The World Ends With You (Nintendo DS)
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- Platform: Nintendo DS
- PEGI Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
- Media: Video Game
Square Enix has created many impressive looking DS games, but this wholly original title, from the same team behind Kingdom Hearts, is easily their best. Nothing about the game is conventional --from the contemporary setting in Tokyos trendiest shopping district to a split-screen combat system in which you battle graffiti-like monsters with the stylus on the bottom screen while using the pad for a controlling a different style of action on the top screen. With great depth and a vast array of customisation options, The World Ends with You tops it all off with stunning graphics and the best DS soundtrack.
THE WORLD ENDS WITH YOU is an all-new, revolutionary adventure experience for Nintendo DS, brought to you by the makers of the critically acclaimed, multi-million-selling KINGDOM HEARTS series.
Trapped in the coolest district in Tokyo, only with the best fashions, friends and fighting skills around can you hope to defeat the Noise and the mysterious Shinigami Corporation, to restore hope to the citys population and prevent being stricken from existence altogether!
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The story is set in modern times and the basic premise is that you find your character Neku awakening in an alternate Shibuya, with no memory and where only certain people can see him and he has 7 days to live. In a very small nutshell that's the basics of the story and all you need to know really, it's best to let this one fold out with as few preconceptions as possible. Be assured though that the story is both original and of high quality and, along with the visual style, quite unique. The visuals themselves are very impressive and although they don't look like they're pushing the DS to its limits they are certainly distinctive and great to look at. Think Manga-esque with the cel-shaded jagged edges and heavy black outlines of Jet Set Radio except in pure comic book 2D.
Combat takes place in real time and is actually initiated by the player rather than completely random. From initiating the fight you are taken into battle mode where you can control two characters, one on each screen. The bottom screen is controlled using the stylus to use certain equipped "pins" that allow Neku to attack the enemies on his screen in a variety of different ways. On the top screen you use the D-pad or face buttons (if left-handed) to attack the same characters but they are also represented as separate entities on the top screen. It's quite hard to describe and certainly takes some time to get used to controlling two screens at once.Read more ›
You play as grumpy, irritating teenager Neku Sakuraba who has apparently just died and been planted into the world of UG Shibuya. You must survive seven days literally in a game of life or death by completing set missions that are sent to you each day. Failure to complete the mission by any of the players taking part means instant deletion.
The game has you pairing up with several characters, who appears on the top screen whilst Neku appears on the touchscreen, and has ou battling against evil monsters called 'Noise' who are essentially there to try and delete you. However, there are also the Reapers, who organise this little game (little game, who are we kidding? THEY'RE ALL GONNA DIE!) - their mission? To kill you basically.
Amazingly, despite a fairly dark undertone, the story is actually quite charming and occasionally light-hearted. There are some good characters and some fantastic character development - you may start hating Neku but you warm to him after a while as he opens up and stops being such a jackass - and some wonderful NPCs to contend with.
What really sells the game is the wonderful array of gameplay mechanics involved - there are far too many to list - all of them are perfectly implemented, never feeling forced, and always leave you wanting to know what's next. It's a deeply rewarding system and the combat, while initially confusing and difficult to master, almost becomes second nature.Read more ›
Only downside is that the fighting elements are a bit repetitive, but once you've climbed the learning curve they don't have to take too long, and you earn new skills on the way.
You awaken to find yourself in Shibuya where you must fight in a game to get a second chance.This seems straight forward at first but twists and turns lead to friendship,betrayal and understanding that to expand your world you need to meet people,get to know them and although you may not get along you gin an insight into their own worlds.
At first I was sceptical,I saw the gameplay graphics on google and was like....looks pretty bad but it's not,it adds to the charm and fee of the game.The music may get on peoples nervs but again it fits Shibuya,a place where you can be different and no-one will judge you.
The storyline is good and is just what I'd expect from the people that made Kingdom Hearts,though the character design is almost identical to that game in some ways.
For those who've seen the trailer to this game well...it kinda explains alot of what happens in the game but it's the journey and as I said there are twists that will leave you going 'Say whaaaaaaat?!'
I've been playing this game for about 2-3 days and am nearly done with the first run through of it,I'll definitely be playing it again thats for sure.
The overall moral is: Life is short so enjoy every second to its fullest.Expand your world,the world you inhabit does not have to end with you.
Hopefully my review of this game was okay
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Faster than expected.
USA version but region free. It works perfectly on my 2DS (Pal - EUR ver).
Thank you so much! Finally I've got one of my favourite games ever! Read more
I brought this and it arrived next day despite not being expected for four days. The gameplay is amazing and really unique I only wish there was a sequel!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very deep, so much to complete and go over. Even the "end" isn't the end. Great game!Published 3 months ago by Drew
Not a fan of the reliant on the touch screen, but an enjoyable game none the less.Published 7 months ago by Rel
This is not a bad game, is somehow original and has some good ideas.
Yet it's highly overrated. Read more
Hands down one of the best DS games ever. Set in Shibuya Tokyo, take control of Neku as he s thrown into a strange game composed by a mysterious group called "The Reapers"... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Valentine Stokes
Excellent gameplay, amazing storyline and outstanding soundtrack.
This game is one of the (if not THE) best games to the nintendo ds gaming console. Read more