The Nintendo Switch Library, the ever-expanding archive of the game's hits of yesteryear packed in shiny new shapes, added another classic to his arsenal this week with re-release of The World Ends With You. This latest version of one of Square Enix's best RPGs comes with motion controls, a two-player co-op mode and a whole new scenario, but unfortunately, almost anything that makes this experience unique to the switch is either unnecessary at best or bad at worst.
You can read more about our thoughts on the game when it was released in our original review, but as this Switch port is essentially the complementary version of the game's mobile release, it does not include any of the original's innovative display combat mechanics. While the original had you to control two characters at the same time on the DS screens (a real mindf *** but amazing when it finally clicked), the Switch version reduces it to one character while the other is essentially another weapon in the arsenal .
In theory, due to the way the attacks are performed using the switch's touchscreen, the braincaptivity DS version is still present when juggling multiple weapons (including your partner) for string attacks. Weapons and abilities ̵
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However, what does not work well is the Switch's Joy Con Convergence Controls (there is no alternative for a standard control form). The same slashes, swipes and swirls that you can easily pull off with the touch screen can be done with hand movements with Joy-Con in the grip. As you expect, the control of World Ends With You is unpresentative, with commands you feel you are not recognizing, and others are sure you're unable to perform. For a game where battles can involve the use of more weapons against half a dozen enemies or more, this inconsistency is frustrating, making The World Ends With You really just appealing to play while you have your Switch unlocked. If you decide to play with pleasure, the game also gives a friend to take control of your in-game partner during the matches. But again, the same loose controls prevent the fighting experience, which means there is no mode that you probably come back to very often.
It's not to say that The World Ends With You On The Switch is a misfire. On the contrary; For a game released over 10 years ago on the DS who has teenagers using state-of-the-art technology like flip phones, the game still feels incredibly relevant and exciting, with one of the best stories in play. For those who have never experienced it before, The World Ends With You is set in an alternative version of Tokyo's hip shopping area Shibuya, where recently deceased teenagers work as teams to complete a variety of challenges to get a chance to come back for life. Ever dark, but always hopeful, The World Ends With You has a moving story, whose themes of identity, independence and our value to each other still resonate strongly today. It also helps the game's art style and presentation generally end up, and it's no wonder The World Ends With You still has one of the best game slots ever (no arguments, please).
So ignore the Joy-Con controls. Ignore the two player mode if you wish. World Ends With You may not show its best form with this Switch version, but it's still the same core experience at heart. And it makes it worth playing for the first time again.