'Kingdom Hearts 3' is vastly more enjoyable if you turn the subtitles off

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  • If you’re one of the thousands of people playing “Kingdom Hearts 3,” the final game in the popular trilogy, released Tuesday, you should try turning off the game’s subtitles.
  • While I generally love using subtitles to watch movies and shows, turning them off in “Kingdom Hearts 3” makes the game a more cinematic experience.
  • “Kingdom Hearts 3” has a ton of cutscenes, and removing the subtitles makes it feel as if you’re in a living Disney movie.

If you’re one of the many people playing – or about to play – “Kingdom Hearts 3,” try turning off the game’s subtitles. You may be surprised with how much better the experience is.

“Kingdom Hearts 3” is the final game in the long-running saga, which began in 2002 with the first “Kingdom Hearts” game for the PlayStation 2. Fans have been waiting over a decade since “Kingdom Hearts 2,” which was released in 2005.

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But whether you’re new to the series or have been playing “Kingdom Hearts” since the PlayStation 2 days, you’ll probably notice how many cinematic cutscenes occur during the new game.

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The cutscenes themselves are beautiful, but for the first several hours of playing “Kingdom Hearts 3,” I felt as if something was missing. The visuals looked just like a movie, but something kept reminding me I was playing a game. I couldn’t figure out what it was.

Then, I tried turning off the subtitles. When the next cutscene occurred, it felt as if I were watching a real Disney movie in a theatre – not playing a video game.

To turn off the subtitles, you have to wait for a point in the game when you can free-roam around a level: basically when you have control of your character and are not in a fight or a cutscene. Just press start, navigate to your settings, and turn off subtitles.

Kingdom hearts 3Disney/Square Enix

While subtitles can be helpful, especially to keep track of the many names in “Kingdom Hearts,” I find the game is best experienced without them. Sometimes I found myself missing out on the visuals because I was too busy trying to read and parse the subtitles. Without them there, it felt more like experiencing a living movie. After all, when was the last time you went to a theatre to watch a new Disney film and saw subtitles?

Subtitles are on by default in “Kingdom Hearts 3,” but try turning them off, if only for a little bit. You may be surprised with how much more immersive the game can be without them.

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