Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep - PSP

Also known as: Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep Special Edition

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Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Adventure: Role Playing
Media: Custom optical disc Arcade origin:No
Developer: Square Enix Soft. Co.: Square Enix
Publishers: Square Enix (GB/GB)
Released: 10 Sept 2010 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 12+
Accessories: Wireless Compatible


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Kingdom Hearts was the unlikely RPG crossover of the decade when it first appeared on the PlayStation 2 console in 2002. Bringing the magic of Disney and the fantasy of Square Enix franchises together in one extremely playable melting pot, its success was inevitable.

Now, Kingdom Hearts is a major franchise in itself, and its continuing popularity has a lot to do with the complex storyline introduced in the PS2 sequel. Many of the questions raised about the time Sora spent asleep; his Nobody Roxas, and the mysterious Ansem are slowly being answered in spin-off titles, and Birth By Sleep adds to the twisting storyline by acting as a prequel to the original Kingdom Hearts.

Events take place ten years before Sora even set foot into Traverse Town, focusing on three characters (also mentioned briefly in Kingdom Hearts II) Terra, Aqua and Ventus and their quest to find the missing Master Xehanort. Although this is in essence "Episode 0" there are many improvements to the traditional series gameplay that helps make it a more engaging experience.

The new Command System is one such addition, enabling players to assign characteristics that change depending on how far you fill the appropriate gauge. A Command Board works like a board game, offering tricks and effects that help or hinder your abilities later on in the game. And magic, rather than using an MP gauge, is performed using a new Focus system, which also allows you to target enemies in a first-person perspective.

Four different multiplayer modes can be accessed here too, which gives the game a great boost of added longevity. If you want to know more about the world of Kingdom Hearts and how the whole universe clash happened in the first place, Birth By Sleep is an essential purchase.