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Neo: The World Ends with You review — vibrant, joyful and imperfect

Neo: The World Ends with You is filled to the brim with style and charm, but actually playing the game can get tedious sometimes.

Neo: The World Ends with You is a sequel that recreates everything that worked about the first game — as well as a lot of what didn’t work. The result is a vibrant, joyful, and imperfect game that positively drips with style. When Neo: The World Ends with You is firing on all cylinders, you’ll feel right at home on the stylish streets of Shibuya, fighting for your life in the intriguing Reaper Games and absolutely dying (heh) to find out what happens next.

On the other hand, Neo doesn’t reach its full potential, due to a confusing combat system and a general sense that your job, as a player, is simply to shuffle an interesting cast of characters a few city blocks at a time, then sit through a bunch of cutscenes. When the original The World Ends with You debuted on the Nintendo DS in 2008, the small setting and imprecise combat may have been side effects of a handheld platform with limited power. Those limitations shouldn’t really exist in a modern console game.

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