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What a Wonderful World
on January 3, 2015
In my opinion, this is the best game ever created for the Nintendo DS platform. A gripping story, outstanding characters, an upbeat soundtrack, and a quirky but solid control scheme all add up to an incredible handheld experience.
You begin the game as Neku Sakuraba, an antisocial teen who tries to tune out the world, waking up in Shibuya, Japan's Scramble Crossing, with his memories missing and monstrous creatures that nobody else can see hot on his tail. What follows is an existential journey through a loving recreation of Shibuya, participating in a game where all the Player's lives are on the line. Over the course of the game, Neku will make friends, discover his forgotten past, and ultimately save Shibuya from itself.
The soundtrack of The World Ends With You is one of the most phenomenal I've heard in a video game to date. With entries from upbeat J-Pop and cool Rap, you'll find yourself grooving to each and every track.
The controls are absolutely unique, with you simultaneously controlling Neku on the bottom screen with touch controls, and his partner on the top screen with directional controls. The World Ends With You has a deep combat system that is very easy to become proficient inn, but very difficult to obtain mastery over, with practically infinite complexities of Psych combinations and clothing powers.
And at the end of it all, when you've completed the story, you gain access to Another Day, a hilarious self-parody of the game you just completed, focused around a mini-game that played a small but important role in the main story. And while almost nothing in Another Day can be taken seriously (let alone at face value), it does hold an important role in the story itself, which you'll find after re-exploring Shibuya for the Secret Reports, which give a greater insight into the game's myriad mysteries.
TL;DR What a Wonderful World