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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A spinoff that makes all the right moves for once
After how rubbish previous Kingdom Hearts spinoff games have proven to be over the years, it probably seemed a safe assumption that Birth by Sleep would end up the same way. Well, the old adage about assuming has never rang more true than it does here, as Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep turns out to be actually quite excellent, trumping all other spinoffs and actually in...
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I never recieved my parcel no one is helping me i have tried everything and its my fav game luckily IT comes out on ps3 with the kingdom hearts 2.5 hd game :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A spinoff that makes all the right moves for once, 3 Oct 2010
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John Clayton III (Greystoke) - See all my reviews
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= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep (PSP) (Video Game)
After how rubbish previous Kingdom Hearts spinoff games have proven to be over the years, it probably seemed a safe assumption that Birth by Sleep would end up the same way. Well, the old adage about assuming has never rang more true than it does here, as Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep turns out to be actually quite excellent, trumping all other spinoffs and actually in some ways bettering main title Kingdom Hearts 2.

Taking the unusual approach of giving you the option from the start of playing through the story as one of three different characters whose individual tales intertwine and run concurrent to each other, but at it's core, the game is a prequel to KH1, taking place years before and centred around 'main' character Ventus, a dead ringer for central KH2 figure Roxas who lives on a world called "Land of Departure" with his two best friends Terra and Aqua, and all three are Keyblade wielders who become embroiled in a plot by the slimy Master Xehanort(Same name, but appears a different character from the bad guy in KH2) to manipulate both Terra and Ventus into seperate plots that are part of some sinister scheme that only unfolds fully when you play through all three character stories. To say more would spoil it, but at it's heart, the story returns to the basics of KH1 with a story of friendship and bonds overcoming all while providing some really enjoyable groundwork laying for the two main KH games in some clever(If convoluted at times) ways. What BBS does right where games like 358/2 Days went wrong is that it manages to balance it's central character work with the Disney angle perfectly, as the stories of Cinderella, Snow White, Peter Pan, etc are retrodden in a pretty decent manner, incorporating Ventus and co into their tales and tying them into the main story nicely and also providing some really amusing little in jokes that work well if you're a long time KH fan(eg. the Hercules story has Hercules as a weedy kid who teams up with Ventus and Zack from Final Fantasy VII against Hades, contrasting Hercules later being a muscular hero in KH1 who teams with Cloud from FFVII, etc) and also has some genuinely touching little plot points in there that had their groundwork laid in last year's DS title 358/2 days, like scenes where younger, human versions of the members of bad guys Organisation XIII appear, in particular the scenes centred on Axel. It's a great story that mostly foregoes the stupidly complex plot twists that have ruined most of the KH titles but doesn't dodge them completely.

Gameplay is identical to KH2, but with several tweaks and additions that make it a lot more quickly paced to play than any KH title before it, with the addition of the "command" based combat system allowing you to wield some hefty battlefield clearing powers that are visually spectacular and give a great sense of power when fighting against hordes of enemies at once. The combat system is really superb, which is just as well, as the game is about 70-80 percent combat based, so if that isn't your thing, don't bother here. Like KH2 there is little in the way of platforming or exploration on offer here, and the combat can get repetitive if you don't take to it I can imagine, but as a whole this is good stuff and is likely the longest KH title to date as well(Took me close to 40 hours to run through the entire game). There is also an arena based multiplayer mode that allows you to team up with other players to tackle increasingly larger and more difficult waves of enemies to earn rare prizes and bonuses for your main game which seemed to work very well, but isn't something I could see myself spending much time on in future.

Graphically, this game is a stunner. With visuals that are very very close to being on par with Kingdom Hearts 2 on PS2, with only the scale of the larger enemies being significantly downsized. It looks just incredible, but there are some minor drawbacks like an iffy framerate throughout that can thankfully be stabilised completely by switching on the optional full 333mhz mode in the options screen that sadly has the side effect of increasing the drain on the PSP's battery life.

Soundwise, the game is likewise superb, with top class voice work by veterans of the KH series with only a couple of newcomers(In particular Aqua's voice actress sadly) letting the show down. Turns such as Leonard Nimoy in full panto villain mode as Xehanort and James Woods again appearing as Hades are both a joy to listen to it must be said. In addition the soundtrack is the usual ace turn which perhaps isn't quite as memorable as the main games as there are a lot of tracks reused from them(Most notably the theme song is the same one as KH1).

