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Was Digimon Cyber Sleuth Worth It?

There are a ton of games out there vying for your attention and cash. Gaming studios want your time and money, and let’s be honest, some companies just want to bleed you dry. In Was It Worth It, we look at a full game and give you our insight as to whether it’s worth your time. We also look at the mechanics of the game and offer tips from someone who has actually completed the game. With that said, follow the link below to find out: Was Digimon Cyber Sleuth Worth it?   https://aggregatorreviews.com/was-digimon-cyber-sleuth-worth-it/

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Doomsday Clock countdown – Play these 5 RPGs

The Doomsday Clock is getting closer to indicating a possible end of the world. You should play these RPGs before the Doomsday Clock hits midnight!

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists are planning to move the countdown on the Doomsday Clock from 2 minutes to midnight to 100 seconds to midnight today.

The Doomsday Clock is a Cold War era fear mongering tactic that allegedly counts down to man-made catastrophe. This clock doesn’t necessarily indicate that we are any closer to a global apocalypse, but it’s a great way to push a partisan agenda.

With that said, here are five RPGs that you should check out just in case the Doomsday Clock is onto something and humanity is doomed:

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Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth and Cyber Sleuth: Hacker’s Memory

These  monster-collecting JRPGs deal with a world twenty minutes into the future where VR headsets are finally affordable. In both games, you raise Digimon to take on enemy hackers, malicious computer programs, and misguided Digimon.

I’ve got a great article about what to expect from Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth. 

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore

Originally released for the WiiU, this game can be described as a softer version of a Shin Megami Tensei game. If  you liked Persona 5, then this game will be right up your alley, as the story hits some of the same notes. The idol premise keeps it from ever being too somber, which might be refreshing if we are on the countdown to annihilation.

One of the side missions in the game has you fetching ingredients for a hangover remedy for your boss. Rest assured, this game doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Read my impressions on the first hour I spent in Tokyo Mirage Sessions

Deus Ex 

This game is almost old enough to buy alcohol in the United States, and admittedly it looks pretty rough. However, the plot is amazing and JC Denton is the most unintentionally hilarious character in a dystopian videogame.

This game is available for a pittance on most sites.  I recommend checking out the mod scene for Deus Ex, as some of them add a lot to the overall experience. Protip: Don’t level up swimming.

Earthbound

This quirky SNES RPG sports an interesting plot, excellent music, and memorable characters. You won’t get the scratch-and-sniff swag that came with the original game, but you’ll get an incredible experience. Make sure to massacre some New Age Retro Hippies for me.

This is the part of the article where we would recommend Fire Emblem, but we aren’t Nintendo. Sorry. 

Pokemon Sword and Shield

If you’ve been on the fence about heading into the Galar region, wait no longer! The upcoming DLC will add even more content and restore some of the Pokemon that didn’t make the cut into the vanilla game. I’m hoping that Nidoking gets a new Galarian form.

Read my coverage of January’s Pokemon Direct

Here are my suggestions on picking the best starter in Sword and Shield

5 tips to get you started in Pokemon Sword and Shield

Is time running out?

Hopefully the world isn’t in dire straits and this hubbub about the Doomsday Clock is just talk. In the event that it isn’t, or if Coronovirus is the next epidemic, I’d recommend holing up in your apartment and getting comfy with these RPGs before the Doomsday Clock counts down.

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What to Expect from Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Complete Edition 

Want to be the internet’s greatest detective? Consider investigating the Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Complete Edition, which is a bundle of two games: Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth and its sidequel Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory. The games occur at the same time, but from the perspectives of different characters. The plot diverges considerably towards the latter half of each game and takes a character-driven path that ends on a conclusive, if somewhat bittersweet note. 

In the Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth setting, Digimon are used as specific programs by netizens in a cyberspace known as “Eden.” It’s the logical extension of imagining that your firewall is actually a sentient creature fighting off malevolent malware. Eventually, anomalies in Eden cause the boundaries between the physical world and Digital World to wear thin, wreaking havoc. 

