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Neo: The World Ends with You Review

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Posted: 9 days ago, last updated 8 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

The World Ends with You is a role-playing game set in the modern-day Shibuya shopping district of Tokyo. The place is a ghost town where the dead are forced to battle to try and gain their lives back. With stylized art and a fantasy story it stands out for the quirky gameplay and individual characters.

You explore Shibuya to help the lost souls and complete missions. You scan the slowly expanding world to find (a huge number of) pins that enable you to upgrade and customise how you perform in battles. Scanning also reveals enemies that you can battle. Unusually, you can choose to pick more than one at a time to gain more resources from winning.

The DS versions of the game used both screens for combat so you could perform attacks with gestures or by shouting into the microphone. The Neo version of the game enables you to control multiple characters in battles and makes the world fully three dimensional. While the original game is loved for how deeply you got to know a handful of characters, the Neo version focuses more on how the ensemble work with (and don't work with) each other.

The different World Ends With You Games are available:
  • The World Ends With You (2007) DS
  • The World Ends With You Solo Remix (2012) HD version on iOS, Android
  • The World Ends With You Final Remix (2018) HD version with additional co-op on Switch
  • Neo: The World Ends With You (2021) Sequel on Switch, PS4 and PC

In the games, each district has its own fashion trends that affect gameplay. You can combine outfits and pins from the more popular brands to gain benefits. You also affect a brand's popularity in a district by repeatedly fighting battles there with specific items from that brand.

The original games stood out for the amount of depth. For example, after completing the game you can return to any moment in the story and replay events, keeping the characters' current statistics and inventory. There are also Secret Reports to be found that reveal more background. There's also an A New Day mode in the Final Remix game that offers additional missions that explain the storyline further. Neo picks up on the original story both in terms of characters, setting and loose ends. But this is a less expansive narrative experience with fewer nooks and crannies to explore.

The World Ends With You is a dense experience that requires some time and patience to get into. It's worth the effort as it creates a unique style of role-play experience that offers space to consider life, death and the importance of friendship (and fashion).

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/07/2007, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, DS, PC, PS4, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative, Rhythm and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: @SquareEnix

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 40 hours and 50 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. There's a free demo for the first 4 hours of the game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Neo: The World Ends With You is rated PEGI 12 because it features moderate violence and use of bad language. It features moderate violence. Human characters use a variety of weapons, such as swords and hammers, as well as magic spells. Characters flash when hit and damage is indicated by a reduction in health numbers. When fantasy characters are hit they are knocked backwards, but when human characters are hit they show little reaction beyond flashing red. When defeated, characters fall to the floor and vanish. The game also contains use of bad language ('*!@?*').

ESRB TEEN for Fantasy Violence, Language, Mild Suggestive Themes. Players battle other teams and fantastical enemies (e.g., land sharks, giant frogs, giant wolves). Players use psychic weapons, melee attacks, and magic spells (e.g., fire balls, electric strikes, ice blasts) to defeat enemies. Battles are stylized and frenetic, with impacts sounds, explosions, and flashes of light. In one comic-book panel, a female character wears a revealing jacket that exposes portions of her breasts (i.e., inner cleavage). The word “sh*t” is heard in the game.


Skill Rating: This game is enjoyed by 11+ year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Neo: The World Ends With You has good difficulty settings. You can change the difficulty at any time by opting to get more/fewer reward multipliers with different difficulties. For example, if you're at Normal difficulty you can adjust your level a little higher to get a multiplier.

Some of the difficulty tweaks are not available until you have played for an hour or so. They are unlocked as you interact with characters in the game.

The game is low pressure as you can fight as much or as little as you want. You can just spend time shopping and exploring and the progress is broken down with story scenes. You can also save whenever you want.

As you play the game you constantly map abilities to different buttons. Although there is no remapping of other controls or the ability to view mapping. But this association of abilities with buttons does cover this to some extent. This means you can map abilities to buttons that are easier to use for the player. Some of the abilities need a rapid press or a hold to trigger.
 
Our Neo: The World Ends with You Accessibility Report details 27 accessibility features:

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