The World Ends With You Review
The World Ends With You box art
System: DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Jupiter Corp 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Square Enix 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Apr. 21, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 (Online) 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Visually, this game is pretty cool. It doesn't have much in the way of amazing technical visuals, but the unique style of the game more than makes up for this minor shortcoming. Characters all have their signature looks, and the Shibuya district has its own funky-fresh feel to it.

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In addition to fighting baddies and playing the reapers game, another big portion of the gameplay in The World Ends With You has to do with fashion. Shibuya is known for being a very youthful and trendy place in Japan, and if you're not wearing the right outfit, you can be sure that there will be some major criticism coming your way. This title uses the fashion component of Shibuya life quite well. There are many clothing stores, and it will be up to you to keep an eye on brand lists so you can make sure your clothes are the hottest in town. And don't think this is purely for vain reasons. Having ultra-trendy clothes can give you certain status upgrades.

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From the energetic main menu music to the J-pop inspired level music, this title sounds great. I was really impressed with the fact that it includes "real songs" with vocals as opposed to simplistic tunes with no real instrumentations or vocals. Voice acting is also fairly good, and while the characters don't speak in their own voices too much, when they do it is performed expertly.

Another fairly large boon for The World Ends With You is the sheer depth of gameplay. Not only do you have your main task at hand of winning the game against the reapers, but you also have to perform side quests to get pins, shop till you drop getting the hottest fashions, and even get into battles to level up (remember doing that?). There is a whole lot to do in this game and even more to unlock post-game, so even if you finish it fairly fast, there is plenty to do afterward, including a secret level that is only unlocked after 100% completion.

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The World Ends With You is an excellent title that has enough Square Enix clichés to last a lifetime. However its innovative double character battle system along with its intriguing story are enough to make this game stand out, not only for Final Fantasy fans, but also for the uninitiated as well. It is a great example of innovative gameplay, and though it might take a while to get a hold on the actual battle mechanics, once you get going, you won't be able to stop!

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.2
Graphics
Very stylistic graphics don't incredibly impress on a technical level, but what this title lacks in substance it definitely makes up for in style.
4.5
Control
The battle system will take quite a while to get used to. Controlling two characters by alternating the stylus and the d-pad takes some serious practice, but once you get it down you will love it.
4.7
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The J-Pop tunes are awesome, and the voice acting is great. If you play for a long time the music gets a little agitating, but that takes quite a while.
4.3

Play Value
Even though the single mode is all-encompassing, there is so much to do and unlock that you won't be able to put this one down for a while!

4.4
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Innovative Stride-Cross Battle System allows players to control two characters simultaneously, unleashing special attacks with the stylus.
  • Collect a vast array of custom-designed pins, each with a powerful psychic ability that can be activated with the right touch or sound command.
  • Customize characters with Shibuya's coolest fashions and exchange items with other players via Mingle Mode.
  • Experience an amazing soundtrack combining a fusion of musical influences from hip-hop to rock to electronic.


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