Three minutes standing ovation --- NEO: The World Ends With You Review (2023)

In the city of Shibuya, personalities and creeds clash on a daily basis. A high schooler named Rindo is going about his business with his best friend Fret when they’re suddenly pulled into a twisted game for their lives. The Reaper’s Game pits teams of Players against each other over seven days, where they compete in daily events to earn points. At the end of the week, the winners get their wish granted and the losers face erasure. The twist? All the Players are already dead.

The World Ends With You on the DS is one of my favorite games ever made. As an adolescent, the story and characters spoke to me on a deep level and the dual screen combat is unlike anything I’ve played before or since its release in 2007. The cult classic lay dormant for about 11 years, until an enhanced port of the mobile Solo Remix version (2012) made its way to Switch with new content teasing a sequel. Now that we’ve finally got our hands on the follow up, we can safely say it surpassed all of our expectations.

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Since the story is a big highlight, we’ll refrain from talking about it too much. It’s sure to satisfy fans of the original with returning characters like the math-freak Minamimoto, and players of all backgrounds will instantly get attached to new characters like the charmingly dorky Nagi and painfully relatable Rindo. The plot has a ton of exciting twists and turns, and while it can rely on knowledge of the original and the new day added in Final Remix, those plot points are carefully explained so anyone can follow along. I was especially worried about the new stuff from Final Remix, since I never played that version, but I feel like I understand its relevance without entirely spoiling what went on in that game.

The Solo and Final Remixes reworked the combat to be playable on a single screen to admittedly mixed results, but NEO’s new system perfectly captures what made the original so engaging. Each of your party members can use a single psychic ability by equipping a pin, for example I gave Rindo a pin which allowed him to rapidly slash an enemy with a spectral sword while Fret was able to fire elemental blasts from a distance. Every pin has a button assigned to it, in this case Rindo used X and Fret used Y, and you can’t equip multiple pins of the same input (at first anyways). Pins have limited energy, so once you use one enough times it’ll enter a short reload period before you can use it again in that fight. What holds all this together is your party’s Groove, represented by a percentage at the top of the screen. Attacking will sometimes cause a Beat Drop meter to appear on an enemy and, if you attack with a different pin before time runs out, this will increase your Groove. At 100% and beyond, you can start a Mashup by pressing A which greatly multiplies your entire party’s attack power. You’ll eventually unlock Killer Remixes, which at 300% Groove sends the gang high into the air to rain down death from above.

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That’s all a little complicated to read but easy to grasp in practice, so let’s break it down. By spreading out attacks you gain Groove, which will eventually allow you deal a ton more damage in a burst. The more party members you have, the more pins you can use, the more potential Groove you can gain quickly. While you only start out with Rindo and Fret, once you have a full roster things can get pretty hectic. My endgame setup saw me holding ZR while mashing Y, then while those pins were on cooldown mashing X while holding and releasing L and R occasionally. Throw in the need to dodge enemy attacks with B while constantly moving around and you’ve got yourself a combat system that accurately recreates the thrilling multitasking of the original game. In fact, I find this system even more fun and satisfying than the original.

I also felt more encouraged to try new pins to level them up and see how far I could push my builds by lowering my level, increasing the difficulty, and chaining battles together to send my pin drop rate soaring into the thousands. As you explore Shibuya, you can scan by pressing R to read people’s thoughts and encounter Noise (TWEWY’s monsters) symbols that represent an encounter. If you touch multiple Noise symbols, you can chain those encounters together one after another in rounds the game calls Reductions. Unlike fighting these battles separately, your HP doesn’t refill between reductions. This risk does come with a reward though: Noise are more likely to drop new pins upon defeat the more battles you fight in a row. You can further increase this drop rate by lowering your level (which only affects your HP, not other stats) or changing up the difficulty for even rarer pins. At first, you can only chain five battles together, but using your Social Network you greatly increase that number.

