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So, Who Wants Kingdom Hearts III More Than Final Fantasy XV?

Well, me, for one.

There was a time when I couldn't possibly imagine wanting Kingdom Hearts III more than a new Final Fantasy. But with that mess that is Lightning Returns looming on the horizon, and after seeing some sort of flashy action game posing as Final Fantasy XV, I think I'll take KHIII. At least it might still hold some semblance of role-playing. One can hope, anyway.

Of course, FFXV might as well. We don't have any actual gameplay details just yet but if Lightning Returns is any indication, the franchise will continue its decline into watered-down action/RPG rather than, you know, actual role-playing. The story was a definite weak point in Final Fantasy XIII-2 but at least it had a party. At least it felt a little like role-playing. Kingdom Hearts III will have a party, levels, and might just play like past entries.

And if that's the case, I'm down. I'm good with that. Kingdom Hearts II is still one of my favorite games on the PS2 (even though it wasn't a patch on Final Fantasy X, IMO). The unparalleled imagination of Disney combined with the production values of Square Enix typically results in a great product, although I never played the portable installments in the series. Like so many others, I've been waiting on a true sequel for consoles and now we're finally getting it. I've only one hope- That I can choose between a number of characters to be included in my permanent party.

What about you? Are you more psyched for KHIII than for FFXV?

Related Game(s): Kingdom Hearts III, Final Fantasy XV

Tags: kingdom hearts iii, kingdom hearts 3, final fantasy xv, final fantasy versus xiii

6/17/2013 9:53:20 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (56 posts)

Knightzane
Monday, June 17, 2013 @ 10:30:35 PM
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Final Fantasy 15. I knew what to expect from Nomura with Versus 13. I always knew what to expect, so it being portrayed that way is not the issue with me. I love the way Noctis's battle animations look. Not to mention each character will have their own specialty. I just want the damn game already. Story, music, atmosphere, characters it has it all. I want a classic FF game where its turn based but this is Nomura, not the once noble man known as Kitase. Whose lost his damned mind saying that Lightning should be the star of every final fantasy game. Times change, and FF15 looks like its going to be one hell of a game, be it action or not. I feel it looked more like a game thats going to balance out everything, action, rpg, and exploration. The same way Kingdom Hearts does.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, June 17, 2013 @ 10:30:41 PM
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No chance, not unless I have the option to exclude the stupid Disney characters altogether.

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Akuma07
Monday, June 17, 2013 @ 10:55:01 PM

It's funny, because Disney now owns a vast range of characters.

We may end up seeing worlds based on Marvel in KH3? Image going up against Thor or Iron Man.

EDIT: Damn, that actually sounds really cool. A world in KH3 based on Asgard. I could totally see it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, June 17, 2013 @ 11:17:39 PM

Squall would devastate any Marvel hero.

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cLoudou
Monday, June 17, 2013 @ 11:53:21 PM

Star Wars level and characters? could Squall devastate Chewbacca? probably

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Akuma07
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 12:46:03 AM

Cloud Strife vs. Darth Vader.

nuff said.

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firesoul453
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 2:08:53 AM

Then the game would basically be final fantasy...



I for one am very excited about KH3. I was a little surprised that they were bothering with an Xbox one version but oh well hopefully it will be good.

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Vitron
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 2:32:33 AM

Just place any FF Final Boss to waste all of them :)

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Jawknee
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 3:43:57 AM

I'd like to see Tony Stark. :) With Robert Downey Jr. reprising his roll.

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Akuma07
Monday, June 17, 2013 @ 10:53:17 PM
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Ben, if FFXV had stayed FF Versus, would you still be hyped for it?

As Knightzane said, we have always known what to expect from Versus, so I personally only see it as a name change, which doesn't bother me, it's still the same game. But I do understand the implication that because it is now a main entry, will it dictate the format moving forwards? Squeenix should start varying it up on a per-game basis, XV is an action adventure style, then for XVI they could return to RPG again.

Personally, I am super hyped for both games, buuuuuut I am probably more excited for KH3 than FFXV. Only because we haven't had a console sequel since the PS2.

I need to scratch that itch damnit.

P.S They BETTER let us fight Sephiroth in KH3.... again :D

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, June 17, 2013 @ 11:49:44 PM

No, I never wanted Versus, either.

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Akuma07
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 12:46:19 AM

Hahaha. Fair enough.

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wolfsinner
Monday, June 17, 2013 @ 11:07:27 PM
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Ben, Final Fantasy XV does have a party system.
And from the footage that I've seen (several times), towns seem to be explorable (judging by a huge city map shown in the gameplay video). It probably will have a leveling system too.

I'm more hyped for Kingdom Hearts 3, simply because I have a slight preference for Kingdom Hearts games over Final Fantasy. But I can't wait for both.
I agree that Versus should have stayed Versus. I was hoping for a more old school type of Final Fantasy in the next "numerical entry", but hey, guess not. XV looks great anyway.
I'm still not used to calling it XV though, it'll always be Versus XIII to me. lol

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, June 17, 2013 @ 11:51:02 PM

I'm basing this on what we've seen from Final Fantasy so far, more than anything else. If FFXV does turn out to be an actual RPG (and I'm not holding my breath), I could change my mind.

