Virtual Fashion Slaves and Mercenaries Ahoy

"The World Ends With You" is indeed proving to be a pretty solid Square-Enix title. I'm not going to bother writing out a whole review about it, but I will mention a few features I found cool:
  • They more than doubled the challenge of typical JRPG action combat by requiring you control separate fights on two screens at once.
  • They separated individual stylus gestures into equipped "pins." It's like a mini game for every equipped weapon.
  • The artistic style, which exudes pure creative talent, exalts Japanese and youth culture to a fantastic (likely better than life) degree.
  • The JPop/Trance music is an unusual choice that lends a unique flavor to the game.
  • The plot somehow makes the main characters' forced slavery ("do this in x amount of time or be erased") downright hip.
  • There's a Tamagotchi-like system that allows your characters to digest only so much stat-enhancing food in a 24 (real life) hour period. (Your equipped "pins" also level up while not playing.)
  • There's nice additional features such as wireless-compatible mini games (perhaps as to be expected from the makers of Crystal Chronicles).
What we have here is a definite gem of a game. It's little wonder GameFly is having a hard time getting these back from their renters.

While I generally enjoy the artistic talent that went into "The World Ends With You," there is one noteworthy flaw in the character design. I'm a little distracted when nearly every cutscene clubs me with Shiki's overexposed thighs. Youth culture fashion or not, that's a pretty provocative outfit, and this draws undue attention from the game. In any case, I honestly didn't buy the game with this in mind.

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