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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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An hour with Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore

I’ve only had about an hour with Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore, which released on Friday for the Nintendo Switch.

I was initially excited for the game when it was first announced as SMT x FE, since I’m a huge Shin Megami Tensei fan. The game went through a few chances, and I had lost interest in the game when it did finally come out for the Wii U.

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Even though I’ve never been into idol culture,  I decided to give it a fair shake, as the Switch is a fantastic console for RPGs.

The Premise:

In the first few minutes, the game tosses some exposition at you. Apparently a few years ago, an entire opera house full of people suddenly disappeared, except for a little girl, Tsubasa Oribe.

It wouldn’t be a Megaten game without this kind of symbolism

Tsubasa is now trying out to be an idol like her missing big sister. For some reason, you can choose whether or not she wears glasses. This is apparently a crucial decision you have to make before even starting the game. I picked glasses because my girlfriend has glasses, but they didn’t look that great on Tsubasa. At this time, I’m not sure whether you can change your mind.

As I was in the first room of the game, miffed that Touma, my bro date, had stood me up, this talent scout who resembles Timothy Spall starts asking Tsubasa about her missing sister. Much like Timothy Spall revealing that he serves Voldemort, he then reveals that he is some kind of spectral miscreant. He then sics his other ghosts on the people in the venue because he wants to consume their “Performa” (some kind of psychic energy).

The stage is set:

Tsubasa goes missing, and in true RPG fashion, Itsuki Aoi, the main character, has to go looking for her. One of the ghosts with a very familiar voice actor tries to suck his Performa and Itsuki somehow purifies the spectre, who holds off the other enemy ghosts. Itsuki rescues Tsubasa from a female ghost who is also purified. A Sailor Moon transformation sequence occurs, and the two teens take on the enemy ghosts, who take forms reminiscent of shadows from the Persona series.

Silver Chariot gone full K-Pop stan

 

The teens learn that their talking weapons are actually Chrom and Caeda from Fire Emblem. The kiddos hit it off pretty quickly with their mirages (that’s what Persona/JoJo Stands) are called in this game).

Angewomon? No, we’ve never heard of her

Thoughts so far:

The ambience and music remind me of a Shin Megami Tensei title, and I’m okay with the game leaning into the idol premise.

I am hoping that I can customize the characters. I’m used to the demon recruiting system in Megaten games, and I’m not sure that I want to be stuck with Chrom and Caeda. Itsuki is weak to fire, which is a very common attacking element in the series. That seems like a big liability later on if as many enemies are packing Agi in this game as in mainline Megaten games.

Thankfully, there aren’t random encounters in the dungeons. The game seems to use both Fire Emblem and Megaten spells and elements, as I’ve seen Dia and Zio. There are at least 10 damage types. These include the weapons from Fire Emblem, as well as the regular spell categories from Megaten.

So far, I’m enjoying the game and it’s nice going in blind. I’m looking forward to singing (slashing?) my way through Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore.

Need something else to play? 

Here are 4 Switch RPGs you may have missed in 2019

Here are 4 more Switch RPGs you may have missed in 2019

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Final Fantasy VII Remake delayed again

The Final Fantasy VII Remake has gotten another delay. Sorry if you’ve been waiting since E3 2015, but it looks as though Square -Enix has officially announced a delay. The original date of March 3rd, 2020 has been pushed back to April 10th, 2020.

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What caused the Final Fantasy VII Remake delay?

At this late date, it’s doubtful that this delay is to add more polish, as the game is probably ready to ship. The official stance from Yoshinori Kitase, the game’s producer, is that the delay is to add more polish. However, I bet that the delay is to avoid competing with other titles in the same space, like Persona 5 Royal.  While this makes sense, this may impact the Western sales numbers. Final Fantasy VII Remake now has to contend with releasing in between the Resident Evil 3 Remake and Cyberpunk 2077.

Check out the official FFVII Remake website

Incidentally, Square-Enix has also delayed their Marvel Avengers title for 3 months,  from  May 15th to September 4th.

Need something to play in the meantime? 

Here are 4 Switch RPGs you may have missed in 2019

Here are 4 more Switch RPGs you may have missed in 2019

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Persona 5 Scramble Trailer

Persona 5 Scramble (P5S) is a spin-off title developed by Koei-Tecmo. Koei-Tecmo is the team that is famous for their hack-and-slash Warriors games, such as Hyrule Warriors or Dynasty Warriors. They’ve gained a lot of traction in recent years by putting out some absolutely amazing licensed games.

