Parents' Guide to

Kingdom Hearts III

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Cartoon tale has good messages but loads of commercialism.

Game PlayStation 4, Xbox One 2019
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+


This game is AMAZING! The story will pull your heartstrings, the combat is easy, and more! The only problem I had with CSM's review is that they said that it had a load of consumerism. But it's only that Disney worked with Square Enix (The company behind Final Fantasy), and that would mean that Disney characters will meet and become friends with Final Fantasy characters! And they're ALL a part of the story! I love this VG (Video Game) Series, and I think It's the BEST GAME SERIES EVER!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
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age 10+

Disneyland Adventures III

I will be honest - I never really got into KH series myself. But the appeal of Disney movie worlds and E10 rating made me let my 10yo give this a try. The result? Easy one/two button combat (on easiest difficulty), revisiting disney movie worlds, Disney world rides as special moves. All of this together made the kid happy. He was hoping for Cloud or Sephiroth from Smash Bros to make an appearance but alas. Overall a good easy game for little fans of Disney. Maybe a little too much Disney tbh. Just make sure to skip all these boring cutscenes referring to previous games cause they just go forever. Only giving 10+ rating because of the patience needed to watch the cutscenes. Otherwise it's really 8+.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

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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.

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