Square Enix offers a triple feature for PlayStation 3 fans with Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX. The one disc contains Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories and HD remastered cinematics from Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.
The developer updated the character models and facial features of the Disney and Square characters, and the background textures were completely overhauled. In addition, revamped camera controls and commands create a more seamless gameplay experience, as players venture through Disney worlds like Agrabah (Aladdin), Atlantica (The Little Mermaid), Halloween Town (The Nightmare Before Christmas), Monstro (Pinnochio), Never Land (Peter Pan), Olympus Coliseum (Hercules), 100 Acre Wood (Winnie the Pooh) and Wonderland (Alice in Wonderland). There’s also brand new content, including new weapons, items, Heartless enemies, abilities, synthesis recipes and Gummi ship missions.
Mat Kishimoto, associate product marketing manager at Square Enix, offered some tips for players re-exploring this Disney and Square Enix partnership.
How has the addition of trophies impacted the gameplay experience for Final Remix and Chain of Memories?
The trophies offer a richer and more in-depth experience to all the games included in Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX. They will give you a chance to push yourself to find more hidden items, abilities and statistics you might not otherwise obtain.
What advice would you give players who want to find all the trophies in these two games?
Most of the trophies players can obtain by simply playing and enjoying the game, but I would recommend they play the game on each of the three difficulties if they want to obtain them all.
What's the best way to earn trophies in 358/2 theater mode?
The way you earn trophies in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days is by watching all of the cinematic cutscenes.
What are some strategies to employ when using the new control scheme in this game?
The new controls don’t necessarily allow for new strategies. However, they provide a smoother and more natural gaming experience. As examples, being able to use R3 instead of the shoulder buttons to control the camera as well as triangle for quick talk provide a better gaming experience.
What are your favorite levels in this game?
My favorite level is Agrabah from the movie Aladdin. From being in town, to the outside boss battle with the Cave of Wonders, traversing into the belly of it, the fight with Jafar and the magic carpet ride out of the Cave of Wonders….all of it brings back awesome childhood memories from the movie.
What's a good way to play through these levels?
For me, it’s all about having fun. I love immersing myself in my favorite Disney movies. I love trophy hunting as much as the next gamer, but for me Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX is all about nostalgia.
What are your favorite characters and how do you suggest utilizing them?
There are lots of characters I enjoy using. I always like keeping Donald Duck in my party to use as a healer. For summons, the most useful for me is Tinkerbell, but Dumbo has to be my favorite to clear out large mobs.
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX is available for PlayStation 3.