Even today there are still no professional reviews Digimon Survival. Metacritic and OpenCritic come to nothing. Instead, there are an above-average number of negative user ratings on Metacritic. At the time of publication, Metacritic has 46 negative user scores out of a total of 176.
Of course, combined with the game’s long development history and many shifts, that doesn’t paint a good picture. Fans have every reason to be suspicious if there are no reviews for a game at launch (and days after).
We can at least partially clarify. We cannot say why there are no reviews. But Digimon Survive certainly doesn’t seem like a bad game. That’s our assessment after the first hours of playing.
Rather, it seems that many buyers approached Digimon Survive with wrong expectations. Of course, this does not necessarily have to be the buyer’s fault. A mix of visual novel and tactical RPG is probably not what you would expect as a Digimon fan behind a new game from his brand. But that’s exactly Digimon Survive, and the visual novel portion is probably much bigger than fans expected.
“It would be a Digimon game that I would really enjoy if it wasn’t so overloaded with these VN elements,” writes one Metacritic user who gives the game a 0 out of 10. We are already busy testing Digimon Survive, but like probably many other media, we are far from done with our review.
To give you some important insights and tell you what to expect, Cassandra has already shared a few collected impressions that I will pass on to you. Of course, this is emphatically not a conclusive assessment – it is possible that things change here. But we think it’s good for you readers and good for Digimon Survive to talk about it.
Our first impressions
In fact, Digimon Survive is primarily a visual novel. You spend most of your playing time reading. There are three different modes, which should offer some variety, but not deviate from well-known genre conventions.
In the first mode, you really only read the conversations that advance the main plot. In the exploration mode, on the other hand, you can click through different areas and learn more about the characters and the game world. If you want to keep your exploration as short as possible, the game will show you where the story continues, but you might miss a few useful items.
Finally, there’s the Free Action mode, à la Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Houses of Persona, where you have a certain amount of activity points that you can spend on activities like interacting with other characters or investigating a particularly suspicious spot. .
The digimon battles in which your monsters fight each other represents the variety in the visual novel loop. The gameplay here isn’t based on classic role-playing games like Pokémon or Dragon Quest, but more on tactical role-playing games like Fire Emblem or Final Fantasy Tactics.
Items allow you to enhance or digitize the values of your Digimon. The battles are entertaining and part of the main story. They are freely selectable in the exploration modes, but will probably only take up a small part of your playing time. So if you buy Digimon Survive, you should really expect a lot of (classic) visual novels, otherwise you will definitely be surprised, positively or negatively. Anyway, we’ve played almost three of the twelve chapters so far and so far we’ve had a positive impression of the surprisingly dark story.
Digimon Survive Sunday question
So – not a cyberpunk thing. At least not in all probability. By the way, our current Sunday question is also about Digimon Survive – and it’s about your first impressions. So if you’ve already played Digimon Survive and want to talk about it, feel free to do so!
Artwork: Digimon survive, Bandai NamcoHyde
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