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Digimon Digital Story: Cyber Sleuth (COMPLETE EDITION)– A Review  

PLAYED ON NINTENDO SWITCH 

Authors Note: This game includes two full games, Cyber Sleuth and Hacker’s Memory. This review is based upon a single playthrough of Cyber Sleuth.  

Simple scores: 

Gameplay: 8.5/10 

Graphics: 9/10 

Music/Sound Effects: 8/10 

Story: 9.5/10 

Replay Value: 10/10 

This Digimon game is the first Digimon title I have ever played and therefore I am reviewing and scoring it as a Roleplaying Game as compared to other games of the same style and genre.  

Early in the game, the player quickly transcends the physical and digital world and through a turn of events is uniquely able to access both worlds with ease. Such a skill proves useful and the player quickly obtains employment as a detective or, “Sleuth,” that investigates cases in both the physical and digital world. Early on the player gains the use of Digimon and therefore can battle other people that also have Digimon. Furthermore, Digimon themselves can also pose threats and be battled as well.  

Through investigation of these cases, shady events unfold that again transcend both worlds. These events create a unique advantage to the main character and therefore he becomes the center of the main events and all adjacent conflicts. By taking on cases, both small and large, new areas for exploration and investigation become available and before you know it, investigation, exploration, and battle seamlessly flow into the ongoing narrative within the world. This creates an incredibly immersive environment that allows for hours and hours of gameplay slipping by.  

As I played through the main story and side-cases, I found myself repeatedly impressed by the dark storytelling and adult humor. I wasn’t familiar with the Digimon world before this game, but I expected a childlike world, and while the wonder of the world was certainly somewhat juvenile, it was beautifully balanced by the more mature storytelling. 

In terms of the raising, Digivolving (evolving), and development of the Digimon I explored with, there was certainly a learning curve to someone new to the series, however, the curve was balanced by a smooth difficulty curve that was challenging enough to stay engaged, but easy enough to not be overwhelmed. I found myself spending just as much time tending to my team as I did playing and exploring. This may sound overly technical, but I found it extremely fun, enthralling, and rewarding as I raised my Digimon from simple, cute characters to badass and powerful heroes.  

Party management was also easy, albeit unique. The game allows for a three-Digimon party with a nice load of reserves that can be lugged around. Both the active party and the reserves gain experience from the active battles. Meanwhile, all the Digimon I had collected that I couldn’t carry with me were either training in a Digital World called a farm, where they could increase in skills and experience, or chilling in the Digibank, where they had to wait for a spot in my team or on the farm. While on the farm, the Digimon can also generate items to be used in battle, or seek out simple cases (quests) that can be taken on at a later time.  

By the end of my adventure, I had logged about 80 hours into this great Digimon game. I certainly did not complete the game as a completionist, and I easily could have spent more time doing side-cases and maxing out my team. If I had all the time in the world, my playthrough would have soared past one hundred hours.  

All-in-all, Digimon Digital Story: Cyber Sleuth is an absolutely excellent and underrated title with a fantastic story, an outstanding level of customization, and addicting gameplay. If there’s a Digimon game for a newcomer to the DIgimon world, this is it.  

The only complaint I have, is that some of the cases only involve running around and talking to people, and no actual battles or Digimon involvement. For story-lovers, this may be a non-issue, for me it felt a bit like a waste of valuable time that I could be using to battle!! 

Overall Score: 9/10 

 

 

As an aside, I don’t write many reviews and I know this one may be lacking in one way or another. If anyone would like to ask additional questions in this thread or by messaging me directly, please do. I’m happy to chat more about this badass title.  

 

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Wow. That's some high praise. I never went back to Digimon after the one I beat (somewhere in my signature), but I did enjoy it the time I played. I'm a sucker for a good -mon game.

Holy crap, this is on Vita too!?

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23 hours ago, Plattym3 said:

Wow. That's some high praise. I never went back to Digimon after the one I beat (somewhere in my signature), but I did enjoy it the time I played. I'm a sucker for a good -mon game.

Holy crap, this is on Vita too!?

From what I’ve heard, yes! I didn’t know till I talked about it on Reddit and people started chiming in about playing on Vita. 
 

And yeah, great -mon game. Many people have also compared it to Persona. I have yet to Play Persona so I can’t give an opinion on that.

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From what I’ve heard, yes! I didn’t know till I talked about it on Reddit and people started chiming in about playing on Vita. 
 
And yeah, great -mon game. Many people have also compared it to Persona. I have yet to Play Persona so I can’t give an opinion on that.
You just ended whatever small percentage chance Yangus had of playing that game
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20 hours ago, Plattym3 said:
21 hours ago, cprmauldin said:
From what I’ve heard, yes! I didn’t know till I talked about it on Reddit and people started chiming in about playing on Vita. 
 
And yeah, great -mon game. Many people have also compared it to Persona. I have yet to Play Persona so I can’t give an opinion on that.

You just ended whatever small percentage chance Yangus had of playing that game

Haha, didn’t know he felt that way about Persona but now I do! I kinda wish I knew the game so I could comment on whether or not the comparison is fair.

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