Kingdom Hearts III Should Not Be On Xbox

Kingdom Hearts III Should Not Be On Xbox

**Potential Spoiler Alert**
When Terra-Xehanort becomes Apprentice Xehanort he becomes Ansem, but not the real Ansem. So when Ansem fights Ansem and banished Ansem to the Realm of Darkness, he turns the Keyblade on himself, thus becoming heartless Ansem and a Nobody named Xemnas. Later on, Sora has Ventus’s heart in him, so when Sora becomes a Heartless in Kingdom Hearts, Roxas looks like Ventus, and Kiri’s Heart is freed to go back to her and, in the process, makes Naminé. This is very important because Naminé erases Sora’s memories but then puts them all back. However, because she took his memories in the first place, Xion started getting them. Xion has to choose to give back the memories for Sora to get his memories again, but then Roxas has to merge with Sora to wake him up. This is where Kingdom Hearts II starts.

I hope you’re all still here. I know many of you are going to be angry at my opinion of this, that Kingdom Hearts III should not be releasing on Xbox One. I know it’s going to come across as fanboyism toward PS4 and, to be genuine, I do prefer PlayStation over its competitors. I always have. Nevertheless, this article, this opinion, has no correlation with how much I love PlayStation, and to be honest, I would rather see Kingdom Hearts III release on the Nintendo Switch instead of Xbox One. Why? Simple: The story. Kingdom Hearts from the outside looks like a cute game filled with Disney character, simple but deep combat, and fan-favorite characters from the Final Fantasy series. This is a major part of the game, you’re right. Kingdom Hearts is all of those things, but it is also so much more. The story is the number one aspect I look for in a game, and Kingdom Hearts has it by the ocean load. It seems every aspect of this game means something in some way, from why Sora’s clothes change between Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories to Kingdom Hearts II, to why Sora and Riku can even wield Keyblades. These are all crucial plot points that may be explained in one game and never be mentioned again, continuing on with the series assuming the player has played the games prior. This is how Kingdom Hearts operates, and always has. The creator, Tetsuya Nomura, is the sole writer of this amazing franchise and never ceases to amaze me with attention to detail and amazing plot hole awareness. However, because he is the lone writer of the series, he has created a story so deep and confusing that, in order to understand what you are experiencing, you have to jump into the deep end of the pool and, at times, try to hold your breath as long as possible as you wait for the new game to bring you answers.

Now I’m sure there is a great deal of Xbox players who owned a PlayStation 2, Gameboy Advance, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable (PSP), Smart Phone (iOS/Android), and Nintendo 3DS in order to play all previous Kingdom Hearts games. I am also aware that there are probably plenty of Nintendo fans and PlayStation fans who have never played the games native to their systems, leaving maybe important question unanswered. However, those players aside if you already call yourself a fan of Kingdom Hearts, you have most likely played all the games on their original platforms, or have the means to experience them all in the most recent collections. The games go as follows:

Original games:

Kingdom Hearts – PS2
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories – Gameboy Advance
Kingdom Hearts II – PS2
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days – Nintendo DS
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep – PSP
Kingdom Hearts: Coded – Mobile Phone
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance – Nintendo 3DS
Kingdom Hearts x – Desktop Browser (Japan Only)
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep 0.2-A Fragment Passage – PS4

Re-Releases:

Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix – PS2 (Japan Only)
Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories – PS2
Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories Final Mix – PS2 (Japan Only)
Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+ – PS2 (Japan Only)
Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded – Nintendo DS
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix – PSP (Japan Only)
Kingdom Hearts x Unchained – iOS/Android

Collections:

Kingdom Hearts 1.5 – PS3
Includes Remastered Versions of
Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories Final Mix
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (Cinematic Movie)

Kingdom Hearts 2.5 – PS3
Includes Remastered Versions of
Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix
Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded (Cinematic Movie)

Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 – PS4
Includes Remastered Versions of
Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories Final Mix
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (Cinematic Movie)
Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix
Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded (Cinematic Movie)

Kingdom Hearts 2.8 – PS4
Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep 0.2-A Fragment Passage
Kingdom Hearts x Back Cover (Cinematic Movie)

As you can see, Kingdom Hearts has had a plethora of games and movies ranging on all platforms from pre-smartphone games to the PlayStation 4. This is my main concern for new players as well as players who skipped all but the main numbered titles. These games almost require you to play every game in the series to understand what is going on. In Kingdom Hearts x, you learn about the lead up to the Keyblade War and why it’s so intrinsically linked to the real Kingdom Hearts, a place in the game said to contain unimaginable power. The events of that game shed new light within Birth by Sleep which many regards, myself included, as the second most, if not the most, important game of the series. This game explains why Sora, Riku, and Kairi are so important, as well as introducing us to the actual villain of the series, Xehanort. Xehanort has been the protagonist of every game in some form or another, with the only exception being Kingdom Hearts x and Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded.

