off, the dialogue is delightful; written by director Tetsuya Nomura himself, the scenarios were scripted naturally, with humor scattered throughout that underlined the theme of friendship. You will find yourself chuckling even at the cheesiest lines! The story is an engaging experience with contributions by the player itself but also succeeds in delivering the immersive of the original Disney movies themselves. As expected, Kingdom Heart's storytelling's staple convolution throughout over a dozen different games may hinder new players from grasping the core plot elements - even at a basic level. Actually, it's not even an issue of understanding the plot, which is partly aided by references to past events, flashbacks, and the Memory Archive summary videos; but rather it is an issue of appreciating it. Longtime fans may make jokes regarding the series's plot but we still find ourselves enraptured by plot twists (and holes), tangled dialogue, vague implications, abstract references, and symbolism in the story. For brand new or fairly new players, their inexperience with the "side games" of the story (whose stories can be accessed at once via the 1.5+2.5 and 2.8 collections for PS4) may not hinder the fun of playing Kingdom Hearts III or even understanding the superficial plot points, but can sadly interfere with the delight that comes with both comprehending the underlying plot and characters' personalities or pondering about its mysteries. Despite this, whether Kingdom Hearts III can encourage new players to try out the other games (or at least read multiple wikis on the series) is a question that needs to be asked exclusively to those very players. Before we dive in to discuss battle, let's take a moment to talk about the amazing Gummiphone. The Gummiphone is first introduced as a way to communicate in the Kingdom Hearts universe and as a way for Jiminy Cricket to record your adventures. But as with any smartphone, its main use becomes quickly evident; selfies! Characters will pose when you aim the front or back camera at them, and you can make Sora give a cheesy smile (pun intended). Some characters are more photogenic than others (*cough* Rapunzel *cough*) and you may find yourself taking a few dozen pictures of or with them. The views are also breathtaking, in some worlds more than others, and you can't help but want to record this in photographs. Unfortunately, the maximum number of photographs allowed is 100; but you can easily save your favorite ones externally on social media, and delete some as you go along, such as the Lucky Emblems photos, which are stored in their own separate album. Speaking of Lucky Emblems (just another name for Hidden Mickeys, really), snapping a good picture of them will enable you to unlock the secret ending movie after beating the game upon installing Update 1.03. The requirements are to snap all 90 Emblems in Beginner mode, 60 on Standard, and 30 on Proud, and the movie can be viewed either after the Epilogue or in the Theatre. Now, onto battles. Kingdom Hearts III’s gameplay feels very fluid and has improved from the demo. There are factors that pay homage to past games such as the return of Flowmotion and Shotlock. The game also has many new varieties of mechanics. Formchanges, in which Sora and Keyblades transform into powerful forms with very effective combos, and a mechanic called Attractions, that unveil beautiful cinematic scenes of Sora, Donald, and Goofy riding recognizable Disney rides that release powerful finishers. The detail and time put into the Attractions are amazing, and many, like Splash Run, leave you feeling like you're riding them yourself; but they often feel excessive and overpowered in battle. There are times during battle when I accidentally trigger the Attractions and it feels more in the way than helping. (By the way, you can change between different reaction commands using L2!) There are many layers in this game that enable you to vary your strategy from world to world, battle to battle, and within the same battle! As always, you can equip your favorite abilities, but in Kingdom Hearts III it is one of the keys to making gameplay more challenging. In fact, selecting Proud mode is only one way to test one's abilities; for more competitive players, equipping and unequipping certain abilities (such as MP Safety, Zero EXP, or Auto-Finish) is highly recommended. A monumental change has been implemented in the Keyblades in this game; along with formchanges, each with their own gimmicks and abilities, even more variety can be added by switching between 3 Keyblades in a single battle or even during combos! Switching Keyblades also helps in retaining forms by preventing their timer from depleting. And if that isn't enough, you can power up your Keyblades with the help of Moogles, the meisters of synthesis! After formchanging your Keyblade, you can choose to deal powerful finishing attacks; some can leave you with a sense of accomplishments as you knock down enemy after enemy; others... not so much. (Try the Hero's Origin Keyblade finisher for the Counter Shield formchange when you get the time; you will know exactly what I mean!) Among Kingdom Hearts III's plethora of battle elements to use at your disposal, other examples include Links with other Disney Characters (and Dream Eaters) and Team-up Attacks with your allies. It feels refreshing to be able to hear your party members call out to alert you that they are ready to deliver a special move together. Some of these moves can also be used outside of (or exclusively in) battle to overcome barriers in your exploration, such