Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep is an action role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation Portable.
Since this is an action RPG, the story is an essential part of the game. Birth by Sleep’s information is handled very well and is told through three smaller sub-stories. The pacing is excellent, and it doesn’t seem either too short or too drawn out. The character development is perfect, and I feel that it’s straightforward to sympathize with the main characters. As an origin story, it gives players a chance to see how the Kingdom Hearts plot develops from the start without too much complexity. If you’re the type who likes to get 100% completion when playing games, Birth by Sleep does offer quite a bit of content. Each character has its file and progress, allowing players to work on mini-games and other side quests across three separate files.
There are many surprises in the game, and many different questions will arise until they are finally put to rest at the end. Bosses and worlds increase in difficulty at a manageable rate. Be wary of Critical Mode if you don’t have much experience in KH. There are many setbacks for your character and many boosts for enemies, including half heath for you from the game’s start. Each difficulty mode brings something different.
It is straightforward for new or casual players, Normal for people who have played before, Hard for experienced players, and Critical Mode for only the most hardened KH veterans. The Trinity Archives are a great addition to the game and help to understand the storyline. It features a timeline for all three characters, telling you when in the story they are “supposed” to arrive at what worlds and in what sequence the story unfolds. It also allows you to replay your favorite cutscenes without having to go back to the battles.
With four difficulties and a “secret” ending for those willing to put in the legwork. You will spend many hours on each storyline. Even more, time after you beat the game to finish minigames, find treasures and defeat optional bosses. We highly suggest the game, so long as you don’t mind the slight mental challenge of remembering everything to experience and understand the story.