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Kingdom Hearts III: Re:Mind

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

OK expansion covers old ground, adds maddening difficulty.

Game PlayStation 4 , Xbox One 2020
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If you think this expansion will provide a few more answers to some of the questions left burning at the end of the original game, think again. In order to allow Sora to travel back in time to search for Kairi, Kingdom Hearts III: Re:Mind introduces a whole new stew of weirdness and inconsistency within a franchise that's already burdened with more oddities and narrative holes than a ten pound wheel of Swiss cheese. And once you get through reliving a bunch of fights and videos most of which will feel very familiar, earning a handful of new story and character tidbits along the way, chances are you'll feel even less certain about everything that's happened than you did before going into the DLC (downloadable content). What might make it all worth it for some, though, is the final (secret) episode, which provides some hints as to wear the series might eventually go after the events of Kingdom Hearts III.

Of course, to get there you'll need to wade through the bonus Limit Cut episode, which has some of the toughest bosses in the entire series. You'll need an in-depth understanding of all the game's combat mechanics -- many of which casual players are likely to have ignored up until this point -- to have a realistic chance of defeating them. Many players are bound to quit in frustration and simply look up the final video on YouTube. In the end, that may be the best way to experience this expensive add-on, which costs half the price of a full game and is essentially just a rehashing of the final moments of the original game plus some tough boss fights and a short epilogue/teaser of what's to come. Kingdom Hearts III: Re:Mind will be fun for diehard fans and players who can't get enough of the series' combat, but others might do better saving their money.

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