Square Enix usually produces some great games, mainly JRPGs, and every one of them that I’ve played I’ve enjoyed. So when I heard they made a DS game, I nearly shat myself. And then when I heard it was also created by the same people as Kingdom Hearts, I became even more excited.
The World Ends With You is about an emo kid in Shibuya who likes being a loner. Somehow he dies and to get another chance at life, he has to play the “Reapers Game” which lasts for seven days with a certain task for each day.
Well I played the whole game surprisingly which I never do because I tend to lose interest after a certain point but I didn’t with this one and I’m still playing it now doing all the side quests and such. I couldn’t be any prouder of myself. Anyways the game has an overall interesting story. It’s really deep and philosophical. Rofl.
Anyways another interesting part of the game is the combat style. Different from anything I’ve ever used, TWEWY utilizes both screens of the DS. You have to control two players at once: one with the stylus and another with the control pad. Before I figured out how to really use it, I just mashed one button while focusing on the stylus character (your main character). Wasn’t really effective but neither is autoplay which I stuck the top player on for the rest of the game/the entire game.
In addition to the combat style, your main character is given power through pins that have special abilities. Each are activated with a different stylus stroke which you have to be super accurate with (which sometimes doesn’t work either) or the game won’t register it or the game will think it’s another pin. It’s a real pain in the ass towards the end of the game.
Also with the pins, your clothes/armor can power or weaken your pins. You can see the trend chart when you access your phone. I know it goes along with how Shibuya is in real life, but I hardly ever paid attention to it.
One thing I like about this game in particular is that you don’t have to level up as. I found this to be a gift from heaven. I hate games that require you to constantly grind (level up). It makes me lose interest in the game really quickly.
Overall I would give the game a 7 out of 10. It’s very different from Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts. The combat style is a tad difficult but you get the hang of it after the first few times. It’s also short compared to other RPGs and the story is somewhat typical (emo kid who sees the light) yet still enjoyable. I’m still doing the side quests at the end of the game but I haven’t touched it in awhile. It lost all its glamour after a week.
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