“The World Ends With You” made quite the splash when it first came out in 2007. The original Nintendo DS title was universally praised for its innovative gameplay, eclectic soundtrack, and unique sense of style. Fourteen years later, the elements that made “TWEWY” great came through once again, making its unexpected and critically acclaimed sequel just as wonderful.
Three years after the events of the first game, Rindo Kanade finds himself stumbling right into a revamped Reaper’s Game, a competition held in a bustling purgatorial Shibuya, where players must team up against each other to return to the world of the living. As Rindo and his team struggle to maintain their place among the other Players, they soon end up in the middle of an extra-dimensional conspiracy that threatens to erase them and their beloved city from existence.
What “NEO: The World Ends With You” lacks in the functionality of the DS, it makes up for in a console-savvy combat experience that encourages players to use every part of the controller for stylishly rhythmic attacks that combine the abilities of the many playable characters. It can be difficult to grasp at first, but no button is wasted when trying to erase the Noise plaguing Shibuya.
Of course, every bit of charm and style that made the original “The World Ends With You” stand out has made a comeback as well. Rindo and his fellow companions are as vibrant as the city they live in, and the characters are brought to life through impeccable voice acting. The mysterious world of the Reapers even reaches new heights, making the considerable gap between numbered installments well worth the wait.