The World Ends with You: Final Remix

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Great adventure remake weakened by horrible controls.

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Positive Messages

The game features themes of second chances and learning to be a better person. There are also strong themes of friendship and how those friends can affect and change us in a positive way, as well as how we can influence and affect the lives of others.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Over the course of the game, Neku learns to value and even treasure his friendships, risking everything for others. Other characters also go through their own growth, and generally lean towards being good, positive influences.

Ease of Play

Using the touchscreen controls on the Switch are a bit more intuitive than attempting to use the Joy-Con as an onscreen pointer, though both controls can be frustratingly complex. Although you can eventually adjust to the difficulty, it never quite feels fluid or natural.

Violence

Players regularly fight against monsters, animals, and human enemies with a variety of magical-based attacks. While battles are frantic, there’s no blood or graphic depictions of violence. Instead, battles usually consist of a lot of flashy effects and defeated enemies vanishing from the field.

Sex

There are a few lightly suggestive lines of dialogue.

Language

The dialogue contains occasional use of “ass,” “bitch,” and “bastard.”

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The World Ends with You: Final Remix is an action role-playing game for the Nintendo Switch. The game is a remake of the original Nintendo DS release, with updated HD visuals, new controls, co-op play, and expanded story content. The controls aren't the most intuitive and take a lot of getting used to, especially when using the Joy-Con controller instead of the Switch touchscreen. The story features strong themes of friendship and second chances, with a protagonist that evolves over the game into a better person. Battles are constant encounters, but throughout the fighting, there’s never any blood or gore. Parents should also note that the dialogue does include some mild profanity, such as "ass" and "bitch," and occasional suggestive comments.

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What's it about?

Survive the week or be erased is the dilemma Neku Sakuraba finds himself in THE WORLD ENDS WITH YOU: FINAL REMIX, an expanded remake of the original Nintendo DS cult classic role-playing game. Neku’s trouble begins when he wakes up in the Shibuya district in Tokyo without a memory of anything aside from his name and under attack my strange creatures. Stumbling across a young girl naked Shiki, Neku quickly learns he is the latest “Player” recruited into the Reapers’ Game. The two are matched as partners and are challenged to complete daily “Missions” within an allotted time or risk facing the wrath of the Reapers and being wiped out from all existence. With no other choice than to play, Neku struggles to survive while working to uncover the secrets behind the Reapers’ Game, how he became a Player in it, and hopefully to find a way out for himself and his friends. This new version includes updated HD visuals, new controls, expanded story content, and local co-op multiplayer, giving a friend control of Neku’s partner during combat.

Is it any good?

While this classic role-playing game (RPG) gets lots of new content and upgraded visuals, the convoluted controls ruins the experience for anyone other than fans of the game. The World Ends with You: Final Remix provides a chance for players to play through the classic RPG that was initially released a decade ago on the Nintendo DS. The game has evolved in the jump from the DS to the Switch. Some changes, such as the revamped high definition visuals and the addition of an entirely new chapter, are meant to add some extra flair to the experience. The drop in/drop out local co-op is also a nice touch, allowing friends to do more than just watch the action while also lightening some of the burden of combat. These are great additions to the original game and bring something fresh for both longtime fans and newcomers alike.

Other changes, though, like the game’s completely revamped control scheme, are born out of necessity. Since the Switch lacks the dual screen format of the DS and the touchscreen isn’t accessible when the system is docked, The World Ends with You: Final Remix adds support for the Joy-Con controllers. Unfortunately, using the Joy-Con is anything but natural. You essentially use the controller as an onscreen pointer, though with less direct interaction than you get with the touchscreen. Trying to activate the different powers in combat is a clunky mess. Early on you might win battles, but you’ll have no idea how you did it. In time, you can adjust to the controls and start to get more effective, but it’s extremely frustrating until you do. The touchscreen controls are much more responsive and will likely wind up being your preferred method of play, but even it takes some getting used to. If you’re willing to commit to it, though, and if you’ve got the patience to deal with that steep learning curve, The World Ends with You: Final Remix still has a lot to offer and retains its cult status as a unique and entertaining RPG.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about positive life skills like friendship. What are some positive ways to build and reinforce bonds of friendship? How do friends help to influence your behavior and actions, and how do you affect the same in your friends?

  • How can teammates help to overcome obstacles that might seem impassible alone? What are some ways to work well together as a team?

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