We've spent around five hours with Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth on PlayStation 4, and we're tempted to say that we're already addicted. Admittedly, the game's first hour or so is a bit humdrum as you're shown the ropes of cyberspace and introduced to several main characters, but it wasn't long before we were hatching digimon eggs, evolving – or digivolving – our allies, and generally just watching our little 'mons get more and more powerful.
That's not to say the story's no good, though. There are some interesting themes at play here, with advanced virtual reality worlds giving way to hackers, and of course, digimon themselves. However, as already alluded, it's clear that things start off slow, so we expect that it'll be a couple of hours yet before events really kick into gear.
Needless to say, it's our digital friends that have kept us entertained so far. You're given one of three digimon to start with, and after that, you're free to recruit any beasts that you find. Doing so is easy enough, too – every time that you stumble across a certain digimon in a random battle, it'll automatically be scanned. Once you've encountered the same type of digimon enough times, this scan reaches 100 per cent, and you can head to a hub area known as the Digilab to hatch it from an egg. From that point on, it's yours to level up and do with as you please.
What's intriguing is that the basics of building a team of digimon seem simple, but there's definite depth to be found if you're willing to dig beneath the surface. For example, each digimon can be digivolved into multiple different creatures once they level up enough or meet other specific requirements. There appears to be a lot of player choice involved when it comes to forming a good group of 'mon, and that's sure to be a consistent element throughout the game, as there are almost 250 of the buggers to discover.
Battling is another aspect that's simplistic at first glance, but before long, you're introduced to digimon data types and elemental weaknesses. Including the three active digimon that fight for you on the front lines, you can have up to 11 of the critters with you while you're traversing cyberspace, which means that you can switch your party out if things aren't going as planned. In other words, there's potential for some deceptively deep strategy if the first several hours are anything to go by.
Stepping away from gameplay, Cyber Sleuth isn't a bad looking PS4 title, despite being a port of the Vita original. Sure, there are some low resolution textures and a few jaggies here and there, but overall, the game's got a pleasant art style and uses a heck of a lot of colour. At points, it really does pop on the big screen.
Following the title's launch in Japan last year, we've heard good things about the game's soundtrack, and so far, we can see why. There are some catchy electronic tunes on offer, and a couple of tracks have featured subtle vocal performances, which is a bit reminiscent of the music found in Persona 4 – and that's certainly no bad thing.
First impressions are positive, then, but it goes without saying that we'll have to spend a lot more time with this role-playing release before we can pen a real review. If Cyber Sleuth can keep us engaged with its digimon development loop, and its plot starts to move at a slightly quicker pace, then we can see this being well worth checking out if you're a fan of Digimon, or even Japanese RPGs in general.
Are you already playing Digimon? What do you think of it? Tell us all about your adventures through the digital world in the comments section below.
Absolutely awesome game. 10 hours in and it's all I want to play!
It starts very slow but I love the fight mechanics. And the way it just reminds me of persona in just about every way.
Im very excited, tho i dont know how much time ill have to play it, and i don't want to drop assassins creed syndicate yet
@icarusdreams whoa. That's high praise. If it's like Persona I'm gonna go buy it tomorrow!
Glad to see everyone enjoying it! I already have over 20 hours logged and i'm loving it...again! I bought a PSTV last year when it released in Japan so that I could play this awesome looking game. I was so happy to hear it was getting localized so this time I got it for PS4. They upgraded the textures, and the character models and Digimon look so good! This game is seriously fun I can't believe as a Digimon fan I am getting to play such an awesome piece of work. It's the game of my dreams!
I will say that there is quite a bit of dialogue to go through but thankfully the main story is pretty interesting and this being a 70+ hour game to beat, there are still plenty of battles and action to be had---not to mention new game plus
I am about 2 hours in and I have to say it's legit, really slow in the beginning but well worth the wait.
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In regards to the article is this basically Pokemon for Playstation? That's no bad thing by the way....
i got it day early from launch & really enjoying it. I game on a gaming monitor & was worried at first being a vita port. But it just jumps out the screen at you. The digimon look great & overall the visual style really works in games favour.