The incursions of Digimon into the real world and humans into the Digital World are a big part of what drives the story. You get the pleasure of seeing both sides of this conflict, as both the Digimon and humans are divided as to whether they should accept the encroachment of the other.  If you’re a fan of narratives that examine the dichotomy between our physical and digital lives, urban fantasy, schlepping through Tokyo, Japanese RPGs, or the Digimon franchise, then you should consider trying this one out. 

Got any clues?

Not quite ready to play vigilante? Here are a few similar works that explore related concepts and plots:

Literature and manga:

  • Ready Player One (Ernest Cline, 2011, also a film)
  • Killobyte (Piers Anthony, 1993)
  • Neuromancer (William Gibson, 1984)
  • The Dresden Files (Jim Butcher, 2000-present)
  • Neuro: Supernatural Detective (Majin Tantei Nogami Neuro)

Video Games:

  • .hack (also an anime series)
  • Shin Megami Tensei series (originally based on a novel)

Film, anime, and television:

  • Ghost in the Shell (avoid the 2017 live-action film, originally based on a manga)
  • Sword Art Online 
  • Serial Experiments Lain 
  • The X-Files
  • The Matrix Trilogy 
  • Code Lyoko
  • Avatar (2009 film)

I’ll take the case!

In both games, you start off as a fledgling detective (Cyber Sleuth) or hacker (Hacker’s Memory). You build a reputation by completing cases (Cyber Sleuth) or hacking jobs (Hacker’s Memory). Many of the cases are routine affairs, but some of the more memorable cases deal with salient and poignant issues that plague us in the real world. These issues include topics like identity theft, bullying, peer pressure, and mental illness. 

The games enjoy presenting the player with various ethical quandaries that are germane to the setting, such as whether the Digimon in question should be afforded the privileges of personhood, or the difficulty associated with maintaining multiple identities both in person and online. 

When you aren’t actively completing quests, the real meat of the game is in the teambuilding and Digimon-rearing aspects. Owing to their origins as packets of ones and zeroes, the Digimon are incredibly versatile. Through the process of Digivolution, which induces a transformation that can make a Digimon either grow stronger or regress to an earlier form, you can eventually change any Digimon into another.  For fans of the series, this means that yes, you can Digivolve that Wormmon into a Wargreymon if you choose the proper Digivolution route. 

The games make it rather easy to grind levels, obtain resources, and reach Digivolution milestones, and I found in my multiple playthroughs of each game that the main factor that held me back from fielding a team of endgame-level Digimon was the restriction on party size. Each Digimon consists of a certain amount of memory, and larger or more powerful Digimon take up more space commensurately. This restriction is gradually lifted throughout the game as you collect memory expansions, and eventually becomes a non-issue altogether.

Whodunnit? 

When Cyber Sleuth was originally released, certain Digimon were locked behind early-access downloadable content. Additionally, many powerful and popular Digimon were gated behind postgame quests. This made it difficult to actually enjoy using some of these monsters until after you were done with most of the game. Fortunately, Bandai Namco has made a few changes that have drastically improved the player experience: all of the Digimon are now included in the game, and both games can access the full roster, including the Digimon that were later added in Hacker’s Memory (though there are a few that have quest or item requirements). 

You can also freely transfer your Digimon back and forth between games once you have completed the main storyline in both titles, further reducing the grind. Unlike Pokemon, there are no Digimon that require events, trading, or other means to obtain, which is refreshing. There are no restrictions on when you can save, and the game is very easy to pick up and play for any length of time. The bundle is available physically or digitally on the Nintendo Switch, and digitally for PC via Steam. It usually retails for $49.99, but is currently on sale for $34.99 on the Nintendo US eShop until 12/30/2019. The original games were also available on the PS4 and Vita, but it appears at this time that the first title has been delisted from the Playstation Store. 

Author’s note: None of the titles on this list were sponsored, and all titles were purchased at the author’s expense. 