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As you play through the story and complete side quests specific to each day, your Social Network will expand. You can spend Friend Points (FP) to unlock bonuses attached to each friend you add. For example, if you become a regular at the local curry place, you can friend the owner to add new dishes to their menu. Since eating out is the only way to permanently increase stats aside from health, you’ll definitely want to try a variety of foods all over Shibuya. Along with being a mecca for all varieties of eateries, the city is known for its competing brands of clothing. Each party member can equip a hat, shirt, pants, shoes, and accessory to give them stat bonuses along with special abilities like regenerating HP or increased EXP and PP (pin points) if they have enough Style. Much less restrictive than Bravery in the original, Style simply determines if a particular piece of clothing’s ability will activate, it doesn’t restrict what you can wear so Rindo can absolutely rock that Gato Nero dress if you want. Wearing a brand’s clothing will also level up your relationship with them, allowing you to purchase more clothes at their stores, so make sure you switch up your look once in a while.

Speaking of looks, NEO has style up the wazoo. The cell shaded graphics look excellent, but the fish eye lens look of the fixed camera angles in each area really makes it look unique with buildings almost literally leaning over you in the distance. While the game targets 60 frames per second and the PS4 version probably stays there consistently, we actually found the occasional frame drops of the Switch version to only add to the anime aesthetic rather than detract from the gameplay experience. It’s a strange phenomenon you really need to see to believe, but the technical limitations of the little console that could somehow only serve to make NEO look even better. The game runs comparably both in docked and handheld mode, though it is easier to see the aliasing in portable mode with the lower resolution but I find the portability is worth it.

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If you are playing in portable mode though, be sure to use headphones because the soundtrack is a banger. While there are a few returning songs, like the iconic Twister, most tracks are either entirely new or remixes from the original. Out of the 51 songs in the game, there is exactly one I didn’t like, that being Scramble. The voice acting that occurs in the scenes beginning and ending each day is also above average, though there were a few lines that sounded odd or disingenuous. I’d chalk it up to pandemic issues, but one or two reads sounded like they chose the worst possible take they had. Still, those are few and far between and don’t detract from the story.

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NEO: The World Ends With You captures everything that made the original special and surpasses it in every way. With a great story and incredibly addicting combat, players joining the Reaper’s Game will be hooked from start to finish and beyond.

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PROS

  • Excellent story
  • Incredibly fun combat
  • Great visuals

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  • A few weird line reads
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Is NEO: The World Ends with You worth it? ›

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. I know I'm certainly glad I did.

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.

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 NEO: The World Ends with You standalone? ›

Developed as a standalone game, The World Ends With You has an incredibly enduring legacy. When Tetsuya Nomura would visit video game events, he was often asked about the future of The World Ends With You.

Why was neo the world ends with you recalled? ›

Following an accidental leak of the full retail version of NEO: The World Ends With You, Square Enix is revoking licenses for the game, effectively scrubbing the game from their account until release date.

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.

Is Neo a sequel to The World Ends with You? ›

NEO: The World Ends with You (NEO TWEWY), the sequel to the beloved Nintendo DS title, The World Ends with You, was released earlier this year but failed to meet Square Enix's sales expectations. With that in mind, the future of the series is uncertain.

Is NEO: The World Ends With You worth it Reddit? ›

NEO: The World Ends With You does a wonderful job recapturing what made this formula work so well on the DS, but in a more approachable way. If there's one game in this duology I'll ever find myself revisiting, it'll definitely be this one.

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.

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.
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Is NEO: The World Ends with You a visual novel? ›

It's a fascinating concept, and one that feels akin to a video game version of The Hunger Games. Much like a visual novel in its design, NEO develops this excellent story through comic-book style interactions between the main cast and the characters they meet along the way.

Is NEO: The World Ends with You connected to the first game? ›

Neo: The World Ends with You is an action role-playing game co-developed by Square Enix and h.a.n.d. and published by Square Enix. 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.

Did Brad Pitt turn down Neo? ›

Brad Pitt turned down the role of Neo in 1999's "The Matrix," a role that went to Keanu Reeves.

Did Will Smith turn down the role of Neo? ›

It impacted my life, personally and creatively. Thank you very much." For his part, Smith has said he eventually doesn't regret the choice to turn down 'The Matrix,' as he thinks Reeves was a more suitable fit for the character than he would've been.

