The World Ends With You

MPN: 90801
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Description
Brand SQUARE ENIX ESRB Rating T - Teen Genre RPG Features 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. Distinctive modern art style created by a team of artists led by Tetsuya Nomura, world-renowned character designer of the upcoming FABULA NOVA CRYSTALLIS project which includes FINAL FANTASY XIII and FINAL FANTASY Versus XIII Innovative Stride-Cross Battle System allows players to control two characters simultaneously, unleashing special attacks ...
Summary
Product Title The World Ends With You
Manufacturer Enix
Power Score 4.6 | 15 Reviews
Expert Reviews
Best Nintendo DS Role Playing Game (RPG)
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Dec 3, 2008

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The World Ends With You
4.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 29, 2008

TestSeek.com has collected 31 expert reviews for The World Ends With You and the average expert rating is 87 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use TestSeek.com to find all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
The World Ends With You
5 Star Review   By member henwy - Oct 2, 2008   

Strengths: Great storyline and graphics, innovative use of dual screen

Weakness: Limited number of saves (1 per cartridge)

In The World Ends With You, you play Neku Sakabara, a teenager in Tokyo who plays 'The Reapers' Game' which gives him missions to complete within an allotted time. Failure means that he will be wiped from existence. You must join forces with other characters and together battle the hoards of enemies who attack you. The game makes fantastic use of the DS's dual screens, having a combat active on each. The bottom screen is controlled through the stylus and touch pad while the one on top is controlled through the d-pad. You have to control both characters in real time and they share a common life pool, so you can't simply sacrifice one to focus on the other. The pace can feel incredibly frantic as you switch back and forth, but it's also very rewarding when you have the rhythm down. Luckily, you can adjust the difficulty of the combats if you find that one of them is too much for you. As the storyline progresses, you'll collect more 'pins' with which you can make stylus attacks as well as other equipment (clothing). There are multiple endings and so plenty of gametime and playability.

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The World Ends With You
4 Star Review   By member 0wen - Sep 4, 2008   

Strengths: Great Graphics, Unique Touch Screen Gameplay, Great Story

Weakness: Dual Screen Fighting can take some time to get used to

The World Ends With You is another great RPG from Square Enix and this time it takes place in Modern Day Japan which is a nice change from their usual Final Fantasy universe. The game has a lot to do like collecting different pins and outfits for your characters and the unique use of the DS touch screen for the battles suits this game well. If you are a fan of the more recent Square Enix action RPG titles, The World Ends With You is another great release especially on the DS since you can take it with you anywhere and enjoy.

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The World Ends With You
5 Star Review   By member mojave - Sep 3, 2008   

Strengths: A unique and refreshing RPG out of left field and one of the best games on the DS

Weakness: None, except that it may be brutally difficult for some players

The World Ends With You is a unique DS role playing game that may just be one of the best games on the system. It stands apart from many RPGs (on any system) for several reasons. The first is that it is not set in some mythical kingdom of elves and trolls, but in modern day Japan. But there's more to it than that. While exploring the streets of Tokyo you don't simply look in barrels for items or talk to static characters like in many RPG's. You can actually go into the mind of your character and via his telepathic ability read the minds of those around you by literally touching their thoughts (with the DS stylus). Another unique element is that your character will gain experience while your DS is turned off - that's right, the game keeps track of the real time between plays and you gain some (not a lot) of experience for each break you take. Another unique element is that you can decrease your character level or increase the difficulty in order to have a better chance of finding rarer items. In order to get some of the best stuff this is a necessity and will really keep you thinking as to when to lower your level (thus decreasing your stats and making battles much harder) and when to power back up. You can also reap great rewards by chaining battles together. The most unique aspect of the game is also the most important for any RPG - the battle system. This game uses a dual-screen, dual-character battles that simply couldn't be done on any other system. You control your main character on the touch screen via the stylus while also controlling his partner on the upper screen via the d-pad. This is an entirely unique and challenging way to fight. All of the unique elements of this game (and I didn't mention many others including the food aspect where you are limited in how many bites you can take per day as well as the mingle mode where you can pick up items and experience from other nearby DS systems playing wirelessly even if they aren't playing this game!) add up to an entirely original and extremely creative experience. The only downside to the game is that it is definitely on the challenging side and requires a firm commitment to learn its battle system and delve into the depth of its gameplay. But do so and you will be rewarded.

