No, we don’t have a Kingdom Hearts 3 review to share with you today nor will we have one for you before launch. Square-Enix and Disney locked down review copies of the highly anticipated game after it was leaked in early December.
Related: Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far
No European media were given review copies at all and only a select few US sites were able to get the game to play in time for the embargo. We will hopefully have some cool Kingdom Hearts content to share in the coming days before the launch on 29 January 2019. We already broke down the story so if you want to catch up on everything Kingdom Hearts then check out our comprehensive guide to the Kingdom Hearts story so far.
Check out the latest gameplay trailer:
As for reviews, Kingdom Hearts 3 has done very well scoring low 90s and a few high 80s. While we cannot share our own review, we thought we would share what the US critics think of the game in case you were on the fence about it.
IGN – 8.7/10
Kingdom Hearts 3 is a fulfilling evolution and resolution of the franchise that shows it’s still full of heart.
GamesRadar+ – 4/5 stars
Whatever the flaws, there is nothing quite like Kingdom Hearts 3, and it’s a wild, wonderful ride as a result. Name one other game where you can watch Elsa belt out Let It Go before hammering some monsters to death with a giant key. I’ll wait.
Game Informer – 9.5/10
While not perfect, Kingdom Hearts III is the game I’ve been waiting for. After finishing it, I was delighted by how satisfied I was with the journey. I traversed worlds with some of my favorite Disney characters, persevered through challenging boss battles, and saw a triumphant finale that only makes me more excited for the future. The series still has a lot of heart, and that’s what makes it so endearing.
GameSpot – 8/10
In 2002, as Sora, I left Destiny Islands to travel across the universe and make new friends. In 2019 I brought old ones home, and I had so much fun doing it.
Press Start – 9/10
Kingdom Hearts III takes the series to astonishing new heights. With exhilarating combat, fantastic Disney worlds and a smart approach to an unavoidably convoluted story, it does everything it needs to not only please hardcore fans but anyone up for a solid action JRPG. Against all odds, this might be the perfect Kingdom Hearts game.
Polygon – No score
Kingdom Hearts has always had a joyfulness that differentiated it from its contemporaries. Despite its reputation for complex story, its simple action and positive energy felt like an antidote to so many other RPGs of the past couple of decades.
Kingdom Hearts 3 releases on 29 January for PS4 and Xbox One.
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