The announcement of NEO: The World Ends With You coming to PC was unexpected but undoubtedly welcome. Still, I was noticeably concerned about how the quality of this port would end up being like, given the absolute silence on Square’s part regarding this version of the game for an extensive degree of time. Plus, if the Kingdom Hearts games on PC are anything to go by, a broken port was a likely unfortunate possibility.
Thankfully, however, my time with this port has been borderline faultless and genuinely worthwhile. I have not experienced game-breaking bugs or crashes. Instead, it has been consistently stable first and foremost. I’m honestly relieved because I feared the worst, but those fears have not come to pass. Still, it is worth acknowledging that if you have already played this game on console, then there’s little reason to return to it here on PC.
Unlike Kingdom Hearts III, which boasted several optimized improvements when making its way to PC due to how graphically intensive it is, NEO is not in the same position. This title certainly boasts style, but its aesthetic does not exactly necessitate high-processing power to make it appealing.
Aside from expected display options like altering frame rate, adjusting V-sync, and upping resolution, there is not much else here to fundamentally enhance the experience. Controller customization and button mapping are excellent, though. For as inherently expected in ports as those functionalities are, they are still worth acknowledging.
I should state that I initially installed this game on my external HDD, thinking it wouldn’t really matter one way or the other if I played it via that storage component or my SSD. Unfortunately, I was proven wrong because the load times, while not unbearably atrocious, were questionably lengthy when on my HDD.
I have no experience with the Nintendo Switch version of the game, so I can’t draw a point of comparison for how long the loading times are between the 2 iterations. Still, after re-installing onto my SSD, that slight annoyance vanished, and it felt more akin to my time with the PlayStation 5 version.
While I can’t claim that my HDD irritations should be the expected norm across all players and devices, I will still recommend playing with an SSD if possible. There are many loading screen transitions, most notably between battles, and dealing with potentially unnecessarily lengthy loads would ruin some tension and gameplay pacing.
Ultimately, there is not much to say regarding the PC version of NEO: The World Ends With You. It’s serviceable and provides the customization options one would expect from a PC port.
That makes this an unfearful purchase for those who have yet to play the title, but those who have already played through it on console will likely be hard-pressed to pick up this version unless they’re particularly hardcore fans.
NEO: The World Ends With You is currently available on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via the Epic Games Store.
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