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Hip, Fun
4 Star Review   By member FourScience - Aug 30, 2008   

Strengths: Music, unique action RPG elements.

Weakness: Doesn't feel awesome.

I want to love this game, but it falls short of really pulling me in. The main character is a cliche, quiet loner, offset by a perky female supporting character. They must work together despite being polar opposites. It's a decent dynamic, but all too common. The designs are also a bit anorexic, even for my anime-favored tastes. Other than that, the characters are colorful and hip, matched by the music and some ok levels. As for the gameplay mechanics, the stylus actions are well mixed as there are different ways to trigger each of the different powers. I have to appreciate this for NOT being the typical fantasy epic. For that, I was very satisfied to play this game and experience something different.

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Bring on da Noise; Watch out for da Reapers
5 Star Review   By member jbetancourt - Aug 28, 2008   

Strengths: An excellent, unique J-RPG game, high-quality at all levels exploring themes of time and survival

Weakness: None unless you dislike coolness

Tetsuya Nomura (see FF7 + Kingdom Hearts) continues to deliver games with miles-ahead-of-the-curve innovation, creative departures from the JRPG standards which are so easy for other developers to fall prey to (myriad monsters, dungeons, and a bratty princess tossed-in-the-mix). This game is no different; it explores the modern urban J-pop youth culture that American audiences may know vaguely from watching anime (see "FLCL," "Airgears," "Shakuga No Shana" or "Haruhi Suzumiya") and such (or other games like the equally excellent "Jet Grind Radio" or the more recent and also stellar "Persona 3") which is captured perfectly from the music to the uber-style clothes to the search for meaning amidst-chaos and angst felt by the protagonist. Ok, I am getting side-tracked and long-winded: this game is awesome. Buy it! It will be a RARE HTF game before too long. It is well-worth the current price tag. Ah, battle system. It makes use of the Nintendo DS well, fighting takes place on the two screens, to attack you have to do motions on the touchscreen or even shouting into the microphone. Elements of J-youth culture, like fashion, food, and cell phones, are all over the place on the missions. The character designs are amazing, typical Nomura high-quality. So get it already : ] Nerd Trivia: Released in Japan as Subarashiki Kono Sekai/This Wonderful World. "World ends with you" sounds better to me : ) Commonly abberviated TWEWY.

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Little. Yellow. Different.
5 Star Review   By member yakkotank - Aug 13, 2008   

Strengths: Fresh take on the JRPG genre.

Weakness: Nothing, really.

The World Ends With You is easily one of the freshest takes on the Japanese RPG genre in years. TWEWY boasts excellent production values, nifty battles, unique music, and an engaging story and characters. In addition, while the plot is linear, there is enough customization that you can play it the way that you want. Highly recommended.

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Something new from Square Enix
5 Star Review   By member botticus - Aug 11, 2008   

Strengths: Addicting combat

Weakness: Repetition in environments

The World Ends With You is a fantastic new title from the makers of Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. TWEWY stands as one of the best RPGs of the year, not least of which due to its unique subsystems. If you're looking for an extremely immersive, complex, and enjoyable RPG that will keep you coming back for more (over 20 hours worth), TWEWY is likely for you.

