Kingdom Hearts fans look forward to 1.5 & 2.5 HD for a “summary” of the series’ rather confusing plot. Unfortunately, it has some pressing technical issues. This might be a pain for players who want a nostalgia trip of Square Enix and Disney’s popular crossover franchise.
1.5 & 2.5 HD compiles nearly every game in the Kingdom Hearts series. This is a good way to relive the franchise’s story before the release of KH3. Japanese players received the title last week. Unfortunately, it appears to have some bugs as well.
Kingdom Hearts tells the story of a group of friends “gifted” with the ability to wield Keyblades. These are magical weapons that can both open “hearts” and access new worlds. This allowed heroes Sora, Riku and Kairi to explore realms from both the Final Fantasy series and Disney films. Unfortunately, they also get involved with a sinister plot that threatens to destroy their universe.
Kingdom Hearts 1.5 & 2.5 HD: Persistent Problems
1.5 & 2.5 HD is actually a combination of two compilation series. Square Enix and Disney originally released 1.5 Remix and 2.5 Remix. The two halves already contain much of the games in the franchise. The HD version fuses all the titles into one big “release.”
Polygon praises the compilation for being a graphical improvement of the original versions of the games it contains. 1.5 &2.5 HD also boasts faster loading times. This can be attributed to the title’s 60 frame-rate capacity. Unfortunately, this is also the source of much of its problems.
Players can look at this Reddit thread to see a detailed list. However, a common element of the bugs is that they all came from the bugs of the original games. This means 1.5 & 2.5 HD did not “have” the bugs per se, but it carried over errors originally found in the old KH games.
A lot of users claim the problems actually come from the fact that the games are now playable in 60 FPS. The original KH titles were not built to support this format. This caused the physics of KH1 and 2 to be erratic and “buggy.”
Unfortunately, this “compatibility” issue also causes the game to crash. This even happens while some players are saving. The situation can irritate a lot of players as it causes them to replay entire segments of the titles.
According to Game Rant, Square Enix has yet to respond to the issues. However, the publisher may hopefully form a patch that can fix some of the problems. Meanwhile, fans can refer to the video below to see some of the bugs in action.