With all of this said, let’s get back to my original topic of why Kingdom Hearts III shouldn’t be on Xbox One. This is just simply because not one of the other nine games, or collections, has been on this system. For as many players who have both PlayStation and Xbox, or have played all the Kingdom Hearts games in some form, there are more who own an Xbox who has never touched the game. This is not their fault. If you are aligned to Xbox and only play Xbox games, then you would have never had an opportunity to play these games. For instance, if you had a PS3 but jumped to Xbox One from the last generation and never wanted or had a reason to own a 3DS to play Dream Drop Distance, then you are missing a crucial step coming from Kingdom Hearts II into Kingdom Hearts III. You will not know why Riku is a Keyblade Master while Sora isn’t, or why Lea has a KeyBlade or who the new Organization XIII is (this is who will act as the antagonist in Kingdom Hearts III). This is a fundamental problem for new and casual players of the series. Yes, I know what you are thinking: all they need is a recap story in the intro of the game. This is true. However, this has never been done before in any of the past nine games. The closest fans get to a recap is essentially a music video of the new/remixed song by Utada Hikaru, who has been the singer of every game intro to date, with CGI scenes from the game that took place directly before it.

I understand most gamers just want a fun game to play, with beautiful visual, and intense combat. This is something that Kingdom Hearts has in spades. However, this series has been diving deeper and deeper into the story and we are just a few months (probably years) away from getting this epic conclusion to this beloved game. The story will be deep, and new players will be getting answers and explanations to questions we never knew to ask. I understand there will be new players on PlayStation as well. There will always be new players. But on PlayStation, the gamer has the opportunity to go back and experience every story told so far on one platform. Xbox players aren’t so lucky. With this being said, the majority of Kingdom Hearts players will have probably been with the series throughout its lifespan and would as a result likely already own all of these systems to play this games. Although, I’m sure there are Kingdom Hearts fans out there who have only ever owned and played on Xbox, who could be turned off by the series because of complex story building up to III that they have no real means to go back and experience.

 

In the coming months leading up to Kingdom Hearts III, I will be recapping each game, giving you all the information you will need to know. If you would like a shortened up version or have no way to experience the previous games this series will catch you up. Until then, I hope, I have been able to enlighten all the players who previously thought ‘I’ll just jump in at Kingdom Hearts III’ or ‘I’ve played I and II so I’m good.’ I’m not trying to dissuade you from playing, I just cannot emphasize enough how important all the games are to the larger narrative. All of these games have huge plot points that will be resolved in Kingdom Hearts III such as Sora meeting Aqua, Ventus, and Terra, who have all been missing since Birth by Sleep. While also in Re: Coded the characters get the vital information on what to do in Kingdom Hearts III and why those characters are connected to Sora. In 358/2 Days, we find out why Sora is in a stasis pod in the intro to II and who Roxas and Xion are. As you can see each game is important for more reasons than I have listed. This is not me being a fan saying you need to watch Thor: The Dark World before you see Avengers 2 so that one reference will make sense. These mobile and non-numbered games hold real, actual plot points what you will need to understand Kingdom Hearts III. I hope to see you all again when I start recapping all the stories in a multipart series soon. Until then if you have any questions about the Kingdom Heart series tweet us at @Mammoth_Gamers or me personally @LOSTHeroes13. I will answer the question to the best of my ability. But for everything, your heart desires about Kingdom Hearts, make sure you keep it locked to MammothGamers.com

Mark Kriska

Mark Kriska is a journalist for Mammoth Gamers. He plays primarily on PlayStation but also plays on Xbox and Nintendo systems. Mark is an all around nerd and if he is not playing games he's watching sports, movies, or TV and if all else fails enjoying a nice book or comic.