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The World Ends With You
5 Star Review   By member Fompe - Jul 25, 2008   

Strengths: Beautiful Graphics, Voice Acting, Innovative Battling

Weakness: Pricey

Square-Enix delivers with this fun and wacky action RPG. The game has a lot of character and provides many innovative elements I have never seen before in other games. For example, the battles have you controlling both DS screens at one time--providing a fast pace and frantic style rarely seen in RPGs. The whole style of the game is very urban, from the character designs to the music, which has songs with vocals! Definitely a fun and fresh game to enjoy on your DS.

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TWEWY
5 Star Review   By member psincubus - Jun 30, 2008   

Strengths: story, graphics

This is one of the best games for the Nintendo DS. It has a great graphics style, unique gameplay, and a great story. The battle system is unique, you control two characters at once, one with the d-pad, one with the stylus. It is great. The second best thing is the customization to your character, including clothing. Overall, The World Ends with You is a must own.

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Great portable game
5 Star Review   By member lobitoh - Jun 27, 2008   

Strengths: Music and story

Weakness: Short, no replay bonus stuffs

This is one of the best entertaining games for the Nintendo DS. The game involves a great interactivity with the Dual Screens almost like multitasking. With great graphics the gameplay is awesome. You can customize your characters attire , and enhance their abilities. I recommend this games for those adventure RPG gaming fans and those who are trying to experiment a new musical RPG.

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Product Details
Description
Brand SQUARE ENIX ESRB Rating T - Teen Genre RPG Features 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. Distinctive modern art style created by a team of artists led by Tetsuya Nomura, world-renowned character designer of the upcoming FABULA NOVA CRYSTALLIS project which includes FINAL FANTASY XIII and FINAL FANTASY Versus XIII Innovative Stride-Cross Battle System allows players to control two characters simultaneously, unleashing special attacks ...
Summary
Product Title The World Ends With You
Manufacturer Enix
Power Score 4.6 | 15 Reviews
Additional Specifications
Parent Retsku: B00136MBHA
Expert Reviews
Best Nintendo DS Role Playing Game (RPG)
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Dec 3, 2008

Bestcovery experts have rated the The World Ends With You (DS) as a best pick for the Best Nintendo DS Role Playing Game (RPG). Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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The World Ends With You
4.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 29, 2008

TestSeek.com has collected 31 expert reviews for The World Ends With You and the average expert rating is 87 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use TestSeek.com to find all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
The World Ends With You
5 Star Review   By member henwy - Oct 2, 2008   

Strengths: Great storyline and graphics, innovative use of dual screen

Weakness: Limited number of saves (1 per cartridge)

In The World Ends With You, you play Neku Sakabara, a teenager in Tokyo who plays 'The Reapers' Game' which gives him missions to complete within an allotted time. Failure means that he will be wiped from existence. You must join forces with other characters and together battle the hoards of enemies who attack you. The game makes fantastic use of the DS's dual screens, having a combat active on each. The bottom screen is controlled through the stylus and touch pad while the one on top is controlled through the d-pad. You have to control both characters in real time and they share a common life pool, so you can't simply sacrifice one to focus on the other. The pace can feel incredibly frantic as you switch back and forth, but it's also very rewarding when you have the rhythm down. Luckily, you can adjust the difficulty of the combats if you find that one of them is too much for you. As the storyline progresses, you'll collect more 'pins' with which you can make stylus attacks as well as other equipment (clothing). There are multiple endings and so plenty of gametime and playability.

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The World Ends With You
4 Star Review   By member 0wen - Sep 4, 2008   

Strengths: Great Graphics, Unique Touch Screen Gameplay, Great Story

Weakness: Dual Screen Fighting can take some time to get used to

The World Ends With You is another great RPG from Square Enix and this time it takes place in Modern Day Japan which is a nice change from their usual Final Fantasy universe. The game has a lot to do like collecting different pins and outfits for your characters and the unique use of the DS touch screen for the battles suits this game well. If you are a fan of the more recent Square Enix action RPG titles, The World Ends With You is another great release especially on the DS since you can take it with you anywhere and enjoy.

