NEO: The World Ends With You Review - GamersHeroes (2023)

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NEO: The World Ends With You is a unique and colorful action RPG that packs a fun combat system. While it's certainly not for everyone, those drawn to its stylish vibe will absolutely love it.

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Fourteen years after Neku paid a visit to Shibuya on the Nintendo DS, Square Enix’s NEO: The World Ends With You is finally here. Was it worth the wait, or is this locale a bit played out? Check out our review and find out.

NEO: The World Ends With You Review

I’ll start by saying I didn’t play the first game and didn’t see any recap here. That being said, I was never lost in the story; you’ll just know certain characters from the original title.

NEO: The World Ends With You (TWEWY) starts with an introduction to the main character Rindo. He is hanging out around town when he gets a text from his friend Tosai to meet up. So they meet up, and Tosai gives you a rare Reaper Medal. Rindo and Tosai go to meet up with another person, when Rindo suddenly gets a vision of destruction. Moments later, both Rindo and Tosai are tossed into the Reaper’s Game. The Reaper’s Game is an alternate universe that takes place alongside the current universe.

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In this universe, monsters attack the people currently playing the game. Using your badges, you and Tosai fight off these monsters until you get some more allies to join up in the fight. The game’s goal is simple: complete the missions and defeat the big enemies before the other teams to get more points. Winning means you get your wish granted, and losing means you disappear. Oh, and you are told you only have a week to do it; no pressure. In all, the story will easily run you 30-40 hours.

NEO: TWEWY is an action RPG at its core, but the battles are still instanced. When you get into the fight, the combat is real-time, and you control multiple characters at once. Before going into a battle, you equip your badges that count as your attacks. You can only have one badge equipped at first – it might seem limited, but I understand why they did it this way. When fighting, you only use a single button to attack with each character, but you control multiple characters at once.

At first, it is only two of you, and you use simple buttons to attack like square and triangle. Eventually, as you fill out your team, you start to use multiple buttons simultaneously. For instance, my team has an L1, R1, square, and triangle attack pattern. However, L1 and R1 can be charged, so I have to hold those buttons down while building up my combo with my other attacks. My hands had to get used to this type of playstyle, which admittedly took a couple of hours. If I could use multiple buttons per character, it’d be overwhelming. It works extremely well when you get your bearing and find the right combos.

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Collecting the badges, you use in combat has become one of the chief driving factors for me in the game. Switching up attacks and seeing what they did in combat was fun. Sure, you have some stinkers, but most of them were enjoyable to use once or twice. The big driver for me was the fact that some of them evolve into new and more powerful attacks. I had one that would toss a rock down on someone, and when it changed, the rock becomes a whole car. They don’t all evolve, but the ones that do will keep you grinding for a while.

Outside of combat, you will solve puzzles for the Reaper’s Game. These involve finding graffiti, getting certain meals or outfits, delivering items, or fighting enemies. Sometimes you have to use your character’s powers as well. For example, Rindo can alter time forwards and backward, to collect items or learn passwords. Tosai can put pictures together in people’s heads to help them remember. Another character literally invades people’s thoughts to get clues or help out on side quests. Each of them has a tiny puzzle attached, so oftentimes it isn’t just a button click.

While doing side quests will net you more cash and EXP, the bigger bonus comes from your social network. Doing side missions nets you Friend Points that you can spend on your network. After helping someone out, they join your network, and you can spend your points on them to get various buffs. When you are close to a new friend, you can also see what you need to do to get them in your network. Some buffs are passive, like converting your cash pins into actual cash, while others provide tactical advantages in combat. It might sound like a minor thing, but it kept me doing the side quests.

There are a few other side things to do as well. Food gives permanent buffs, so keeping your team fed is essential. Each character has a specific kind of food they like as well, so finding their favorite is helpful. There is also an extra stat known as Style. Style points help you unlock perks on new clothes you wear. You start off with something like 20 style points, and some of the clothes require over 100 style to give you an extra benefit. The question early on is do you want to get something with low Style to get the bonus buff, or just take the raw strength and defense.

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NEO: TWEWY is a very stylish game; from the art to the music, it oozes character. Some of the design choices are questionable, but it all works for the most part. The weirdest one for me was the camera angle. You can’t move the camera around, and it has a very low angle. While traveling the streets, the buildings bend almost like it is a fisheye camera angle. It isn’t game-breaking, but it isn’t something I’ve seen in other games before.

