My first impressions with The World Ends With You.
by, 31st August 2013 at 11:54 AM (555 Views)
Hello everyone~♥ So, in my last blog, I ended saying that I'd be doing this, so here it is! I got this game a few days ago right after I came back from my vacation in Ontario (I live in Nova Scotia BTW), I was going to the bank to check my account when I decided to pull a detour going home and stop by Gamezilla (It's a small business that sells old games and cards), while I was browsing, I noticed this game under the glass counter where all the DS games were stored. I had first heard of the game from a Nintendo Power (RIP NP, We loved you) article, back then, I though it was just some cheesy post-apocalyptic romance game, but later, after I got into Kingdom Hearts (Awesome series, one of SE's best creations.) I got KH3D and noticed that it had characters from The World Ends With You (I think I'll refer to it as TWEWY from now on ), This sparked my interest, and after some research, I realized by previous assumption was the WRONGEST I could've been. Anyways, here's the info:
What is TWEWY?
TWEWY is a unique action RPG in which you run around Shibuya, one of Tokyo's 23 wards and fight enemies using psychic powers. The gameplay is unique for a couple of reasons, the most noticeable is the fact the combat; combat takes place on both screens; your main character, Neku, fights on the bottom screen by using "Pins" to attack enemies with psychic powers such as telekinesis and thunderbolts, while your "Partner" fights on the top screen using the D-pad/ABXY buttons to attack (I'm not sure if every partner fights the same, so I can't go into too much detail. Keep in mind that this combat happens at the same time, so you have to pay attention to both screens equally if you're not playing on easy. Your psychic powers don't just end there, you can use them in the overworld to read minds, implant thoughts into people's heads, and initiate battles with the enemy, who are normally invisible unless you "Scan" for them using telepathy. Another gameplay feature is brands and trends; Almost every pin, accessory and piece of clothing has a brand, these brands can help or hinder you depending on how popular they are. Each area of Shibuya has a brand chart to notes how popular each brand is, if a brand you're wearing is in the top three, you get bonuses in battler, if it's the lowest, you get handicapped in battles.
The game starts with our main character, Neku; an antisocial loner who sees no point in friends and says he'll never 'get people'. One day, he wakes up the middle of Shibuya with no memory and a black pin stuffed into his pocket. After getting up, he starts hearing voices and shortly after realizes that he can hear peoples' thoughts. He also gets a text message from "-The Reapers" that says to reach 104 in 60 minutes or face erasure, Neku tries to delete the message as spam, but it won't go away, instead, a sharp pain goes through his left arm and a timer shows up on his hand reading 59:58. After wandering around, he is attacked by strange creatures resembling frogs and is chased around until he is cornered, it's then that a slender girl that same age as him appeared out of nowhere asking that he partner up with her to defeat the enemies, whom she calls "Noise". Neku reluctantly agrees and they defeat the noise together. After the fight, she introduces herself as Shiki and, as it turns out, she also got the text and has a timer as well. Neku, seeing Shiki as a hindrance, runs off, but finds out later that he has to stick with her or else he can't fight the Noise. Later on, they meet two other like him and Shiki; Beat, a "Tough Guy" whose actually really nice, and Rhyme, an upbeat girl with a love for metaphors. It ends in an argument though, as Neku's "Don't give a damn" attitude strikes a nerve with Beat. They go their separate ways and Neku and Skiki reach 104, stopping the timer. Suddenly, they fall asleep and wake up later in another part of Shibuya. Getting another text, this one saying to lift the curse on Hachiko, a statue of a dog where Neku and Shiki first met. Along the way, they meet Beat and Rhyme, the former of whom is still mad. After that, they find Hachiko and lift the curse. Just then, a girl comes out of nowhere, and introduces herself as a Reaper, one of the people running the game. She offers Neku a way out of the game if he agrees to kill Shiki. Neku, desperate accepts and almost chokes her to the point of death before a man comes out of nowhere and stops him. He explains that doing so wouldn't get him out of the game, it would just get him erased. After making amends, the man introduces himself as Sanae Hanekoma, and proceeds to explain via flashback the next day that the Reapers Game consists of doing timed "Missions" every day for 7 days while surviving against the Noise and the Reapers, who are out the erase the Players, who are people who are playing the game, such as Neku and Shiki, and to survive, you must be partnered with someone, or else you can't fight. He ends by telling Neku that he has to open up, or else he'll never make it out of the game...
This is a summery of the first to days, and for the rest of the game you'll be doing missions and erasing noise. After the first week, you start the second with another partner. This goes on for 4 weeks before the game ends. During this time, you'll learn lots about the Reapers, the Game, and even why the players are there.
My opinion on the game:
So far I've only just started the first day, but I've found it quite enjoyable. The learning curve is steep at the beginning, and the touch controls are a little off, but it's not unplayable. I like the story so far, and the dialogue is enjoyable. If there is one aspect of the game I like the most, it's the music. It's a nice mix of many genres, and it some some very catchy songs, such as Deja Vu and Three Minutes Clapping. One main complaint about the game I have is the fact that combat takes place at the same time on the bottom and top screen, when you're not playing on easy, it gets really annoying because you're fighting on the bottom screen while your character on the top screen is taking a beating, and when you switch to take care of it, it ends up with your character on the bottom screen getting beat up while you're not looking. Another thing is that the game rewards you for inactivity by giving your pins EXP points they use to level up, but this means you have to put the game down for a while to get 100% completion, and it's kinda awkward when you have to intentionally not play the game for a week. But anyways, It's a great game, and I definitely should've got it sooner. If you like action RPG's, especially Kingdom Hearts, you might find this game enjoyable, too bad it's a little hard to come by in some places.
Fun fact: the same team that made the GBA version of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories made this game, so if you like that game, consider picking this one up too. Anyways, Chao~♥
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