First things first, before putting that Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (here forth referred to as KH2.8) into your PlayStation, you are going to want to re-familiarise yourself with its storyline. Yes, the storyline that has stretched over 15 years, across 6 different gaming platforms, with every title adding more to the in-depth, and let’s be honest, confusing-at-times plot.
To be transparent, I’m a massive Kingdom Hearts fan. Ever since it’s release in 2002 I have been hooked to its button-bashing gameplay, beautiful cutscenes, deep storyline and that sweet, sweet tune that is ‘Simple and Clean’. Having such passion for this franchise I wanted to make sure I looked at KH2.8 with a level head; love is blind and all that. However, after playing through for the purposes of this review, I stepped away feeling confused, excited, frustrated and happy…in true Kingdom Hearts style, there are now so many more questions unanswered.
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue features a collection of titles: Dream Drop Distance, Birth by Sleep 0.2 – A Fragmentary Passage, and Kingdom Hearts X[chi] Back Cover. As a tip I would play through them as the welcome menu suggests – Dream Drop, Birth by Sleep 0.2 and then Back Cover.Dream Drop Distance is a full-HD remastered version of the 2012 title released on Nintendo 3DS. It picks up after the events of Kingdom Hearts 2 with the franchise’s protagonists, Sora and Riku, taking on the Mark of Mastery exam in preparation for the coming threats (essentially what we will see in Kingdom Hearts 3).