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The World Ends With You
5 Star Review   By member mojave - Sep 3, 2008   

Strengths: A unique and refreshing RPG out of left field and one of the best games on the DS

Weakness: None, except that it may be brutally difficult for some players

The World Ends With You is a unique DS role playing game that may just be one of the best games on the system. It stands apart from many RPGs (on any system) for several reasons. The first is that it is not set in some mythical kingdom of elves and trolls, but in modern day Japan. But there's more to it than that. While exploring the streets of Tokyo you don't simply look in barrels for items or talk to static characters like in many RPG's. You can actually go into the mind of your character and via his telepathic ability read the minds of those around you by literally touching their thoughts (with the DS stylus). Another unique element is that your character will gain experience while your DS is turned off - that's right, the game keeps track of the real time between plays and you gain some (not a lot) of experience for each break you take. Another unique element is that you can decrease your character level or increase the difficulty in order to have a better chance of finding rarer items. In order to get some of the best stuff this is a necessity and will really keep you thinking as to when to lower your level (thus decreasing your stats and making battles much harder) and when to power back up. You can also reap great rewards by chaining battles together. The most unique aspect of the game is also the most important for any RPG - the battle system. This game uses a dual-screen, dual-character battles that simply couldn't be done on any other system. You control your main character on the touch screen via the stylus while also controlling his partner on the upper screen via the d-pad. This is an entirely unique and challenging way to fight. All of the unique elements of this game (and I didn't mention many others including the food aspect where you are limited in how many bites you can take per day as well as the mingle mode where you can pick up items and experience from other nearby DS systems playing wirelessly even if they aren't playing this game!) add up to an entirely original and extremely creative experience. The only downside to the game is that it is definitely on the challenging side and requires a firm commitment to learn its battle system and delve into the depth of its gameplay. But do so and you will be rewarded.

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Hip, Fun
4 Star Review   By member FourScience - Aug 30, 2008   

Strengths: Music, unique action RPG elements.

Weakness: Doesn't feel awesome.

I want to love this game, but it falls short of really pulling me in. The main character is a cliche, quiet loner, offset by a perky female supporting character. They must work together despite being polar opposites. It's a decent dynamic, but all too common. The designs are also a bit anorexic, even for my anime-favored tastes. Other than that, the characters are colorful and hip, matched by the music and some ok levels. As for the gameplay mechanics, the stylus actions are well mixed as there are different ways to trigger each of the different powers. I have to appreciate this for NOT being the typical fantasy epic. For that, I was very satisfied to play this game and experience something different.

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Bring on da Noise; Watch out for da Reapers
5 Star Review   By member jbetancourt - Aug 28, 2008   

Strengths: An excellent, unique J-RPG game, high-quality at all levels exploring themes of time and survival

Weakness: None unless you dislike coolness

Tetsuya Nomura (see FF7 + Kingdom Hearts) continues to deliver games with miles-ahead-of-the-curve innovation, creative departures from the JRPG standards which are so easy for other developers to fall prey to (myriad monsters, dungeons, and a bratty princess tossed-in-the-mix). This game is no different; it explores the modern urban J-pop youth culture that American audiences may know vaguely from watching anime (see "FLCL," "Airgears," "Shakuga No Shana" or "Haruhi Suzumiya") and such (or other games like the equally excellent "Jet Grind Radio" or the more recent and also stellar "Persona 3") which is captured perfectly from the music to the uber-style clothes to the search for meaning amidst-chaos and angst felt by the protagonist. Ok, I am getting side-tracked and long-winded: this game is awesome. Buy it! It will be a RARE HTF game before too long. It is well-worth the current price tag. Ah, battle system. It makes use of the Nintendo DS well, fighting takes place on the two screens, to attack you have to do motions on the touchscreen or even shouting into the microphone. Elements of J-youth culture, like fashion, food, and cell phones, are all over the place on the missions. The character designs are amazing, typical Nomura high-quality. So get it already : ] Nerd Trivia: Released in Japan as Subarashiki Kono Sekai/This Wonderful World. "World ends with you" sounds better to me : ) Commonly abberviated TWEWY.