as burning debris with Goofy's shield or tall cliffs with Rapunzel's hair. Variety in combat would mean very little if not accompanied by a variety of battles. Fortunately, in Kingdom Hearts III, the two go hand-in-hand. (Yes, pun intended.) The enemies in the game are quite diverse and therefore push you to choose different combat strategies; this aids even the least creative, most stoic players to come up with their own styles - and enjoy doing so! Almost every fight - from the hordes of Heartless to the small, medium, and big boss fights - has a different fighting experience to offer. The boss fights are always interesting and ask you to change strategies during the battle and relish in figuring your way out of it. The worlds of Kingdom Hearts III also introduce new mini-games for players to enjoy! Each world has its own set of games along with recurring ones. A favorite of mine is the Tangled rhythm mini-game where Sora dances at the festival in Corona. The mechanics are very similar to Atlantica’s mini-game in Kingdom Hearts II, but the music is instrumental and amps the rhythm as you proceed through the different stages. Classic Kingdom mini-games are also accessible through the Gummiphone, inspired by LCD games and themed after classic black and white Disney shorts; these are simple yet addictive, and fun to spend time playing during breaks from grander fights and breaking previous records. Something convenient in Kingdom Hearts III is Remy's restaurant in Twilight Town - which can be accessed through the world map as well! At Remy's Bistro, you can use the ingredients you've collected to cook new recipes through a pleasing mini-game and the outcomes are beneficial! When dishes are consumed, it raises stats for a temporary amount of time (and you get a bonus for a full-course meal). Ingredients can be bought in Moogle Shops but also collected in different worlds; make sure to check every cranny, smash every barrel, hit all the bushes, and swim every way! Even if those broken barrels don't yield anything on your shopping list, they might give you some extra Munny to spend - which is great, because you might find yourself strapped for cash otherwise. Apart from looking for ingredients and Lucky Emblems, another element that rewards the player for exploration comes with the Gummi Ship's "open-world" mode, but let's talk about that within the next section of our review: the return of the Gummi Ship. It could not have been imagined in any better way. The Gummi Ship element of the gameplay has been completely overhauled in Kingdom Hearts III. You can now explore the universe freely and multi-directionally, leading your own way across asteroids, avoiding enemies, marveling at space lights or venturing to find treasures hidden inside puzzle-like Treasure Spheres while bathed in the light of faraway stars. The stars themselves may represent a constellation that you can take pictures of (yes, you can use your Gummiphone in space) to be rewarded with new blueprints. And then, when you're well rested, you can dash towards enemies of your level of choice and engage in a fight in the Gummi Ship's battle mode. The Gummi Ship can be customized to boost appearance and stats at an even greater level in this game, and can be equipped with auxiliaries such as special weapons and "teeny ships"! It is something I suggest you play yourself to experience the marvel of. Below are some of our favorite Gummi Ship designs! In conclusion, Kingdom Hearts III isn't perfect, but it's definitely a masterpiece. Following the series for years, this game stirs up so many emotions and is a rollercoaster ride from beginning to end. It makes you laugh so hard that you can't breathe, it also breaks your heart and makes you cry. It is incredibly fun to play and easy to immerse yourself into as it offers you the freedom to choose your own play style, all this in a gorgeous Disney and Square Enix original settings. If you haven't picked up Kingdom Hearts III yet, you should! If you are new to the series, the game offers a memory archive in which you can watch videos recapping the past games, and is not timid in bringing back events from the past to remind old players and recap new ones. If you are Disney fans, all the better experience as it takes you on a nostalgic adventure as you re-experience beloved stories or a new storyline altogether with your favorite Disney characters. But to truly appreciate the charm of its storytelling, we recommend playing Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, both on PS4 and also available as a physical bundle in Kingdom Hearts -The Story So Far- and digitally in the All-In-One Package. If all else fails, there's always fanmade recap videos such as the Kingdom Hearts Timeline series to help you out! But whether or not this is your first Kingdom Hearts game, it will be an insanely fun ride. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr for more news on Kingdom Hearts, and keep in touch with the latest highlights through our Kingdom Hearts III master coverage! UPDATE [Feb 11, 2019]: You can also watch our video review for a fuller discussion by Staff @Toominator and @SeaSaltShelby on what they enjoyed, the most and the least, about Kingdom Hearts III! Kingdom Hearts III review codes were provided by Square Enix. This review pertains to Version 1.00 played on a standard PlayStation 4. This review was co-written by Erica-Janine Sanguir and Fatima Kaiyum; it been updated with additional comments after Update 1.03. The video review was made by @Toominator and @SeaSaltShelby. For more reviews by critics, click here.
