With 2019 proper across the nook, we have polled GameSpot’s workers to seek out out what video games they’re wanting ahead to most within the new 12 months. To be eligible, a recreation should merely have a launch date at present deliberate for 2019. Of course, everyone knows nothing is about in stone; there’s at all times an opportunity some video games may slip into 2020. When you are executed studying this entry, observe together with all of our different end-of-the-year protection collected in our Best of 2018 hub.
Kingdom Hearts 3 is about to conclude the Dark Seeker saga, a narrative that started with the unique Kingdom Hearts method again in 2002. Kingdom Hearts 2, the final numbered entry, got here in 2005. Over the previous 13 years, the collection has seen quite a few spin-offs throughout a number of console and handheld generations, and the story has solely gotten larger and extra sophisticated. Kingdom Hearts 3 has the unenviable job of wrapping up 16 years of lore, and for that cause, I can’t wait to play it.
This would be the first time our Avengers-esque staff of heroes is totally assembled. Childhood pals Sora, Riku, and Kairi; Keyblade trainees Aqua, Terra, and Ventus; and even Mickey Mouse himself are gathering for a last battle towards Xehanort. And if these names imply nothing to you, you possibly can see why over a decade of video games has made the lore a bit convoluted.
It’s not simply the conclusion of a narrative that has me excited for Kingdom Hearts 3, although. We’ll be revisiting fan-favorite Disney worlds like Pirates of the Caribbean’s Port Royale and Winnie the Pooh’s 100 Acre Wood, and we’ll even be exploring a number of never-before-seen ranges. We’ve seen worlds impressed by Frozen, Tangled, Toy Story, Big Hero 6, and Monsters Inc., and every one provides our heroes a brand new look and set of particular assaults.
Speaking of which, fight has a number of new hooks in Kingdom Hearts 3 as properly. You can run up partitions a la Dream Drop Distance, and Sora may even summon Disney theme park rides like Thunder Mountain Railroad and the Spinning Tea Cups to deal heavy harm to the Heartless horde. This is on high of distinctive weapon transformations primarily based on the Disney world you are at present in. I’ve loved Kingdom Hearts’ fusion of real-time fight and menu-based spellcasting prior to now, and primarily based on my time enjoying the Toy Story and Hercules levels at E3 2018, I’ll add that it feels higher than ever.
That present was the final time we went hands-on with Kingdom Hearts 3, however we’ll get an opportunity to expertise the entire journey on PS4 and Xbox One on January 29, 2019. If it is the whole saga you are after, you possibly can seize Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far and expertise your complete franchise. And if you happen to’d quite spend far much less time getting hyped for the brand new one, you possibly can benefit from the recreation’s opening music, courtesy of Skrillex and the returning Utada Hikaru.