Hello all! We are at day 15, which means we are just five days away from Kingdom Hearts’ 20th anniversary! If I’m being honest, I don’t expect Square Enix to reveal anything big on that day, but I do this that a reveal is coming soon, whether it be in the form of a trailer, or them simply telling what to expect next in the series. Either way, we’ll surely get something! Anyway, for today’s post, I’ll be giving some tips for those of you wishing to get into the Kingdom Hearts series. It can seem daunting at first, but there’s a few things that can help. Take a look!
Start With The First One
This may seem obvious, but a lot of people don’t do it. While it is fine to jump into the series with any of the games, it makes the most sense to start at the first one, and you’ll be slightly less confused than those who just started anywhere. Of course, it won’t answer all your burning questions, but it helps! The order in which to play the games can get hectic, so if you want some help with that, you can check out my playing order here!
I hate to say it, but half the time in Kingdom Hearts you just need to “git gud”. If you don’t know what that means, it’s basically slang for getting good at something. You can spend a lot of time grinding on Kingdom Hearts to get leveled up, obtain better items and weapons, and learn better abilities, but a lot of times you just need good strategy to beat a particularly difficult boss. Kingdom Hearts is full of hard bosses, so get ready to “git gud” with strategy rather than grinding.
We’re All Confused Here
One big thing about Kingdom Hearts is that it doesn’t matter if you’re new and confused, because, well, we’re all confused. Even those who have been with the series since 2002 are just as confused as those who started ten years later. Kingdom Hearts has a complex, heavy plot that has been going on for twenty years, and most of the time instead of answering our questions, new instalments just make us ask more. So don’t be alarmed when you start Kingdom Hearts and are confused half the time- we all are right there with you!
Be Aware Of The Costs
One annoying thing about Kingdom Hearts is how expensive it is to follow the series. In fact, it was names one of the most expensive games to follow to date. Not counting just buying the games, Kingdom Hearts spans over a variety of consoles. For example, you may be able to play one game on the Nintendo Switch, but you’ll need a Nintendo 3DS to play another. Not only that, but hardcore fans like to get into the merch and extra content. I get a lot of Kingdom Hearts stuff for my birthdays and Christmas, so most of the time I’m not spending a giant amount of money on it. However, it took a lot of saving up to be able to buy both KH packs on the XBox. These days you can get the entire series on the Xbox, but it is expensive. And if you want to play 358/2 Days and Re:Coded? Well, you’ll have to buy a 3DS for that, since you can’t play that one on any other console. If you buy it these days, you’ll get the movie version (unless you buy it specifically for the 3DS). The movie versions are still good, however! But yeah, just be aware that this series can cost a lot to follow!
In every Kingdom Hearts game, you can choose what mode to play on. There’s Beginner’s Mode, which is the easiest; Standard Mode, which is somewhere in the middle on difficulty; Proud Mode, where things get a little harder; and then Critical Mode for those daredevil gamers. If you are there for the story, and don’t really want to deal with extreme difficulties, Beginner’s Mode or Standard Mode might be for you. Proud Mode and Critical Mode can be quite difficult, so if you’re looking for a challenge rather than a story, choose this! If there’s a new Kingdom Hearts game, I will either go with Beginner’s Mode or Standard, since I want to see the story (I’m more likely to go with Standard). However, I like to play the games again on Proud or Critical Mode. As of now, I am playing through Kingdom Hearts II on Critical Mode, and it is NOT easy! But it can still be fun!
Watch Out For Those Secret Endings!
Almost all the Kingdom Hearts games have secret endings, which play after the credits roll. The annoying thing about them is that you have to achieve certain things in the game in order to get them. So far, I think Kingdom Hearts III has the easiest way to get the secret ending: you just have to take a picture of all the Mickey Emblems you find on your journey. Others can be pretty darn hard, like completing every part. For example, playing on Beginner’s Mode will sometimes mean you can’t unlock the secret ending at all. Playing on Critical Mode will mean you don’t have to do as much to unlock it as you would on Standard mode. So be aware of that!
That’s about all I have for now! Kingdom Hearts is an incredibly fun series, and I hope these tips help you out if you plan on getting into it! Let me know your thoughts on these tips in the comments below!
As always, God bless y’all and have a wonderful day!
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