  15. Another set of 3 KH3 avatars are now on the PS Store exclusively for PS Plus members. They are Kairi, Riku, and King Mickey. And the offer will expire on 5 March 2019. * Screenshots taken above are from the Malaysian PS Store (based from PlayStation Asia). More info:
  16. Famitsu, the most popular and respected video games magazine in Japan, have finally released their rating for Kingdom Hearts III! Previously, they had published two preliminary reviews for the game online. In the most recent issue that released on February 7, they published their rating of the game, summing up the score of four reviewers to 39/40. In the same issue, they also featured different gameplay elements from the game. You can read a translation of the reviews below, and take a look at the scans from the issue at the end of the article. Translations are courtesy of @Keytotruth. Read KH13's review of Kingdom Hearts III here! For more Kingdom Hearts news, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, and check out the highlights on our Kingdom Hearts III master coverage! Recent Kingdom Hearts III news: - A special version of Dearly Beloved plays with Kingdom Hearts III Limited Edition PlayStation 4 Pro theme - Square Enix Cafe ARTNIA reveals the Kingdom Hearts III commemoration campaign menu - Kingdom Hearts III ships 5 million copies worldwide View full article
  17. As 2019 came, so did January, so did Kingdom Hearts III, and so did all the merch! KH13 is therefore duly back with its monthly Kingdom Hearts merch roundup. The first merch to report might be a good choice in case you’re looking for some cool streetwear or winterly accessories. Gamestop is selling a Kingdom Hearts themed New Era baseball cap (fitting name, I must say) for $24.99 and a beanie with pom for $14.99. GameStop have also started to sell a Heartless themed Satchel for $20, and a Sora Wallet for $19.99. These two goodies look absolutely stunning, and might be even better if paired to match an evening outfit. Speaking of... these might be a good accessory to wear at the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres-! Looking for some fancy looking Destiny Islands or Keyblade inspired t-shirts? You might want to take a look at these. According to fan @TheFluffMother, the Destiny Islands one is being sold by BoxLunch, and the other one is by Spencers. You might also want to consider to replace your old and holed socks with this new pair of Kingdom Hearts Icon Socks, which is going for $9.90 on the BoxLunch website. Be aware that this article is currently discounted by 25% ($7.42)! In case you’re looking for hair accessories, keep in mind that Kingdom Hearts Scrunchies will release in Japan in April 2019 with a price of 3200 yen each ($29.27). The available designs are based on Sora, Riku, Kairi, and Roxas! HotTopic sure has much to offer in terms of hoodies and jackets! They have started selling a bunch of new Kingdom Hearts III character-inspired clothes: a KHII Sora hoodie (no price confirmed at the moment); a KHII Sora Jacket for $59.90; a KHIII Kairi hoodie for $34.90; an Axel crop top plaid shirt for $36.90. But that's not all: HotTopic is also selling an Organization XIII long jacket, which is currently priced at $103.90, and a Riku jacket for $59.90. Looks like HotTopic also wanted to catch shortalls lovers’ attention too by offering this amazing Kingdom Hearts shortall for $49.90. They are also selling a KH3D shirt designed with the official game cover artwork, and it comes for $24.90. HotTopic is also selling Kingdom Hearts icon soft shorts for $19.90 and a Heartless hoodie for $54.90 on their online shop. Now that you've got your hands on Kingdom Hearts III (and have probably been playing it for hours and hours and hours), your addiction to Sora's new outfit might have grown so much that you are looking forward to cosplay him. You know what? This hoodie from HotTopic is a really good choice for both cosplay purposes and casual wear, and it can be yours for $59.90. This tip and photos were provided by @KingdomPlayer19 and @Churro! Looking for a light-colored shirt, perfect for those warm and sunny days when your only thought is to lie down on a gold sandy beach? It seems that despite the cold weather, Hot Topic has managed to bring some summer sunshine with the Sea Salt Ice Cream/Paopu Fruit shirt for $24.90. Let's shift our attention from clothes to collectible figures. You might be interested in these new exclusive Kingdom Hearts figures from Diamond Select Toys, which are currently being sold at Walgreens. Have some of the listed merch caught your attention? If there is anything which you are considering buying, don't forget to let us know in the comment section below! View full article
