Existing fans of this popular fantasy role-playing game franchise craving answers to many of the series' long-standing questions will find them here. With nearly a dozen hours' worth of narrative scenes, Kingdom Hearts III is loaded with exposition to both refresh players' memories on the story-to-date -- a complicated stew of weird mythology and multifaceted characters, many of whom have multiple versions of themselves -- and provide some resolution to long-standing issues. That said, these scenes are often also the game's greatest failing, running on too long and laying bare weaknesses in both the inefficient script and bland voice acting. The length of most of these scenes could have easily been halved to speed up the game's pace without losing any significant information or meaning. Thankfully, they can be individually skipped should players grow bored while watching.
Outside of the narrative sequences, the game is an absolute blast, featuring a huge diversity of action, activities, and graphical styles. Combat's quick and propulsive, with players given a wide variety of attack options -- keyblade slashes, shotlock aiming, attraction flow attacks, and more -- that convey a sense of power and are visually satisfying to boot. And exploring the world is a treat, thanks to Sora's ability to do things like run up the sides of walls, slide around on Goofy's shield, and jump into giant robots while searching for hidden paths and collectibles. There's an impressive array of stuff to do when you're not beating back minions or discovering treasures, whether it's using the in-game camera to snap pictures of specific objects to upgrade gear, designing and putting together a new Gummi ship block-by-block before sailing it into the void, or chopping and stirring your way through recipes to create yummy, ability-enhancing dishes. While the storytelling might be a bit hard to bare (and remember, you can skip scenes if you grow bored!) it's likely worth it in order to experience all the other fun and compelling activities Kingdom Hearts III has to offer.