Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Review – A Very Enjoyable Experience
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance review is featured in the August 2012 issue of our FanBolt Gaming Digital Magazine.
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance is my first jaunt through a Kingdom Hearts series and one of the first questions you always ask yourself is “will I end up being lost with the story?”. To quickly answer that question – no, you will not be lost. I was able to get into the game and learn the theme and storyline rather easily. One thing that Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance does is allow you to view flashbacks and chronicles that help bring the story together, and that also allows a new player, such as myself, to learn some of the history from the previous games. The storyline is fun and can be charming as you travel through the different Disney worlds and experience all of the characters. It’s very easy to get into the game and enjoy it throughout your play-through.
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance follows the main characters Sora and Riku through a journey of different worlds. What makes this further interesting is that Sora and Riku are split between two different realities and every so often you will be “dropping” back and forth between Sora’s reality and Riku’s. This also means that when you visit the same world with RIku and then with Sora, you will get a slightly different experience, so you will not be doing the exact same thing twice with both characters. When you travel to a different world, you will be traveling there with just the one character, meaning you can play in two different worlds with Sora being in one location and Riku in the other. However, if you would rather just fully complete a world by beating it in both realities with Sora and Riku, then you may do that as well. That’s what I did, as I wanted the full experience of the world at the same time between both realities. Don’t be alarmed though. It sounds a lot more confusing than it actually is.
The gameplay can be a very enjoyable experience outside of a few minor complaints. First of all I want to mention that you can play this game with the circle pad pro, however, I tried it and ended up going back to the basic controls without the circle pad pro. It’s absolutely not needed, but some may enjoy it more for an easier combat experience when it comes to selecting targets. If you have a circle pad pro you should give it a try, but don’t go out and buy one for this game. My only issues with the controls is that you need to cycle through your items with the thumb pad to find the item you need while dealing with combat. Sometimes it’s just a little too much to handle, especially when you need to cycle through to find your potion when your health is low. Now when it comes to the combat it is very simple yet still enjoyable. You will have your basic attacks that you will use a majority of the time and then you also have special attacks and an ability known as flowmotion. Flowmotion allows for you to do powerful attacks in a few different ways depending on how you interact with your surroundings and it is a lot of fun to do in addition to your regular attacks.
You will also have little creatures known as spirits that help you in battle. You will be able to have them join your party and fight alongside you. You can also link up with them to give you special powers for a short period of time. This is yet another good addition to the combat and gameplay that makes it even more entertaining. You will be able to do a few things with the options menu, but most importantly you will be able to advance their abilities by feeding them items you have collected along the way. The enemies are always fun to fight and will vary in type and strength, depending on what world you visit. The bosses are fairly enjoyable to fight against as well, but some aren’t too exciting to go up against and you will just want to power through them and move on to the next world.
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