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Little. Yellow. Different.
5 Star Review   By member yakkotank - Aug 13, 2008   

Strengths: Fresh take on the JRPG genre.

Weakness: Nothing, really.

The World Ends With You is easily one of the freshest takes on the Japanese RPG genre in years. TWEWY boasts excellent production values, nifty battles, unique music, and an engaging story and characters. In addition, while the plot is linear, there is enough customization that you can play it the way that you want. Highly recommended.

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Something new from Square Enix
5 Star Review   By member botticus - Aug 11, 2008   

Strengths: Addicting combat

Weakness: Repetition in environments

The World Ends With You is a fantastic new title from the makers of Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. TWEWY stands as one of the best RPGs of the year, not least of which due to its unique subsystems. If you're looking for an extremely immersive, complex, and enjoyable RPG that will keep you coming back for more (over 20 hours worth), TWEWY is likely for you.

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The World Ends With You
5 Star Review   By member Fompe - Jul 25, 2008   

Strengths: Beautiful Graphics, Voice Acting, Innovative Battling

Weakness: Pricey

Square-Enix delivers with this fun and wacky action RPG. The game has a lot of character and provides many innovative elements I have never seen before in other games. For example, the battles have you controlling both DS screens at one time--providing a fast pace and frantic style rarely seen in RPGs. The whole style of the game is very urban, from the character designs to the music, which has songs with vocals! Definitely a fun and fresh game to enjoy on your DS.

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TWEWY
5 Star Review   By member psincubus - Jun 30, 2008   

Strengths: story, graphics

This is one of the best games for the Nintendo DS. It has a great graphics style, unique gameplay, and a great story. The battle system is unique, you control two characters at once, one with the d-pad, one with the stylus. It is great. The second best thing is the customization to your character, including clothing. Overall, The World Ends with You is a must own.

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Great portable game
5 Star Review   By member lobitoh - Jun 27, 2008   

Strengths: Music and story

Weakness: Short, no replay bonus stuffs

This is one of the best entertaining games for the Nintendo DS. The game involves a great interactivity with the Dual Screens almost like multitasking. With great graphics the gameplay is awesome. You can customize your characters attire , and enhance their abilities. I recommend this games for those adventure RPG gaming fans and those who are trying to experiment a new musical RPG.

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Very New and Different Squarenx game
5 Star Review   By member neuromix - May 17, 2008   

Strengths: Music, Graphics, Story

Weakness: short game, no replay value

This game is a must buy! Made specifically for ds, the battle system is unlike there final fantasy series game, Will probably take a while to get used to it. The music may turn off some people, but i enjoyed it. Haven't played a difficult rpg for a while, if your up for a challenge, give this game a go. This one tops them so far this year, highly recommend this game!

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Amusing for a while, but...
3 Star Review   By member Kinae - May 13, 2008   

Strengths: Great cut scenes, fresh ideas for game play, intriguing characters

Weakness: Frustrating fighting, drawn out conversations, no way to skip cut scenes, yen system flawed

This game caught my attention with it's vibrant graphics and new game play. The pin system was a fresh idea and works well. The only flaws are rather important. The fighting at first is overly simple, with a series of slashing, scratching, and dashing, but quickly becomes overly complicated as the stylus movement for dash is the same as many of the attacks. Over all a fun game, but be ready to die a lot before getting into any real action.

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Its a Wonderful Game
5 Star Review   By member Ninshadow - May 5, 2008   

Strengths: Interesting story and gameplay

Weakness: The touch screen gets scratch easily with this game

The story is what kept me going into the game. If any game has the same setup of clothes, pins and general gaming experience, this is the best. Unique gaming experiences adds the Action RPG element to it.

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