Disney and Square Enix make a child
Kingdom Hearts was originally released for the PS2 on March 28, 2002 and developed by Square Enix (SquareSoft at the time). It is an action adventure RPG set in Disney and Final Fantasy worlds. You play as Sora who wants to travel to different worlds with his friends Riku and Kairi, but get more than they expected. Because this review is for the HD version of Kingdom Hearts I will be comparing the original to the new.
- Gameplay: The frame rate has been increased to 60 FPS which makes the combat and movement much smoother and better to look at. This unfortunately does not always apply to everyone and thing in the game. Some enemies are still in 30 FPS and this is obvious if you sit and watch some enemies for a few seconds. Otherwise, nothing major has been changed to the combat system other than an extra ability or two. This to me is a bit of a problem because the combat can feel slow and not fair at times.
- Graphics: As mentioned above, not only has the game been cranked up to 60 FPS but the graphics have been upgraded as well. Every character model and environment has been smoothed out to make it easier to look at and not as choppy. Below is a video showing these differences using a PS3.
- Sounds: The sound quality overall has been improved. Music doesn’t sound compressed and sounds from enemies and abilities are easier to hear.
Overall, Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD for the PS4 has greatly improved graphics and sound but no real changes in the gameplay area. If you are a Kingdom Hearts fan or someone who played them years ago and wants to play them again this is the perfect opportunity.
I give Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD an 8/10.