Awesome / Kingdom Hearts III

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  • Among the many highlights of the E3 trailer, we have Sora running up a vertical wall toward Lythos, the Rock Titan. When he reaches the top, we find that Lythos is much bigger than he's been in previous games, and Sora effortlessly takes several huge flying leaps up his body. Scaling a mountain and battling a Titan at the top? The whole thing has the air of a faster-paced Shadow of the Colossus or a less-bloody God of War. These kinds of maneuvers were semi-regular in previous games with the Reaction Commands of Kingdom Hearts II and the Flowmotion of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, and the trailer seems to indicate that these two systems have been combined to give Kingdom Hearts III the wildest combat system we've seen yet.
  • Another from the trailer, in the subtleties of the environment. Enemies burst out of a river and create splashes. Sora casts a wind spell, and the surrounding grass gets blown around. Anyone who knows how difficult that sort of thing is to render in CGI can surely appreciate it, and even though most video games have that much detail these days, it's an extremely satisfying art upgrade for the series. It's also a nice and sneaky way to reassure us that the game engine will be able to handle one of the most difficult pieces of CGI artistry in history: Rapunzel's hair.
    • And the D23 2018 trailers reveal that they were, in real time gameplay, no less.
  • This artwork of Sora flying on Baymax to fight a Heartless-possessed version of Baymax's original body.
    • The entire premise of the Big Hero 6 world - ever since Kingdom Hearts II, new worlds in the series have had a tendency of following their movie's plot exactly, making this brilliant original story a very pleasant surprise.
  • The Jump Festa 2015 Trailer. Nothing short of amazing in the gameplay department. As for 2.8, new story, and Riku, Kairi, and Mickey are rendered in the new style!
  • The Kingdom Hearts Orchestra 2017 trailer that debuted at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, June 11, 2017, all but shook the entire place down. A lot more showing off of Sora in combat in Olympus Coliseum, such as a Tag Team moment with Goofy, the return of Maleficent and Pete, now searching for a mysterious black box, and Xemnas daring Sora to use the darkness to bring back Roxas!
    • Another point is that following the end of 0.2, Sora is going to Olympus. So everything we see in the trailer is going to be at the start of the game.
    • The trailer starts with a catchy tagline. Come next scene, Sora exemplifies this tagline by literally skydiving into the fight, giving a breathtaking skyview of the Mount Olympus along the way. Oh, the wonderful things you'll be able to do in this game...
    Tagline: Don't assume your dreams are just fantasy. If you can imagine a world, believe in it... and dive in.
    • During the battle, Sora is accompanied by Donald, Goofy, and Hercules, with Herc having his own Guest-Star Party Member emblem. No more Arbitrary Headcount Limit! It's hard to say whether it's cooler that we'll have three allies active onscreen at once... or that Sora's fighting is so high-flying and fast-paced that we barely see his allies at all. Now that's combat!
    • Sora uses a Shotlock command, basically solidifying the notion that this combat system uses every combat mechanic the series has ever had and then some.
    • Sora's new Drive Form, Countershield (also referred to as Guard Form), displayed some incredibly awesome moves, including summoning giant golden fists to pummel Heartless and raining down large bolts of electricity.
    • The fact that Hades has decided that he's not having any of Maleficent and Pete's meddling and tries to shoo them out the door as soon as they arrive.
    • In general, next-gen versions of "Ansem" and Xemnas being Back-to-Back Badasses!
  • If these trailers and Word of God are anything to go by, this game will see Sora not only as a Keyblade Master, but watch him have powers and moves worthy of his new title.
  • The D23 2017 trailer reveals a brand new world, which is none other than Toy Story!! And it features an all-new story written by some of the original staff in the film! And you get to fight with both Buzz and Woody (that's right—five party members at once)!
    • You also get to take control of giant (well, giant to a toy) mechs!
      • When Sora is fighting in the Mechs, check the background. He causes at least one display to TOPPLE.
    • Character animation that looks like the cast stepped right out of Toy Story 3. Yes, 3.
    • The events of Kingdom Hearts 3 are set after Toy Story 2. Not an Alternate Continuity, not a Broad Strokes retelling with Sora and friends shoehorned in. No, the events of the Toy Story world in Kingdom Hearts III are set within the same continuity as the original films.
    • In a minor note, the trailer is in Japanese and at one point we get a close up of Andy's bulletin board. If you pause, the English is surprisingly good and the prices for the toys are fairly accurate, though this could be explained by the fact that parts of the Toy Story production team helped with the writing and art design for the world.
    • Woody and Sora shaking hands. It’s a small little moment, but considering how long Nomura has wanted Toy Story, how long fans have wanted Pixar in general, with it all finally coming together, its a nice warm and fuzzy moment for those that have really followed the series' production history.
    • The Toy Story world goes a step further from the original story of the Big Hero 6 world—much of it is set in a toy store which has never been seen in any Toy Story film, a totally original location.
  • After all the years the game was anticipated, the fans can rejoice in finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, for the release year is FINALLY announced to be on 2018.