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Vitron
Monday, June 17, 2013 @ 11:09:48 PM
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I would still prefer FFXV, I know this just me being optimistic but...

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tes37
Monday, June 17, 2013 @ 11:27:27 PM
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I haven't ever played a Kingdom Hearts game, so I want FF XV. If Kingdom Hearts III is more like an rpg, then I'd rather have it.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 3:42:33 AM

It's not really. It's an action game with RPG elements and your partners are controlled by the AI. KH 1&2 were great fun but I had a hard time getting into Birth by Sleep and the one on the 3DS.

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Kiryu
Monday, June 17, 2013 @ 11:27:40 PM
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Y should it be one or the other in a world where we can buy both

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Night_train80
Monday, June 17, 2013 @ 11:34:13 PM
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The first time I picked up Kingdom Hearts I fell in love and I can't wait for KH3!!! But I also still wish FF could return to the glory of old...I just don't see that happening with the game plan S-E has been showing lately for it.

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Temjin001
Monday, June 17, 2013 @ 11:35:33 PM
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No. But I'd sooner play Ni No Kuni before either.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 3:40:29 AM

That's a real RPG for sure.

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Banky A
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 6:24:46 AM

tiiiidy!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 11:52:13 AM

You'd love yourself more if you did.

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cLoudou
Monday, June 17, 2013 @ 11:56:20 PM
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I think I'm for Kingdom Hearts because I kinda know what to expect. Everything about XV is unknown but I'm still excited for both nonetheless, KH3 just slightly more.

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Yukian
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 12:57:35 AM

It's ironic to be more hyped for a game that we just saw a single video than one that we've seen 2-4 videos.

Like cLoudou said, we know what to expect from KH than from FFXV... I really hope FFXV delivers.

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duomaxwell007
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 12:27:10 AM
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I want KH more because weve had a million FF console games since 2003.. how many console KH games have we had and whens the last time we had one? lol

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Killa Tequilla
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 12:40:18 AM
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This game is odd

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Mog
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 2:14:43 AM

Nice image.

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Vitron
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 2:45:19 AM

Insanely large too..

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Jawknee
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 3:38:56 AM

Lol.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 3:27:04 PM

Jeez, how come my images can never go above 80x80 pixels?

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Clamedeus
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 3:24:36 AM
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I never played KH, for some reason something about it turned me away from it, but I'm thinking about actually trying it out, my brother owns them so I can probably see if he will let me use them.

The same thing happened to me with the Zelda games at one point, until I decided to give it a shot and I fell in love with the Zelda games, I have the collection for Gamecube.

Will have to catch up on the KH games pronto.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 3:40:00 AM

Do you plan on playing the new 3DS Zelda? I'm super excited for that one. The Wind Waker HD remake is looking great too.

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Clamedeus
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 3:42:00 AM

I'm certainly going to try to, looking forward to playing them. :P

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Wyatt
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 3:30:59 AM
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In all honesty, I have never played a Final Fantasy game. I grew up with the Playstation, but never got the chance to play any of them. So, by default, I would want Kingdom Hearts III sooner. Though, I wouldn't mind trying FF XV. It looks like fun.

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___________
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 5:36:07 AM
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hell no!
firstly the darkness of versus, thus now XV, is exactly what drew me to it in the first place!
secondly KH has always been a great game, but a bit too kiddy and cheesy.
as a kid you love the wiggles and humphry b bear, but try watching those as a adult and you will want to blow your brains out!
just a bit too cheesy and stupid.
thirdly VX has been in development for what, 6 years?
KH3 no where near as long, and judging by $Es development cycles XV will be out a long, long, LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time before KH 3 is!

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Akuma07
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 7:29:01 PM

Actually I wanted to blow my brains out while watching The Wiggles since I was a kid. I could watch Humphry any day, he is awesome.

P.S Pretty much 95% of people on this site have no idea what those things are.

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Banky A
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 6:25:57 AM
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im goddamn ixcited for kh3. we have waited almost a decade

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MRSUCCESS
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 8:46:38 AM
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What if you don't want either at this point? I know for sure that I'm not one bit excited about KH3 because I don't want to play with damned Disney characters. Allow me to play with any FF characters that I want in my own party and then I'll be excited (Squall, Auron, Zidane FTW). I just feel like they're more action adventure than they're RPGs and it just bothers me.

If I want to play an action RPG then I'll just play GOW or DMC not any of these titles. I would have been even more excited if they announced FF7 remake or even better FF8 remake... >_>

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Zeronoz
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 10:23:03 AM
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Bought a PS3 because I wanted to play MGS4, KHIII and MH3. Sadly, the latter two didnt make it this gen but the bright side is Disney now owns Star Wars and Marvel too I think so fingers crossed for a Luke Skywalker Spidey team up!

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xenris
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 10:42:01 AM
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Kingdom Hearts. Something about the story and themes in those games pluck on my heartstrings in a way that very few games have.

