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Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep is a prequel to the Kingdom Hearts series of games. It takes place before the original Kingdom Hearts game and relies heavily on story elements introduced in other entries in the game franchise. There are several Disney characters that appear in the game, although some of these characters handle combat situations with more aggression than when they are portrayed in Disney films and TV shows. They use swords and magic in melee type combat. The game supports multiplayer for up to six players on different PSP systems, however there is no online play. The story is very intricate, and encourages reading and puzzle solving.
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What's it about?
In KINGDOM HEARTS: BIRTH BY SLEEP, three heroes must work together to explore fantastical worlds and seek out a mysterious evil in order to restore peace. Each of the three protagonists has something special and unique to bring to the table. They must learn how to use the power of teamwork to find the character at the source of the world's troubles, Master Xehanort. As a prequel to the original Kingdom Hearts game, Birth by Sleep follows a story set in the universe that Kingdom Hearts players have become familiar with. It introduces characters and provides back stories that previously went unexplored. As such, many story components are laid out with the notion that the player knows about the previous Kingdom Hearts lore, though playing through older games in the franchise is not a prerequisite for this game. The general storyline of characters working together to provide support for each other while embarking on a quest to save the world is a universal story that anyone can enjoy.
Is it any good?
The Kingdom Hearts franchise has garnered wild interest because of its compelling storytelling as well as its interaction with likable Disney characters. Birth by Sleep is no exception. There is a lot of exploration around very whimsical environments, keeping the game fresh and unique through its numerous hours of play. The battle system is more about having a sharp mind and incorporating the right strategy than it is about attacking enemies with mindless rampancy. This provides the game with an overall captivating experience. The story is very well crafted and should keep the player intrigued and instilled with wonder throughout the entire game. In short, with a great story and lots of interaction with familiar Disney characters, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep is a worthy addition to the successful Kingdom Hearts franchise.
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