‘Kingdom Hearts – The Story So Far’ bundles 9 titles together for $40

‘Kingdom Hearts – The Story So Far’ bundles 9 titles together for $40

If you haven’t been keeping up with the Kingdom Hearts games over the years, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll have absolutely no idea what’s going on in Kingdom Hearts III. Ahead of that game’s release next year, Square Enix is offering up Kingdom Hearts — The Story So Far, a bundle that will get you all caught up on the lore and history to date … probably.

Kingdom Hearts – The Story So Far is a bundle containing two other compilations. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX includes seven different games. They are Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories, 358/2 Days, Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix, and Kingdom Hearts Re: coded.

Confused yet? If you are, that may be because Kingdom Hearts 2D 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is also included in the bundle. That compilation includes the games Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD, Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep — A fragmentary passage — as well as the Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover movie.

The compilation should give you what you need to prepare for Kingdom Hearts III, though you won’t be getting the original experience for Chain of Memories. First released on Game Boy Advance, the game was later remade for PlayStation 2 with visuals more in line with the rest of the series. The games are very similar, but it’s worth picking up a copy of the sprite-based original if you can find it.

If you don’t have the time to play through eight games and watch a movie, YouTube creator videogamedunkey did his best to catch you up to speed with a recent explainer video. We honestly have no idea what’s happening at this point, either, but his explanation sounds like it’s probably mostly accurate, so be aware of spoilers!

Kingdom Hearts – The Story So Far is available for pre-order now on the Square Enix store, and a listing is also live on Amazon. It will release for PlayStation 4 on October 30, following by Kingdom Hearts III for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 25, 2019. The latter game has been delayed numerous times, and is the first true numbered sequel in more than 13 years.

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Review Roundup: What Do The Critics Think?

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Review Roundup: What Do The Critics Think?

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is now available, bringing the blockbuster action series to ancient Greece. After Ubisoft saw diminishing returns from its annual sequels, the company took a year off to put more time into its next installment. The result was Assassin’s Creed Origins, a well-received return to form that borrowed some heavy RPG elements like loot, and revised some of its staid mechanics.

Odyssey is the first sequel since Origins, and it follows just a year after. Though Ubisoft has already confirmed another isn’t coming next year, this game following so hot on the heels of the last one runs the risk of exhausting fans again. The critical reception suggests that the shine hasn’t worn off quite yet, with generally positive reviews that note this one isn’t quite as novel, but learns its lessons well from its predecessor. Read on for a look at impressions from around the industry, or check GameSpot’s sister site Metacritic for a wider view.

  • Game: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Developer / Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Release date: October 5
  • Price: US $60 / £49 / AU $78

GameSpot — 8/10

“Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s ambition is admirable, which is reflected in its rich attention to detail for the era and its approach to handling the multi-faceted narrative with strong protagonists at the lead. While its large-scale campaign–clocking in at over 50 hours–can occasionally be tiresome, and some features don’t quite make the impact they should, Odyssey makes great strides in its massive and dynamic world, and it’s a joy to venture out and leave your mark on its ever-changing setting.” — Alessandro Fillari [Full review]

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Chime in: Share your Surface horror stories

Back in 2017, trusted recommendations site, Consumer Reports, made headlines after blasting Microsoft’s Surface lineup for reliability issues. Polling over 90,000 subscribers, it failed to recommend the premium collection of PC and tablets, potentially delivering a heavy hit to sales. Our Executive Editor, Daniel Rubino, questioned its findings at the time while diving deeper into Consumer Reports’ methodology.

Consumer Reports just recently reversed its stance on Surface, now recommending the Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, and Surface Book 2 to consumers. However, we’re still not short on horror stories from Windows Central readers, as seen in one recent post in our forums.

While Windows Central recommends most of the Surface line, there are some issues that can’t be ignored. Are you a Surface user? We want to hear your thoughts on the topic and any horror stories you’ve had over the years. Drop into the forum thread linked below and share your thoughts.

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