Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Out Tomorrow

Oh the 90s. Remember the days when schools were filled with kids arguing over which was better Pokemon or Digimon? Well, it looks like we're going back! Tomorrow marks the release of the first Digimon game to be released over seas in quite some time, and they're kicking things off in a bit of a different way. While the Digimon you may be familiar with was aimed at kids, this one takes a different approach instead. Namco Bandai realize that the old fans have now grown up, and rather than focusing on bringing new kids into the series, they've released a game that's more enjoyable for teens and young adults -- especially ones who grew up with the series.

Rather than having kids running around with their digimon friends, this game lets you step into the shoes of a young hacker after they are pulled into a virtual world -- one where digital monsters exist, and not everything is as it seems. This world is one that is filled with hackers, and it isn't long before they use this cyber space to pull off attacks in the real world. Eventually the main character has his/her body half digitized, and they are thrown back into the outside as well. Here they meet with a detective who specializes in cyber related crimes, and their adventure begins.

As for the gameplay, Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth is one that's a mix of our everyday modern world, and a futuristic cyber world. While in the real world you'll be able to visit multiple real world locations across Tokyo (where you'll have access to shops and other necessary things), and you'll also be able to send yourself into the cyber space of different electronics. Here the game takes on dungeon crawling gameplay where you'll make your way to the end of each area, while fighting and collecting monsters along the way -- monsters that will make up your party as well. Since you yourself play as a "normal human," you cannot fight other monsters, but you're able to use ones that you have collected to fight instead. These monsters are issued commands in a turn based style, and they come in a wide verity with multiple ways to upgrade and evolve them. It's pure classic JRPG gameplay, mixed with collecting, dungeon crawling, and strategic battles.

Even if you're not a fan of Digimon (such as myself), this is a game that may be worth checking out. If you're a fan of turn based RPGs, or have ever been interested in a Digimon game in the past, now would be the time to check it out.

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