  18. Famitsu, the most popular and respected video games magazine in Japan, have finally released their rating for Kingdom Hearts III! Previously, they had published two preliminary reviews for the game online. In the most recent issue that released on February 7, they published their rating of the game, summing up the score of four reviewers to 39/40. In the same issue, they also featured different gameplay elements from the game. You can read a translation of the reviews below, and take a look at the scans from the issue at the end of the article. Translations are courtesy of @Keytotruth. Read KH13's review of Kingdom Hearts III here! For more Kingdom Hearts news, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, and check out the highlights on our Kingdom Hearts III master coverage! Recent Kingdom Hearts III news: - A special version of Dearly Beloved plays with Kingdom Hearts III Limited Edition PlayStation 4 Pro theme - Square Enix Cafe ARTNIA reveals the Kingdom Hearts III commemoration campaign menu - Kingdom Hearts III ships 5 million copies worldwide
  19. Kingdom Hearts III has officially released in Japan! First reviews for the most anticipated Kingdom Hearts III have been published worldwide following the release! Check out the list below to see different opinions and thoughts on the masterpiece. We will keep this list updated. KH13.com will also be posting our own review of Kingdom Hearts III, along with a video review coming very soon! Critic Excerpt Score Gamereactor "Simply put, Kingdom Hearts III is a masterpiece." 100 PlayStation LifeStyle (Editor's Choice) "I never once thought there was a way Square Enix could live up to the hype the company has built up for this game. But bravo, it has done it and then some." 100 Impulsegamer "It’s a great use of the Disney characters and imagining of the locations that should entertain young and old… it does in our house." 98 XGN "Magical from start to finish." 98 Famitsu - 97.5 (39/40) Hobby Consolas "Its greatest achievement is that, despite the passage of time, it is still an experience that can only be described with one word: magic." 95 The Games Machine "Kingdom Hearts 3 succeeds in the difficult task of being up to expectations, not distorting anything but raising to the nth degree the strengths of the previous chapters." 95 Game Informer (Game of the Month) "A main attraction worth waiting for." 95 Easy Allies "It may have a been a long time coming, but Kingdom Hearts III delivers on its promises, and it’s easily the best game in the series. " 95 Meristation "An outstanding adventure that has come to remind us why Sora, Riku and Kairi ... and Donald, Goofy and Mickey Mouse, of course, are living videogame history." 91 3DJuegos "Its extraordinary fusion of creative worlds reaches a new peak in the history of the franchise, giving rise to playable concepts that surprise from start to finish in a durable video game loaded with content." 90 US Gamer "Kingdom Hearts 3 ushers a beloved series into a new generation, while wholeheartedly embracing its roots." 90 Atomix "The wait for KH3 was very long, but believe me when I tell you that it was really worth it." 90 GamesBeat "Excessive, yet satisfying." 90 IGN Italia "A game that focuses on spectacularity, coming out head-on. Kingdom Hearts III is the worthy conclusion of a journey begun seventeen years ago." 90 IGN Germany "Kingdom Hearts 3 is by far the best Disney game, a fun action RPG and the successful completion of the Xehanort saga. Those interested in just one of these three aspects will have fun with the third part of the crossover series." 90 IGN Spain "It's magic." 90 Multiplayer.it "It would have been absurd to drastically change a structure that, for better or for worse, has become iconic. So Tetsuya Nomura did not do it." 90 Press Start Australia "With exhilarating combat, fantastic Disney worlds and a smart approach to an unavoidably convoluted story, it does everything it needs to not only please hardcore fans but anyone up for a solid action JRPG. Against all odds, this might be the perfect Kingdom Hearts game." 90 Vandal "Kingdom Hearts ends an era with a fantastic game, spectacular, varied and, above all, very fun." 90 GamePro Germany "A colorful firework of childhood memories, motivating role-playing mechanics, and spectacular boss fights." 