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DS The World Ends With You Review


We are in a transitional period for our console gaming systems as the PS2 / Xbox / Gamecube generation is being phased out and more PS3 / Xbox360 games are coming. Still not a lot of true RPG's for the latter two systems, though there are some. Recently you see most of the good RPG's coming out for the handheld systems like Nintendo DS and PSP.

The World Ends With You for the Nintendo DS is a more modern action RPG as you roam the streets of Shibuya Tokyo with Neku Sakuraba. The music in this game may remind gamers of Shin Megami Tensei Persona 3 for the ps2. Most would be surprised that this is not made by ATLUS but by Square Enix, not something they do often.

Neku meets a lot of friends with the same pin that he has notably a girl named Shiki, and Neku has to team up with some of them to pass the trials of The Reapers. Through Neku's mind reading ability's he will be able to learn more about other people he encounters and of his strange past to get some answers as to why he is 'dead' and doing these trials in the first place.

One of the best parts is that you can always scale the difficulty if you are having trouble, or increase it if you wish to play a harder game (with much better item drops).

Your ds stylus will get a lot of work in this game. Often times there is a strategy you need to employ with your partner and Neku but at first and even later during major battles you will just end up rapidly smashing the stylus on Neku's screen to survive. The multitasking can seem impossible at first but you can always just have the CPU control your NPC character like Shiki. Sometimes you even have to yell into the DS speaker. It is a very style conscious game and you will need to know which pins are related to the areas you are in, because they either make you stronger or hamper your ability if you use the wrong one.