Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance - 3DS/2DS

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Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (3DS/2DS)
Viewed: 3D Third-person, over the shoulder Genre:
Adventure: Role Playing
Media: Cartridge Arcade origin:No
Developer: Square Enix Soft. Co.: Disney
Publishers: Square Enix (GB)
Released: 20 Jul 2012 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 12+
Connectivity: StreetPass


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Fans of the Final Fantasy and Disney crossover adventure series have been waiting for over half a decade for a true continuation of Sora’s story. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance celebrates ten years of the franchise - and is certainly the closest we’ll get to Kingdom Hearts III in terms of gameplay.

Sora and Riku work together in this adventure, tasked with rescuing Disney worlds that have fallen into a ‘Dream’ state. Not even the Heartless can enter these closed-off universes, with the game’s key enemy being Dream Eaters. There are two kinds of Dream Eaters - Nightmares and Spirits. You can collect materials from Nightmares and use them to create Spirits that will aid you in combat.

New gameplay elements include Flowmotion - the art of leaping about from pillar to wall and back again to allow for extreme combo attacks - and Reality Shift, which allows you to ‘warp the rules of the world,’ interacting with the 3DS touch screen. Switching between characters involves a process called ‘Dropping’, as Sora and Riku interact in parallel dimensions of the same world.

Kingdom Hearts has always been a favourable mix of Disney and Square Enix IP. And Dream Drop Distance is no different - except there’s a slight change in roster. In much the same way that Cloud, Squall and other Final Fantasy characters were prominent in Kingdom Hearts I and II, here Square Enix has Sora and Riku teaming up with protagonists from cult DS action-RPG The World Ends With You.