How strange the world of video games is, and how special this hobby is. After all these years, fans of The World Ends With You were hoping to get an additional game, but this did not happen and the wait was long and long. Well, Neo The World Ends With You is the new release for this series to come back again and after all these years we return with our new heroes to “Shibuya” in Japan to play the deadly game of death again, was the adventure worth all the wait? The answer is in the review.
One of the reasons that made us so attached to the Nintendo DS handheld device is the great innovation that it presented in many games that tried to use touch and screen in innovative ways, many of the series that have become one of our favorite works were born on this device or gained fame on it, and we mention, for example Just a few: Ace Attorney, Zero Escape, and Professor Layton, Square Enix also had a run with an action RPG different from anything the company had designed before, titled The World Ends With You in Western markets.
We have always felt that The World Ends With You is a game that is inspired by many of the games of the Japanese company Atlus and looks more like Atlas games than Square Enix games, if in the sense that the events take place in a contemporary or realistic world instead of what Square Enix knew from bygone worlds. Or futuristic, or cartoon-style characters based on the characteristics of Japanese anime series characters, but the game also presented its own personality and unique character and was not a clone or repetition, and is truly one of the best Nintendo DS games and one of the coolest mobile games, The return To this series, it was like visiting an old friend we had not met for many years, a mixture of caution, anticipation and hope, how would our meeting with this friend be?
Well, we are pleased to say that it was a pleasant return, and that this friend made us so welcome to feel at home again. The developers of the game have never lost their touch. We will be frank from the beginning and say that the experience was more fresh and innovative in the first part, and the cast of characters in the first part was more attractive, but this is the case with any series, isn’t it? NEO The World Ends With You never fails to expand upon the foundations that the first game built. Square Enix, in our view, has only two types of games, games that are high in productivity and games that are treated as second-class games with a lower productivity value. NEO The World Ends With You is definitely a game that is limited in the production value of a home console game.
For example, most of the story texts in the game are told via comics-like conversations. The game world is relatively limited, and Square Enix compensates for this by trying to increase the content, increase side missions, and lengthen some missions to justify selling the game at full price. Without increasing the size (scope) of the game and thus maintaining medium or low production costs. The same is true of the company’s previous games of this type, such as Bravely Default 2 or Octopath Traveler. Is this a defect? Well… you can’t help but feel that a company like Square Enix could make something a little more luxurious but that doesn’t detract from the real game.
Neo The World Ends With You is a really excellent game that doesn’t fail in any aspect; The story goes back to the deadly Reapers game in Shibuya, which we will let you discover its mysterious secrets for yourselves, and we will suffice to say that it is a story that is ingeniously built and cooked on a slow fire gradually, as the game asks questions and unties the knots at the same time, little by little, there is an excellent dynamic in the narration With so many teams vying to win the game and a large number of characters that Square Enix has put a lot of effort into crafting to the right level that will satisfy the players, even passers-by in Shibuya have many entertaining side conversations, other than texting on mobile phones and Especially those with the mysterious “Swallow”. Yes, Neo The World Ends With You is a game that is really full of conversations and it reminds us of the RPG games of the PlayStation 2 games in this aspect and this is definitely not everyone will like.
We can say that Neo The World Ends With You requires a special taste, and it is aimed primarily and last for fans of Japanese culture and anime culture in video games, who will not mind reading the huge number of conversations while playing, and this does not mean that the gameplay Neglected in any way, on the contrary, Neo The World Ends With You has a great gameplay, as it is now fully 3D, albeit at a very average level of graphics. The fighting system in the game is very fun and addictive, and we see that it is an offensive system that relies a lot on eliminating enemies in the shortest possible time instead of playing the attack and defense game. As usual in the series, there are a large number of Pins, each of which causes the use of a different ability or skill, some of which depend on physical abilities, others depend on elements and much more, and their level can be raised when used in battles automatically through the points obtained by the player .
The design of the combat system follows a modern philosophy in the design of action RPG and assigns a button to each character, you can think of it as if each character is employed in the battle as a different weapon or ability, the combination of skills depends entirely on the player’s style and the Pins that he will use and the results are really great If you execute the attacks at the right time, you will get the possibility to activate a special strike in the battles, and some special strikes have very impressive and wonderful effects. That’s not all, the player can also upgrade the character’s stats by eating foods and there are also accessories that can be bought in stores. The player can also fight several chain battles to get more rewards which is a good way to fight in the game, and the game is full of fighting and battles.
Neo The World Ends With You is a game rich and varied in content and there are a lot of basic and side quests, for the truth there is a feeling that the game is stretched sometimes and there is a feeling that every step in the game takes longer than necessary in an attempt to make the life of the game as long as possible , but before you get too bored the game will renew and throw you more excitement and suspense and we think that this kind of extending the life of the game may be acceptable given the price as players are not willing to spend money it seems these days if not The content is saturated enough.
Neo The World Ends With You has turned into a full 3D game compared to what the Nintendo DS was, but the graphics don’t look that good and also suffers from slight drop in frame rate from time to time (though not to the point of detriment to the gaming experience), no The camera can be moved and this bothered us a lot even though the game is designed around a fixed camera, and it seems that Square Enix designed the game in this way in anticipation of its future release on smartphones. The character design doesn’t quite live up to the originality of the first season designs in our view, but that’s still personal taste anyway, and the music is by Takeharu Ishimoto and it’s full of vocals and vocals, one of our favorite composers and no doubt he made a great album In tune with the game and its world.
14 years after the release of the first game, Neo The World Ends With You has not failed to satisfy our aspirations and perhaps because we visited the friend with some kind of reservation and did not raise our expectations too much, it is easy for hopes and ambitions to accumulate over such a period of time Long to reach a mountain of dreams that no game can satisfy. Neo The World Ends With You has a slightly different flavor from the first game, and sometimes we get direct inspiration from games like Persona and Danganronpa, and we think that fans of those games are in for an exciting experience if they decide to try Neo The World Ends With You, only Watch a summary of the first part and get to know its characters in some way before you start playing, this will double your fun.
And now, sorry, friend, our visit is over.
We reviewed the PlayStation 4 version after we got it from the publisher