In the Kingdom Hearts games, the player adventure through a galaxy made up of various Disney properties, defeating all kinds of monsters as the story takes place. In Kingdom Hearts IIIFor example, the player defeats the Heartless, the loyalist group of the punching series, as the story of Frozen and Tangled plays out in the background.
While that gameplay can be fun (it’s not in Kingdom Hearts III, but that’s a whole different article), everything that happens in between its big RPG battles makes the franchise very difficult to get into. After seeing Kingdom Hearts 4Still, the impressive trailer anyone new to the franchise might want to jump right in. Longtime fans of the series certainly say that now is the best time to dive headfirst into the two-decade-old series.
What they won’t tell you is if you really want to know what’s going on Kingdom Hearts 4, you’ll have to play two mobile games that were also announced during the franchise’s 20th anniversary showcase, along with 16 other entries in it. Now may be the best time to get into Kingdom Hearts, but also the hardest.
The story in Kingdom Hearts can be said to be its biggest point of controversy. It’s a long story about the conflict that JRPGs seem to love: Light versus darkness. Along with that particularly grueling conflict, the franchise’s story spans decades, encapsulating multiple wars involving dozens to dozens of characters.
According to the Kingdom Hearts Wiki, the game’s story can be broken down into seven separate main events, spanning from the first Keyblade War to Sora’s Disappearance, with the plot point then being told in expansions for Kingdom Hearts III. If you want to understand the first Keyblade War, you’ll have to play Kingdom Hearts Union[Cross]one of many mobile games in the franchise.
Again, Kingdom Hearts includes 16 games, each of which tells its own pieces of the franchise’s story. Some games take place in chronological order, while others take place concurrently. Others occur in part of a game: Kingdom Hearts III‘S Remind DLC takes place in the middle Kingdom Hearts 3the end and the end of eg. With wikis, it’s easier to keep track of these, but it’s still easy to get lost.
That’s because – and I’m saying this as a lover of several entries in the franchise – the Kingdom Hearts game isn’t exactly written. The characters speak in endless metaphors or codes and often refer to events from other games. If you jump in Kingdom Hearts III without considering the other eight games that were released between it and Kingdom Hearts IIYou, like me, were hopelessly lost when the characters talked about cloning and time travel.
But along with some really nasty writing, all of which have been spread across 16 games, the biggest hurdle for Kingdom Hearts for anyone in (insert five here) is the game’s story. how complicated. The relationships between the characters are constantly changing because the characters themselves are always changing. There are multiple versions of the character, and even former Polygon video producer Brian David Gilbert come up with the verb “nort” to describe when one character, Xehanort, possesses another character. Reader, it’s terrifying how well Gilbert has rationally coined that word: Xehanort can’t stop possessing humans.
Of course, this wouldn’t be a problem if Kingdom Hearts were like, Call of Duty: Warzone or Fortnite, where the player doesn’t have to care about any meta narrative and can play the game without care. But if Kingdom Hearts 4 is anything like Kingdom Hearts III, that would not be the case. The franchise’s most recent major entry puts its story at the forefront, seemingly serving as a culmination for the various story themes that have built.
If Kingdom Hearts 4 also depends on the story, players will need to catch up on a lot of things if they want to really understand what’s going on. The lore of the franchise is an overly dense story, and understanding it with 16 games (and maybe some help from the franchise’s wiki) is a lot to ask. If I can give aspiring Kingdom Hearts fans a little comfort, they’ll probably be a long way from catching up. 4 There’s not even a release date yet.