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Nearly ten years since the last western release, Digimon makes a strong comeback in Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – available for PS4 and PSVita. Released in March 2015 in Japan and February 2016 in North America, Cyber Sleuth is a gateway for those who have never played a Digimon game. The first chapter consists of a tutorial which teaches players how to create Digimon and Digivolve them. It also covers battle techniques, attribute weaknesses, and the weakness triangle (Virus/Data/Vaccine). 

Players can take on the role of a male or female preset avatar. I chose to make a male character and named him Jolt. You are dropped into a chat room and given an early look at “Digimon,” the tools hackers created and use on the internet. A bot from the EDEN company shows up in the room, telling the group that they need to show up for a “special gift” in the Kowloon district of the internet or they will be hacked. Two other users, as well as yourself, follow the order and upon entering Kowloon, are given the hacker ability “Digimon Capture” by the EDEN bot. Soon after, your group is attacked by a mysterious creature, which segues into the main events of the game. Digimon1 Cyber Sleuth contains over 200 Digimon and their Digivolutions. Veteran players will recognize original favorites like Gabumon and Agumon, while new players will form bonds of their own. Players have access to the digi-lab, which also contains the digi-farm, the item shop and other similar resources. Here you can create, digivolve, and train your Digimon as well as purchase items to assist in your training. Between the story missions, you also have the choice to take on side missions or cases. These range from helping a game developer debug his game to helping an occult club test a bone-chilling theory. Digimon2 After 6 hours of gameplay, I can say this game is beautiful. Between the map design and the battle animations, the development and design teams went all out. The story is intriguing; it drew me in and I couldn’t put down the controller. I do have a few gripes, though some may have no issue with them. The main being the lack of English voice acting. The game has Japanese voice acting with English subtitles, and with subtitles come translation issues. Poorly structured sentences may be caused by direct translations or rush jobs, but are few and far between. All in all, this game is a solid 9/10.

Expansive list of Digimon choicesTranslation issues
Beautiful level designsNo English VA
Intriguing story

All pictures copyright Bandai Namco Entertainment.

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