Out of the 13 games in the entire series, Kingdom Hearts 3 is perhaps one of the most successful and best-selling games in the franchise. It even won a Platinum Prize at the PlayStation Awards for shipping more than one million copies in Asia alone. However, Kingdom Hearts 3 still had its flaws, and the ending left many players feeling short-changed.
In fact, HP’s review of Kingdom Hearts 3 criticized the last few hours of the game as nothing but fan service. We saw the story conclude with all our favorite characters—Axel, Roxas, and Xion; Ven, Aqua, and Terra—coming together and reuniting after spending entire games apart. It’s a textbook-type of “happily ever after” that fans expected—but that’s exactly why it left a bitter aftertaste.
While all these brilliant personalities were given their own spotlights, Kingdom Hearts 3 itself fell short in the one aspect it was worshipped for: its plot. A discussion on Dual Shockers notes the game’s lack of substantial content, even going as far as to say that it used nostalgia to mask its non-existent plot.
All these comments were all well and good, until the Re: Mind DLC.
The first trailer for the latest edition dropped during the Tokyo Game Show (TGS) last September. And after nearly eight months of no content, to say that it’s a “breath of fresh air” is an understatement. Before the TGS trailer, the only news that fans had was the DLC’s title (Re:Mind) and a vague interview with director Tetsuya Nomura about extra bosses and key blades. No one was expecting an entire story arc to drop; much less the answers to cliffhangers which they thought were coming in the next title.
What to expect from Re:Mind DLC?
It’s hard to talk about Re:Mind without spoiling the story, but all you have to know is that the DLC definitely fills in most of the missing holes that were dug in the main game. From Sora’s search for Kairi that was glossed over pre-credit to the gang’s subsequent search for Sora after he disappears, Re:Mind covers everything and more.
The DLC is divided into three parts: the Re:Mind main scenario, a Limitcut Episode, and a Secret Episode. The Limitcut Episode features 13 excruciatingly difficult boss fights between data copies of the Organization XIII, similar to Kingdom Hearts 2.8’s own Limitcut battles. Upon winning against all of them, you’ll get access to the elusive Secret Episode where you’ll encounter the secret boss that Nomura claims “will make you cry”. Its ending is a huge nudge to what games are coming out next, so work hard!
Aside from the extra content, players who buy the DLC will also get access to the Premium Menus. When you start on a New Game or NG+, on the Station of Awakening, you’re given a 3rd option that asks: “What kind of adventure do you seek?” Depending on your answer, you’ll get access to at least one of two premium codes.
Usual Adventure lets you play the game as is. Easy Adventure lets you access the “EZ Codes” menu, which makes the game much easier to complete (we especially love the one-kit KO option). Finally, Challenging Adventure gives you access to the “Pro Codes,” which punishes you in multiple ways such as banning cures and cutting your defenses to zero. Both codes provide you access to separate challenges where you can earn “merits” and cool items for completing each one.
When you beat the secret boss, however, you automatically get access to both codes. Re:Mind is not only Kingdom Hearts 3’s satisfying attempt of proving a conclusion to the saga, but also its sneaky way of setting up the scene for the next one. The DLC is available for download on the PSN for $29.99. It will later be accessible in late February for the Xbox One