Product Type: Square Enix Nintendo DS games
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Arguably the best game on the DS
The World Ends With You (DS)
Member Name: TimStain
The World Ends With You (DS)
Date: 27/06/12, updated on 27/06/12 (12 review reads)
Advantages: Great design. Full of ideas. Impossible on any other console.
Disadvantages: Some ideas don't work. Not for everyone.
Most game are very similar. Now and again there'll be a unique gimmick, or a new feature, but they're just minor additions to the same shooting game, same sports game, same RPG...
But now and again a game comes along that's so innovative, so full of unique ideas that it just blows you away. The World Ends With You is one of those games.
Set in Tokyo, you play misfit Neku who is locked into a deadly parallel world where he must fight monsters and take part in a sinister competition to stay alive. I won't spoil the plot here but needless to say that it's engrossing, full of twists and turns and one of the most moving endings you'll find in any game, DS or otherwise.
Combat is done with the touch screen, scratching enemies to make Neku attack them with blades, shouting into the DS mic to cause sonic booms and drawing shapes on the screen to cast spells to rip your opponents apart. There are literally hundreds of different moves you can find and the enemy aesthetics are amazing. On the top screen, your partner battles enemies at the same time and you can control them if you want using the d pad. This means you can potentially be fighting two different screens full of enemies with two different characters at the same time! Hard to master but ridiculously satisfying when you do.
The ideas just keep coming throughout. Reading people's minds, even people just shopping or thinking about nonsense. Eating food and waiting for it to digest before you can reap the benefits of it. You're clothes being more powerful in one area than they are in another, depending on how fashionable they are. Gaining experience for not playing the game. If some of this sounds ridiculous, it is, but weirdly almost all of it works. There is the odd idea or gimmick that feels a little uninspired or tacked on, but never game ruining. To have a game which tries so much new stuff, and gets almost all of it right is a rare thing indeed. I urge you to try it.
Summary: Take a chance on this one, it could end up being your favourite DS game.
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