For those not in the know, a new Digimon game released this week. Digimon World: Next Order for the PlayStation 4, billed as a direct sequel to the original Digimon game for the PlayStation, tasks players with raising, training and feeding their Digimon until they die. Yes, your Digimon will die, over and over again. But more about that in our review, coming later this week.
Was that last part too deep? Well, not if you've been paying attention. The Digimon games, in addition to their reflections on morality, have been much more than a set of nostalgic cash-ins over the years as they continue to test the monster battling genre arena.
Games like Digimon World DS, Dawn and Dusk introduced us to beautiful sprited worlds that rival the best art design of some classic RPGs. More recently, Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth gave players a chance to explore a Persona-esque take on the franchise, complete with hours of content, a gripping story and wonderful, if not colorful characters.
Even before that, the Digimon franchise has tried to take hold of the JRPG genre, with the original Digimon World games offering players intense difficulty and replayability long before Demon's Souls hit the scene. These games are good, but they need more of a push if they are ever going to be great.
Let's break it down.