Review by Negajak

Reviewed: 06/26/08

A Perfect RPG.

Let's say the most famous and best RPG developer in the world worked with another great rpg developer to make a game about destroying monsters. Let's say they put it on the DS, made it so you control 2 characters at once, and with amazing character development and story thrown in to sweeten the deal. What game do you get when all of this happens?

You get The World Ends With You

Story: 10/10

The story is absolutely phenomenal. It follows the trials and tribuations of young Neku Sakuraba, an anti-social teenager who is suddenly thrown into a life-or-death challenge called The Reaper's Game, where he must team up with other "players" like the fashionable Shiki Misaki, the Reaper-Gone-Bad Beat, or the mysterious and egotistical Yoshirya "Joshua" Kiryu. Neku has 2 choices: Open up....or get picked off. The antagonists are "The Reapers", a group of powerful people who are out to "erase" the players from existence. Each reaper is different. From the math-obsessive Minamimoto, to the cold and calculating Megumi Kitanji, the character development is astonishing, perhaps even the greatest character development in the history of electronic video games. The story will entertain and satisfy even the pickiest of RPG gamers.

Gameplay: 10/10

The gameplay as as immersive and fun as the story. You control Neku on the bottom screen with the stylus, and his partner on the top, using the D-Pad or face buttons. Don't worry, though, the game will easy you into the experience, and you can always just turn on auto play on the top screen if you feel too overwhelmed controlling both character, so you only have to control Neku on the bottom. Overall, I'm sure whoever made the gameplay ideas got a promotion at Square Enix or Jupiter.

Music: 10/10

The music is generally a Rap/Techno/Rock soundtrack, which is meant to reflect Shibuya, the general setting of the game. Almost all the music has lyrics, with 2 exceptions. The main themes, Twister and Lullaby for you, Completely convey the feelings of the game. The music may not be orchestrated, but that certainly does not stop it from being masterfully crafted by the folks at Square Enix and Jupiter.

Overall: 10/10

What more is there to say? The World Ends With You will go down as one of the most overlooked sleeper hits of the year, and anybody who doesn't check out this masterpiece of a game will be sorely disappointed.

Wake up, shaken up, plastered on asphalt
phones cant block the voices of the masses
better race, place, reapers won't give up the chase

Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Product Release: The World Ends with You (US, 04/22/08)

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