Digimon (Digital Monster) is a popular TV series that first aired in the end of 90s. Inspired by the cartoon succeed, Bandai (Now Bandai-Namco) adapt the Digital World adventure into the game version in several platform. After vacuum for some years now the waiting for Digimon franchise fan especially in the English speaking country. Now let see what will be revealed in This Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Review.
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth is the fifth installment of the Story series which starts from Digimon DS in 2006. This game initially released in Japan in 2015 as a part of Digimon Adventure 15th anniversary.However due to high interest from the western fan, they even create online petition that is signed by 65,000 fans worldwide to localize this.
I was really happy when Bandai-Namco finally announces to develop Cybersleuth’s English version that will be released on 2nd February 2016 so I have signed the right petition this time!.
Aiba (The main protagonist) log in to popular physical interaction cyberspace network called EDEN which badly infiltrated by Hackers and those who logged in there promised a wonderful gift.
Along with Nokia Shiramine and Arata Sanada they logged in to EDEN where they receive Digimon Capture as the gift and locked inside until Arata cracks into the real world. However Aiba attacked by a mysterious digital creature that corrupts their logout process make them half digitized.
Then they meet Kyouko Kuremi who recruits them to her cyber division in Kuremi Detective Agency. Together they investigate the bizarre phenomena happen in the real world called Digital shift where some world part digitized by a creature called Eater.
DigimonStory:Cybersleuth based on the place in real modern Tokyo and also jump into the digital world using connect jump ability. The player will choose between male protagonist Takumi Aiba and female protagonist Ami Aiba then you have to choose your starter Digimon.
After getting digimon eventually, you will meet wild Digimon in the random battle. At the beginning of the battle, there will a scan progress that will use to hatching the Digimon that you meet if the scan reach 100%. In Battle there will be 3 active Digimon with player’s command option is Attack, Tech, Guard, Item, Escape and Auto this battle system similar to Final Fantasy X games.
There is more than 200 playable digimon that can be inherited by hatching or by digivolution which in this series is fully reversible to unlock stronger evolution by visiting the Digi-Lab. In this game player will see Digi Farm like in Digimon world DSwhere the player can raise the Digimon.
Every Digimon has their unique type (vaccine, virus and data) and the element which will affect their in-battle attribute. Banda-Namco state in the trailer that there will be an exclusive playable digimon like Kerpymon ,Beelzemon Blast Mode Exclusive for North America version.
Digimon Story: Cybersleuth might be an answer to all Digimon fans in the past that has grown up by time. The improved gameplay from last turn-based Digimon Data Squad in PS2 makes this game slicker and player won’t hampered with laggy battle animation. The open-world movement just like the Re:Digitize series, the techno style music is also great addition while wandering around and battling a digimon in digital world.
The large variety of playable digimon is one of the best part besides you can bring up to 12 digimon (depend on how many digi-memory you have). There will be three active digimon in battle of however all of the digimon you have will share the battle experience. Hence, less grinding needed 🙂 (yeah, this is unlike the Digimon World 3 where the grinding is like a hell).
Although this game is really good a Metacritic reader doesn’t really feel what he spent on this game is really worth it, since this is just like a fan-made translated game in which there is no dubbed English voice at all.
However it’s still a great game to play stated by other Metacritic reader, the location recreated smoothly based on real Japan famous place although it’s a little dull since we can only see it. The story is really good so he did not want to pick any spoiler until you play it yourself, and they love the digi-farm sidequest also it’s much more improved with side-quest and more interaction with your Digimon.
This game has an average difficulty level as stated in Gamefaqs also the player spend more than 80 hours to complete this game. With the huge playable digimon choice and relatively small amount of time needed to train digimon, the player will not get bored to proceed the main story while raising their favorite digimon at the same time.
- Slick in-battle animation
- Good side quest in Digi-Farm
- Large variety of playable digimon
- Simple Battle system
- Impressive Storyline
- No added English Audio
- less interactive with NPC and surrounding environment
This game could have perfect score for Digimon fan who already tired waiting for the latest game it is reflected on my founding in some rating website. Most of them give positive feedback. Gamefaqs give 4.35 out of 5 as rating while metacritic fans give 9.1 out of 10, and similar to the previous site Gamespot site reader give a solid 9 out of 10 for this game, as a Digimon fan I totally agree with the rating given.
I myself give this game a score of 4.5 out of 5.
Finally this Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Review concludes this game is a gift for all digimon fans, and even more if you really like the Digimon Story series on the Nintendo DS System.
If you are a digimon-man, this game is a MUST. However as Bandai aim Young Adult for this game, I can see some part of this game seem inappropriate for kids, but the adult will found this a great game to play. Personally, I highly recommended this game. For non-digimon fans, the classic turn based system and the story will make you love this game also if you love JRPG.
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