REVIEW: Digimon World: Next Order – Raising Your Own Digimon!
Digimon is one of the animes that I grew up watching. I lost track of the series as I grew older but it’s nice to see that they’re still around and they even have a new game. To review Digimon World: Next Order is a trip down memory lane. It’s our first time to see […]
Digimon is one of the animes that I grew up watching. I lost track of the series as I grew older but it’s nice to see that they’re still around and they even have a new game. To review Digimon World: Next Order is a trip down memory lane. It’s our first time to see how much of the series had changed or if it’s still the same anime that we used to know.
STORY – Jumping Back in to the Digimon Franchise
Digimon World: Next Order is a role-playing game published by Bandai Namco and is released both for the Playstation Vita and for the PS4. Digimon World: Next Order is the latest game from the Digimon game series, following Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth. The game starts off with the main character (depending on your preference) Takuto or Shiki. High school students who carried on with their lives and placed their Digimon on the back seat, until one day, the Digimon world called out back to them. Upon going back to the Digiworld, you met your Digimon partners Agumon/Gabumon and/or Biyomon/Palmon. After the meeting, the game immediately starts off with the tutorial.
GAMEPLAY – When an RPG meets a Virtual Pet Simulator
The gameplay is easy to learn, it has the usual rpg mechanics wherein you give commands to your characters. In-game, you get to command two digimons instead of just one. You give commands by pressing the left and right shoulder buttons. However, battling is just one part of the gameplay mechanics. Digimon World: Next Order also lets you experience the life of a Digimon trainer, not only would you do battles but you also would train and take care of your Digimons.
In my opinion, this is the make or break part of the game. Digimon World: Next Order is one part, role playing game and one part virtual-pet simulator. Remember those cute little tamagochis, which were huge back in the day? Digimon World: Next Order is kind off a better version of that. Being a Digimon trainer is no simple task, it takes a lot of time and investment in raising you Digimons. If you’re the casual gamer, this is something that might not work for you. It’s not the usual game that you could pick-up, grind and level-up your way through the game. Before you get into the good parts of the game, you need to grow/evolve your Digimon partners before you take on missions. You grow your Digimon by training them, feeding them, taking care of them when they’re sick, and even do potty breaks.
I’ve only logged in a few hours into the game and so far, you need to do these steps all throughout the game. Not that it’s tedious but there are moments when you just finished a battle, your Digimon would signal for potty break. It kinds of breaks your momentum especially when you’re in the middle of the map and the toilet is back in town.
However, this is also where the game gets its charm. For fans of the Digimon franchise, this is something that you’d definitely love. Digimon World: Next Order lets you experience of what it’s like to own a digital pet, just like how you would own an actual pet in the real world. You praise your pets for a job well done, you scold them if they do something bad or if you’re busy, you may ignore them at times. Just like in real life, any of these decisions would have an effect on your Digimons, either you strengthen your bond with them, make them happy or even sad.
VISUALS & PERFOMANCE – No complaints.
Digimon World: Next Order is not a game that would wow you on it’s graphics. The graphics are cute and animated just like the original anime series. Digimon World: Next Order’s visual could also be viewed as either being consistent with the franchise or they could have improve the visual quality and maximize the processing capability of the Playstation 4. However, since the game is also made available for the PS Vita that may be the reason why there’s not much difference in the quality. Overall, the game’s visual and performance is not really something that you’d complain about.
VERDICT – A game that grows on you.
Digimon World: Next Order is an acquired taste, it’s a game that grows on you. You’ll not be blown away by it’s graphics or action packed gameplay but it’ll take you with it’s charm. The strength and allure of Digimon World: Next Order lies in the game as a whole. Digimon World: Next Order brings a sense of nostalgia of the original series, and lets you experience the feeling of having your own Digimon partner. Digimon World: Next Order is a great game that is just not for everyone, fans of the tradional, action oriented, turn-based or free-roaming rpgs, might be better off with something else. However, with Digimon World: Next Order’s unique gameplay mechanics and training simulation, it’s game that fans of the franchise would surely love.
Digimon World: Next Order is now available. Thanks to our friends from Bandai Namco for letting us try the game.