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Why Kingdom Hearts III Is The Only JRPG I Really Care About

It's no secret that my love affair with JRPGs has long since dissipated, if not entirely disappeared.

The glory days of the PS1 are long gone and I will never support the idea that those old-school mechanics - both turn-based and hybrid styles - are simply "inferior" because of lacking technology. They offered different interactive options for those who put strategy and story first, and that's that.

But additionally, the quality of the JRPG and sadly, of many Japanese games in general, has decreased over the years. It's just that simple. I still hold out hope for some upcoming titles like Star Ocean 5: Integrity and Faithlessness and Persona 5, but I've never been a huge fan of either. Well, Star Ocean: The 2nd Story on PS1 is still one of my favorite games of all time but I never completed a Star Ocean title after that. And Final Fantasy was dead to me after the travesty that was Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

I've always liked Kingdom Hearts, though, and I really think the third entry will be fantastic. Furthermore, it will offer a lighthearted spin on the darker themes we see so often today, and while I'm no Disney fanboy, I can certainly appreciate the iconic mascots. They just better give me a way to keep some of those characters in my party this time around, you know? Don't force me to stick with Donald and Goofy forever. Then toss in a magical narrative and those beautifully drawn and nostalgic locales, and I'll be good to go.

I just wish Square Enix would give us a finalized release date, damnit.

Related Game(s): Kingdom Hearts III

Tags: kingdom hearts iii, kingdom hearts 3, kingdom hearts ps4

3/2/2016 9:39:12 PM Ben Dutka

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Riku994
Wednesday, March 02, 2016 @ 9:52:38 PM
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Unfortunately they can't let you keep other party members because Disney doesn't want their franchises mixing up in that way. Don't ask why, I don't know

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bebestorm
Wednesday, March 02, 2016 @ 10:10:41 PM
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Im really hoping it releases next year. At least we have 2.8 this year. I was very surprised when SO was announced I thought Tri-ace was done with the series!

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smileys_007
Wednesday, March 02, 2016 @ 11:01:05 PM
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I still have high hopes for FFXV and FFVII remake, and I'm anticipating the release for Star Ocean 5, Ni No Kuni 2, and Tales of Berseria.

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SayWord
Thursday, March 03, 2016 @ 11:38:49 AM

Refreshing to read a comment that like this on this site.

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Hexen
Wednesday, March 02, 2016 @ 11:49:18 PM
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This is another series I never tried, couldn't bring myself to care about Disney characters.If however someone decides to make a jrpg with Looney Tunes characters then I would be all over that.

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Bigimpactpooch
Thursday, March 03, 2016 @ 5:24:29 AM
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no meddling!

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Bigimpactpooch
Thursday, March 03, 2016 @ 5:26:07 AM

but there is no excuse to not have an original character like Riku or Kairi on the party. That would be cool.

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Banky A
Saturday, March 05, 2016 @ 11:12:38 PM

No meddling with other worlds!

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MRSUCCESS
Thursday, March 03, 2016 @ 10:08:45 AM
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Zero interest in Kingdom Hearts. The mixture of disney characters with FF characters I personally don't like. Make it all FF characters and then I'll be interested.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, March 03, 2016 @ 10:34:13 AM

Exactly, how gay is it to have mickey mouse alongside awesome characters?

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daus26
Thursday, March 03, 2016 @ 11:56:38 AM

I'm no kid, but it's a refreshing and bold move that works imo. Now it's not exactly FF intertwined with Disney. K maybe it is, but It's really Sora and the crew traveling around different universes or world that happens to be Disney and Final Fantasy. The story doesn't really revolve around the mix of Disney and FF.

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Underdog15
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 3:56:28 PM

King Mickey as a keyblade master could kick Squall's ass.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, March 03, 2016 @ 10:34:41 AM
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The only potential this series now has for decency is Star Wars meeting Final Fantasy.

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SayWord
Thursday, March 03, 2016 @ 11:39:10 AM

To cool for Disney characters World?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, March 03, 2016 @ 8:27:08 PM

Far too cool. Never liked em. Creepy, creepy stuff.

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Underdog15
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 3:57:30 PM

It's not for everyone. Just most.

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Banky A
Sunday, March 06, 2016 @ 6:32:03 AM

Hey man, Let It Go.

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daus26
Thursday, March 03, 2016 @ 11:59:04 AM
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This game made me imagined what it would be like if there was an FF game real time gameplay as this series does. That's why my hope is high for FFXV. Thank you, nomura and your vision.

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Whx
Sunday, March 06, 2016 @ 1:17:59 AM
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not interested in such a game nor any of the action final fantasies.
what remains for me is tales series, smt/persona series & the occasional decently made turnbased rpg, be it by "sqaure" or otherwise. problem with the last is most devs wont invest enough to even make ps2 grade turnbased jrpgs anymore,opting instead for the "future"/action, so we mostly get indie games killed by their own budget /super retro with lackluster story.

Last edited by Whx on 3/6/2016 1:19:49 AM

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