  • A bit more subjective, but just the fact that the game was somehow able to out-hype Avengers: Infinity War and The Last Jedi at the D23 expo.
    • Take it from someone that was there; Kingdom Hearts 3's presence was extremely palpable. Whenever the game was mentioned, the crowd sent nuts, there was a almost literal sea of cosplayers, and it could all even be considered a CMOA or CMOH depending how you look at it, because Nomura and the Disney executives got to hear and feel the love. Add onto that the passionate reactions to the stream, and by the people that were there, its good feelings all around. Only Kingdom Hearts could elicit so many feels from a Goddamn TRAILER.
  • Just the sheer fact that Donald and Goofy are back in the party. The original trio are back together, travelling worlds, kicking ass, and generally fucking up all of Xehanort's shit…
  • In Corona, you team up with Rapunzel. Yes, Rapunzel is officially taking on Heartless… armed with just a frying pan. She'll still probably win.
    • With the D23 2018 trailer we now know the truth - Flynn has the frying pan. Rapunzel? Rapunzel uses her seventy foot long hair as a weapon!
      • As revealed by the most recent trailer, when she isn't using her hair as a whip or a lasso, she uses it to swing around a tree and kicks Heartless in the face with her bare feet.
  • The February D23 trailer revealing not only more details of the Toy Story and Tangled worlds, the reveal of the Monsters Inc. world, but the return of Vanitas and Marluxia!
    • Alongside this, the reveal of the new theme song, sung by none other than Utada Hikaru! The trailer shows off the new song (Chikai/Oath in Japanese, Don't Think Twice in English), as well as Riku and Mickey's new outfits in a cutscene in the Realm of Darkness and hinting at the return of the Riku Replica!
    • This is the first trailer that really shows off not only the design of the Disney characters, but also the animation as well. The characters move and act so naturally, you could swear you were watching the movies!
    • If you look in the background of the Scare floor in Monsters Inc, you’ll see that it’s filled with balloons, which indicates it’s taking place after the film when Mike and Sulley are running the factory and Boo is returning.
    • In Monsters Inc, Sora takes to using a door as a Keyblade. He's officially getting inventive now...And unleashes a metric tonne of Dream Eaters at some enemies. And uses Mike Wazowski as a bowling ball!
    • Ariel is a summon, y'all!
    • One of Toy Story’s boss battles has them fighting a giant spaceship Heartless inside a toy city in an alternate dimension.
    • Buzz and Woody’s Limit Break includes them riding on top of a rocket.
    • The sheer size of Monstropolis and inside the factory shows how dedicated Nomura and his team were dedicated to recreating Disney worlds just like in their own movies.
    • We only get a few glimpses of Rapunzel's hair, but it looks fantastic. In fact, they said the reason why we didn't see her in the first trailer is they wanted to get her hair right. AND IT SHOWS. We see her carrying it, using it to whirl around a tree, a (leaked) photo has it in the braids, and an interview discussed other ways it works too. Someone spent 3 years making sure they got the hair right. And it has paid off.
    • When we see Vanitas confronting Sora and company in the Monsters Inc. world, he wears a black coat similar to that of the Organization, implying Xehanort brought him Back from the Dead to serve as one of his Recusants.
      • The trailer takes it one step further for Vanitas' grand reveal. An orchestrated remix of Unbreakable Chains (from the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra Character Medley Heroes and Heroines) plays and it is glorious!
    • We are also getting background character NPCs instead of just empty towns and invisible crowds.
    • When Sora and company are facing Vanitas in Monsters Inc., Mike Wazowski of all people stands up him. He has to get held back by Sulley in order to keep him from getting too close to Vanitas.
    • In an interview, Nomura mentioned that each world is the size of one of the older games! Even if it's one of the 'smaller' ones, like say, 358/2 Days or Birth By Sleep, that's still positively immense, especially considering that the worlds in previous games tended to max out at an hour or so for Disney worlds and maybe a few hours for plot-critical worlds.
  • The Classic Kingdom trailer revealed LCD, Game and Watch style minigames for Kingdom Hearts 3! Nomura said there will be twenty of them, and what's more amazing is they are all old school Mickey Mouse cartoons, but turned into video games!
    • Also of note; we FINALLY see Hayner, Pence and Olette again! Their new outfits look great and keep up with Nomura's new plaid kick.
  • Wreck-It Ralph game-jumps from his own game to the world of Kingdom Hearts as a summon!
  • The main theme for the Toy Story world? None other than “You Got a Friend in Me”!
  • A boss fight against three giant dinosaur toys has them moving and attacking in stiff jerky bouncy ways, both because they're articulation-limited and to look like a child is playing with them. Now THAT is attention to detail!
  • Hearing Woody; from the leaked cutscenes, joining the club of saying Sora, Donald, Goofy, in the order we all remember in English finally, is incredibly satisfying.
  • And if all of the above wasn't enough to put a smile on your face, we are all but confirmed to get a release date at E3 2018.


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