NEO: The World Ends With You is a unique and colorful action RPG that packs a fun combat system. While it’s certainly not for everyone, those drawn to its stylish vibe will absolutely love it.

This review of Neo: The World Ends With You was done on the PlayStation 5 using the PlayStation 4 version of the game. A digital code was provided by the publisher.

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FAQs

Is NEO: The World Ends with You worth playing? ›

NEO: The World Ends With You tells a good story, and has exceptional gameplay. Fans of the first game will enjoy it. Newcomers will surely want to hold out over Week 2, but stay for the tunes and the fights.

Will There Be a Third World Ends With You game? ›

Hirano says straight away that Square Enix doesn't have any plans for what's next in The World Ends With You series.

How many hours is NEO: The World Ends with You? ›

When focusing on the main objectives, NEO: The World Ends with You is about 40 Hours in length. If you're a gamer that strives to see all aspects of the game, you are likely to spend around 104 Hours to obtain 100% completion.

Is the world ends with you final remix worth it? ›

If you want the definitive TWEWY experience, I would suggest the original DS version. Final Remix does add some additional content, but you will likely find that the controls sour the experience. The World Ends With You is a story worth experiencing, but in its original form on the DS.

Should I play final remix before Neo? ›

Those who played a prior version of TWEWY and paid attention will be able to figure out what's going on in NEO fairly easily. But players who want to be completely up to speed need to complete Final Remix's A New Day episode first. The new content explicitly bridges the game's events to those of NEO.

Do I need to play anything before neo the world ends with you? ›

The short answer: No, you do not need to have played the original The World Ends With You to play NEO. However, you may enjoy NEO's story more if you do, or watch the anime that retells the original's story. Though the main characters are different, there's a lot of revisiting of the first plot.

Will NEO: The World Ends with You have a sequel? ›

This game is a sequel to the 2007 video game The World Ends with You. It was released for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in July 2021, and for Microsoft Windows in September 2021.
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Neo: The World Ends with You
EngineUnity
Platform(s)Nintendo Switch PlayStation 4 Microsoft Windows
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Is The World Ends With You anime the same as the game? ›

It should also be noted that, as the anime series is an adaptation of the original Japanese version of The World Ends with You, the anime is even more different from the English localization of the game, particularly with how the characters are portrayed.

What to do after beating NEO: The World Ends with You? ›

NEO: The World Ends With You - 5 Things To Do After Beating The...
  1. 5/5 Unlock Ultimate Difficulty.
  2. 4/5 Replay The Main Story To Collect What You Missed.
  3. 3/5 Go Shopping.
  4. 2/5 Boss Rematches And Report Gathering.
  5. 1/5 Take On Another Day.
31 Jul 2021

Is NEO: The World Ends with You like Persona 5? ›

While it's true that there are a handful of comparisons between the two that can be made, The World Ends with You plays very differently than Persona 5. From the brief glimpses shown in the announcement trailer, it looks like NEO: The World Ends with You won't follow a traditional, turn-based JRPG gameplay style.

Is NEO: The World Ends with You connected to Kingdom Hearts? ›

Despite lots of fan theories saying otherwise, Kingdom Hearts 3 and NEO: The World Ends With You aren't connected to one another.

How many endings does The World Ends With You have? ›

There are only two endings to focus on in NEO: The World Ends With You, which makes the game a bit easier to manage. The critical aspect is that getting the endings is a linear progression, and there's no need to search for hidden items, unlock critical events, or get to a special place to get them.

What game is The World Ends With You based on? ›

Set in the modern-day Shibuya shopping district of Tokyo, this game features an anime art style and urban fantasy elements inspired by Shibuya and its youth culture. Development was inspired by elements of Jupiter's previous handheld game, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories.

How many copies did The World Ends With You sell? ›

The first-week physical sales of The World Ends with You's Nintendo Switch port was 14,216 copies (4gamer.net). Although the sequel sold more than the port version of the previous game, 28,047 physical copies seems a bit low for a brand-new sequel.

