Ever notice a person with enormous, toned arms but shamefully little legs? Similar to that individual, Digimon Survive largely succeeds in being a fun visual novel but entirely omits leg day when it comes to its tiresome tactics battle. The story at the heart of Digimon Survive is incredibly enjoyable, despite some significant pace issues, because to the unique characters it introduces and the dark environment they live in. While the plot and character development in this visual novel evolve, the turn-based fighting system that has been packed into it is tediously simple and slow, almost to the point of ruining the otherwise entertaining story.
Review of Digimon Survive
A group of eccentric high school kids who are transported into a parallel world populated by Digimon are featured in the frigid opening hours of Digimon Survive. Any fan of Digimon would recognize that scenario, but the similarities end there due to the darker tone and the fresh cast of characters. In spite of Digimon’s history of experimenting with dark themes, this story features gruesome deaths, intensely traumatic backstories, physical and verbal abuse, psychotic episodes, and betrayal in addition to the usual bright cartoon mascots that transform into sexy humanoids through the power of friendship. Police on Tone Control? Of course, I want to report a murder.
The deadly plot of Digimon Survive follows these students and their predestined Digimon partners as they struggle to survive the enigmatic and perilous world they have been thrust into while looking for a means to get back to their own. Unfortunately, there are also terrible and sadistic Digimon everywhere around them that enjoy killing children and babbling about how much they enjoy killing children. Undoubtedly, it is a strange ride, but it is also a very fun one.
Digimon Survive does benefit from its somber tone and the extraordinarily high stakes it sets, even though it occasionally can be startling. For instance, characters may be horrifyingly gruesomely killed off since you didn’t give them enough time to get to know them. Naturally, this makes them into the worst versions of themselves, and your horrible buddy behavior is to blame for their demise. Since the Digimon franchise has always leaned heavily on the saving-the-world-through-the-power-of-friendship cliché, this time there is just a lot more murdering going on, those stakes work quite well in a visual novel that puts its characters front and center.
When you’re not engaged in combat, the art is excellent.
Thanks to the anime art style, which had me half the time forgetting I wasn’t watching a Digimon TV program, all of that slaughter also looks amazing. The characters are so sharp and emotive that I almost overlooked the absence of an English voice option, which is what I usually prefer.
It’s just a shame that the most of the adventure’s tale sections feature such excellent graphics because every time I switched to the tactical gameplay sections’ low-res textures and overly-simplistic character models, the whiplash would almost break my neck. Although the majority of the music in Digimon Survive is of good quality, only a few of the songs are repeated throughout the game’s nearly 40-hour duration, which is why by the end I had become tired of them.
In Digimon Survive, a visual novel first and foremost, you complete standard tasks like locating hidden items and forming bonds with your allies, but the story that surrounds those tasks is largely rather fantastic. It features a cast of endearing characters, an original setting, and a number of clever turns (though admittedly I saw many of its reveals coming from a mile away).
Along with the considerably more intriguing Digimon characters like the enduringly endearing Agumon and the surprisingly mature and stern Falcomon, you’ll get to hang out with some endearing, if rather one-dimensional, human pals like the level-headed mother hen Aoi and the chatty goofball Minoru. The critical moments in Digimon Survive where it exercises its storytelling muscles account for some of the best parts of the trip.
The story’s major flaw is that it drags around for the most part, with characters who keep repeating the same things over and over again to the point where I was shouting “I get it already” at the screen. There is also a lot of pointless fluff to pad out the chapters. Before things eventually began to take shape later on, the first few hours in particular were so oppressively slow that it gave a terrible first impression. But as soon as things started to pick up, the fun police would unavoidably show up and force some pointless chat down my throat.
A section had me bouncing back and forth between a few locations as I chased a group of characters who would argue with me briefly before running off to be chased again. Another had me bouncing back and forth between a few locations as I discovered the same illusory figures repeatedly (which naturally fooled my character every time). The overall experience is slowed down by the excessive amount of wheel spinning that occurs in between the otherwise exciting tale advances.
Thankfully, the connections you make while solving the riddles of this universe pay off and have a significant impact on the plot, leading to a few distinct endings (plus a secret one that can only be reached during New Game+). The majority of those endings are at least worth viewing once, but getting to them requires learning a strict and confusing karma system that calculates your Moral, Wrathful, and Harmony scores based on the dialogue options you select during the game.
Many times, I wasn’t playing as a character as much as I was responding in a way that I thought a particular person would like me for or, worse yet, just doing it so I could get a high enough score in one category to unlock a certain ending, which forced me to metagame and took me out of the experience. In order to access some of the endings and get characters to like you, you will need to learn which kinds of responses one character likes versus another.
Chaos Will Digivolve.
