Neo: The World Ends With You Review-Urban Life in Tokyo

Neo: The World Ends With You – Another sequel that never seemed to happen (Photo: Square Enix)

Square Enix’s Handheld Cult Classic has a sequel that has succeeded in being a very familiar and striking original in itself.

If your video game preferences are drawn to the vague cult classics, especially made by Japanese developers, then the Japanese action-role-playing player The World Ends with You, released for the Nintendo DS in 2007. You may have come across it. Designed to get the most out of the DS touchscreen, it’s the kind of game that Japanese role players and anime nerds don’t see, and for no good reason. Not.

Neo: The World Ends With You is a sequel to the game, this time designed for Switch and PlayStation 4, so it’s much more likely to get into mainstream gaming consciousness. Perhaps to describe it as mainstream is to exaggerate things a bit, because it’s a game that enjoys its extreme eccentricity.

In many respects, Neo: The World Ends With You contains all the elements you would expect from a Japanese role player. Anime-like visuals, boss battles, cutscenes delivered like anime comics, and a whole weird vocabulary.Terminology, obsession Shopping and food, and … a general premise that can only be said to be incredible.

One of the things Neo couldn’t blame was the lack of originality in World Ends With You, many of which allow us to get out of the typical role-playing style. Most notably, the combat system is completely action-based and, unlike the original, can feel like a side-scrolling action. However, traditional role-playing hordeolum elements such as skill / attribute trees are simple and largely outsourced to the background.

Anyone who has spent time in Tokyo can immediately relax at Neo: The World Ends With You. This is because, like the previous work, it will be performed with a very famous production in the shopping district of Shibuya. The protagonist Rindo Kondo and his best friend Tosai Furusawa (known as the frets) are both typical young people in Tokyo, but they are somehow forced to participate in the Shinigami game and daily quests. Will be delivered to them via their mobile phone.

As they begin to progress in the Grim Reaper game, they gain a few other team members. Blessed with the ability to scan the general public in Shibuya, they also discover that their alternative universe Shibuya is occupied by an enemy called noise that must fight. In addition, the group that calls themselves the Evil Twister has discovered that they are competing with other groups in the Grim Reaper game. Other groups pose additional challenges of all kinds.

Neo: The World Ends With You’s weird premise is that it sets up a unique gameplay that deserves praise. Members of Wicked Twisters have certain abilities. Lind can travel in time. This is a very clever mission clue that requires you to rewind and fast forward to a specific time and area of ​​the day (the game is split into several days). To set things up in your favor (over the weeks).

Frets can instill ideas in the minds of the unresponsive residents of Shibuya (by collecting keywords and solving pictorial puzzles), and the apparently emo-like team member Nagi is the mind of a noisy character. With her you can dive into and take the rest of the evil twisters.

An important element that dominates the battle is a special badge that the game calls pins, thanks to the American translation. There is a huge amount to collect, each enabling a particular attack or resilience mapped to a particular gamepad button. Choosing a badge combination is an important strategic factor, as each of the four team members can be equipped with one badge.

More powerful attacks, such as assaulting from a distance or unleashing trip wires that can temporarily immobilize enemies, have longer cooldowns, so ranged and melee attacks are also effective. If an attack achieves its goal, it gives you the opportunity to chain other attacks and may become more effective as it progresses. And if you combine a sufficient number of chains in a properly stylish way, you’ll get another boost that lasts for a short time but can unleash the complete mayhem.

At first, the system looks like random button bashing, but as you begin to encounter bosses and higher level enemies, you are forced to take a more cautious and tactical approach. It’s pretty satisfying and quite different from anything else you come across in the game, or at least a role player.

Neo: The World Ends With You Screenshot

Neo: The world ends with you – the battles are different, but familiar (Photo: Square Enix)

Beyond combat, Neo: The World Ends With You is loved in a very Japanese way: go to various shops in Shibuya to buy clothing and badges (some missions actually require shopping) ), You can eat at the restaurant and raise the statistics. Meet and help your character in certain ways, expand your social networks, earn social networking points and spend on adding new abilities.

If the game has a flaw, it means that you feel it’s aimed at a very teenage audience. Some characters are very noisy (although switching to Japanese narration will solve the problem a bit), and focusing on the specific concerns and concerns of teenagers in Tokyo will take a while. You will wear it a little. Although hardcore anime fans may find it positive rather than negative.

On certain aspects, Neo: The World Ends With You also betrays the origin of its handheld. It’s not the most open world game you can imagine-that version of Shibuya is divided into smaller districts and you often have to perform mini-missions to access the district you want to enter.

But overall, it’s fun and very original, even when compared to the first game. It includes some fun puzzle solving and some cleverly original mechanics like its time travel, which makes it feel even more unique. It’s also a satisfying thickness with over 30 hours of gameplay. With stylish visuals, weird assumptions, and unique gameplay, this new “The World Ends with You” is set to enjoy exactly the same cult classic status as its predecessor.

Neo: The World Ends With You Review Summary

in short: A valuable follow-up to the cult classic original, with a good combination of Japanese role-playing and side-scrolling action elements, even if storytelling is difficult to understand.

Strong Points: It’s very original, it’s a sequel, and it has a great action-oriented combat system. Amazingly tactical, with clever puzzles and unique time travel mechanics.

Cons: Disadvantages: Weak voice actors and combat can sometimes feel random. The overall design of the game is a bit archaic and the game world is limited.

Score: 7/10

Format: PlayStation 4 (reviewed), Nintendo Switch, PC
Price: £ 49.99
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix and Hands
Release Date: July 27, 2021 (PC TBC)
Age rating: 12

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