Excerpt: Playing certain role playing games is like singing praises to God at church. Other role playing games are like trudging through a deep muddy marsh. Kingdom Hearts Re:coded is more on the muddy marsh side for me. Square Enix tried to compress this series down for the Nintendo DS handheld. Ultimately it just did not work.
Summary: Kingdom Hearts Re:coded attempts to take a Japanese episodic cell phone title and turn it into a full fledged retail release. For the most part it succeeds, with the production values being just shy of the level of Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days . It’s a fun game that fans of the franchise will enjoy, although it is a bit on the short side and much of it is spent retreading familiar ground.
Excerpt: The Kingdom Hearts series is such a tangled mess of semi-sequels, deviations from the main narrative and interweaving time-lines, that it's hard to explain exactly where Re:Coded fits into things. In simple terms, it's a DS follow-up to Kingdom Hearts 2 – but there's more to it than that.
Mildly violent fantasy RPG is fun but not quite flawless.
Common Sense Media
14 April 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Kingdom Hearts Re:coded is a fantasy role-playing game with fighting, platforming, and strategy elements. The action takes place in an alternate world inside of Jiminy Cricket's journal, but there is plenty of combat. This includes hacking and slashing using Sora's giant key sword and casting spells.
Excerpt: Kingdom Hearts Re:coded is exactly as the title suggests, a revisit and remake of the earlier Kingdom Hearts Coded DS game. While the series has continuously been going strong, Re:coded doesn’t take any chances but prefers to stay on the safe side with tried and true elements of many of the staples found in the series. It pains me to say it but Re:coded is the weakest title in the series to date.
Excerpt: Kingdom Hearts fans have had a rough history with Nintendo's portables. Chain of Memories (regardless of one's thoughts on quality) was not exactly what most series fans were looking for and 358/2 Days was an exercise in impressive technology marred by uninspired gameplay and a padded out storyline.