awesome game awesome soundtrack awesome awesomeness awesome story ,everything awesome
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These days, games really don't have the "wow" factor they used to give. Be it fighting, role playing, adventure... theres nothing new because so many companies stay on the tried and true path that guarantees some success; however, one game dared to oppose the norm. It took everything that was normal and chucked it into a volcano, which then errupted and formed an island of brilliance. This game is The World Ends with You.
If I had one word to describe the gameplay, it would have to be "innovative". To start off, you'll immediately find that this game doesn't have your average fighting style; you control two players at once, one on the top screen and another on the bottom. Though it may seem confusing, if not impossible at first, once you get into it, you'll never have a better battle. The bottom is controlled via stylus and the top via the D pad, so don't worry about confusing your two characters' controls with one another. If it's too hard at first, you're given the option to let your partner go on autopilot, but you'll want to master it yourself:Boss battles utilize both screens to their full potential. Also, one thing I am deeply grateful for is that there are no random battles, you choose them yourself; if you want to walk across Shibuya, nothing unstoryrelated will hinder you.
The graphics completely stunned me. Not only were the characters designed by the same artist as for Kingdom Hearts, they also threw in so many tiny details. Areas such as shopping districts, scramble crossings, and parks are jam packed with pedestrians walking about, each thinking their own thing. Another thing that surprised me was how graphiti was combined into the game. The walls you see, the indications of where you were, your item's brand name; all of them had cool designs. Backgrounds and bosses also managed to absorb some of the graphiti theme, making for some serious eye-candy.
I can guarantee you right now, The World Ends with You has no musical equal. Square Enix took a risk and went all out when they decided what music TWEWY would have, and I am overjoyed that they did. In TWEWY, all the music has vocals, which is almost never seen in a video game. Since the game is set in japan, it's all rap/hiphop/J-pop so basically japanese inspired music. Each person has their own taste in music, so one person might despise the music while another worships it. One thing is for certain: its different.
The storyline in TWEWY, like the rest of the game's aspects, is totally new. Neku, the main protagonist, one day wakes up on the pavement, and recieves a strange text message. He must play a game for 7 days, and if he fails, he will be erased. Though it might seem straightforward, the plot twists and surprises through every passing day makes it anything but. Another noteable aspect is the language used by the characters. Being typical teenagers, the characters in TWEWY talk like you'd expect a normal teenager to talk (and think), which really made the game more enjoyable. The game is by no means short, contrary to the 7 days description, and even when the credits role, there are many, many, MANY new things to be discovered and more story to be learned.
If you're a fan of Kingdom Hearts, you'll definately want to pick this game up. If you aren't, you still should, since the characters and gameplay are totally different. If you're a fan of rap, hiphop, or J-pop, its well worth it to buy this game just to listen to the music. In an age of lackluster, uneventful, and repetative games, it's nice to have one that takes a risk and move ahead.