Kingdom Hearts followers are used to loopy plot twists and cliffhangers that go away them with extra questions than solutions. The core Kingdom Hearts III expertise lastly offered decision to hanging threads, however the Re Thoughts DLC muddied these waters and made me really feel toyed with. Re Thoughts was a chance for Sq. Enix to offer extra context and shore up the story’s weaknesses. As an alternative, this add-on feels extra like a director’s minimize, with only some new scenes and tweaks to battles. It affords flashes of worthwhile content material, however Re Thoughts calls for an excessive amount of of gamers to see it.
Re Thoughts takes you again to the Keyblade Graveyard sequence – the beginning of the bottom sport’s remaining stretch. Sora travels again in time to seek for Kairi, hoping to change the end result of occasions. Nonetheless, to take action on this DLC, he sacrifices his corporeal kind. I don’t wish to spoil something, however the total story is meaningless and outlandish. Anticipate drawn-out explanations for all of the hearts and vessels, extra time-travel discuss, and unresolved beats dangled in entrance of you as in the event that they’ll be defined quickly – however they gained’t.
To make issues worse, you get thrown right into a sequence you’ve already performed via, preventing each Keyblade Graveyard boss in largely the identical locations. Going via the motions rewards you with a number of new scenes and battles that may play out otherwise. A pair are new, however most of them play like they did earlier than. To shake issues up a bit of, you get the chance to play as keyblade wielders aside from Sora, like Aqua, Roxas, and Riku, who’ve totally different preventing types. As an example, Roxas has entry to a fast reversal, twin wields, and is extra melee-focused. The most effective a part of these fights is the cool team-up assaults which can be consultant of their bonds and willpower. Whereas I loved these strikes, they don’t make up for the excessive quantity of reused content material and the sparseness of recent scenes.
The DLC is at its finest when it provides some new parts to fights. One boss battle combines all of the core characters, alternating between them as you carry out finishers, which creates a spectacle to behold. In a separate showdown, you even get to regulate Kairi, which followers have been begging for. Sadly, it’s just one battle, and I don’t look after her moveset as a result of she makes use of floaty assaults that don’t really feel highly effective. I needed to double-check to see if my strikes have been even connecting, since I couldn’t really feel the influence of obliterating foes with Kairi as I might with different heroes.
That appears to be the development for this DLC: Nothing feels substantial. You get little or no on your funding, and not one of the seemingly thrilling teases ever lead wherever fascinating. A terrific instance of that is attending to discover extra of Scala Advert Caelum, a breathtakingly stunning place that was solely featured briefly in the primary sport. After getting a better take a look at it, it’s extra disappointing than intriguing, and filled with tedious puzzles like lining up objects to match shadows. Additionally disappointing is that the Ultimate Fantasy characters are nonetheless largely absent for the DLC. You see Yuffie, Aerith, Cid, and Squall, however their roles are minuscule.
When you full Re Thoughts, an episode known as Restrict Reduce unlocks, granting you entry to a number of difficult boss fights. They’re ultra-tough, and one false transfer (like not blocking on the precise proper second) means you lose every little thing. These are corresponding to the collection’ secret bosses (e.g., Sephiroth), that are notoriously tough however rewarding to defeat. Those that enjoy besting these can spend lots of time right here. However a warning: If Sora isn’t high-level (which might be the case when you solely accomplished the primary quest in Kingdom Hearts III), you don’t have a simple option to grind or degree up. This leaves you both banging your head in opposition to a wall as you hope to be excellent, or restarting the DLC after getting stronger within the base sport.
General, Re Thoughts is disappointing. Between all of the reused content material and only a few additions to the story, I felt like I wasted my time. Sure, a number of new threads and items of information are there to unravel, however they’re the tiniest of crumbs. The most important revelation is within the new secret film, which reveals the collection doubtlessly transferring in a wierd path that makes me extra uneasy than excited. Finally, you actually need to dig for the enjoyable in Re Thoughts, as a result of it’s buried in all this content material you’ve already performed.