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E3 2016: Make Sense of Kingdom Hearts HD II.8

It's called II.8 because it's the 28th Kingdom Hearts compilation re-release thing.

Jun. 12 2016

Posted by: Marino

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Someone needs to stop square enix from naming things.

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Those are some great dumb helmets

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Go home square enix game naming guy, you're drunk.

Also I'll probably buy this.

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Since I know the comments will be coming in soon let me reiterate the fact that nothing about the series is confusing as long as you've played the games and paid attention to the stories. Been playing the games since I was a kid and at no point did I feel confused. I also watch a lot of anime (known to people in the Anime thread) and this kind of stuff is common in anime story lines.

With all that being said I'm super excited about Aqua's story, which is the darkest thing in any Disney related property. Also, Aqua is best girl.

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They're just saying even more words!

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You know I've never played a single Kingdom Hearts game but even I still get little nostalgic when I hear the ditty of the theme song in the beginning of the trailer. I remember hearing that song as a kid all the time in TV commercials for the first game and thinking it was beyond cool. Didn't own a PS2 back then so I never played the first Kingdom Heart and was never interested in the franchise after that.

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@golguin: Yeah, but what if the games actually are convoluted and the poor choice of a numbering scheme only adds to the confusion?

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@jejoma said:

@golguin: Yeah, but what if the games actually are convoluted and the poor choice of a numbering scheme only adds to the confusion?

The names are a bit of a word salad, but I don't feel that the games are convoluted.

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@golguin: I've played every game except Birth by Sleep and it's been so weird and erratic and spaced-out between releases that I always forget everything, and it's very confusing. It's not a well-told story nor is it a very good story period, and there's a lot of it, and it's way more complicated than it really should be.

With that being said, fuck am I ever pumped for KH3.

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@golguin said:

Since I know the comments will be coming in soon let me reiterate the fact that nothing about the series is confusing as long as you've played the games and paid attention to the stories. Been playing the games since I was a kid and at no point did I feel confused. I also watch a lot of anime (known to people in the Anime thread) and this kind of stuff is common in anime story lines.

With all that being said I'm super excited about Aqua's story, which is the darkest thing in any Disney related property. Also, Aqua is best girl.

Sounds like anime primed you to better digest the bullshit that is the Kingdom Hearts fiction. I totally can understand why people would get lost by the plot specifically from playing the second game onwards. Someone needs to hold your hand through the whole series to pick out the order for someone to play in the first place to even have a decent chance at understanding wtf is going on.

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What. The. Fuck.

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I love Kingdom Hearts. I've never played any of the games, I just like their names. Kingdom Hearts χ. Not X, but χ. What the hell is χ? Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, which somehow is pronounced "Three Five Eight Days over Two".

Whoever names these things is a person after my own heart.

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They're just saying even more words!

Something something "darkness" something something "keyblade war"

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Maybe I'd buy one of these games if I ever had even the slightest idea where to start. These naming conventions and ultra-generic trailers are not helping.

If your target demo is hardcore fans who've played all of these games before, why even bother making a trailer? One tweet with ensuing news coverage will reach 99% of the people who can actually comprehend this trailer.

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@error52 said:

Someone needs to stop square enix from naming things.

I'm just picturing a dude standing behind Tetsuya Nomura at all times when he's in the office and smacking him with a newspaper every time he suggests a name that is really dumb.

Also I'm expanding this fantasy to the dude also smacking him if he tries to make Sora/Riku the reincarnations of anyone else.

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@golguin: I'm sure that's true. But as someone who hasn't played a KH since 2 I have no idea what to purchase and play if I want to be ready for 3. Most of that trailer was filled with characters I've never even seen.

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"Darkness will prevail, and the light expire" - ok, I'm following...

"I'm wearing a unicorn mask" - you lost me.

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This is incomprehensible.

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These games are getting weird.

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@xceagle: most of those characters no one has ever seen before. aqua was the only person i recognized, other than cutscenes directly ported from 3D

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Everyone in the second half of this trailer is wearing masks to go to a high class sex party. Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut is clearly part of the Kingdom Hearts universe.

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As a fan of both anime and Kingdom Hearts, the storyline got weird when I transformed into a Merman and was hitting bongo beats with Sebastian Under the Sea style.

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As a fan of both anime and Kingdom Hearts, the storyline got weird when I transformed into a Merman and was hitting bongo beats with Sebastian Under the Sea style.

Video games were better back then.

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@relenus: If that is the case, he is clearly not making a good enough job...

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Please allow Square Enix to name everything. It is glorious.

Also, anybody who says that Kingdom Hearts is not convoluted is lying. Cool themes, but little of it connects with coherence.

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As someone who has never played KH, this trailer is like an insane fever dream.

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As someone who Really loves the Kingdom Hearts games.... These names... For the love of god, stop with these crazy names!

2.8? whatever. but "Back Cover"??! Come on!

