Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep

Game review by Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Fantasy game shows same story from different viewpoints.

PSP 2010

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 12+

Fun Disney RPG for kids and adults alike

In Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, the player gets to experience the stories of three teenagers called Terra, Ventus and Aqua as they journey through worlds inspired by various Disney movies and fight evil. While there is a fair amount of fighting in the game, it's nothing beyond what you'd see in your average cartoon or Disney movie. The heroes and the two main villains fight using giant key-shaped swords, although there is no blood involved. However, in Terra's storyline, there is a scene in which a villain's eye is destroyed by a blast of magic, as well as a scene where the main villain stabs himself (with his giant key-shaped sword) to release his soul from his body. In Ventus' storyline, Ventus gets stabbed in a similar fashion. For something based on Disney, the storyline is unusually dark, and the game doesn't have your typical Disney ending. However, it is fun to play, and the main thing that makes it unsuitable for younger children is difficulty. Some parts of the game are incredibly hard and require the player to master the game in order to stand a chance.

Game Details

  • Platform: PSP
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Release date: September 7, 2010
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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