Guild's The World Ends With You Review

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Oct 18, 2009
  1. Guild McCommunist
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    Since dice kinda hinted at me putting my reviews in here instead of my blog, I've decided to start doing that. And I'll kick if off with one my most controversial reviews to many out there with one of the bigger DS titles: The World Ends With You.

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    Why may this be semi-controversial? Simply put people think of this game as a god. And simply put, it's not. It's just another RPG in the dominion of the RPG gods (which consists of the first Final Fantasy, Super Mario RPG, and others). Is this the best RPG ever made? No way in hell. Is it the RPG of the decade? Nope. Is it a fun game and a good RPG? Yes, it is.

    Let me first dispell why people think its great. First off, it's a weaboos wet dream. Not only does it have anime characters and a storyline fit for the anime peoples, but it's set in Japan. Modern day Japan. In Shibuya. With tons of references to Shibuya youth culture. Well, that's what Wikipedia says. And yes, I know what Shibuya is. My mom was watching some show about buying houses and this guy was looking at a house in Shibuya. Plus Wikipedia is the best thing since bread. Anyway, what isn't to love about all that stuff I mentioned if you're a weaboo? Still, you can't let all this pour into your head and cloud your judgment and vision.

    So, TWEWY (as I'll refer to it from now on) is about an anti-social boy named Neku. He doesn't like people, and he's kinda a douchebag. He's like me, without a sense of good fashion. Anyway, one day he wakes up in the middle of streets and seems to be invisible to everyone around him. He soon finds out he's involved in something called "The Reaper's Game", in which players must complete tasks in order to avoid erasure (aka death). Even for someone who doesn't fall for all the stupid anime gimmicks, I can appreciate the art style and storyline here. It's very pretty and the storyline isn't over-the-top (like most anime) or full of lackluster cliches. Still, some may find it a little offsetting.

    However, let's get to the heart of any game, and that's the gameplay. TWEWY is innovative, but innovation only gets it so far. You'll be using both the top and bottom screen, as well as both the stylus and the D-Pad (ABXY pad for lefties). You'll control Neku on the bottom screen with the stylus and your buddy on the top screen with the respective button pad. You also have to choose pins for Neku to use. Each pin has a different motion on the touchscreen and has different effects, from flinging on-screen objects at foes to zapping them with lightning bolts. There's also non-usable pins in battle that you can trash for either cash or health. It's a nice mechanic that definitely adds some pizazz, although the downtimes on them can be annoying. For the touch screen, they map too much to it and it overall gets sloppy, inprecise, and cumbersome. It's hard to manage all your different pins plus movement all with their respective motions. On top of that, you have to manage the top screen through button combos at the same time. The learning curve is huge and while you'll eventually get a hold of it, it's still very frustrating. The makers were nice enough to throw in autopilot on your cohort if you're too distracted on the bottom screen, but it doesn't measure up to manual control on both. The RPG elements are alright, with your traditional selection of stats and clothing. Nothing too out there, nothing too minimal. My overall summary of gameplay would be innovative to say the least, but innovation can't carry sloppy and cluttered controls all the way.

    For graphics, the game's cutscenes are nicely done, as are the backgrounds, but the character sprites on screen seem average, almost GBA quality to me. Attack animations gammer the same verdict as well. It's really impressive how they pulled off the looks of Japan, though. They put lots of time and effort into replicating the Shibuya skyline, to the point of even placing a coffee shop in the place of a Starbucks. You have to give them a hand for that.

    As for sound, its J-Pop. If you're like me, you'll get chronic diherria from listening to it. If you're a weaboo, you'll be changing your shirt after you've cumshotted yourself (since you'll already have your pants off from the anime characters). The sound quality is nice and the generic zips and bops are good, but it's very much just your general opinion on J-Pop.

    Overall, a lot of the game's general opinion is based on how much you like Japanese culture but has a solid enough core gameplay to be acceptable to those who are uninterested or even turned off by Japanese culture. The controls can be sloppy and annoying, and the learning curve is pretty high, but eventually you'll get into the groove and have some decent fun. It's probably not the best RPG you've ever played if you're someone who doesn't find all the weaboo gimmicks amusing, nor will it score in your top 10, but it's a fun romp.