What if Neo chose the right door? ›

Neo could take the door on his right, which would take him to the Source, or he could take the door on the left, and try to save Trinity, but at the cost of the entire Human race.

Was Will Smith supposed to play Neo? ›

However, Reeves wasn't the studio's initial decision to play "the One," as the Wachowskis first proposed the character to Will Smith. Unclear on the story, the movie star turned it down in favor of 'Wild Wild West,' which, by difference, didn't do very well upon release.

Why is it called NEO TWEWY? ›

The game's name was chosen instead of TWEWY 2 because the team wanted it to be clearer that newcomers can begin playing NEO, although players of the original game and watchers of the anime would have bonuses and nods for them. The developers also wanted to emphasize it is a new story from the new cast.

Is NEKU playable in NEO? ›

This is a list of characters appearing in the game NEO:The World Ends with You (NEO: TWEWY).
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Playable Characters.
Playable CharacterDay UnlockedUnique Psych/ Abilities
NekuWeek 3, Day 5None
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What the difference between neo the world ends with you? ›

The most obvious change is Neo: The World Ends With You being rendered in 3D instead of 2D. The game is still confined to a set amount of locations inside of Shibuya. It isn't a sprawling open-world game like some other recent Square Enix RPGs. There also isn't a camera system meaning that every angle is predetermined.

Does Shoka have a crush on Rindo? ›

Shoka smacked by Soul Pulvis after trying to save Rindo. After this, the two are allies, and eventually become good friends. It is possible that Shoka may also have a crush on Rindo, based on her frequently blushing around him.

How old is Rindo? ›

Rindo Kanade is the 15-year-old main protagonist of NEO: The World Ends With You.

Why did Tsukasa Eishi join Central? ›

Seeing the extent of Sōma's abilities, Eishi immediately developed a desire to have Sōma be his right-hand man in Central. Sōma is flattered by his offer, though he ponders if he would be willing to share the Yukihira Style.

How many endings does neo cab have? ›

If Neo Cab still interests you and you don't really mind the downsides, the story is a couple hours long with four possible endings (if you count the fail ending).

Is Joshua in NEO TWEWY? ›

Yoshiya Kiryu (桐生 義弥, Kiryū Yoshiya), nicknamed Joshua (ヨシュア, Yoshua), is a major character in The World Ends with You and a playable character. He is Neku Sakuraba's second partner in the Reapers' Game during its second week. Joshua also has a small role in NEO: The World Ends with You.

Is Lucky Star an anime? ›

The Lucky Star anime, produced by Kyoto Animation, aired between April 8, 2007, and September 16, 2007, containing twenty-four episodes. After the first four episodes, series director Yutaka Yamamoto was fired from his position and was subsequently replaced by Yasuhiro Takemoto.

What is the ending of an anime called? ›

In anime, means the opening (song & video) and the ending (song & video).

Can you beat SpamTon Neo without fighting? ›

It's impossible to spare Spamton NEO, so you need to defeat him through violence. The best way to do this is to spend your TP on X-Slash, which can be found in the Acts menu and deals more damage than a regular attack.

Is Sho Minamimoto a villain? ›

Type of Villain

Sho Minamimoto is one of the secondary antagonists of the video game The World Ends With You and a major protagonist in NEO: The World Ends With You.

Can you still fight SpamTon Neo After beating the game? ›

Wanna try to get NEO SpamTon fight after ENDING ? Hey people , You can get back to the darkworld since you finished the game. First of all, GO to the DarkWorld of the School , you'll be into the Ralsei Realm (The Castle with every recruits or not that you unlocked).

What rank do you need akechi for true ending? ›

In order to get the true ending in Persona 5 Royal you need to do the following: Reach Confidant rank 9 with Takuto Maruki (Councillor) by Nov. 18. Reach Confidant rank 8 with Goro Akechi (Justice) by Nov.

Which Persona 5 ending is canon? ›

From the start, the Phantom Thieves had one goal: to change the world. By freeing the world from the clutches of Yaldabaoth, Joker and his friends accomplished that goal, making this the true, canonical ending of Persona 5.

Can you still play Persona 5 after you beat it? ›

Like previous games in the series, Persona 5 Royal and Persona 5 have a New Game + mode, which unlocks after you finish the game. It allows you to carry over multiple things that you unlocked during your previous playthrough into a fresh run. Essentially, you can start a new story with a bunch of bonuses.

