Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

AMAZING news for all of you Kingdom Hearts fans out there whether it’s on Playstation 2 (2002) or for the dedicated Nintendo DS fans (2009), an addition to the popular series developed and published by Square Enix has been publicly proclaimed and the official title is Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance! So stop your hearts from missing the boys Sora and Riku because they’re coming back!

The game clearly focuses on Sora and Riku’s Mark of Mastery Exam in which they have to protect parallel worlds in preparation of the return of their enemy Xehanort. You (the player) are able to recruit creatures known as Dream Eaters able to assist them in battles. The game is only for Nintendo 3DS and no further information has been revealed for other devices yet but better news says that this game will give a glimpse of how the rumored Kingdom Hearts III will be like but then again that is only gossip.

Main characters Sora and Riku, control of whom rotates throughout the game through the use of an element called the “Drop” system”. This system features a Drop Gauge which regularly reduces on its own over time, automatically switching control between Sora and Riku once it empties. You are able to keep the gauge from emptying by attacking enemies, and can switch characters at will using save points. You will see the return of the “Command Deck” system which was introduced in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (2010). One of the key elements is the “Flowmotion” mechanic letting you use your surroundings for movement action and attacking with the “Y” button. But I think the best feature in this entire game is actually hunting and collecting Dream Eaters. With each individual Dream Eater companion provides Sora and Riku access to a variety of abilities, attacks, and cooperative actions. Use the touch screen to throw enemies and chain various attacks. It already sounds exciting and I haven’t even played it!

Unlike the other Kingdom Heart titles where transportation to other worlds are by Gummi Ship, this game makes use of a new mini-game called Dive Mode. During diving mode the character floats towards the following world’s gate that can only be opened by collecting a specific amount of stars. Also at some point in this mode you may encounter opponents that can be stopped by items you find along the road in Dive Mode. The game is a continuation of events in the epilogue of Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (2011) and it features a total of seven playable worlds that most of them are in a “submergible sleep”, who knows what that’s about? Anyways, you will embark on a journey meeting new Disney characters from the amazing movies such as: The Hunch Back Notre Dame, Pinocchio, Mickey, Donald, and Goofy: The Three Musketeers, Fantasia, and finally Tron: Legacy. That finalized my decision of buying the game since most of those Disney movies I don’t prefer for myself(except Tron: Legecy)…despite that it sounds great and some of you might just made up your mind about buying it since maybe those are your favorite Disney movies, who knows? The other two playable worlds are Traverse Town and The World That Never Was, while the worlds Twilight Town, Radiant Garden, Disney Castle, Mysterious Tower and Destiny Islands appear in cut scenes.

Sora and Riku take part of a test that hopefully improves their skills with their powerful weapons, the Keyblade. The two are depicted during gameplay as their younger selves shown in the original game while also being given new clothes; their older selves from Kingdom Hearts II also appear during cutscenes. A younger incarnation of Xehanort, first introduced as the optional “Unknown” boss from the North American and European releases of Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, returns and serves as the game’s primary antagonist together with his two revived alter-egos, “Ansem” and Xemnas. Several former members of Xemnas’ Organization XIII (NICE!), including Lea and some of Ansem the Wise’s apprentices, return after being restored to their human forms.  Characters hailing from their respective worlds remain in their worlds and play a small role in the main story while Malificent and Pete remain their roles as antagonists. The game introduces a new type of creature called Dream Eaters, which come in two varieties—”Nightmares”, which eat good dreams and create nightmares, and serve as enemies similar to the Heartless, Nobodies, and Unversed from previous games; and “Spirits”, which eat nightmares and create good dreams, and also act as Sora and Riku’s party members.

Yen Sid (supporting character) puts Sora and Riku through a Mark of Mastery exam in order for them to become full-fledged Keyblade Masters and counter the coming return of Master Xehanort. As part of this trial, the two are separated from each other and sent to worlds previously destroyed by the Heartless that have since been restored, though now in a state of “deep sleep” that disconnects them from the other worlds. These worlds are plagued by Dream Eaters—creatures born from darkness that seek out the sleeping worlds’ Keyholes. The boys given task is to reawaken the sleeping worlds by unlocking the seven Keyholes they find there and then return to the realm of light, recruiting benevolent “Spirit” Dream Eaters to guide them and battle the malevolent “Nightmare” Dream Eaters, after which they will be honored Keyblade Masters. During the exam, Sora and Riku cross paths with their old enemies, Xemnas and Ansem, as well as a younger incarnation of Xehanort who has traveled through time from an alternate past. Once all the sleeping worlds are restored, Sora finds himself back in The World That Never Was instead of the Realm of Light, where he learns of Organization XIII’s true purpose—to serve as vessels for Master Xehanort to place pieces of his heart inside, thereby transforming them into clones of Xehanort. Sora is forced into a coma by the young Xehanort and his heart is swallowed by darkness, though it is protected by a suit of armor residing within him. Riku goes to rescue Sora, only to be confronted by the young Xehanort. Xehanort unveils a new Organization composed of the newly revived Master Xehanort and his twelve vessels, which Xehanort plans to pit against seven Keyblade wielders and recreate the ?-blade. Master Xehanort tries to turn Sora into his last needed vessel, but Sora is rescued by Riku, Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and Lea—the revived human form of the original Organization’s Axel—after and well… the rest you’re just going to have to see when you buy it.

Did I reveal too much? Hope not, if you’re still up to buying it which I am and hopefully all of you gamers are, the release date is here!

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance will be available to purchase on July 31, 2012.