    Presentation: The story is nice, even for those not interested in anime-ish ones. The art style is nice, although its reliance on weaboo-ism and blind fanboy gimmicks is a little too much to those who don't find either of those appealing. 8/10

    Graphics: Cutscenes are nicely done and the backgrounds are impressive, but the on-screen sprites could use some more work. Battle animations could also use some pick me ups as well. The recreation of the areas to just how true they are in real life is incredible, though. 8.5/10

    Audio: Lots of J-Pop. If you like it, then you'll love the soundtrack. If you don't like it, you'll be turning the sound off and cranking up the death metal on your iPod. Battle sounds aren't bad but aren't quite impressive either. 7/10

    Gameplay: Innovative, to say the least, but that can't carry the cluttered and clumsy touch screen controls and the steep learning curve. It takes quite a while to get used to, and even when you do get used to it, the controls still aren't as clean cut as they should be. However, the chaos of it can be relatively fun and the core RPG aspects are pretty good. 7/10

    Lasting Appeal: Completionists will have a pretty nice romp in-game, collecting all the items and such, but the overall experience isn't an epicly long RPG. However, it's still worth the cash you payed for it (if you did) in hours played. There's further single player stuff to do afterwards that will keep you going, but they aren't vast enough to make a large expansion on playtime. The multiplayer isn't anything to call home about and not a huge appeal factor. 8/10

    Overall: 7.8/10

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    ya, i know what u mean, especially if u stack a bunch of pins with similar control, i often find myself swearing at darn it, i slide left, LEFT i tell u, so why is it excuting that wrong attack and yet when i slide down, it does that attack, arghh

    and the learning curve is really huge, even till the last section of the game, i was still unable to get the controls for the top screen, since i am more focus on getting neku alive.

    As for the audio, to be honest, i never did pay any attention to it, all i remember was it darn was it catchy.

    Also, u forgotten to mentioned that retarded new game + of sort

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Other than that, nice review.
     
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    I completely blanked on the whole objectives thing, thanks. Added it.
     
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    i always love reading your reviews but there so long lol
     
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    Reviews shouldn't be short. You learn nothing, and nothing is reviewed if it said, "The story was ok. The graphics were ok. I kinda liked the music, etc."
     
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    Meh, if I make them too short people will just say "You hate Japan you're a racist scumbag whose no better than a weaboo blah blah blah."

    For the record, I don't hate Japan, just a great deal of things that come out of it.
     
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    no problem, just glad i was able to remind u of something [​IMG]
     
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    Great review unlike the majority of the reviews on this game I see here. The World Ends With You isn't the greatest game alive. I wonder why so many people go "ga gaa" for this game.
     
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    1) Anime characters
    2) J-Pop
    3) Tokyo
    4) Japanese culture

    All that equals the equivalent of top-shelf pornography to weaboos.
     
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    I loved this game because of it's awesome soundtrack (the original Japanese soundtrack is alot better, the American one puts in alot of embarrassing songs that no one likes), the fun story, and the large amount of ways your attacks can be made (there's different characters that help, different clothes that add different stats that can make things more interesting, and then there's the fun you can have with making a good deck of pins).

    I honestly had grown bored of RPGs before I got this and this game was probably the last really good (IMO though) RPG I had played in a couple of years since Kingdom Hearts 1 (KH2 was good but waaaay too easy).

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    Whoah whoah whoah, you got it all wrong pal. I mean I like anime and all that but I like this game because of the way it tackled traditional rpgs. The pin system was good, the battles were hectic true, but felt very rewarding with the right pin setup. I love how this game ditches the whole dungeon thing and goes with missions with story intertwined(KH's random tedious missions were horrible though). But perhaps the thing I love most about this game is its non-random encounter battles. Also I cant particularly say I like J-Pop, Tokyo, or Japanese culture, just follow a couple anime, dunno if that counts me as a weeaboo. =/
     
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    Darn...but then again...*downloads patch to get past flame shield* [​IMG] After all: http://www.cristgaming.com/pirate.swf

    On-topic: Nice review. This one seems immune to the overly-high ratings.
     
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    People seem to think I said the game was bad. I didn't, the game is good.

    You're one of those people though who says they like the game a lot, aka people with common sense. I liked the game for the same reasons you do. The people who like the game for the 4 reasons above are the people who go "THIS IS THE BEST GAME I'VE EVER PLAYED. IT'S SO INNOVATIVE I MEAN IT'S THE MOST INNOVATIVE GAME EVER. BY FAR THE BEST GAME EVER CONCEIVED."
     
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    Sounds to me like you haven't played much RPGs. [​IMG]
     
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    Good review, and for the most part, you're right. Its not a game for everyone, but if youre the kinda person who likes these things, then you'll love it
     
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    I've played a shit load of RPGs, they're all the same thing except just a few changes on the battle system. Whether it's tactical, turn by turn, etc. they've all been done and not just once many many times. So playing this game with it's new type of battle system is like only drinking water for your whole life and then you try a soda.
     
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    Very nice review Guild, I like your style.

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    Meh 7.8 I guess people have their opinons
    To me TWEWY was the very first game i played on my flashcart when i got it a couple years ago.
    With its unique battle style and music i fine the story a little bit of so-so i mean the idead were good but it gets repetetive

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    Sorry man, but if this was the best RPG you've played since Kingdom Hearts - which is hardly an RPG to begin with - then that's about a 6 year gap of either not playing much RPGs, or playing a lot of garbage. It sounds like you need to make better selections, man.
     

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