PlayStation 3

Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix Hands-On: Revisiting Halloween Town


Siliconera played a demo of Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix and it was turned on to the original Kingdom Hearts. One station started at the beginning of Halloween Town before Sora meets Jack Skellington.


Sora, Mummy Donald and Frankenstein Goofy walk into Guillotine Square where ghosts look like they’re about to attack, but they just stand there. Jack and Dr. Finkelstein are looking for a way to give the Heartless a heart. Jack ask Sora if he would like to come along on a quest to find Sally’s memories, the last ingredient for the heart. I formed a party with Sora, Jack, and Donald and fought Heartless in the graveyard.


Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix tweaked the combat system a bit. You can control the camera with the right analog stick and the menu has been scaled down to three options: attack, magic, and item. Reaction commands introduced in Kingdom Hearts II are used for special attacks like Sonic Blade. When you see a giant triangle icon over an enemy you can execute action abilities. In the pause menu, there is also an option for “Final Mix” difficulty level which the game was set on.


A representative from Square Enix reiterated that features in the Japan-only release, Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix, are included for the first time in North America. Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix has an extra boss, one of the hoodie wearing members from Organization XIII and new cutscenes.


I played through a couple of challenges in Olympus Coliseum too to get a better feel for combat. The camera control tweaks and reaction commands make combat more fluid. Kingdom Hearts also looks sharper on PlayStation 3, but the Disney and Square Enix mashup is essentially the same game from over a decade ago with a simple and clean story.


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