You’ll trudge through Digimon Survives extremely disgusting tactics combat in between extended lengths of visual novel action. If you’ve ever played a game similar to Fire Emblem, these turn-based fights will be familiar to you. However, this particular rendition of the genre is intolerable in almost every way imaginable.
One of the most simplistic tactics game designs I’ve ever seen: The battle system doesn’t change at all as you go, adversaries are monotonous and predictable, and each Digimon only has two techniques (a regular attack and a signature move). In fact, there are so few variables to take into account that, even on harsher levels, choosing my strongest Digimon and rushing my opponent were essentially the only tactics or strategies I ever needed to employ. The end result is a repetitious and excruciatingly boring fighting system that I found to be quite insulting. I could only tolerate it for no more than a minute before I sighed heavily and submitted to its icy, unsettling grasp.
Which is terrible since these drawn-out, vulgar encounters that frequently go on for far too long interrupt the actually great plot. A certain amount of grinding will also be necessary if you want to unlock your favorite Digimon or are playing on the Normal or Hard modes, which I alternated between, which means you’ll have to regularly put up with this basic and dull fighting system. In a similar fashion to Persona 5, the recruitment process in Digimon Survive involves persuading Digimon to join your team by giving them the answers that they prefer to questions that seem to have no purpose.
In my experience, the Digimon tended to run away around 80% of the time, forcing me to find them and go through the fighting system all over again. If you correctly answer questions to a Digimon’s satisfaction, then you get a percentage chance that they’ll join your team. It was one of the most frustrating experiences I’ve had recently and left me with a very bad impression during an adventure I would have greatly preferred if it hadn’t been included at all.
To be fair, the creators did give you a tonne of options to smooth out the harsh combat by allowing you speed up battles, turn off animations, and even employ an auto-battle feature so you can sit back and observe your Digimon engage in conflict.
If you attempt to catch a Digimon but fail owing to RNG not being on your side, there is even a “retry” option. Of course, with so many methods available to speed up, skip over, or bypass the fighting system altogether, it’s kind of sad that so much work has gone into making it possible for you to avoid playing the first half of the game at all costs. That effort should have gone into developing it and making fighting enjoyable to play, in my opinion.
There aren’t many positive things I can say about Digimon Survive’s combat, but one of them is that it satisfies gamers who take the time to form relationships with the characters in the plot. Due to the fact that a character’s ability to Digivolve depends on their affinity with you, your closest friends will be your strongest allies in battle. This provides a significant incentive to spend time with your friends and ensure their happiness if, like me, you were hoping to spend as little time in that frustrating game mode.
A group of youngsters lead by Takuma Momozuka get lost on a school camping trip and find themselves transported to a bizarre world of monsters and peril in the survival role-playing game Digimon Survive. The choices made by players throughout the game will affect the evolution of their monster buddies and the outcome as they make their journey back home through a 3D environment filled with tough choices and dangerous confrontations.
IN honor of the 20th anniversary of the Digimon anime, Uiti Ukumo created the characters for Digimon Survive, which also has music by the renowned Tomoki Miyoshi. The story takes place in a mystery environment. With a novel storyline that is unrelated to other Digimon series, Digimon Survive is a brand-new game that lets players explore and learn about the Digimon universe with the characters.
How long to beat Digimon survive?
HowLongToBeat estimates that Digimon Survives narrative takes roughly 28 hours to complete. However, the typical initial playthrough lasts a little bit longer. After all, the game contains some optional content that the majority of players will interact with in some way. The average length of these playthroughs is 31 hours.
How many Digimon will be in Survive?
Every Digimon in Digimon Survive
There will be a total of 117 different Digimon, including the kid, adult, ultimate, mega, and extreme ultimate varieties.
Is Digimon better than Pokemon?
Which is superior, Digimon or Pokémon? Since the premiere of both shows, this debate has raged among fans, but everyone is aware of the truth: Digimon is superior. It is a plain scientific truth. Pokémon has undoubtedly been in high gear since its release, but Digimon has achieved much more with fewer games. Digimon has endured through Seasons 1-4, Data Squad, Fusion, and the magnificent Digimon Adventure trilogy, and its early storylines are still relevant almost two decades later.
However, even though both Pokémon and Digimon featured scenes that were censored in the American dubs, the issues on these lists will focus on the English dubs of both Digimon and Pokémon. Thankfully, neither show suffered too much throughout the translation process, and Digimon in particular avoided speaking down to children.
What is the most popular Digimon?
Agumon, arguably the most well-known Digimon of all time, teamed up with Tai in the first episode of the series and later helped Marcus in Data Squad by undergoing some new transformations. Agumon regularly possesses some of the most powerful digivolutions, especially his most recent Agumon (Bond of Bravery) mega form, from SkullGreymon to WarGreymon to Omnimon.
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- August 12, 2022