My Friends Are My Power

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Kingdom Hearts 3 is finally here! 

But what is Kingdom Hearts (KH) you say? Well, the simplest way to explain it would be: imagine inserting yourself into the plot of your favorite Disney films to fight the forces of darkness. Who wouldn’t love that? Oh, and there’s some characters from the Final Fantasy video games thrown into the mix, too. 

The game may have a 3 in the title but it is actually the thirteenth game in the series. Sound confusing? You have no idea. But if you’re new to the world of KH, don’t let that frighten you away. Most of the games are fun, well-crafted ways to spend your free time but if you want to jump in feet first with Kingdom Hearts 3, that is definitely doable. There are in-game “Memory Archives” that will catch you up on the important details of games past so you won’t be left in the dark (hopefully). 

On this journey, you’ll take control of spiky-haired Keyblade wielder Sora and his absolutely mind-boggling array of combat abilities as you travel from one Disney/Pixar world to another. The frenzied combat from previous games has been taken up a couple of notches for KH3 with Keyblade transformations, dazzling finishing moves, shot lock commands, Flowmotion, and an assortment of magic spells. Add to that the ability to summon classic theme park attractions, like the Mad Tea Cups, and even more Disney friends, like ArielStitch, and Wreck-It Ralph, and you’ve got everything you need to stomp anything wicked that comes your way. 

Accompanying Sora are shield-wielding Goofy and spell-slinging Donald Duck, as well as a variety of world-specific heroes like Hercules, Rapunzel, and Baymax, each with their own array of skills and screen clearing Team Attacks. This is the aspect that makes this series really shine: putting you right in the center of the action of classic Disney/Pixar films. Seeing Woody lasso enemies with his pull-string or Marshmallow (the ice monster from Frozen) freeze them solid never fails to put a gigantic, nerdy smile on my face. And let’s not forget the thrill of exploring the many massive, beautiful worlds, from riding the door conveyors through Monsters, Inc.’s Monstropolis to sailing your very own pirate ship in the Caribbean. 

The over-arching story of the series may be a bit muddled at times (to put it mildly) but the magical experience more than makes up for it. 

Kingdom Hearts 3 is available for XBox One and PS4 systems.

If video games aren’t your thing but you’re still intrigued by the concept of a story of friendship, love, and darkness vs. light spread across familiar Disney locations, be sure to check out the Kingdom Hearts manga! 

 

Did you know? The library catalog has games for multiple systems, including Nintendo DS/2DS/3DS, Wii/Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and Nintendo Switch! Just a heads up that some video games cannot be requested or renewed. Check with your local library if you have any questions. 

Kingdom Hearts 3 (PS4)

“Kingdom hearts III” tells the story of the power of friendship and light vs. darkness as Sora and his friends embark on a perilous adventure. Set in a vast array of Disney and Pixar worlds, “Kingdom hearts” follows the journey of Sora, an unknowing heir to a spectacular power. Sora is joined by Donald Duck and Goofy to stop an evil force known as the Heartless from invading and overtaking the universe. Sora, Donald, and Goofy unite with iconic Disney-Pixar characters old and new to overcome tremendous challenges and persevere against the darkness threatening their worlds.

Kingdom Hearts 3 (XBox One)

“Kingdom hearts III” tells the story of the power of friendship and light vs. darkness as Sora and his friends embark on a perilous adventure. Set in a vast array of Disney and Pixar worlds, “Kingdom hearts” follows the journey of Sora, an unknowing heir to a spectacular power. Sora is joined by Donald Duck and Goofy to stop an evil force known as the Heartless from invading and overtaking the universe. Sora, Donald, and Goofy unite with iconic Disney-Pixar characters old and new to overcome tremendous challenges and persevere against the darkness threatening their worlds.

Kingdom Hearts

Sora is a young, energetic boy looking forward to exploring the world with his friends Riku and Kairi. The threesome is working hard on completing a raft that will allow them to leave their island, but one day a mysterious force causes Sora to gain a special weapon known as the Keyblade.

Kingdom Hearts II

The second installment of the popular Kingdom Hearts video game series makes its way into print as a manga adaptation. Readers follow Roxas, an energetic young boy enjoying his last days of summer vacation, as he struggles to understand the mysterious dreams of a boy named Sora and the appearance of a group of monsters whom fans will recognize as reminiscent of the “heartless” of the first Kingdom Hearts. Together with his friends Hayner, Olette and Pence, Roxas soaks up the last precious moments of summer, while forces of good and evil conspire to disrupt these peaceful, lazy days. Amano faithfully translates this popular and complicated video game into a manga.