Digimon Survive, a new video game developed in recognition of the animes 25th anniversary, tries to keep it lighthearted while still remaining a tactical role-playing game. The result is a slog of a game that is 70 percent visual novel, 20 percent tactical role-playing, and 10 percent horror, all of which come out as a 100 percent waste of time.
Digimon Survive, a film by Hyde and Witchcraft, follows a group of school kids on a camping trip who are mysteriously taken to a strange world where fantastical anthropomorphic creatures called Digimon run amok, with the exception that most Digimon can speak.
A la Persona, Digimon Survive tries to combine the visual novel style of dialogue choices with battle-related social connections, but neither of those is very effective.
The combat in Digimon Survive is similar to the live-alive turn-based combat system, in which you can position your party members on a grid during battles. As is common in most TRPGs, attacking the side or the back of an enemy results in significant damage. Even if you speed up your animations by hitting the skip button, the majority of your movement will be spent getting within the range of the opponent.
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The adventure and exploration component of Digimon Survives is a visually novel technique that requires you to hover over objects and characters in the environment in order to discover more about them. Unless items or people in the environment have an exclamation point, you're wasting your time clicking them.
Rarely does exploration reward you with items that assist you in combat situations. I became inundated with health items I never needed because that was also a cakewalk.
The Digimons and the teenagers in the game have the emotional maturity of grade schoolers, which is a part of the games charm. However, the Digimons ride or die affection for their human counterparts. In Digimon Survive, evolutions just sort of happened out of left field in the most ham-fisted way possible.
Digimon simply know everything there is to know about their partners and can direct them to exactly what they need to hear to stoke their bellies and battle on. The only problem is that you as the player who has been playing these bland characters for hours havent received an inch of characterization, making the compliments ludicrous.
The characters in Digimon Survive are merely superficial cut-outs of character archetypes that have yet to be explored. I regret to inform you that these are the worst parts of the Japanese reality TV show Terrace House, which airs every month from Tokyo 2019 to 2020.
The interplay between characters isn't that bad either. In the first moment, the characters will protest against searching for answers in the world theyve been transported into. In the next, they'll scupper out the plot of the game so they can understand what's going on inside the party. Yet when the moment comes, they're all surprised Pikachu faces over how their inaction has affected the party.
The characters in Digimon Survive halt development while the villains propel the game forward. For hours on end, characters either talk circles around their disagreements with each other or sit on their hands without taking action to get the story moving.
The devs literally urged reviewers not to reveal anything that happens after the game's fifth chapter in order to preserve the fascinating emotional twists and turns it has to offer, but the plot point only tripled down in dissatisfying me. Because of how demonstrably ineffective the group collectively made my choices, I decided to stay spoiled rather than to endure the game's conclusion.