I grew up in the late 80’s and 90’s, and without access to streaming services I would do almost anything to be able to watch more comics. For example, I suffered through difficult sketches between a middle-aged man and a lamp in Glen Michael’s Cartoon Cavalcade, and asked for the next proper animated piece to please, just start.
It is in this spirit that the Kingdom Hearts series seems to be made: entice children with the promise of Olaf from Frozen and other beloved Disney and Pixar characters, but make them work for those performances by getting them to to sit through dozens of hours of spiky-haired JRPG figures with too many belts and zippers.
The Kingdom Hearts series is out on PC now via the Epic Games Store ̵
Kingdom Hearts 3, the latest game in the series, costs you £ 50, or £ 40 with the current launch discount. It’s perhaps not too bad for a long game released on consoles in 2019. However, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (a complication of three games) is the same price as it is the 2020 rhythm action spin-off Kingdom Hearts: Melody Of memory. Finally, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX is £ 40, or £ 32 with the launch discount.
Given that this is the first time the series is shown on PC, it is a pity that it is not easy to recommend an entry point for people who are just curious about what the games are about. Instead, I would suggest that you read Kat Bailey’s excellent article on the Kingdom Hearts series, which hits it in the context of the major battles of the developer, Square Enix.
Sorry if you love Kingdom Hearts. I listened to all the podcasts about the story, everyone, and I’m sure they’m right and it’s great. I like melodrama. I appreciate the absurdity of the mashup.
But I know myself. I’ve never liked a JRPG, and especially this series feels to me like being four years old, who desperately wants to see Bugs Bunny, but instead gets stuck watching a man I do not know open Christmas cards and Alan Cumming announces a pantomime . I’m sticking to Disney +.
If you are not me – and I hope you are not – you can find out more about the games on the Kingdom Hearts series’ Epic Games store page. Or by reading our tips guide on Kingdom Hearts 3.