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Legendra (Jul 04, 2010)
Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep est donc bien la réussite attendue. Complet, efficace et beau sur tous les points, le jeu se classe parmi les meilleurs RPG sur PSP, et il est, à mon sens, le meilleur KH sorti jusqu'à présent. Le trio Aqua/Terra/Ven est monstrueusement attachant et arrive à dégager autant d'aura que Kairi/Riku/Sora en l'espace d'un seul jeu. Rendez-vous pour Kingdom Hearts: Coded, qui illuminera toutes les zones d'ombre du scénario, et nous serons alors fin prêts pour Kingdom Hearts 3 !
RPGFan (Sep 30, 2010)
I had my doubts about Birth by Sleep, and was prepared to call it quits for the series if this game didn't live up to expectations. However, Square Enix has delivered what is, in my opinion, the best Kingdom Hearts experience to date. Despite a few regrettable decisions regarding the minigames and side content, the core game is incredibly polished and a beautiful example of what can be accomplished in spite of aging hardware. Square Enix has not only set a new standard for visual and aural quality on the PSP, but also set one for gameplay; it is an example that other developers would do well to follow.
Gaming Age (Sep 28, 2010)
For those of you that might be new to the series, well, a prequel is certainly a way to jump in, but there's revelations contained within this game that'll have a limited impact on somebody that doesn't understand how they tie in to the later games. At least take a refresher course in the storyline before jumping in if you want to enjoy the tale, but outside of the story the gameplay is damn solid and worth checking out. Definitely one of the better PSP titles out there this year and something most PSP owners should be picking up at some point.
90 (Sep 21, 2010)
Birth By Sleep is the best Kingdom Hearts game to come out since the original. It has engaging combat, enjoyable multiplayer modes, a good soundtrack and great voice over work. You can play it with friends or on your own, but either way you slice it, you'll have a good time with the most addictive, enjoyable and customizable installment of Kingdom Hearts yet!
PlayStation Lifestyle (Sep 14, 2010)
Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep is without a doubt one of 2010′s Best PSP titles to own. It is also a perfect starting point for those looking to join the legion of Kingdom Hearts fans. With loads of content to play, the addictive as always gameplay along with the enjoyable multiplayer mode, and three different storylines to play through, Kingdom Hearts fans can’t afford to miss out on Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep.
DarkZero (Sep 19, 2010)
Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep is indeed a wonderful game. It’s lovingly crafted, features excellent visuals and is a perfect compliment to an impressive though often overlooked PSP video game library. It’s one that could convince new comers to fall for its charms, with a delicate and perfectly balanced storyline that is as epic as any Disney film. Sure it has its irritating elements, such as the sometimes clunky camera, irksome jumping mechanism, and the long loading times (which an install can alleviate somewhat). But considering the system this is delivered on, they can all be overlooked and the game can be appreciated for that what it is. An excellent addition to the PSP library and a purchase I recommend you go out and make as soon as possible.
Hasta los Juegos (Sep 16, 2010)
Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep es una entrada potente de la serie, que parece ir calentando el ambiente de cara a la próxima gran entrega de la franquicia. Sus mayores males ya los hemos comentado: su sistema de control y puede que el abuso de universos y personajes que ya nos empiezan a cansar
Cheat Code Central (Sep, 2010)
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep may not have been the game fans of the series were initially hoping for, but that doesn't stop it from being the best entry in the series yet. The cohesive plotline (which ties together threads from all the other Kingdom Hearts game, but most notably Kingdom Hearts II and 358/2 Days), the improvements to the battle system, and extremely high production values make this a must-buy for fans of the series. Would I have preferred this game on a home console? Sure, but as a handheld title and a "missing piece" of sorts in the Kingdom Hearts mythos, Birth by Sleep works perfectly well and is worth experiencing for fans eagerly anticipating that much-rumored third entry.
IGN (Sep 02, 2010)
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep has the best battle system in the series and one of the most ambitious storytelling devices yet; the game's few issues aren't enough to spoil the fun. With three characters to choose from, plenty of fun mini-games and a rich combat experience, Birth by Sleep comes highly recommended.
GamersGlobal (Sep 15, 2010)
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep wird euch auf Wochen von anderen Spielen fernhalten. Die Gründe dafür: Ein taktisch anspruchsvolles und abwechslungsreiches Kampfsystem, eine Gesamtspielzeit von über 45 Stunden, spaßige Minispiele und dazu eine Geschichte, die einen durchweg bei der Stange hält.
Worth Playing (Sep 20, 2010)
As far as gameplay goes, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep is easily the best of the Kingdom Hearts games and is a solid addition to the franchise. The combat is fun and interesting, and it manages to avoid feelingly overly repetitive or simplistic. The command system and multiple playable characters give the game a good amount of variety, and the boss fights are diverse and interesting. However, the story is rather lackluster and the plot is nearly impenetrable if you're not a Kingdom Hearts fan. The gameplay is fun enough to make up for that weakness, but some players may want to skip any cut scenes that don't involve Disney characters.
