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Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer highlights gameplay features, pre-orders open

Shown during the recent D23 Expo in Japan, a new PlayStation 4 gameplay trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3 highlights the game's new abilities, attacks and enemies. According to game director Tetsuya Nomura, the new title will "wrap up story elements present since the first game," yet the series will continue beyond Kingdom Hearts 3. The battles that the series' characters have been fighting for the past decade will come to a head in the game and that a particular long-fought enemy will meet its demise. Kingdom Hearts 3 is expected to release on next-generation consoles the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One; however, a release date is yet to be announced. The action role-playing game is now available for pre-order for $59.99 from online retailers, such as GameStop and Amazon. It was also revealed...

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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix arriving in 2014 on PS3

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix will launch globally in 2014 as a PlayStation 3 exclusive, Mat Kishimoto associate product manager at Square Enix outlined on the PlayStation blog today. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix will feature two games previously only released in Japan and Nintendo DS title Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, which will feature overhauled high definition cinematics. The two action role-playing games about to make their western debuts are PlayStation 2 title Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix —Kingdom Hearts 2 was released in western markets in 2006 — and PlayStation Portable game Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix. "I'm so excited to be able to see all of these games included as a part of this compilation, but personally, the most exciting title may be Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep...

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Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix trailer is all about the '.5'

A new trailer for Square Enix's HD re-release of PlayStation 2 action RPG Kingdom Hearts focuses on the parts of the game that aren't the original Kingdom Hearts. In addition to the HD remaster of Kingdom Hearts, HD 1.5 Remix includes a HD version of Re: Chain of Memories, itself a PS2 remake of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories on the Game Boy Advance. Though Chain of Memories plays similarly to the original game, its combat is actually card-based, with players selecting cards in real time for attacks and magic spells. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix also includes the "entire cinematic story" of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days for the Nintendo DS as told through the game's cutscenes. 358/2 Days focused on the members of the enigmatic Organization XIII, which made its debut in Chain of Memories....

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Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix gameplay trailer brings boss battles

A new trailer for Square Enix's HD remaster of Kingdom Hearts focuses on the gameplay and combat. The trailer boasts that the new version of the game will include "new abilities, enemies and commands," and shows off combat both on-foot and (briefly) in the rail-shooter Gummi Ship segments. We briefly get a glimpse of Final Fantasy 7's Cloud Strife fighting Sora, Donald and Goofy in the Olympus arena, as he did in the original game. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix hits PlayStation 3 on Sept. 10. It contains content from Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories, and cutscenes from Nintendo DS title 358/2 Days.

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Master swordsmith forges real-life replica of a Skyrim Orcish Battleaxe

Man at Arms' Master swordsmith, Tony Swatton, forged a real-life replica of an Orcish Battleaxe from Bethesda's role playing game, Skyrim. The video above demonstrates Swatton in action as he talks about the battleaxe's creation process. According to the video, he has to put in extra effort to make the axe look like it was forged by an orc. The battleaxe's blade consists of the type of steel used in Mac truck springs, and even though the weapon is meant to be crude, he tweaks its lines with a bandsaw to give it a refined crudeness. The axe's handle is red oak with a buffalo's femur adorned on its end. As Swatton points out, an orc swordsmith wouldn't have access to a belt grinder to shape the wood, it would use an axe, so he used the belt grinder to make it look like it was fashioned...

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Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix E3 trailer promises to be 'even better than you remember'

A new E3 trailer for Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix showcases moments from the three Disney/Square Enix stories it blends into a single HD package. 1.5 HD Remix contains two full games, the Final Mix version of the original Kingdom Hearts and Re: Chain of Memories, itself a PlayStation 2 remake of the original Game Boy Advance title Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. It will also include almost three hours of remastered cutscenes from Nintendo DS release 358/2 Days, as well as brand new cutscenes in the same story, in its Theater Mode. Viewers curious to how the graphics in the HD re-release compare to the original PlayStation 2 version can catch a glimpse of a direct transition at approximately 1:02 into the trailer, though it's very brief. Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix hits PlayStation...

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Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix E3 2013 trailer leaks (correction)

An E3 2013 trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix leaked today showcasing new weapons, abilities and bosses. In being a Kingdom Hearts release, the trailer features characters from Disney-owned properties including Donald Duck, Aladdin, Snow White and The Nightmare Before Christmas. The footage depicts battles with Jafar from Aladdin, Simba from The Lion King and Hades from Hercules. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix consists of three remastered stories in the series: Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. The game will be available as a PlayStation 3 exclusive in North America on Sept. 10 and in Europe Sept. 13. Pre-orders for the title will include a 24-page hardcover artbook featuring sketches, designs and renders from director...

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Master swordsmith creates Cloud's Buster sword from Final Fantasy 7

Man at Arms' Master swordsmith, Tony Swatton, recreated Cloud's Buster sword from Final Final Fantasy 7. The video above demonstrates Swatton in action as he discusses the hefty blade's creation process. According to the video's description, he uses high-speed belt grinders, scorching furnaces and pounding power hammers. At the end of the video, the weapon is used to obliterate full soda bottles, pinatas, watermelons and vases. The Swordsmith recently conducted a Reddit AMA where he talked about his favorite weapon to reproduce (Gimli's Axe and Raphael's Sais), how he got into his line of work and how he cut off his nose while polishing a piece of gothic armor. Swatton has created Finn's Golden Sword from Adventure Time, Sora's Keyblade from Kingdom Hearts, a Klingon Bat'leth, Plasma...

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Blacksmith forges realistic replica of Kingdom Hearts Keyblade

Propmaster Tony Swatton of internet show Man At Arms recreated the iconic weapon of the Kingdom Hearts series during its latest episode, forging a real-life Keyblade from solid metals. Swatton, a lifelong blacksmith who according to the show has created replica weapons for more than 200 films, based his design on Kingdom Hearts artwork he found online. Using these pictures, Swatton determined the Keyblade was 36 inches long from the handle to the ward at the tip of the key. The handle is made from hand-filed aluminum, while the ward is made from steel and the grip within the handle is crafted from sturdy leather dyed black. The Mickey Mouse charm that typically dangles from protagonist Sora's Keyblade was also made with the utmost care, cut in nickel silver. Swatton also added sharp...

Kingdom Hearts Releases
North America
  • PlayStation 2
    • Released 09/17/2002
    • Publisher Square Electronic Arts
    • Developer Square
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