90 Gameblog.fr "A true homage to the fans of the saga, to whom it addresses itself above all, Kingdoms Hearts III retraces the end of Sora's journey through the exploration of new worlds, more beautiful and vast than in the past, with a strong respect for the Disney worlds from which it is inspired. " 90 Trusted Reviews "Whether you’re a hardcore fan or a hesitant newcomer, there is an undeniable charm to Kingdom Hearts 3 that’s easy to fall in love with." 90 PushSquare "The fact that Kingdom Hearts III even managed to release could be considered a miracle in of itself, but what’s perhaps even more surprising is that the finished product defies all expectations." 90 Twinfinite "It’s an unerring tribute to everything Disney and what the Kingdom Hearts series has become, and despite its few flaws creates an interesting blueprint for where the series could go next with gameplay and story." 90 Shacknews "Kingdom Hearts III is an absolute triumph, conquering the darkness that plagued the series' past and standing firmly in the light." 90 Worth Playing "Kingdom Hearts III is exactly the sequel it should be." 90 Hardcore Gamer "From combat to story to graphics, Kingdom Hearts III delivers the magic, gut-punches and grandeur the series is known for." 90 Game Revolution "When the credits finish rolling, you’ll be safe in the knowledge that you’ve played a game like no other." 90 Digital Trends "Kingdom Hearts III plays similarly to its PS2 predecessors while bringing new elements to the gameplay that make it feel incredibly modern." 90 Power Unlimited "If you have warm feelings for Disney characters and worlds, this is perhaps the best game ever, but even if you do not feel anything for Disney, it is actually mandatory." 90 LevelUp "Undoubtedly, Kingdom Hearts III is a satisfying chapter in one of the most beloved sagas by fans of the action JRPGs." 88 4Players.de "Kingdom Hearts 3 is more than the sum of its items, more than a franchise mix of Disney and Square characters. Despite small weaknesses, it is an experience that leads me through a wide range of emotions and will establish itself as one of the most outstanding action-adventure of the year." 88 IGN "Kingdom Hearts 3 is a fulfilling evolution and resolution of the franchise that shows it’s still full of heart." 87 App Trigger "Though the plot is a little too reliant on side entries and remembering almost everything in the series, Kingdom Hearts III is a welcome return of the Disney action-RPG epic and the best game in the series to date, making you really want to see the next chapter in the series as soon as possible." 85 Gamer.ni "Kingdom Hearts 3 is far from perfect, but it is everything the fans hoped for." 85 GameCrate "Kingdom Hearts III is too much game for its own good." 85 SpazioGames "Kingdom Hearts III is technically excellent, aesthetically bewitching and in some moments manages to shine and sweep away any limitations it might have." 80 GamesRadar+ "I'm not sure how I lived without its Mickey Mouse shaped madness in my life." 80 GameSpot "In 2002, as Sora, I left Destiny Islands to travel across the universe and make new friends. In 2019 I brought old ones home, and I had so much fun doing it." 80 Eurogamer Italy "Congestions aside, the combat system is one of the best in the saga for variety and dynamics, and there is no shortage of battles that will challenge the most experienced players." 80 FANDOM "This magical finale overcomes its storytelling flaws." 80 Game Rant "You may find yourself googling character names and plot details from 15 years ago, but all of that confusion fades away when you get lost in the moment summoning tea cups or a giant rollercoaster to help attack a big boss with your best friends." 80 ScreenRant "A sprawling, varied game that is all the better for its wild, confusing moments." 80 Destructoid "Despite all of the absurd twists and turns, the character missteps and the complete lack of some series-defining cast members, there are very few creations out there that make me smile this often." 80 PlayStation Universe "Kingdom Hearts 3 has everything a title could want: iconic characters, enthralling and accessible gameplay, and a story that just won’t quit." 80 CGMagazine "Kingdom Hearts III is the biggest, boldest, flashiest entry in the saga—one that builds upon the gameplay systems of its forebears in a kaleidoscopic carnival of action RPG jubilance." 80 JeuxActu "Backed up by a enjoyable battle system and a genuine love for the animation films it has adapted, Tetsuya Nomura’s work takes on the big boys and we cannot not suggest it to you." 80 GameSpace "If you embrace that it’s all nonsense to serve you up a delightful nostalgic romp through some of the greatest and most beloved family films, you’re not going to be disappointed." 