1UP (Sep 07, 2010)
Fans have been clamoring for a new Kingdom Hearts game on the current generation of consoles, and we keep hearing vague promises that it's coming eventually. In the meantime, Birth by Sleep is the next best thing. It recaptures the fun of the console games, while adding features that make it a worthwhile entry in the game's canon. This isn't a little sibling; it's a true, if slight, evolutionary step for the series. Whenever we do finally see a Kingdom Hearts 3, it's bound to have taken lessons from this portable prequel.
Level (Sweden) (Sep, 2010)
Den tveklöst bästa Kingdom Hearts-fördjupning du inte visste att du behövde.
RPG Site (Dec 26, 2010)
Despite its flaws of a sometimes convoluted story, a rather weak Disney crossover attempt, and what can be called a fleeting charm during the middle of the story, there is a lot to appreciate about this game. Not only does it offer a very refreshing perspective for the series by allowing you to choose from three different characters to play through the main story with, but the visuals are actually on par with its PlayStation 2 counterparts. This game provides a high-degree of polish, and the music is great as always. It may not be as great in my mind as Kingdom Hearts or especially Kingdom Hearts II, but as a whole, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more enjoyable portable game this year, and it makes the wait for Kingdom Hearts III that much harder to bear.
80 (Sep 14, 2010)
Birth by Sleep ist ein rundum gelungener und von Anfang bis Ende unterhaltsamer Ansatz, das Kingdom Hearts-Universum zu erweitern und baut auf bekannte Qualität. Es verpasst dabei aber leider auch, Mankos zu entfernen, die die Serie schon seit der ersten Ausgabe piesacken.
Gamernode (Sep 28, 2010)
Is this the Kingdom Hearts game that fans have been drooling for? No, because it doesn't have a "3" in the title. Is it any less of a KH game because of the platform it's on? Absolutely not, and I'd even go so far as to say that fans might even like this game more than the PS2 iterations. The story can get confusing, and some of the music is recycled, but the game looks great, sounds great, and plays great. If you like Kingdom Hearts, then get over your aversion to the PSP and play this game. You'll be glad you did.
80 (Sep 20, 2010)
It's been a good year for the PSP, especially for quirky RPG affairs such as this. I was ready to dismiss Birth by Sleep as being just another spin-off; a quick cash in on the Kingdom Hearts name, but I'm happy to have been proved wrong. In many ways, it actually outshines its console counterparts. Bar a few niggling control issues, the battle system could well be the best in the series yet, and at times I actually felt it looked better than its PS2 cousins. For those still enduring the long and painful road to KH3, Birth by Sleep is a fantastic stop along the way.
Defunct Games (Nov 17, 2010)
I defy anybody to play through the entire game and not feel satisfied with their purchase. Even though I have some major issues with the control and repetition, I have no problem recommending this well-made adventure game. This is a return to form, which was needed after the disappointment of Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days. There are a lot of things I would change about it, but ultimately Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep is a well made game full of cool cameos and exciting worlds to explore.
Game Revolution (Sep 29, 2010)
The only notable downside to Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep is the constant loading times. The worlds are large and beautiful, but every time you reach a new point that needs a disc spin – which seems to be VERY often – it can break some of the flow of the game. It's not a real deal-breaker... just an annoyance while you're getting your fix. And with three characters, three campaigns, a little bit of board game action , and enough worlds to explore for all their little nooks and crannies, you'll be busy for quite a while.
GameSpot (Sep 03, 2010)
Like previous games in the franchise, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep provides good value for your money. Slashing through all three story strands may take you 25 hours or more, and the command boards and additional modes provide reasons to return once you've left the story behind. It's unfortunate that Birth by Sleep relies so much on repetition and that a few foibles from the series remain largely untouched. These and a few other woes hold this PSP exclusive back from greatness, but vibrant visuals and snazzy, evolving combat will likely charm fans and newcomers alike into forgiving most of the flaws. Birth by Sleep harbors few surprises, but it's a fun and comfortable addition to a quality series.
70 (UK) (Sep 06, 2010)
The result is a mixed success. Developments to the battle system ensure that this is the most enjoyable Kingdom Hearts title in terms of its raw systems, but the storytelling and structure fail to delight in the same way. There's undoubtedly a great deal of craftsmanship on view, from the broad sweep of the cut-scenes to the minutiae of the character customisation. But the game falls short of the excellence promised by its component parts and enviable heritage - and it will do nothing to expand the Kingdom Hearts audience in the way its doting parent companies are no doubt hoping.
AusGamers (Oct 18, 2010)
The Latest Kingdom Hearts offers simplistic combat, lavish cut scenes, and substantial play-time, and there is a hard-core of Square fans that will lap all this up. If you are not a member of this fanatical hard core, then only emptiness and repetition await.