A new trailer was released today for Persona 5 Scramble, which is due to release on 2/20/2020 in Japan. At this time, there is no word of a localization. However, I doubt that Atlus or Koei-Tecmo would pass on the option, given the huge support for the Persona franchise from the West.

The new trailer showcases what looks like a continuation of the Persona 5 storyline, with new targets and palaces. I’m a big fan of the original game’s aesthetic, which has been entirely preserved, and the gameplay footage looks slick and stylish.

Check out this trailer, Joker!

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Atlus says to “look forward” to Shin Megami Tensei V news in 2020

While developer and publisher Atlus has been hard at work supporting the Persona brand with the localization of Persona 5 Royal coming this year and Persona 5 Scramble in the pipeline for Nintendo Switch, they reassure us that Shin Megami Tensei V is not dead.

A brief teaser line dropped by the Japanese series twitter @megaten_atlus asks us to “look forward” to 2020:

Please look forward to the follow-up to “Shin Megami Tensei V”!

While the next entry in the original Megami Tensei RPG series is hotly anticipated by its fanbase, Atlus may have set expectations of its release date far too soon. Announced in tandem with the Nintendo Switch in 2017, the game wasn’t even considered in full production by its director until February of 2018.

With that said, this writer doesn’t think it’s wise to have any expected timeframes. Atlus is known for its patience in announcing new information. What are your hopes for the next entry in Shin Megami Tensei?

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4 more Switch RPGs you may have overlooked in 2019

Looking for some hidden gems from 2019? I’ve whipped up another batch of great RPGs for you to enjoy. 

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

1) Puzzle Quest: The Legend Returns

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bkbxp6jMMQ

The premise is simple: match 3 gems, use spells and skulls to defeat your enemies. This revamped version of the 2007 title is a welcome return, without any insidious tricks to waste your time or money like “energy” or “premium currency”. The developers have added more content and classes to further exemplify the match 3 experience, and the rich customization options are still as enticing as ever. 

If you can close your eyes without seeing cascades of gems, then you haven’t played enough. 

2) Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1skc1U-PtM

When’s Mahvel? While not an RPG per se (let’s be honest, it’s a beat ’em up), Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order has a wide roster of over 50 characters and has more content slated to be released right before Christmas 2019 and in Spring 2020. It’s been a solid decade since the previous title, so if you grew up with the previous games, then consider giving this one a try. 

The game does lean heavily on the Infinity War storyline, so you might get a sense of deja vu from this title. However, I’d argue it’s a lot more satisfying to stomp Thanos outright with your favorite Marvel superheroes than to sit through Avengers: Endgame again. 

3) Fire Emblem: Three Houses

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADaRsEhTB70

The venerable Fire Emblem series’ first title on the Switch has been met with nothing but praise. You start as a teacher in a Hogwarts analogue for part of the game, and then segue into leading your students into battle in the later parts. Players seeking a challenge can opt for the Classic mode which features permadeath, or the new “Maddening” difficulty mode. 

Between the multiple endings and social link aspects, there is plenty to do in what is one of the best strategy RPGs on the Switch. 

4) Divinity: Original Sin II Definitive Edition (also available on PC, PS4, XBOX)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf_eCJl5-ts

The Switch port of Divinity: Original Sin II was recently published in September of 2019. If you’re a fan of CRPGs like Fallout 1 and 2, Dungeon Siege, or Baldur’s Gate, then this is a game you simply cannot pass up. This game is so expansive that it would be impossible to do it justice in a short blurb. Just check out the Wikipedia page, which calls the game “one of the best roleplaying games of all time”, with no less than 7 sources cited to back up that statement. 

Honorable Mention: Collection of Mana

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE9tcYSRFqI

Square Enix has also bundled three classic games: Final Fantasy Adventure (aka Sword of Mana or Adventures of Mana), Secret of Mana, and Trials of Mana (more commonly known as Seiken Densetsu 3). 

Trials of Mana is an absolute gem of a game that was never released stateside. I was able to play the game via translation patch and emulator as a kid, but it really is a much better experience on the Switch. Trials is also getting a total remake from the ground up that is set to release in April of 2020, so if you want to familiarize yourself with class changing, now’s the time to do it. 

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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.