Will The World Ends With You be in Kingdom Hearts 4? ›

But Nomura confirmed in an interview with Famitsu (as reported by Polygon) that these locations are two separate entities, so it seems that a crossover with The World Ends With You isn't in the cards for Kingdom Hearts 4.

How many weeks are in NEO: The World Ends with You? ›

NEO: The World Ends with You is made of three weeks of seven days, along with Another Day. The final day of Week 3 has three versions.

Why was NEKU killed? ›

Unfortunately, Neku gets caught up in a gunfight between Joshua and Sho Minamimoto. After fending Minamimoto off, Joshua kills Neku with a gun, entering him in the Reapers' Game, giving him an additional Player Pin.

Why does Joshua shoot NEKU? ›

To see if the real Shibuya deserves to exist, Joshua made a deal with his second-in-command, Megumi Kantanji, and murdered Neku to enter him in the Reapers' Game and select him as his Proxy (i.e., chosen one).

How do you get the true ending? ›

Guide. In order to obtain this ending, Ib must give Garry her handkerchief when he cuts his hand and choose to jump into the painting with him. If Ib does not have enough bond points with Garry, she will not be able to give the handkerchief to him, therefore granting the ending Memory's Crannies instead.

What is the longest game to complete? ›

The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is a contender for the greatest game of all time. It is, however, an open-world game that takes the longest to beat. Quests in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim regenerate, so there is seemingly no end to the game.

What is a true ending in a game? ›

The "True End" usually reveals most if not everything that happened in the other storylines, while some events remain mysterious even when the "Good End" is achieved. The "True End" often overlaps with the Golden Ending, but not always.

Did neo Twewy sell well? ›

Sales for the PlayStation 4 version of NEO: TWEWY weren't that great either, as it barely managed to squeeze into the top 10 with 9,248 copies sold to chart at #10. NEO: TWEWY sold a combined 28,047 units between the Switch and PS4 versions.

Who sold the most copies? ›

The 10 Best-Selling Books of All Time
  • THE BIBLE. ~ 5 billion copies sold.
  • QUOTATIONS FROM CHAIRMAN MAO TSE-TUNG. ~ 1.1 billion copies sold.
  • THE QURAN. ~ 800 million copies sold.
  • THE LORD OF THE RINGS. ~ 155 million copies sold.
  • THE LITTLE PRINCE. ...
  • HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE. ...
  • SCOUTING FOR BOYS. ...
  • AND THEN THERE WERE NONE.
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Do you have to play The World Ends with You before Neo? ›

The short answer: No, you do not need to have played the original The World Ends With You to play NEO. However, you may enjoy NEO's story more if you do, or watch the anime that retells the original's story. Though the main characters are different, there's a lot of revisiting of the first plot.

What the difference between NEO: The World Ends with You? ›

The most obvious change is Neo: The World Ends With You being rendered in 3D instead of 2D. The game is still confined to a set amount of locations inside of Shibuya. It isn't a sprawling open-world game like some other recent Square Enix RPGs. There also isn't a camera system meaning that every angle is predetermined.

How well does NEO: The World Ends with You run on switch? ›

Overall, NEO: The World Ends With You runs relatively smooth on Switch in docked mode.

What to do after beating neo the world ends with you? ›

NEO: The World Ends With You - 5 Things To Do After Beating The...
  1. 5/5 Unlock Ultimate Difficulty.
  2. 4/5 Replay The Main Story To Collect What You Missed.
  3. 3/5 Go Shopping.
  4. 2/5 Boss Rematches And Report Gathering.
  5. 1/5 Take On Another Day.
31 Jul 2021

Will neo The World Ends With You have a sequel? ›

With that in mind, the future of the series is uncertain. However, in an interview with Nintendo Life, NEO: The World Ends with You producer Tomohiko Hirano has confirmed that the development team has ideas for another TWEWY sequel if given the opportunity to make it happen — and if fans make their support vocal.

Is NEO TWEWY better on Switch or PS4? ›

If you want better frame rate when playing NEO: The World Ends With You, you should get the PS4 version. Game resolution is also slightly higher on the PS4 if the portability of the Switch is not one of your major considerations.

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