version of Shibuya to find out how he got there and to try and win the game before facing erasure.
The backdrop of this interesting setup is Tetsuya Nomura’s vivid take on Shibuya, Japan, which you wouldn’t realise was on DS when first looking at it thanks to its visual upgrade for Switch and its wonderful comic book-esque animation style and world pops off the screen whether in story moments, exploring or in battle. Whether in handheld or docked, the world’s consistent visual style really brings everything together in this experience and it’s a treat to look at if you’re a fan of other stylish games like Persona, complete with a ridiculously cool soundtrack. The World Ends With You also features minimal voice acting, which I surprisingly ended up liking a lot thanks to how well the dialogue for each character and scene is written. The characters speak just as colourfully as the world they’re placed in, with the cast being teenagers meaning plenty of slang and abbreviations in their speech that make them come to life and the emotional growth of each one makes sure to mix in humour into its quirky dialogue that made them all likable in some sense.
As for the controls, since there’s a choice between playing with one joycon or using the touchscreen, it is quite different to other JRPGs I play with a controller. I started off trying to use both joycons as usual, but then realised the game was only using one, so I then played with the joycon and wrist attachment for my first 10 hours while I was getting footage and found it surprisingly enjoyable after a few hours of getting used to things. Dragging fire onto enemies while pointing with the joycon was an interesting new experience and I liked how the pointer could be adjusted so that I could play with my wrist at any angle. It isn’t without problems though - I specifically avoided using slash pins as the pointer doesn’t give the right amount of precision to use these well and this became particularly hard when playing with character’s like Joshua whose sole special attack relies on being built up with this kind of attack.
After my 10 hours I switched to touchscreen and found it much, much better and think this is how The World Ends With You should be played on Switch. With finger tapping, getting combos in is as fast as is needed to get a good multiplier going and I could finally use all my pins properly for every dragging, slashing and tapping pin I needed and wanted to use and although I didn’t hate the other method, it was generally a better fit for anything fast needed to be done in its active system. So with that in mind, while docked isn’t completely unplayable if you use the right pins, the handheld mode gives the precision needed to play the harder battles and was much more fun in this unique battle system and with my joycons off the console playing in tablet mode, I was able to enjoy swiping enemies and tapping in special attacks at home and on the go and had no issues with the control scheme going forward.
stylish world, The World Ends With You -Final Remix- made its gameplay and characters feel fresh, fun and new in its unique and cool world. The touch mechanics were a new way to use my Switch and if you can get past the different control style, its pin system and others are worth diving into with the way it lets you customise playing in its colourful world. This stylish game full of sights and characters that pop off the screen and had me engaged in their growth throughout the story is clearly a DS favourite for a reason now that I’ve played it and if you’re like me and had been putting off trying it until this Switch release, I think its mysterious version of Shibuya is well worth trying if you think it looks interesting and don’t mind playing it undocked.
Controls aren't perfect, but if you enjoy touch mechanics in other games this is definitely worth playing if you like the look of it!
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