Digimon Survive: Three Things We Loved (and Three We Didn't)

Digimon Survive: Three Things We Loved (and Three We Didn't) ...

Digimon Survive is now available after a series of delays and more than four years of development. Some players have praised the game's beautiful visual novel style, while others have lamented the game's divisive visual novel style. The latter is a legitimate criticism, considering the game was never advertised as having anything but.

Every well-realized and unique mechanic that can be found in Digimon Survive, there is an equally enthralling element or poorly-implemented idea that lurks waiting to frustrate players. It's far from a bad game and is arguably right up there with some of the finest Digimon games of yesteryear, though it's hard not to feel just a little disappointed given how easily avoided some of these unanticipated issues were.

Loved: The Darker Narrative

The Digimon series has grown to more than a quarter-century old, with its first appearance dating back to 1997. This has resulted in a large portion of the Digimon fanbase now being fully grown adults, and this is an area in which Digimon Survive certainly excels.

The Pokemon series has often attempted to cover more serious topics, most especially in the sixth generation Pokemon X and Y. Despite the darkness of the Pokemon war and AZ's ultimate weapon though, the games remained unaffected by the need to appeal to a younger audience. Digimon Survive is unaffected by these issues and is arguably a better game for it.

Loathed: Digivolution

The way that Digivolution is implemented in Digimon Survive leaves a lot to be desired. However, each system has its flaws that should have never been discovered.

The prerequisite to Digivolve a Rookie Digimon to its Champion form isn't readily available until Part 9, at which point players have long since begun to encounter Ultimate Digimon. This suggests that players should instead continue to train their'mons as they await an evolution item that, as far as they know, may never arrive.

Loved: The 'Catching' System

Since Pokemon Red & Blue, the Pokemon series has changed a lot, but one thing that's remained largely the same is the way that players encounter new Pokemon. It's okay to have a fun event, but at the same time, it can quickly become a bit monotonous, especially for newcomers to the game. Digimon Survive is a much more engaging method of interacting with new creatures, which helps to make each Digimon feel individual.

The ability to have players gain the trust of a Digimon through conversation was an excellent idea and one that was, for the most part, well-realized. It does have its flaws, such as some of the optimal responses being completely random, and the fact that the Digimon may escape from battle even if players answer all of its questions correctly.

Loathed: The Long Load Times

The fact that so much of Digimon Survive is spent on loading screens is understandable in this day and age.

A battle in Pokemon Sword & Shield takes less than ten seconds to load up, with players prepared to act as soon as the battle triggers. Due to the aforementioned problems with Digimon fleeing when players try to befriend them and how rare some of them can be to encounter, those who wish to befriend every Digimon in Digimon Survive are likely to be restarting battles a lot.

Loved: The Replayability

There are a lot of reasons to replay Digimon Survive. Some players want to see the game's true conclusion, while others are simply looking for a second chance at keeping their favorite Digimon Survive character alive.

The New Game+ mode makes it simpler for players to skip through certain sections while also allowing them to replay a lot of their progress when it comes to levels and such. Players are instead able to concentrate on exploring new routes and the tough narrative beats that come along with them.

Loathed: The Meaningless Choices

During the buildup to the release of Digimon Survive, a lot of emphasis was placed on player choice, with most of the game's decisions feeling hollow and useless. Only those that affect the playable character's Karma will have an impact at one point in Part 8, and, even then, the individual choices are irrelevant, with a scoring system being used to determine which routes players may take.

Players will be faced with two choices at a few different points in Digimon Survive, their placement in the narrative implying that they're going to be hugely important decisions. The first, however, is completely useless, with the playable character flipping almost immediately if players don't choose the option that the game wants them to.

Digimon Survive is now available on PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.