Was neo Twewy a flop? ›

NEO: The World Ends With You failed to meet sales expectations, according to Square Enix's latest financial briefing, The sequel to the breakout 2007 Nintendo DS game, The World Ends with You, it contributed to Square Enix's overall lower game sales this year than in the same period last year.

Why does Rindo wear a mask? ›

The mask is a parallel to the previous protagonist (Neku) wearing a symbolic item on their head to represent an aspect of their personality as a sense of distancing from other people. Specifically, Rindo prefers communicating through texting instead of speaking to other human beings face-to-face.

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.

Is Neo Twewy better on Switch or PS4? ›

NEO: The World Ends with You PS4 vs Nintendo Switch graphics

NEO: The World Ends with You looks great on Nintendo Switch for the most part. The 3D gameplay portions on Nintendo Switch, while nice looking handheld (and less so docked), lack good post-processing, so there are a lot of aliased elements.

Are Neo and Trinity both the one? ›

Neo and Trinity are both “the One.” It's important to remember that the entire idea/concept of the One was a result of a systemic anomaly; one which was necessary to continue the overall function of the Matrix in general.

Why did they keep Neo and Trinity alive? ›

Sensing the power in Neo and Trinity's connection, he persuaded his machine bosses to let him take their bodies. The Analyst then resurrected them using resurrection pods created by Sati's parents and plugged Neo and Trinity back into the Matrix, using them as a source code to build a new iteration.

Was Neo flying at the end? ›

Neo and Trinity escape to the roof of a skyscraper where they take a leap of faith and jump off, expecting Neo's ability to fly to manifest itself. Instead, Trinity saves them, having developed the ability to fly herself. Image via Warner Bros.

Is World's End Club worth it? ›

Word's End

World's End Club isn't a bad game, yet it's not a good one either. It has a great deal that could have made for a compelling experience. However this is marred by some simplistic – yet – frustrating puzzle design, and a weak narrative.

How many endings does Persona have? ›

The game has six endings of sorts - three bad, one good, and the true ending. If you want to see all of them we'd recommend waiting until after you've seen the true ending as the others contain some spoilers - just keep some game saves at appropriate points so you can revisit them once the game is over.

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.

Is it hard to get the true ending in Persona 5 Royal? ›

Reaching the Persona 5 Royal true ending means making the right choices at the right time, planning your activities carefully, and meeting some strict deadlines. It takes a bit of effort, but the reward is more than just seeing some new ending scenes.

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.

Where did NEKU go Neo? ›

Search Shibuya Hikarie. Head down the street until you run into a Reaper. He'll tell you he saw Neku go to the Expressway Underpass. Use Replay to go to the Expressway Underpass to see if Neku is still there.

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.

What is a true ending in visual novels? ›

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.

Is NEO: The World Ends with You a remaster? ›

Review: 'NEO: The World Ends With You' Not a remaster or a reissue, NEO is a genuine sequel to the hit 2007 Japanese RPG that cast you and your friends as fashionable Tokyo kids battling for your lives in a strange alternate world.

Is NEO: The World Ends with You 2 player? ›

The World Ends With You on the DS did not have co-op and neither did the mobile ports. The Switch version of the game did add co-op support, and it was great. It seemed natural that the sequel would have co-op given that there are now four playable characters on screen at one time.

What is the age rating for World's End Club? ›

What's more, it's not hard at all to see why it misses: it feels like a watered-down version of its creators' other games. Just have to look at the ESRB rating: it's rated T, whereas games like Zero Escape and Danganronpa had well-deserved M ratings.

Is World's End club dark? ›

World's End Club, previously called Death March Club, is one of the darkest games I've played so far on Apple Arcade. It's packed with twists and turns right from the beginning. If you're an anime fan, definitely check it out.

How many pubs are in the world's end? ›

There are now about five pubs in the town, but as the film features 12 other buildings had to be used. North Herts district councillor Tom Brindley said: "When you look at a bank and then a pub in the film, you will think - 'that's the same place'.

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.

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.

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