The Kingdom Hearts series was first born on the PlayStation 2; however, it has gone and spread its wings into other realms since then and now it carries a new bundle of joy in the form of portable PSP title Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep. While the title radically takes the story aspect of the game farther away from the original setting with Sora and friends, this new game will focus on the three (slightly) new faces pictured above (from left: Aqua, Ventus and Tera).
Birth by Sleep was indeed playable on the show floor at TGS and we sunk in some time with the title. The playable build that was available let us try out both Ventus and Tera in battle. We decided to just go with trying out Tera's abilities and then go straight into the action. Tera's level starts off in a forest area which gets you into a fight right away. Kingdom Hearts vets will notice that the controls are incredibly familiar; they're nearly identical to the original console games from the past, though with slight differences due to the change in input interface (ie, shoulder buttons once again control the camera since there are no dual analog nubs).
Gallery: Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
It's strange, I did enjoy playing both PS2 KH games in the past very much, but Birth by Sleep was by far an uneventful experience. It did, incidentally, make me want to ... sleep. Tera's area focused on a forced battle after forced battle which was getting tedious, not because of the quantity of the fights but because the system just wasn't any fun. After passing that area, I was taken to another place called the Enchanted Dominion which is apparently Sleeping Beauty's castle. We arrived on a really long bridge and had to make our way towards the castle. There were more battles, with typical heartless enemies: fliers, ground troops and those big fat guys you can only hurt from behind (though in BbS, the damage was apparently not penalized). Luckily, I decided to just rush pass these guys and head into the castle.
Once inside, I was greeted by a boss fight with a giant red spindle heartless which is obviously in line with the Sleeping Beauty mythos. As the boss fight went on, I noticed that the timed input events first introduced in KH2 are back. This is good as it adds a little more oomph to the otherwise tedious affair. Speaking of KH2 innovations or, in some cases, annoyances, bosses can't be defeated without using a finishing attack.
While there was still another half of the game to explore, we moved on elsewhere and left Ventus' half for another day. We did give it a quick peek though, noting that it takes place on Cinderella's world which is dubbed "Castle of Dreams." There wasn't any showing for the third playable character though there's always time for that next year as the game won't be out in Japan until sometime in 2009.
Reader Comments (Page 1 of 2)
10-10-2008 @ 12:12PM
I'm really not looking forward to this game, it just doesn't seem very good.
Who here is looking forward to this over Dissidia or vice versa? I can't wait for Dissidia........
10-10-2008 @ 4:12PM
Disney does not work with anime. If they took out disney i might look into it. Otherwise no. You cant make disney characters serious.
Then again disney does not go well with anything cept disney land. Which i hate too. Dam you Walt Disney.
10-10-2008 @ 4:12PM
oh and as a side comment im looking forward to gundam vs gundam the most and dissidia final fantasy second.
10-10-2008 @ 11:58PM
cool, cool. i don't like many disney chaacters, although Jafar really kicks ass lol
10-11-2008 @ 11:19AM
I just can't get into RPGs that are based on a pre-existing universe. Half of the fun of a story is learning about the world and the people in it.
10-10-2008 @ 12:14PM
why would you write such a dissapointing hands on? this is probobly the most looked forward game for the psp on my list, that may actually get me to get a psp brite....
10-10-2008 @ 12:23PM
It's called reporting. They reported what they saw. Just because it's not what we were hoping for, doesn't mean it shouldn't be reported.
10-10-2008 @ 12:24PM
ik, i just really didn't want this to be true :(
10-10-2008 @ 12:36PM
Keep in mind this is one persons opinion. The game could very well be really fun for you.
10-10-2008 @ 2:03PM
Hashbrown Hunter said...
Exactly. One person does not control your opinions. Maybe Majed is tired as hell from reporting night and day and he was stressed out and when he played the game at a public games convention he was distracted, annoyed, or anything else. I'm not trying to find an excuse for his somewhat negative preview, and maybe BBS is just a sub-par experience, but all I'm saying is that I've loved one game one night and the next night all I wanted to do was sleep but I wanted to play that game and I didn't enjoy it that much.
10-10-2008 @ 2:11PM
R. Melo-Franco said...
What's more, it isn't the full game. I bet it will be very fine. Nothing compared to Dissidia, but it will be certainly a neat game indeed.
10-10-2008 @ 3:08PM
I'm still looking forward to the game. KH's combat has never been truly complex, so no shocker there. I just enjoy this games for their stories and character interaction.
10-10-2008 @ 5:02PM
Terra not Tera.
Unbirths not Heartless.
10-10-2008 @ 6:13PM
Is it me, or do those breast-straps look incredibly uncomfortable.
10-10-2008 @ 9:18PM
Yeah indeed... and she's hawt ^_^
10-10-2008 @ 7:19PM
Only one person so far has hinted on why this version of the game might not be up to par as of yet.
Think about it... the game is most likely no where near done! In other words, there are still probably many things that SE needs to work out. Aspects of the game like camera angles, frame rates, battle systems, and controls most likely still need a lot of work. This kind of thing happens with most big games that aren't yet in their complete form, but are available to play at some big video game show/expo! It's an incomplete/beta (or whatever you want to call it) version of the game. The end result is what matters. And the end result will no doubt be a lot better than what we've recently seen! That's just a fact of life when dealing with video games, end of story!
10-10-2008 @ 8:59PM
i will take this game thank you...
10-10-2008 @ 10:52PM
Wait is the battle system card based or not? I keep hearing it is and it's confusing me because it looks like a new regular KH game... And this will probably make me buy a PSP
10-10-2008 @ 11:07PM
SoCoolCurt (PSN: KillaKornbread) said...
i think the new DS KH may be card based but i dont think this one is. it seems to parallel the style of the PS2 games, which is great cause i cant stand card based RPG's.
10-10-2008 @ 11:14PM
Yeah, I'm just so confused they said DS one was normal and this was card based. I hope both are normal because I don't think too many people cared about the whole card battle thing...