Welcome to Shibuya...
This game is unlike no other I've played, in terms of both story and the uniquely innovative gameplay. The World Ends With You has a surprisingly well-thought-out story of hope, motivation and trust.
- The main characters are extremely well thought out and the lead shows a surprising amount of Character Development.
- The background characters all have their unique personalities, and each has their own sense of style.
- The story, whilst a little short for what we're used to from Square Enix, is still a compelling play, and requires several playthroughs or use of a Wiki to understand fully.
- The soundtrack. It is quite a marvel of itself, and reflects a range of genres, so there's always one song you'll find yourself hooked on.
- The fact you can buy clothes from regular shops is a marvel, but what else for an RPG set in contemporary Shibuya?
- The story. If you are looking for a meandering, breathtaking saga of a story, you've come to the wrong Square Enix game.
- This may be nitpicking, but the partner system. While forcing gameplay change and forcing you to change strategies, it's a bit fustrating to have someone you're comfortable with swapped for a completely different-handling character.
- The dual-screen battle system. I have no particular opinion on this, as it varies depending how badly I'm losing. It may be confusing to new gamers, and while the game eases you into it, ultimately you can only focus on one screen at once, and this can become a stumbling block in boss battles.
- The collectables system. If you are not a 100% completionist, it likely won't interest you.
- Leveling up your attacks. This is implemented with three kinds of weapon exp, all with different ways to earn it. The inclusion of a DS wireless communications only weapon exp is another stumbling block for those without friends with DS' and have to rely on random encounters.
I extremely reccomend this game to those who are seeking for something completely new in gameplay, style and a story quite unlike any other.