Trip down memory lane
Digimon World: Next Order employs a system that is akin to the original Digimon World game on PlayStation 1, writes Aiman Maulana
Shiki, the female protagonist.
The game features the bustling city of Floatia, a town which you can eventually customise and upgrade. directly in control of your Digimons. The Digimons will automatically fight and execute commands by themselves while you, as their tamer, are allowed to give orders up to a limit. That limit is the known as Order Points (OP).
OP can be gained via the support command, which refreshes every few seconds or so and generates a certain number of OP depending on the Digimon’s affinity and the tamer’s skill. For most battles, you can pretty much leave your Digimon to do whatever it wants except for tough battles.
POOR SCRIPT A LETDOWN
If you think that following the main objective is very straightforward, you will be disappointed.
While your permanent objective is to get as many Digimons to join your city, there are times when you will not know where to go. The worst part is that in some areas you will have a mix of Digimons that you can battle with, with varying difficulties.
For example, the first area you’re definitely heading to early in the game is Forest Path. In it, there’s a Level 3 Aruraumon and Vegiemon. While Aruraumon is easy to handle, a lone Vegiemon is much stronger in comparison and is guaranteed to take down your entire team. Sure, you can go back to town and train your Digimon but believe me, this happens in various locations in-game as well, which can be frustrating. The difficulty can spike instantly in a single area and to the next.
The confusion continues. There are some quests that you cannot take unless you fulfil certain conditions. The worst part here is that not every quest giver will tell you what needs to be done first. In the case of the Leomon quest to take down the Vege Army, he gives you an ambiguous order to seek information on the Vege Army. You have to complete three side quests located nearby before you can truly accept Leomon’s quest. This poor writing can leave players feeling lost.
As far as visuals are concerned, this isn’t like a photorealistic Digimon game where everything looks true to life. It still retains the same cartoony look, albeit with more pleasing visuals, thanks to Full HD resoluoriginal tion. If you take the Digimon World
game, remaster it into a Full HD game, and include a third-person camera perspective while walking around the world map, you’ll get Digimon World: Next Order.
This is even true in the loading screen where it’s just a black background with white text, which is very similar to the original Digimon World game. That, and the camera perspective while walking around the city is a clear homage to it, which Bandai Namco is doing to bring an element of nostalgia to the game. In essence, the visuals are dated but there’s nothing wrong in that as they still look good.
Overall, Digimon World: Next Order is a fun game despite some quirks that can leave players feeling stressed out. Chances are that players will be spending most of their time in-game training their Digimon because some battles, even the main storyline one, can be very difficult. If the game had better writing and the difficulty doesn’t spike as badly as it does right now, it would actually make for a much better game.
This game will be more suitable on a mobile platform, be it on a smartphone or a handheld gaming device like the PS Vita, rather than a PlayStation 4.
While the original Japanese version is available for both the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita, the English version is exclusive to the PS Vita, which is a shame because it’s a platform that will make the game shine.
I would give Digimon World: Next Order a 6/10 rating.