I'm stoked for both games but if I could only have one of them it would probably be KH3.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 11:52:47 AM

Final Fantasy used to do that too.

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xenris
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 3:29:40 PM

Those were the good old days weren't they :P

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 11:08:29 AM
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No I don't. Sorry as much as I loved the original games S-E utterly deraield the series by putting spin offs on 4 different portable consoles (GBA/DS/PSP/3DS). The story has just been impossible to follow unless your a die hard fan willing to pay for all these consoles.

If S-E cleans the series up and delivers a Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix HD edition - Which includes KH2, Birth By Sleep and Dream Drop Distance. I will then be able to forgive them and move onto Kingdom Hearts III but if not I will not follow the series any further than I have done.

I remember playing Kingdom Hearts II, skipping the GBA title Chain of Memories, missing vital story points in the series - Which lead me to be utterly confused all through out Kingdom Hearts II - Heck even the Organisation XIII was introduced in CoM. I never want to be mislead like that again.

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shadowscorpio
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 1:17:54 PM

Aye aye. They should recap and give us these things in proper sequence .

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Ninja_WafflesXD
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 12:05:04 PM
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Is it ok to be excited for both?

Versus (or XV now) despite being more action-orientated, seems to promise more RPG elements than the entire XIII series.

And KH3 needs no explanation. Fans have been waiting for the third main entry for a very long time now....excitement is to be expected :)

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VampDeLeon
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 12:18:56 PM
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Definitely FFXV. Something about its setting and environment has a reminiscent feel to it, that I haven't seen in a while. But, I do enjoy both action-adventure and the original rpg genres, so the battle system doesn't bother me, thankfully.

While Kingdom Hearts is great with the difficulty, and all, it often gets too light-hearted for my taste with the cringing cheese at times in the story. I'll still get it, of course.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 3:46:48 PM
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You know, I have to say something here-

In business, they always say that even the most passionate consumers are fickle. And there's evidence of that in this comment string.

When Lightning Returns was revealed, it was a 100% negative reaction across the board. EVERYONE hated it. So many were SO fast to swear off Final Fantasy and all future installments. I counted dozens of posts from gamers who did just that.

Now, one flashy trailer and the announcement of FFXV, and the majority are back on the bandwagon. It's not a BAD thing, though...I suppose that speaks to the unbridled optimism of a fan base that can't bear more disappointments.

I am, however, not all that fickle. ;)

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VampDeLeon
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 5:06:52 PM

Just part of that *magic* of Final Fantasy. You can love the series as a whole, but hate a few selected numbers of it.. For the majority here, it looks like it is the *unlucky* XIII out of the whole bunch.

I think because of how VersusXIII became an underdog after it's release being continually kicked back futher just for the sake of completing FFXIII's storyline with the spin-offs. It was exciting to know that the concept wasn't dead after all with that reveal and actual footage after so many years.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 5:29:58 PM

I think people who were looking forward to Versus XIII on the PS3 are happy its finally coming. The only reason I haven't written this title off while writing off the XIII sequels is because this game is being made by Nomura and his team.

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Clamedeus
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 6:37:37 PM

I'm with Jawknee on that.

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Akuma07
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 7:33:02 PM

Well, I never really wrote FF off completely, I mean, I have no interest in the FFXIII sequels and I still haven't even finished FFXIII.

But I have been dying to get my hands on Versus since it was first announced, I don't really care what they call it, it was the game itself that got my hopes up, having a KH style game, made by the KH guys and the FFVII:AC guys, based in the world of FF was an awesome idea to me. FFXV, FFVersus, Final Call of Fantasy, I don't really care, it's all the same to me.

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gungrave
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 5:49:18 PM
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FF 15 for me. Both are action RPG's, but I love the whole concept of "Fantasy based on Reality".

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Gaming Prodigy
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 12:32:02 AM
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Its such a close call for me. I want KH soo badly and have played some of the hand helds. They dont come close to KHII. I wanted FFvXIII once i heard about it because of the mix of FF & KH. I honestly cant give an answer haha

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trumpetmon65
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 12:49:10 AM
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I'm more excited for FF XV. Kingdom hearts is fine, but I was never as enthralled with it like many of my friends

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Lunar_Miyuki
Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 12:16:18 PM
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ill say something FF versus 13 aka 15 has interested me since i First Heard the Story Has nothing to do with FF13s storyline and they announced this like 7 years ago but because they kept the stupid name Vs 13 for so long people forgot that detail

I swore off the Lightning series which i haven't bought FF13-2 and im not going to buy Lightning returns because i personally despise the entire cast to 13 especially Lightning shes a terrible Lead though shes not squares first female Lead Terra is from FF6

now ill agree square has fallen to the Pits and im 1 that is giving square enix 1 last chance with FF if 15 isn't Fun for me i can seriously stop buying FF games
because i haven't enjoyed a FF game since 11 and while im on the MMORPG subject i find that FF14 is terrible ive tried the Beta i didn't enjoy it at all
its sad that in phase 3 people got to level 30 out of 50 in just 2 days

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