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Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX (stylized as Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 ReMIX) is a combo pack comprised of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX for the PlayStation 4. It was released in Japan on March 9, 2017, in North America on March 28, 2017, and in Europe on March 31, 2017. It also released for Xbox One in 2020.

It was later re-released as part of a combo pack known as Kingdom Hearts - The Story So Far alongside Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue in North America only on October 30, 2018.[1]

Features

  • All six titles from the original HD re-releases are present on a single disc.[2]
  • A change in the cutscene subtitles that made them smaller than they were in previous releases.[3]
  • All four games present run at 60 frames per second.[4]
  • Load times for all titles are much faster compared to that of the HD ReMIX's for the PlayStation 3, and even outclass the loading speeds of the PlayStation 2 due to the forced data install of the PS4 compared to the PS3 reading and loading the data off of the Blu-Ray discs.[5]
  • As the PSN trophies that are listed for this game are considered separate from the PS3 releases, they must be acquired separately.
  • Initially, bugs and glitches found in the PS3 releases of the games were still present and even some new ones were found after Square Enix implemented a patch to play the games in 60 frames per second. Patch updates were released in the following months to fix these initial flaws in the game, though some remain, albeit very rare, or a few new ones were found since these patches.
  • Following the patch update in June 2017, the first DLC content for the Kingdom Hearts series was added to the Playstation Store. The first DLC was a Theater Mode for Kingdom Hearts Final Mix,[6] which was previously the only game in the HD sets not to have one. The second DLC was an expansion of Day 357 in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days with a new cutscene of Roxas fighting Xion's Final Form.[7] In the Xbox One port, this is included as part of the game and is already available.
  • In the Xbox One port, there's a new skip option for the opening cinematic of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix.

Reception

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX received "generally favorable" reviews on Metacritic getting a metascore of 84/100 on PS4.[8]

Trivia

  • Even though this collection was released on PS4 in 2017 before Kingdom Hearts III, it was released on Xbox One the next year after Kingdom Hearts III was released; 2020.
  • The games are listed in mostly-chronological order and not order of release. As such, 358/2 Days is listed before Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix in the sorting, even though 358/2 Days came out 4 years after II did in Japan and, thus, acts as a prequel to it.
    • Birth By Sleep Final Mix is the only game to not be listed chronologically - it is listed after II but before Re:coded, despite being a prequel to the original Kingdom Hearts. Its placement instead follows order of release, as it came out 5 years after II and a couple weeks before the final episode of coded in Japan.
  • The remastered cutscenes for 358/2 Days and Re:Coded are still left in 720p and lack anti-aliasing. Same as Re:Chain of Memories' cutscenes.
  • The subtitles for Birth By Sleep Final Mix are still the size they were in the previous PS3 release of 2.5 as opposed to be shrunk down with the other games.

Goofs

  • In the Xbox One port, the prerendered cutscenes for Kingdom Hearts Final Mix have framerate issues and appear to play at roughly half the framerate that they do on PS4.
  • Also in the Xbox One port, in Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, at some points, the face buttons for the command shortcuts are the PS4 ones instead, as the people porting the collection forgot to change them.
  • And, in Birth By Sleep Final Mix for Xbox One, during the Fruitball minigame, Aqua accidentally spikes the fruits downward instead of in front of her when the player goes in to spike them.

Notes and references

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