After 30 hours with The World Ends With You Final Remix, I can confidently say it’s one of my favourite games of the year. Stylish, confident, and packed with a great story to boot, Square Enix’s DS remaster is excellent from beginning to end. The game’s control options take some getting used to, but beneath the initial clunkiness is a story that is as heartwarming as it is heart wrenching, all packed within an interesting world filled with things to discover.
You take control of Neku, a lad who’s woken up inside the UG — a world seperate from reality, yet intertwined within the sleek streets of Shibuya, Japan. Waking up with no memory of what’s transpired, it doesn’t take long for him to bump into a cast of characters that all play a part in what eventually turns out to be the Reaper’s Game: a deadly seven day event that, if completed, could get the players out of the purgatory they’ve found themselves caught up in. Each player of the game has to abide by the rules, complete missions set out for them, and defeat the enemies in their way. If they don’t, they face erasure — which is, to put it bluntly, death.