Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The World Ends With You is a game with a long name, but an even longer list of things I love about it

The Nintendo DS is undoubtedly one of the greatest video game systems to ever be released in my opinion. Year after year throughout the little handheld's life, great and unexpected games were released much to the delight of myself and gamers around the globe. Case in point being The World Ends With You, an action role-playing game developed Jupiter, the team at Square-Enix behind the Kingdom Hearts franchise.

The gameplay in TWEWY is actually rather hard to describe. Basically, you are in control of two different characters, each of them on a different screen. On the bottom screen, you control Neku, with his attacks being controlled by taps and swipes of the touch screen. On the top screen is your partner, who changes throughout the course of the game. The top screen partner can be entirely controlled by the game, or the player can take control by using the face buttons and matching cards. Sound confusing? Yeah, it really is. But once you have gotten the hang of it, the experience is simply magical.

The games plot revolves around Neku, an anti-social teenager who just doesn't understand people.
Neku is forced, along with many other people, to take part in the Reapers' Game. By giving up their most treasure possession to enter the Game, the contestants are given the chance to be brought back to life. The game is set in the Shibuya shopping district in Tokyo, and shopping actually has a huge impact in the game. Players can by clothes, food, and  pins that unlock new touch screen moves. There is a hole lot of game in the tiny little DS cartridge, and it is one of my favorite experiences to be had on the handheld, period. While the game is certainly not for everyone, there is a lot to love about TWEWY, and it is certainly a DS game that shouldn't be missed.

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