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4 Switch RPGs you may have overlooked in 2019

Did you check out these Switch RPG titles? 2019 was a busy year, and between taking pictures of black holes or storming Area 51, you might not have had the chance to enjoy some of the year’s RPG releases. With the new decade almost upon us, it’s time to take a well deserved break and indulge in some of these titles. While this list isn’t all-encompassing, I’ve curated a selection that should have something for just about anyone who appreciates RPGs. 

Author’s note: None of the titles on this list were sponsored, and all titles were purchased at the author’s expense. 

1) Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6dsxCfdZlk

The original RPG franchise is back! A likable and interesting cast of characters make this nostalgic escapade through Erdrea an enjoyable experience with plenty of Easter eggs and references that will delight veteran fans of the series. The game even allows you to choose between playing it in 3D or 2D, hearkening back to the series roots. 

You can pick up the original version of the title on PS4 or PC, but we recommend the Nintendo Switch version so that you can take advantage of all the nifty quality of life changes the developers have implemented. The Switch version also has the added benefit of being portable. 

2) Digimon Cyber Sleuth Complete Edition (also available on Steam)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zY_RWXre3o

Cyber Sleuth and its sequel, Hacker’s Memory, originally dropped on the PS4 and Vita a couple years ago. Namco Bandai has bundled the games with all of the DLC and accoutrements, making it easier than ever to enjoy traversing through Tokyo as a detective or hacker. I’m a big fan of the more mature premise in these games, and the game’s tone feels as though it’s one step away from being a Persona spinoff. 

Between some of the heavy plot elements and the monster collecting aspect, the biggest difference between Digimon Cyber Sleuth and a Shin Megami Tensei game is that the apocalypse hasn’t happened yet. If you’re not a fan of the next title on this list but like monster catching games, then definitely give Digimon a second chance.

3) Pokemon Sword and Shield 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grO7u1R866o

If you weren’t sold on Let’s Go! Pikachu or Eevee, then you’ll be happy to know that Game Freak has finally made a dedicated mainline game for the Nintendo Switch.

The open nature of the Galar region allows the player an unprecedented amount of freedom in the normally linear series. The Wild Area is a great addition to the gameplay loop and hunting for Gigantamax Pokemon in Raids is the most fun I’ve had in a Pokemon game since the Battle Frontier in Gen IV. 

Another change that I’m a big fan of is the over-the-top nature of the Gym Challenge. Instead of quietly walking from town to town defeating gym leaders, Sword and Shield showcase a much more bombastic journey through the Gym Challenge. Each benchmark battle takes place in a large stadium with the crowd cheering you on, and the game acknowledges your progress, making you feel like you’re a contender. 

Read these 5 Tips to get you started in Pokemon Sword and Shield

Still on the fence? Pokemon Home, a Pokemon cloud storage service, is slated to release at some point in the near future, allowing some compatibility with previous titles in the series. 

4) The Witcher 3 (also available on PC, PS4, XBOX)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ql2BJiDg7hY

The Switch was a little late to the party on this one, but if you haven’t gone on a romp with Geralt of Rivia in this installment yet, then we fully recommend getting on your horse and slaying some griffins. CDProjekt Red has gone a great job with porting this title to the Switch: the graphics have been tweaked to run more smoothly and it does a good job of maintaining a steady 30 FPS.  Regardless of whether you’re a fan of Henry Cavill or the new Netflix series, you owe it to yourself to check out this game. 

Honorable Mentions: Dragon Quest 1, 2, and 3; Dragon Quest Builders 2

Square Enix is drastically rethinking their release strategy and is practically dumping their catalogue on the Switch. Dragon Quest 1-3 are available on the eShop, allowing you to scratch that classic JRPG itch. If you just can’t get enough of Dragon Quest, consider Dragon Quest Builders 2, which is essentially Minecraft with a Dragon Quest skin. Dragon Quest Builders was an excellent foray into the survival/crafting genre, but the second entry, Dragon Quest Builders 2, is even more polished and accessible. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLY06_-1_nA

The Switch is really carving out a niche for itself as a platform with a ton of great titles, and with the advent of the new Switch models having more battery life, you’d crazy not to pick up some of these games! We’d argue that the only downside of the Switch having such a selection is that you can only play one of these titles at a time.