Reviews and Problems with Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
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Fantasy game shows same story from different viewpoints.
Common Sense Media
17 December 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep is a prequel to the Kingdom Hearts series of games. It takes place before the original Kingdom Hearts game and relies heavily on story elements introduced in other entries in the game franchise. There are several Disney characters that appear in the game, although some of these characters handle combat situations with more aggression than when they are portrayed in Disney films and TV shows.
Excerpt: Ok, I officially have been made a fool of by Square Enix. As I write this, I'm sitting in front of the shelf that is home to my video game collection, and I can count SIX Kingdom Hearts games up there. One and two on the PS2, the Game Boy Advance's Chain of Memories and its PS2 reboot, Re: Chain of Memories, the Nintendo DS' 358/2 Days and finally, the PSP's Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep. Out of those six, I've truly loved one – the original Kingdom Hearts.
Conclusion: Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep is a fun game that was almost brought down by questionable control issues and a repetitive story. If players can get past a few minor problems, they'll discover that this prequel offers a surprising amount of great content, beautiful graphics and even some fun multiplayer modes!
Excerpt: Kingdom Hearts has always been a series routed in mystery. From the original title and Sora's strange ability to traverse different worlds to the infamous Roxas incident. But each instance in the strange was completely dwarfed by the cryptic, twisted secret movie played at the end of part two. Those of you who have not seen it, I greatly suggest that before even considering Birth By Sleep .
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is When the original Kingdom Hearts was first announced back in E3 2001 everyone was freaking out. I mean seriously, combining Disney characters with Final Fantasy characters to produce this crazy super universe was such a risky idea that people had serious doubts about it working.
Excerpt: I hear a lot of people say "I love Kingdom Hearts, but I don’t want any parts of Birth by Sleep because it’s on the PSP, so it’ll never compare!" The only phrase you’ll hear out of KH fans more than that is "Where’s number 3?!" While I can’t say when we’ll see a true third game, I can say that anyone who avoids Birth by Sleep because of its platform is missing out on a great Kingdom Hearts game; one that definitely holds its own when compared to its PS2 brethren.
Excerpt: Whereas DS game Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days was largely a lazy retread of past games in the series, but one with a structural change, fellow portable game Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep , with its authenticity and quality is a far more interesting game and one that could quite easily pass as Kingdom Hearts III. The visual quality is certainly not a million miles away from the PS2 iterations and is an excellent example of the capabilities of the PSP.
Conclusion: As much as the other categories sound good - the story really brought the game down. I find myself thinking that the ONLY reason to enjoy this story is if you played and really liked the other games in the series. Otherwise it does the series justice.