80 The Digital Fix "Kingdom Hearts 3 is a great game that parades itself around in a plethora of showy and colourful clothing and just asks you to watch." 80 Cultured Vultures "While the game does come with some problems with its plot and big empty worlds, I wouldn’t call them deal breakers, as whatever they lacked for they made up for with energy and, no pun intended, heart." 80 Jeuxvideos.com "Despite its shortcomings, Kingdom Hearts III remains a very good experience which distils its world brilliantly." 80 Gamers Heroes "Newcomers to the series will be baffled by the complexity and bizarre nature of Kingdom Hearts III’s story. Despite this, if you like good combat and want to visit Disney World, you can do far worse than this title." 80 EGM "Is it a game that lives up to a decade of hype, though? Perhaps not. But maybe no game could." 75 God is a Geek "It may have been challenging at times, and the final flourish of boss fights nearly killed me, but I did enjoy playing the concluding game in Sora’s journey to vanquish evil once and for all." 75 The Guardian "Kingdom Hearts III plays it extremely safe, ultimately banking on nostalgia and delivering more of the same. Its charm is only skin-deep." 60 VideoGamer "Kingdom Hearts III is a beautiful hunk of sugary writing, convoluted plotting, and repetitive combat with a reliance on beloved IP that exposes its shallow core." 40 Game Watch - N/A Eurogamer "A grand finale that's both torturous and sublime." N/A Kotaku "Wow, they filled this game with stuff." N/A The Verge "Maybe this is actually the ideal way to play: you’re going to be confused no matter what, so you might as well embrace it." N/A Mashable "I love the idea of this game being able to float me back into a time where I could cheer for Mickey Mouse without feeling silly and cry because Naminé was lonely. That feeling alone is worth the box price on Kingdom Hearts III." N/A Waypoint "Kingdom Hearts III is an absolute disaster. I loved every minute of it." N/A The A.V. Club "Kingdom Hearts III is a cheerful celebration of Disney’s inescapable cultural monopoly." N/A Jimquisition "Yes, it’s more total nonsense from a story perspective. As a game? Well, it’s a ton of bloody fun, because it’s a very good game!" N/A Polygon "After years of buildup, the story’s conclusion fails to do it justice." N/A You can also keep updated on the latest review on Metacritic by clicking here. Currently, the aggregated critic score on Metacritic is 85/100. UPDATE [Jan 25, 2019]: The Japanese publications Famitsu and Game Watch have been added to the table with their reviews of the game. The official Kingdom Hearts Facebook page has also posted an image showing the top 5 reviews for the game, you can view the image below! Kingdom Hearts III will be available on January 29 worldwide. Be sure to follow our coverage of the release of Kingdom Hearts III! UPDATE [Jan 31, 2019]: Even more reviews for Kingdom Hearts III have been released! We have updated the list in the table above, as well as updated Metacritic's aggregated score for the game. UPDATE [February 7, 2019]: Famitsu have published their review of Kingdom Hearts III, giving it a score of 39/40! Recent articles: - Kingdom Hearts III has released in Japan - Kingdom Hearts III Gameplay Overview video has been uploaded - Famitsu interviews Tetsuya Nomura before Kingdom Hearts III's release, discussing the game's story and secret ending requirements
  20. Those who were able to obtain the Kingdom Hearts III Limited Edition PlayStation 4 Pro can now listen to a special version of Dearly Beloved with its theme! This version of the staple track from the series seems to be the same that first plays during a certain cutscene in Kingdom Hearts III. Fan xenosaga7 has uploaded a sample of the track. You can check it out in the video below. View full article
