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Games of 2012: 8. Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance

A game that Disney look set to disappoint

It's frightening to think that the Kingdom Hearts series is nearly a decade old now, but it's true. Ever since the original game's release on the PlayStation 2 back in 2002, the series has gathered a large cult following of fans constantly eager to play the latest instalment in the series.

As 3DS owners' luck would have it, the next one is the 3DS-exclusive Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, an all-new adventure and the seventh game in the Kingdom Hearts series.

One of the main selling points of Kingdom Hearts games is the combination of Square Enix storytelling and Disney locations and Dream Drop Distances looks set to be no different.

While Traverse Town features once again, all the Disney films given the Kingdom Hearts treatment this time have never featured in the series before. These include Pinocchio, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, The Three Musketeers (the one with Mickey, Donald and Goofy, not that Orlando Bloom rubbish) and, oddly, Tron: Legacy.

Kingdom Hearts wouldn't be Kingdom Hearts without flowing, real-time battles and Dream Drop Distances retains this system. A special new gauge called the Drop Gauge has been introduced this time around, and while it's not exactly clear yet just what it does (it's something to do with counting down before you can switch characters), the game's creator Tetsuya Nomara assures us it'll make perfect sense in-game. And who are we to argue with him?

Add to all this the game's compatibility with the Circle Pad Pro attachment and its special AR Card functionality (you can take photos of any of the Dream Eaters you capture), and you've got a game that Kingdom Hearts devotees and general RPG fans alike should be looking forward to.

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  1. shy guy 64 Saturday 31st Dec 2011 at 10:24

    personaly i would of had this higher in the list

    but still im glad to see it there

  2. Pineapple Saturday 31st Dec 2011 at 10:31

    personaly i would of had this higher in the list

    but still im glad to see it there

    If it was me, this would be number 1 at the list. :wink:

  3. Spyro Cool Saturday 31st Dec 2011 at 11:01

    If it were me, I'd have put it at number 1!

    I really can't wait for this!-

  4. mr gnome Saturday 31st Dec 2011 at 11:50

    actually Pinocchio is in one of the kingdom hearts games in fact 2 of them and thats kingdom hearts 1 and chain of memories you go inside the whale

  5. Shmilly Saturday 31st Dec 2011 at 12:25

    actually Pinocchio is in one of the kingdom hearts games in fact 2 of them and thats kingdom hearts 1 and chain of memories you go inside the whale

    There's also data for Pinocchio and Gepetto in 358/2 Days, although the developers clearly removed them for some reason or another.

    In any case, I'm really excited for this release, it looks like the best entry to the series since Birth by Sleep on the PSP.

  6. ZeldaKing Saturday 31st Dec 2011 at 13:37

    I'm so looking forward to this it's unreal. This, last story, metal gear solid, luigi's mansion and fire emblem (fingers crossed). Then theres the wii u release and pikmin 3. ZOMG i'm gonna be bankrupt...

  7. PureAwesomeness Saturday 31st Dec 2011 at 15:07

    I am so excited! Roll on 2012! :D

  8. Drenful Saturday 31st Dec 2011 at 15:45

    This doesn't look half bad :)

  9. light_goose Saturday 31st Dec 2011 at 17:58

    ZOMG!!! So many good games out at the moment. Who else has the sneaking suspision they're going to be broke for most of 2012?

  10. Haru Waji Saturday 31st Dec 2011 at 18:28

    Lets actually hope it comes out here in 2012. I hope SE make an effort to schedule the release close to the japan time. Other wise we probs won't be seeing anything until the end of the year.

  11. phil2512 Sunday 1st Jan 2012 at 18:41

    TWEWY cast is back about time i say

  12. Solicious Thursday 12th Jan 2012 at 14:26

    actually Pinocchio is in one of the kingdom hearts games in fact 2 of them and thats kingdom hearts 1 and chain of memories you go inside the whale

    Indeed but what they mean is Pinocchio's world will be in this game, as in his actual world outside of Monstro the Whale

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