There’s a particular place in our hearts for Disney. Whether or not it’s as a result of Disney movies remind us of household journeys to the cinema and Pleased Meal toys or present a comforting blanket on days off sick, there’s one thing in regards to the model that has seeped into our unconscious as one thing heartwarming.

That’s maybe why the Kingdom Hearts franchise has appealed to so many – offering a possibility to work together with these characters we really feel we all know so nicely within the worlds we’ve seen a thousand instances. It’s additionally why followers, corresponding to myself, have been so excited to see the upcoming Kingdom Hearts 3 will discover worlds the franchise hasn’t visited earlier than together with these of Toy Story, Large Hero 6 and Monsters Inc.

We obtained some fingers on time with Kingdom Hearts 3’s Toy Field world at EGX 2018, right here’s what we thought.

Playtime’s over

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Toy Story’s Toy Field world opens with Woody, Buzz and the gang fretting over the disappearance of Andy, his mother and their fellow toys by creatures we all know to be the Heartless. Queue protagonist Sora and his sidekicks Donald Duck and Goofy to avoid wasting the day, who’ve been remodeled into toys and have been looking down the evil Group and the heartless minions throughout varied worlds.

What’s instantly putting is the world and character’s resemblance to their movie counterparts – it will be tough to inform them aside. Equally Andy’s room is a precise duplicate, proper all the way down to the watch clock and cowboy drawings on the wall and the rocket ship mattress covers – it immediately feels as if you might be someplace acquainted.

It in all probability helps that a lot of the voices are recognizable somewhat than clear knock offs (like when Kermit the Frog’s voice went rogue after the dying of Jim Henson). Whereas Tim Allen and Tom Hanks didn’t return to voice Buzz and Woody in Kingdom Hearts 3, John Ratzenberger continues to voice Hamm and Wallace Shawn is again as Rex. 

After a reasonably lengthy cutscene which sees the Toy Story crew assembly Sora and buddies, we set off as Sora on a mission to seek out out the place everybody went. 

Mecano(ics)

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Mechanically the fight hasn’t modified vastly from the earlier core video games within the collection, with Sora mixing robust or quick melee keyblade fight with magic skills corresponding to Blizzard.  There’s additionally varied keyblades to unlock which every possess their very own advantages and/or drawbacks.

Nonetheless, there may be now the chance to make use of particular strikes which regularly combine characters from that world or well-known Disneyland rides. For instance, there’s a particular rocket transfer which sees Sora, Buzz and Woody driving a rocket (like within the closing thrilling scene of the primary Toy Story movie) by way of Heartless. 

After leaping out of Andy’s window and trolling the neighborhood for indicators of him and the toys, whereas battling by way of the assorted Heartless blocking your path, it’s determined that maybe the Galaxy toy retailer is the very best place to test. As per Kingdom Hearts, nothing is sort of so simple as that.

After arriving on the toy retailer, the group of adventurers are greeted by a member of the Group who unleashes a merry band of robots to cease you in your tracks. Fortunately, there’s a spare robotic mech mendacity round for Sora to leap into with a purpose to fend off the unfriendly foes. 

After the battle, you proceed to work your approach by way of the three-story toy retailer in pursuit of the Group – solely to be met with a reasonably darkish and un-Pixar ending.

Virtually good

Kingdom Hearts Three put me contained in the Toy Story toy field - and it looks like residence 1

As a diehard Kingdom Hearts fan, there have been all the time going to be fears over whether or not the most recent addition to the franchise would seize that very same spark that made the others so particular. 

The sheer pleasure we skilled all through the demo constructed as we performed the Toy Field, and it solely grew with every swipe of the keyblade and fantastical cutscene. Kingdom Hearts Three is like coming residence and it is a completely happy return.

Kingdom Hearts Three can be launched on PlayStation four and Xbox One on January 29 2019.

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