  21. A press release came out today showing that <em>Kingdom Hearts III</em> has shipped five million copies worldwide, making it the fastest selling game in the franchise's history. </p> <blockquote class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote=""> <div class="ipsQuote_citation"> Quote </div> <div class="ipsQuote_contents"> <p> <span style="background-color:#ffffff;color:#666666;font-size:13px;text-align:left;">SQUARE ENIX® proudly announces that<span> </span></span><strong style="border:0px;color:#666666;font-size:13px;padding:0px;text-align:left;vertical-align:baseline;"><em style="border:0px;font-size:13px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;"><u style="border:0px;font-size:13px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;"><a href="http://www.kingdomhearts.com/" style="border:0px;color:#b10000;font-size:13px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;" rel="external nofollow">KINGDOM HEARTS III</a></u></em></strong><em style="border:0px;color:#666666;font-size:13px;padding:0px;text-align:left;vertical-align:baseline;">,<span> </span></em><span style="background-color:#ffffff;color:#666666;font-size:13px;text-align:left;">the latest mainline entry in the beloved action RPG series, has shipped more than five million units globally, both physically and digitally, across all platforms since its January 29 release, making it the fastest selling game in the history of the series.</span> </p> </div> </blockquote> <p> You can check out the full press release <a href="http://press.na.square-enix.com/releases/1362/kingdom-hearts-iii-becomes-fastest-selling-game-in-franchises-history" rel="external nofollow">here</a> talking more about the announcement. The image they included on their social media can be seen below. <a class="ipsAttachLink ipsAttachLink_image" href="https://www.kh13.com/uploads/monthly_2019_02/51168224_10156055181115841_2724443106136031232_n.jpg.730a68c5b653d546aee42c031b289077.jpg" data-fileid="11349" data-fileext="jpg" rel=""><img class="ipsImage ipsImage_thumbnailed" data-fileid="11349" data-ratio="100.00" width="750" alt="51168224_10156055181115841_2724443106136031232_n.thumb.jpg.bd079da89564947792a278257e0fdc4f.jpg" data-src="https://www.kh13.com/uploads/monthly_2019_02/51168224_10156055181115841_2724443106136031232_n.thumb.jpg.bd079da89564947792a278257e0fdc4f.jpg" src="https://www.kh13.com/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></a> We want to thank everyone at the <em>Kingdom Hearts</em> team at Square Enix! View full article
  22. A press release came out today showing that <em>Kingdom Hearts III</em> has shipped five million copies worldwide, making it the fastest selling game in the franchise's history. </p> <blockquote class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote=""> <div class="ipsQuote_citation"> Quote </div> <div class="ipsQuote_contents"> <p> <span style="background-color:#ffffff;color:#666666;font-size:13px;text-align:left;">SQUARE ENIX® proudly announces that<span> </span></span><strong style="border:0px;color:#666666;font-size:13px;padding:0px;text-align:left;vertical-align:baseline;"><em style="border:0px;font-size:13px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;"><u style="border:0px;font-size:13px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;"><a href="http://www.kingdomhearts.com/" style="border:0px;color:#b10000;font-size:13px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;" rel="external nofollow">KINGDOM HEARTS III</a></u></em></strong><em style="border:0px;color:#666666;font-size:13px;padding:0px;text-align:left;vertical-align:baseline;">,<span> </span></em><span style="background-color:#ffffff;color:#666666;font-size:13px;text-align:left;">the latest mainline entry in the beloved action RPG series, has shipped more than five million units globally, both physically and digitally, across all platforms since its January 29 release, making it the fastest selling game in the history of the series.</span> </p> </div> </blockquote> <p> You can check out the full press release <a href="http://press.na.square-enix.com/releases/1362/kingdom-hearts-iii-becomes-fastest-selling-game-in-franchises-history" rel="external nofollow">here</a> talking more about the announcement. The image they included on their social media can be seen below. <a class="ipsAttachLink ipsAttachLink_image" href="https://www.kh13.com/uploads/monthly_2019_02/51168224_10156055181115841_2724443106136031232_n.jpg.730a68c5b653d546aee42c031b289077.jpg" data-fileid="11349" data-fileext="jpg" rel=""><img class="ipsImage ipsImage_thumbnailed" data-fileid="11349" data-ratio="100.00" width="750" alt="51168224_10156055181115841_2724443106136031232_n.thumb.jpg.bd079da89564947792a278257e0fdc4f.jpg" data-src="https://www.kh13.com/uploads/monthly_2019_02/51168224_10156055181115841_2724443106136031232_n.thumb.jpg.bd079da89564947792a278257e0fdc4f.jpg" src="https://www.kh13.com/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></a> We want to thank everyone at the <em>Kingdom Hearts</em> team at Square Enix!
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