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@colourful_hippie: @golguin: Yep the problem you're both right. If you play through "ALL" of each of the titles, the narrative is right there. Except that a good chunk of the reveals are in the bonus content for 100%'ing the games. So not only did you have to play titles on a huge variety of systems, but simply "finishing" them still wasn't enough.

I've play the first and the second, and chunks of Chain of Memories, but as much as I loved the two primary entries, I'm lost when it comes to all of the events that happend to the original "keyblade" masters. These collections provide a good avenue to tie all this into a nice package, but Square is pairing these bundles to make sure the folks will be spending huge chunks of cash by the time they release KH3.

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In that last one, where is any Disney stuff anymore???? Where's Donald Duck?????????

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Kingdom Hearts was my first PS2 game.

I enjoyed it quite a bit, and would've played the sequel. But it was on a different platform.

Now it's 2016, i look at this and i don't know what is going on.

Where's all the Disney stuff? has it been taken down a notch or two from the first one? Now it's mostly anime within Disney worlds? Are there still Final Fantasy characters? Can i still fight Cloud in a colosseum?

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I've actually miraculously kept up with all the games so this is the first collection that has some new parts to it...I guess I'll buy it?

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Huge fan of KH, but yeah the naming is getting a little ridiculous. 1.5, 2.5, and 2.8 all have an obvious order, no one should be confused on what order to play the remasters. But "Final Chapter Prologue" and "Back Cover" is a little much.

Osaka team did a somewhat decent job recapping the plot in DDD, so I hope the same will happen for KH3 to help the poor souls who only played 1 and 2.

Also that's kind of a weak joke you put in there Marino. They've only had two remaster games so far. Making fun of the dog masks would've been a better approach.

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@claudius: @onemanarmyy: It's certainly become it's own thing. It doesn't rely as heavily on Disney and FF stuff as it used to.

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What is going on?!

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Kingdom Hearts was my first PS2 game.

I enjoyed it quite a bit, and would've played the sequel. But it was on a different platform.

Now it's 2016, i look at this and i don't know what is going on.

Where's all the Disney stuff? has it been taken down a notch or two from the first one? Now it's mostly anime within Disney worlds? Are there still Final Fantasy characters? Can i still fight Cloud in a colosseum?

Kingdom Hearts 2 was on the PS2 as well.

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So what games exactly are in this re-release? I really cannot stand KH trailers (even if the games are rad... for the most part. 3583243/43 Days was a slog).

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@vrikk said:
@onemanarmyy said:

Kingdom Hearts was my first PS2 game.

I enjoyed it quite a bit, and would've played the sequel. But it was on a different platform.

Now it's 2016, i look at this and i don't know what is going on.

Where's all the Disney stuff? has it been taken down a notch or two from the first one? Now it's mostly anime within Disney worlds? Are there still Final Fantasy characters? Can i still fight Cloud in a colosseum?

Kingdom Hearts 2 was on the PS2 as well.

Well technically, the second Kingdom Hearts game was Chains of Memories, which was on the GBA, but I'm guessing they did mean KH2 as well.

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I haven't cared about a Kingdom Hearts story in a decade, but the games themselves have remained a blast. I'll pick this up, but I don't think GB will even consider doing coverage on this come December.

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Still not as dumb a name as 358/2 Days, but man do these things have dumb names. That said, totally buying it, love these games unapologetically, convoluted story and all.

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@jaypb08: That...may be for the best if we're being honest.

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@jacksukeru: I think i was aware of Chains of memories being on GBA and being bummed out about not being able to follow the story anymore. I don't remember hearing about a game called Kingdom Hearts 2. I might have assumed that Chains of memories was vital information and that Kingdom Hearts 2 wouldn't do much for me not having played the previous one.

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@jaypb08: Considering that literally the entire west coast crew either hates KH or has no experience with it (save Rorie, maybe) Its probably for the best that KH is on the list of series the site doesn't cover :P.

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@vrikk said:

So what games exactly are in this re-release? I really cannot stand KH trailers (even if the games are rad... for the most part. 3583243/43 Days was a slog).

It's got:

KH:3D (Dream Drop Distance) HD

Birth By Sleep - A Fragmentary Passage, which is a new short episode set after the original BBS (and uses the new KH3 engine)

and Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover, which is an HD-ified movie of a mobile game that tells a story of the chronologically-first event in the series from hundreds of years ago, telling of the events that led up to the Keyblade War.

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Well I'm excited.

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Oh what, you thought they'd be done making new spinoffs after announcing KH3?

HAHAHAHAHA GOOD ONE.

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28th... have I been birthing and/or sleeping all this time??

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SquareEnix needs to frisk Kingdom Hearts fans of their money one last time before KH3.

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I have to wonder what the people at Disney think when they see these games.

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Really looking forward to Kingdom Hearts 3ree: Final Miixey Mouse; Dream א Illusion

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kingdom hearts game titles are really something special