There were many great TV shows we grew up with in the 90s. You have Pokémon which is now in its very successful 20th anniversary and even Yu-Gi-Oh that last year had a new video game release. But one show in particular hasn’t had a video game adaptation come over to the west in quite some time; Digimon. The show’s popularity seemed to decline over here, but as the Japanese audiences gained a new Digimon game, gamers were quick to fight for its western release. Namco Bandai heard the call and helped bring Digimon Story: Cyber-Sleuth to the west. But does the game stand up to our expectations?
Cyber-Sleuth begins by introducing you to the world of EDEN, a digital world that people can travel to and interact with other people. It is also inhabited by hackers, who have a bad reputation in an area of EDEN known as Kowloon. You get invited to Kowloon only to be given the power to capture Digimon and to be introduced to these strange creatures that have been putting innocent people into comas. If you are a fan of anime such as Sword Art Online or games such as .Hack you will instantly see this as a narrative that lacks originality. But while the premise lacks initial tension, the later portions of the game help to diversify the story from the initial reveal by introducing new concepts that suit the world of Digimon. Speaking of the monsters themselves, their link to the story right away is very hard to piece together as the characters just ‘happen’ to be crossing into EDEN. This is explained later on in the story, but overall the initial introduction to the plot is both basic and lacking innovation.