The World Ends With You (Me)!

Recently, I have been playing the game The World Ends With You on the DS. Here’s a synopsis since I am horrible with explaining.

From the creators of the award-winning Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts franchises comes a revolutionary, modern action-RPG title for a new generation of gamers. Square Enix and Jupiter team up once again to showcase The World Ends With You, a trendy and vibrant gaming experience developed exclusively for the Nintendo DS. Featuring an intuitive combat system and exciting multiplayer mode, The World Ends With You is set to immerse gamers into the modern-day culture of Japan.

The story begins as Neku Sakuraba, an unsociable 15-year-old boy, unexpectedly wakes up in the Shibuya shopping district of Tokyo, Japan. While trying to piece together his rude awakening, he receives a strange text message warning him that he will cease to exist unless he accomplishes a certain mission. Although he barely has time to grasp what is happening to him, he commences his assigned task in the mysterious streets of Shibuya.

The game itself is so big, after you beat the storyline it unlocks more content and one of the optional quests would be to collect all your pins (which are the tools you use to fight your enemies) which reminds me of Pokemon. Each pin itself would activate a certain ability (or psych) for Neku to use to battle the noise (Neku’s enemies). If I remember correctly, one of the first pins received was a pin that made flames according to where you touched with the stylus which leads me to my next point…

Battle system in The World Ends With You

The battle system is unique as well although frustrating at points (I’m talking to you Neku, move when I tell you). The player ends up controlling two characters at once, one on the top screen (controlled by control pad) and the other on the bottle screen (controlled by the stylus). If you’d been watching me play you’ll see me slashing, tapping, pointing on the bottom screen while mashing the control pad in efforts to beat all the noise out there. I haven’t been addicted to getting 100% content since pokemon, let’s just hope they have some sort of award for obtaining it.