Digimon World: Next Order – PS4 Review – by Draul

Genre: Role-playing video game
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Developers: Bandai Namco Entertainment, B.B. Studio
Release Date: January 31st, 2017

Digimon World: Next Order is the most recent entry into the series of Digimon games, specifically the Digimon World series of games. In all there has been about twelve Digimon World games and many more Digimon games in all. Before Digimon World: Next Order there was Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth which was a much much better game. This new game seems to be more simulation than rpg. Don’t get me wrong simulation can be fun, but it feels like a huge step back after Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth having been such a good game. See our review of Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth here! 

In Digimon World: Next Order you spend most and I do mean most of your time in a gym. While in said gym you train your Digimon. Now the process of training the Digimon isn’t all that bad but the fact that you train them without any real combat just seems silly.  While in the gym you can choose exercises for your Digimon to do. Each is a different stat and each Digimon needs a certain stat to Digivolve. After choosing which exercises your Digimon will do, you have a “hit the button at x spot to stop it” style mini game. There are different things that can effect your stat increases if you land on them.  This is the main way you progress your Digimon. While training them you also have to feed them, make them sleep, and make them …. take a shit. Yes, you heard me. You have to take them to the bathroom. If you don’t send them they will crap in the gym or if you are out in the open they will drop a deuce where they stand. It leaves a nice swirly shit mountain on the ground. All of this plays into their temperament and mood.

Now lets go out into the world. Yes we are leaving the gym.  You go out into some extremely generic environments and do very generic side quests for random Digimon you find in the zones. As you do their quests you get rewards and some of them move into your town. The core idea of the game is to help as many Digimon to build your town to improve it. Every now and then you might get a scripted event but most of the game is extremely generic.  After Cyber Sleuth having a pretty interesting story maybe my expectations were high… I never thought I would say I had high expectations for story in a Digimon game….

The graphics are for the most part a step back from Cyber Sleuth as well but some of the effects are well done.  Nothing really to write home about unfortunately. The one thing that I enjoyed with Next Order is they took the time to do English voice overs.  I was shocked by this and found the voice overs to be the best part of the game.   Not that the voice overs were ground breaking or that they had extremely good voice actors. It was just shocking because the one thing I wish Cyber Sleuth had was more English voice overs.

Now to the combat. Aside from the obvious simulation aspects of how you train and grow your Digimon. The combat itself is very different from past Digimon games. In this game you have two Digimon in your party. As they level… err… AGE they get new abilities. These abilities can be used in combat. However the player doesn’t directly control what the Digimon actually do. It is more of a suggestion. The happier your Digimon are the more likely they are to listen to your orders, of course their temperament also comes into play.  If the fight lasts a long time you can do a sort of fusion of your two Digimon . That part was pretty cool but I rarely got to use it.  That is pretty much the game.

I don’t usually go into anime based games with all that high expectations.  I did love Cyber Sleuth but never got to finish the game. So I was hoping by getting a review copy of the game that this was going to be something similar to Cyber Sleuth. So I was greatly disappointed  when it was nothing even close to it. At the end of the day if I wanted to play a Tamagotchi I would just go find one . If you found this game to be enjoyable  and it wasn’t because of the Digimon IP then I strongly suggest checking out TinyBuild’s game Punch Club. Digimon World: Next Order is by all means a terrible terrible game. I would strongly advise AGAINST the purchase of this game. If you absolutely have to buy it, wait until you can get it for 10$. At 59.99$ it is an absolute NOPE.

Pros
English Voice Overs
Digimon…Fusion ?

Cons
Extremely Generic Environments
Extremely Generic Story
Spend most of your time in a single room
Uninteresting combat
Game crashed on PS4 several times
No Direction

Draul gives Digimon World: Next Order a Drastik Measure 2 out of 10 (20)

It is one of the worst games I have ever played. Hands down. I have enjoyed a lot of games published by Bandai Namco and this one is by far the worst. I hope in the future they can work with their developers a little more. Furthermore the announcement of Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth 2 was just announced. For all our sake lets hope that it is a true sequel to Cyber Sleuth 1.

https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/digimon-world-next-order-ps4/