The main drawback with the game are the afforementioned framerate issues and some fairly extreme loading times, but as said, both of these have options to lessen their effect in the options screen, with the full 333mhz mode draining the battery life and for the loads, there is an optional data install of up to 700mb that seriously shortens load times, but you need obviously a lot of space on your memory stick. In addition to this, the game's camera is(As with most PSP games) atrocious, but better than most PSP games in that it functions like the camera in KH1, using the L and R buttons to rotate the camera, with little to no need to have to move the camera up and down(Which is awful to try to do anyways).

The camera issues alone were almost enough to make me want to mark the game down, but considering this is otherwise a truly superb game in a series which looked as though it had long since peaked and it launched at a budget sub £20 and offers dozens of hours of action heavy gameplay, I honestly think this game represents a genuine 5/5 piece of value for money gaming that is well worth anyone's time.

Definitely worth purchasing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Birth By Sleep has its flaws but a welcome addition, 15 Oct 2010
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Mr. Martyn Poole "Rubix78" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep (PSP) (Video Game)
Birth By Sleep is the third handheld Kingdom Hearts game to be released on yet another format, you have to feel sorry for fans of the KH series who don't own at least 3 of the consoles these games have been released on. I say 3 even though it's actually 4 but you can play GBA games on some DS's. Birth By Sleep released on the PSP this time makes it the best looking handheld version of the game looking as good as it did on the PS2 and like the first two games everyone is voiced.

The story is set before the first Kingdom Hearts game on the PS2 and the story is split up into three separate characters Terra, Ven and Aqua. You will play through each of the three characters who have their own story which lasts about 8-10 hours each and will meet each other at certain areas of the game. The three stories work really well and fill in all the gaps left when playing one of the other characters. I chose to play Terra than Aqua and finally Ven and felt the story flowed excellent.

Birth By Sleep brings some new ideas to gameplay and combat controls, the X button remains the normal attack button and you can assign items to the Triangle button which can be controlled using the D-Pad. These items can be level up, molded into something new or created using the games mini game "Command Board" or bought at shop points in each world. As you progress through the game you acquire more and more spaces to add new attacks, items or healing potions, although easy to use I have come across a couple of bad points. First issue happens when in the heat of a battle, choosing through loads of options to find the one you need E.G. "Cure" can divert you from what's happening and can leave you flustered or getting attacked and secondly if you do get hit as you press triangle it sometimes cancels that item and moves you swiftly onto the next one which means you could heal yourself when you don't need to. All items assigned to the triangle button have an unlimited usage but you will have to wait for a bar to fill up before you can use the same item again.

The other major issue I have with BBS is the camera and auto lock function. The Autolock can be really fidgety to use sometimes as it locks onto enemies that you don't want to or won't change to the one's you want. Sometimes it can be a major pain to cancel the lock on and the camera doesn't always pan round when you are locked onto an enemy when running around them which means you can lose sight of what they are doing. On the flip side I have also been in a boss battle and the auto lock cancels itself and the camera pans around to face a wall so I can no longer see where the enemy is attacking from, this causes a problem when you are fighting fast attacking enemy that can attack from a distance.
Another added extra to BBS is the D-link function which replaces summons, the D-link replaces your normal command menu with one that's made from one of the characters you have meet during your playthrough of the game, this is fun and handy at first but when you don't have a cure item but eventually you will forget it's even there. A more useful attack function is the "shoot lock" targeting system which can be used for long distant attacks by holding down both shoulder buttons, but this also has its flaws as sometimes it doesn't lock on like it should and you could end up facing a wall instead of an enemy.

When the battle system is at its best the combat is as fun as the previous games and the new attacks do look amazing. Taking the bad points away the storyline is brilliant and matches the standard of the original games, you visit some fantastic Disney worlds such as Snow White, Cinderella & Deep Space where you will meet Stitch. The Coliseum is back but doesn't add many tournaments; you will fight but its part of the storyline rather than an extra. I do like how Herc is his younger self.