Story starting to pick up & the evolving digimon is cool.
I'm not a fan of turn-based RPGs but I might give this a go. The visuals look great, though
@shogunrok So, it plays like a Pokémon game where you can catch and raise monsters? I knew there was turn based strategy involved, but I wasn't sure about the catching and raising part. I think I may get this game if that's the case.
Not familiar with the series but I'm kinda tempted to get this one. Looked up Metacritic but most of the previous Digimon games scored below 50 out of a 100. Maybe I'll wait till the price drops.
its in a different league compared to previous Digimon games. It is like a pokemon game
Almost 8 hours in I'm only now on the first boss! I got totally anihilated by it xD
Hard mode is worth though, normal just seems too easy!
@Cowboysfan-22 yeah it has the look and fill of a persona game. The combat just gets deeper too, like he mention you have week types and elements then there types and levels give u access to skills u can use in dungeons like stopping ranfom encouters , turning invisble etc. Plus eavh digimon has a signature move thats different from anyone else's , like a move that will allow a counte attack or Iine that absorbs hp etc. And each digimon has a ability like 10% defense to all digimon or regular attacks have a chance to stun , seen one that has a 10% chance to auto kill an opponent. N now they have multiplayer. ....u will probably like it.
Hope that was all jumbled.
Also been lurking around for a couple of months & thought I'd take the plunge...
I got this game for the Vita & PS4 & I'm really glad that people are enjoying it, I for one absolutely love it.
Like people have mentioned it feels like Pokemon meets Persona set within the digi world.
Only downside I can think about long term is that there are about 240 digimon in the game out of 1000+. Hope there is dlc to allow us to get some of the notable absentees.
10 hours in 9/10 so far
@Octane Basically, yes. It's structured like a more traditional RPG than Pokemon as it has chapters and quests (cases to solve), as well as a plot that generally deals with more mature themes. Tie monster raising and training into that, and what you're imaging the game to be is probably right.
God, give me patience to not break the piggy bank for this game...
Started playing it today on my vita. Absolutely loving it. The art style and music are spot on. Addicted. Time to go back to being a DigiDestined!
I preordered it and they sold my copy.
Screw that if it wasnt so hard to I would have bought it somewhere else.
@Flaming_Kaiser I had the same issue. Pre-ordered on Amazon, then got an email on the day of release saying they couldn't locate it, so now I'm getting it on Monday. So annoyed as it looks so good.
@WanderingBullet You should totally buy it now! You can still get it on Amazon for $47.99 since it's still within 2 weeks of release and if you have Prime or do a free trial! This is a great game. The only bad Digimon game I can even think of was All-Star Rumble released a couple years ago. The user-score on Metacritic for this one is pretty high.
@chiefofwar117 Thanks but it's 59.49USD on Amazon besides I've already pre-ordered both Naruto Shippudden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 and Street Fighter V. So I think my gaming purchases for this month's pretty much done. Might get it later on when its cheap.
@WanderingBullet It says that right up until you check out. Before confirming the order it will show $47.99 with the prime savings...kinda misleading at first.
I'm getting Storm 4 as well. See you on the battlefield
@ShogunRok That's good news, I'm not the biggest RPG fan, but those monster raising RPGs are usually something I can handle.
Wasn't expecting much (never really liked the cartoon either) but this got me interested.....
Might get it, but first I'll have to finish Gravity Rush Remastered.
I like it. Digimon hasn't had the best track record, but this game is real.
I really like it. Feels like a Persona game but with Digimon instead of...uh, demons.
I never was into Digimon at all but I will definitely get this one - graphics look good and the gameplay is just my thing - love turn based rpgs like the old FF games - now that I heard that this is kinda mix of Persona and Pokemon set in the Digimon world its automatically a must have for me.
Is it Cross Buy/Cross Save??
I just got the game from a used game shop and haven't played it yet but I'm looking forward to it ive been a fan of the series since digimon world on ps1 which I played for hours upon hours then I got digimon world 2 when it came out it was good then I rented digimon world 3 wished I bought it then years later I bought digimon tamers on ps2 and enjoyed it a lot well and now I got a new game to happily give my time to
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