What You Need to Know: Kingdom Hearts III

 

Staff writer: Kylise Carino 

 

     Kingdom Hearts is a fantasy RPG action game, that mixes Final Fantasy characters with well-known Disney characters into its story. Kingdom Hearts is notorious for its complex and, convoluted mess that it calls a narrative. 

Triston Leonardi, freshman at Woodstock High School, had this to say, “The game is incredibly confusing, but it was fun to play so I didn’t really care.”  

So, I’m going to help you understand it a bit more before you play Kingdom Hearts III. The newest game in the series that has just released this month and to make sure you don’t end being confused like this kid. So, I’m just going to give you a brief rundown of each Kingdom Hearts game and how it relates to the story. This franchise wasn’t released in chronological order, but to make it easier for you guys to understand I’ll be telling you guys the story that way. 

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Kingdom Hearts II, with an older version of Sora next to an older version of Kairi, and Donald, Goofy, Roxas, and King Mickey sitting behind them, next to a blue Background.
 

The first game to start off the events of Kingdom Hearts is Kingdom Hearts χ. Taking place more than 100 years prior of the first game. It takes place before the Keyblade War, which established the organization of the Kingdom Hearts universe as of the original game. The player assumes the role of a Keyblade wielder who joins one of five factions led by Keyblade Masters fighting in the Keyblade War for control of the limited light existing in the world.

The fighting obviously doesn’t end up well, after the Keyblade War, a keyblade that is spelled “X blade” but pronounced “Keyblade” breaks apart into 7 fragmnts of light and 13 fragmets of darkness. The Keyblade War almost destroys the world but doesn’t. Unchained χ/Union χ acts as a sequel, retelling part of the story of Kingdom Hearts χ before diverging and telling a new story set after its events. If you thought this was confusing, don’t worry it’s going to get more confusing.

The next game on this convoluted timeline is Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep It is a prequel to the original Kingdom Hearts, taking place ten years before. The game centers on the journeys of Terra, Aqua and Ventus, characters briefly featured in Kingdom Hearts II in their quest to locate the missing Master Xehanort, and protect the worlds from creatures known as the Unversed. The player has access to the three characters’ different scenarios when playing. At the end of this game, Ventus is in a coma, Aqua is stuck in the realm of darkness, and terra is nowhere to be found.

 

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This a cover of the Birth by Sleep game for the PSP, with Ventus sleeping in midair while mickey is pointing at us with his wand, and Aqua and terra are both looking to the left. Photo Credit: Disney.Wikia.com
 

The next game we have is Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep: A Fragment Passage. This game takes place after the events of Birth by Sleep. Lost in the darkness, Aqua wanders on and on. Devoid of any sense of time, she is not even sure how long she’s been there. She comes across worlds she once had visited but have been consumed by darkness and little by little she falls into despair as she wonders what horrible things must have happened in the world of light for all this to transpire. She is constantly haunted by visions of Terra and Ven, and at the end of the game she ends up on Destiny islands.

 

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Sora and Roxas eating sea salt tasting popsicles, with them both sitting down on a platform of some sorts, looking at the sunset. Photo Credit: mooglepie.Wordpress.com
 

Finally, Kingdom Hearts I is the next game in the series chronologically wise. This game is beloved by many people, like Deanna (whose last name I can’t mention), also a freshman who goes to Woodstock High School, had this to say about the game, “It was a magical game, the crossover was mind blowing to my small mind. Oh yeah, and there are also a bunch of Disney characters and world’s incorporated into the game, but the worlds are really great.” This game isn’t just loved by her though it’s also loved by Antonio Javier Rubio, a freshman at Woodstock High School, he had this to say, “It’s pretty fun and the new game is highly anticipated.”

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Cover of Kingdom Hearts 1.5 remix version, with Sora sitting in the chair wearing a crown with Donald, Goofy and Kairi standing next to him, with other characters in the background. Photo Credit: lesgameuses.eu

The first game is about how ten years have passed since the battle at the Keyblade Graveyard with Master Xehanort. On the sleepy little world of the Destiny Islands, the trio of friends – Sora, Riku and Kairi – dream of leaving their world and going on adventures. They get their wish in a most unfortunate way, as a man in a brown robe tells Sora that their world has been “connected” and is attacked by black creatures known as Heartless.

Kairi mysteriously vanishes when she is thrown by a blast of wind into Sora, and Riku invites Sora to come with him, and that they shouldn’t fear the darkness because it is their way to other worlds. Sora on the other hand resists the siren’s call of the darkness and calls upon a fabled weapon to fight back – a Keyblade. Sora meets new friends named Donald and Goofy, on the way to find his old ones.

The next game is Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories. Sora, Donald and Goofy’s journey to find the King and Riku takes them to a world steeped in darkness known as Castle Oblivion where they encounter the black hooded figures known as Organization XIII. The Organization explains that Castle Oblivion holds the answers that Sora seeks but in order to find them he must forget. Unsure of what that means and spurred on by his resolve, Sora begins to climb the Castle floor by floor with each taking the shape and form of a world he had previously visited.

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Sora from the first Kingdom Hearts game, with him holding the kingdom keyblade while smiling brightly, looking to the Right. This picture is also now my new background of my computer. Photo Credit: Wallpapercave.com
 

The next game on are list is Kingdom Hearts II. We’re going to skip Kingdom Hearts 358/2 days, and Recoded because I feel its unneeded to know the full story. In the prologoue you play as Roxas, but not for long because at the end of the prologue you merge with Sora. Sora awakens along with Donald and Goofy in Twilight Town with no memory of anything beyond the events that occurred at the end of Kingdom Hearts.   

With no other leads beyond a mysterious entry in their journal to “Thank Namine”, they set back on their mission to find Riku and King Mickey.  It turns out that King Mickey is right there and offers them aid in dispatching a group of low-ranking nobodies, before ushering them onto a train with a promise of meeting again soon. 

This game is also well-liked. Michael Ellis, a freshman at Woodstock High School, had this to say about Kingdom Hearts II, “Kingdom Hearts II is my favorite game out of all of them, and the story of it is probably the best out of all the games” 

I’m now done telling you guys the story, I hope it didn’t confuse you too much. 

 

 

 

 

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