There are a few mini games but they are fun for a few minutes before they get boring. One of which is a command board mini game using dice which can level up items you are holding and gain a few extras. These can be fun but go on for a bit long and you don't really need to use it to progress in the game.
The game flows well and a very strong storyline with likable characters makes you forget about the games flaws. Having to watch the same clip again as you play through each of the characters is another small annoyance but can be forgiven when something new comes out of it at the end.
If you collect all of xehanort's reports (which you should do) you will open up the last mission of the game and this is where the game presents its main challenge as most of the battles are pretty easy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great prequel, 10 Sep 2010
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This review is from: Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep (PSP) (Video Game)
Yet another success in the Kingdom Hearts franchise. If you've played and enjoyed any of the previous games, this one should also be to your liking, although it may be confusing for those new to the series. Set before the events of Kingdom Hearts 1 & 2, you follow three different characters' story lines from their unique perspectives.

The gameplay is fun, though not brilliant. Instead of summons, you can now use the D-link function, a rather whimsical option that replaces your normal command menu with one that's made from one of the characters you befriend throughout the game. Fun at first, and Aqua's is good when you need access to Cure at the beginning, but not particularly useful. You also seem to hit the walls a lot in this game, rather than enemies, and the Lock-on system is a little flaky about letting you switch targets or deactivate it when compared to previous games.

Much more useful is the arrival of 'Shoot-locks', a targeting system that allows you to fire off multiple long-distance hits. The Mode Change function, activated when you fill the Command bar with attacks from the command menu, is also a decent change. A little like the Drive system in Kingdom Hearts II, your character becomes more powerful and has access to new abilities; however, unlike the Drive system, there's no need to refill a Drive gauge, and you can go back into a mode almost as soon as you come out of it.

The Command charge system that allows you to create new commands is basically an upgraded version of the Synthesis system from the previous games. The plus side is that you can access it anywhere and there's no need for recipes - the downside is that abilities now have to be synthesised as well rather than learnt while levelling up, resulting in a lot of guessing or constant consultation of a guide of some sort.

There aren't really any challenging bosses in this game until you come to the secret bosses at the end, mostly thanks to Shoot-locks, overpowered commands, and finishing moves that make battles easier. The Mirage Arena is there for people who want a challenge, and also as a nice way of levelling up, but overall your enemies just aren't very exciting.

Fans of Square Enix's beautiful FMV cutscenes will also be left feeling disappointed. While the graphics are of a good standard all the way through, the intro is pretty much the only bit of FMV footage in the game. Even the Keyblade Graveyard scene (which was shown in FMV footage as a secret ending to Kingdom Hearts II) has been converted to the in-game graphics style. A good point is that Theatre Mode, introduced in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, is back again; this nifty little feature allows you to re-watch cutscenes again from any point in the game.

Another downside to this game is that even if you hate certain worlds, you're still going to have to play them over at least three times. The least you can say is that your time in each world is short: it only takes around ten minutes to clear some of the first worlds, and scarcely gets harder as the game goes on. The worlds also start feeling very formulaic. However, going back as a different character doesn't feel repetitive, as each character will see a different side to each world.

Another problem of note is that the loading times are appalling, even with 600MB of data installed. It's also awful to play in the low-speed processing mode, which lags annoyingly.

Despite these problems, the story line is interesting and keeps you hooked, and the characters are well-balanced in terms of their individual stories and game play style. The game-play is good, with the frankly fantastic Mode changes, which are fun and useful at the same time, balancing out the D-link system. A great game overall.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 July 2014
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A truly awesome game in the long listed saga.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome game!, 29 May 2014
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It is brilliant with the 3 story lines and the game play is really intuitive. I bought it cos I've played all the other games in the Kingdom Hearts series and this one really helps to tie the series together.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Lost and Damages parcel not delivered, 25 Mar 2014
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I never recieved my parcel no one is helping me i have tried everything and its my fav game luckily IT comes out on ps3 with the kingdom hearts 2.5 hd game :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for any KH fan, 16 Jan 2014
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Bought this for my girlfriend who is mad for RPG's and especially Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy. No complaints about this one, excellent addition to the KH family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant game, 19 Jun 2013
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I would recommend this game to all RPG fans and also fans of the final fantasy series of games. 5 out of 5. item arrived in 2 days with 1st class post, lightning fast delivery, i am well pleased with this game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent game, 13 Feb 2013
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Doubted that a PSP game would do the kingdom hearts series justice as the others are amazing. But it has been great to play, in between waiting for the new KH game to come out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent PSP Game, 6 Feb 2013
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Item arrived very quickly and in excellent condtion. The game was packed really well and my children were very impressed with this game. Thankyou.
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