Digimon World Next Order comes to Switch with a proposal for demanding and patient players. We tell you everything in this review!
Digimon World Next Order is he new old game of the franchise that lands in switches and PC. It is a JRPG that mixes components of tamagotchi and complex game mechanics that it’s hard to recommend to anyone who doesn’t have patience.
Back in the Digital World
let’s start this reviews with a statement that few make: Pokémon and Digimon are two completely different franchises.. Those who know the games of both know that the only thing they have in common is that there are bugs and those bugs fight. That is, you will not necessarily like one if you like the other. And no, there shouldn’t be a comparison on which is better.
While Pokemon follow the same formula in each of the main line: a minor fights with potentially dangerous animals while facing adults who are also potentially dangerous and incidentally REMAINS THE MAFIA BECAUSE APPARENTLY THERE IS NO POLICE IN THE POKEMON WORLD; Digimon as a franchise it is characterized by being much more varied. There are graphic novels, there are JRPG’s and it’s… Digimon World Next Order It is a recipe that has a little bit of everything, which makes it magnificent and paradoxically difficult to recommend at the same time. The game system of any Digimon It is also much more complex.
Digimon World Next Order was first released for Play Station Vita in 2016, then went to Playstation 4and finally to pc and –doing a “Back to basics”- to nintendo switch. We tested it on this latest Lite version console. The portable experience for this game is highly recommended. Especially since you are going to spend MANY hours playing and what a blessing it is to do it lying under the air conditioner!
Performance is solid, it’s very comfortable to play on Switch Lite, the graphics look very good for the generation and we can listen to the original audio in Japanese with subtitles in Spanish, for the most traditionalists. Subtitled texts, on the other hand, look lousy. They appear condensed and are difficult to read.
Proud feisty digimama
as soon as it starts Digimon World Next Order we are transported to digital world. Our character -who can be a man or a woman- will meet a machinedramon savage that is doing damage. Our two companions will immediately join us. Digimon -who, by the way, seem to know us-, with whom we will learn to fight. At the end of the fight, they will be exhausted and we will be transported to the village of floatia.
floatia It is a small town almost empty and we will have to take care of increasing its prosperity. To do this, they will give us the mission of recruiting other Digimon who live in the surroundings. Each character that we recover will enable new things to do within the town. And this seems like a relatively simple task if it weren’t for the fact that… your Digimon They need to rest, sleep, eat and go to the bathroom and they will constantly ask you for it as you try to get away from town. Not being prepared to attend to their needs will cause you to fail in breeding and spoil your plans to evolve them. He Scumon It will generate post traumatic stress, I assure you.
You are going to love or hate this game depending on your player profile, there are no half measures.
It is an unfriendly game for beginners (To the point that as soon as you start, the hardest difficulty level is “normal”). Bits are hard to come by, items are expensive, and you have no way to instantly fully heal your enemies. digimon. Before going on an adventure you must train in the town gym, stopping to take the critters to the bathroom, put them to bed and feed them quite often. Then, you can explore the surroundings of the floatia to recruit the first characters and make a little money to buy objects and only there, when you have enough chips and portable toilets, you can go exploring comfortably. Unless you are more reckless.
train your Digimon it is also a complex process. Unlike Pokemonthat one species always evolves into another, each Digimon It can evolve into 200 different alternatives. The way to get one evolution or another is to know what stats you need to improve, what you should eat, how much you should weigh, etc. You will learn the stats of each Digimon as you interact with your companions. I mean, it’s pretty complicated. And not only that, digivolution is also reversible.
If your Digimon “dies” in battle multiple times, its consciousness will be transferred to a digigg and you will have to start their training almost from scratch (the base stats of each one will vary, depending on the training we do). And that they die is almost inevitable. All of this together makes for a complete run of Digimon World I was around more or less 50 hours of play… and we are being calm.
And if you thought that up to here it was more or less complicated, THINK AGAIN! because the bugs have their likes and dislikes in terms of food and out there they will not want to eat what you offer them or you will have to challenge them. They may even come to hate you. Just like you have real children.
Ok but let’s fight…
Fights are also uncommon things. Instead of having full control over what your Digimonthey will do a little what they sing the you typed. You can choose different strategies to fight, such as conserving MP or being very aggressive, who to focus on or what attack they will fight with, but beyond that, they will do their own. On top of that, you have to encourage them. And if you encourage them enough, you will be able to give them special commands. Even in some moments your Digimon they will be able to merge to attack together more powerfully. But that depends on the friendship they have between them, which is reset with each passing generation.
So far it seems that we hit the game hard. But the reality is that we have limited ourselves to being quite descriptive. Digimon World Next Order It can be captivating or extremely boring, depending on your player profile.
If you are used to action games or if you come looking for another Pokémon, the grind Excessive Digimon will surely bore you after 20 minutes of gameplay. If, on the contrary, you know the saga and you know well what you are facing, raising Digimons can be a very rewarding task…again, like parenthood.
The port could have added some quality of life improvements, like skipping certain dialogues, but it stays true to the original. This can also be a disadvantage.
Before entering the digital world, we recommend that you inform yourself and even consult guides if necessary. But, without a doubt, it is a technically very well thought-out title with innovative mechanics
|RELEASE DATE||February 22, 2023 (Switch)|
|DEVELOPER||B.B.Studio, BNE Entertainment, hyde|
|PLATFORMS||Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PC (Steam)|