The World Ends With You Review (DS)

by July 14th, 2008
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Just Buy It

As I start this review I must apologize to every PR Company and Publisher that has sent me stuff to review in the last 2 months! This game has absorbed all of my gaming life since I first plugged it into my trusty DS!

Let me state, for those that don’t already know, I really don’t like RPGs. So when I got The World Ends With You, my heart sank and I started to readdress the Jiffy bag to one of the other reviewers. But as I looked at the back of the box I noticed that it didn’t really look like an average RPG. In fact the description didn’t really sound much like a normal RPG. It made mention of real time combat and unique usage of the DS touch screen. Before I sent it off, I decided I had to give it a quick go, just to satisfy my curiosity.

The World Ends With You starts with the lead character, Neku, waking up in Tokyo in a place called Shibuya. He has no memory of how he got there or even of who he is. After a little exploration you hook up with Shiki, a fast talking and slightly maddening girl who makes a Pact with you. Then things get interesting.

One of the best games I have played in years, a genuine and very welcome surprise!!

You discover that you are in what is called ‘The Reapers Game.’, a game where the Players (you and a few others) must complete missions every day for 7 days, fail and you will be erased. Although you are in modern day Tokyo, the people there cannot see you, only other players and reapers can. That’s not the only thing that is weird. You have a pin on you, if you use it you are able to read peoples thoughts and also see strange creatures, called Noise.

As the first day progresses you begin to learn more about these noise and also the pins. Pins can be found, bought and earned by completing missions and side missions. Each pin has a special power associated to it. These are activated with particular gestures on the touch screen during combat.

The World Ends With YouNow this is where things really get interesting. Combat. You control 2 characters, one on the top screen and one on the bottom. Neku, on the bottom screen, uses the stylus to set of moves. These range from rubbing the screen, to slashing across enemies. Your partner is controlled using the D-Pad. They use various combinations to unleash combos and moves. You can control both at the same time, but the real skill is in passing the combos between you. There is a green puck that passes from character to character after each successful hit. The more passes you get the stronger your attacks become. It can get confusing, but you are able to get the DS to control the top screen for you.

The combat is really exciting and a joy to control. Each battle is usually pretty short, but that is a good thing as you need the break! My only complaint is sometimes your gestures can get mixed up in the heat of battle!

The World Ends With You is a good looking game. The scenery is well drawn and very Japanese as are the characters, all well realized and fun. It is not a massive world to walk around, but what is there is very detailed and by all accounts shows real Tokyo land marks and districts. It also has some excellent music throughout!

What makes this stand out, other than the combat, is the intricate story line. There are genuine twists and turns that you don’t see coming. The characters develop in such a way that you begin to care about them, even some of the bad guys! Not only that, it is told in a clever way – think the Matrix meets Dark City.

The main single player game will only keep you going for about 12 hours, but there is a real incentive to play again. Once you finish you are able to go back to each chapter and complete specific goals. These goals will reward you with more information about just what the hell is going on.

There is more, I have not mentioned the fact that you can adjust your power level at any time, the lower the level the higher the rewards. I have not mentioned that you can save at any time (thank you God!!). I could go on about the fact there is a very cool multiplayer mini game call tin pin slammer, or the need to buy and choose clothes and accessories carefully to match the styles in the that region. But to be honest I am not going to. Just go and buy the game and find out for yourself.

One of the best games I have played in years, a genuine and very welcome surprise!!

The Good: Fantastic story, Exciting combat, good characters
The Bad: Combat can be a little confusing at times!!!

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Andrzej Marczewski

Owner of YARS
Well, lets start by saying that I run YARS. Gaming has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember! I felt there were just too few games review sites out there, so created YARS to fill that sorry looking gap....

About Andrzej Marczewski

Well, lets start by saying that I run YARS. Gaming has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember! I felt there were just too few games review sites out there, so created YARS to fill that sorry looking gap....