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Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Complete Edition

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Digimon franchise grows up in adventure collection.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The main focus of the plot in both games is stopping an evil scheme from threatening others, but there are also a number of strong positive messages, including themes of friendship, helping others, and caring for your new Digimon friends.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The games feature a range of characters with wide variety of personalities. Both games feature a number of good, positive characters willing to go out of their way to help the player.

Ease of Play

The games' turn-based combat is straightforward and almost self-explanatory. There are additional layers of complication involved in properly managing the Digimon characters players recruit along the way, especially when it comes to raising and training them on the virtual farm.

Violence

Digimon characters fight each other with wide range of attacks, including magic, melee, and weapons like swords or guns. Digimon are generally cartoonish creatures, though a handful human-like appearances. While most damage is represented as flashy effects, some characters show damage with small splatters of pink "blood."

Sex

Some female characters are shown in revealing clothing and suggestive poses, which are emphasized by creative camera angles.

Language

Some strong language, such as "bastard," "badass," and "s--t" occasionally appear in the games' dialogues.

Consumerism

This is a collection of both previously released Digimon Story games, Cyber Sleuth and Hacker's Memory, as well as the collected DLC (downloadable content) from both. The games are based on the Digimon franchise, which includes toys, comics, cartoons, collectibles, more.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Complete Edition is a collected package for the Nintendo Switch and Windows PCs featuring both Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth and its sequel, Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker's Memory. Players take part in a sci-fi role-playing adventure while recruiting, raising, and evolving various digital creatures to help them in battle. Combat's a regular part of the game, though there's no blood or graphic scenes of violence. Some female characters are presented in revealing outfits and suggestive poses, and the dialogue does include some profanity, including "s--t."

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What's it about?

In the world of DIGIMON STORY: CYBER SLEUTH COMPLETE EDITION, nearly all electronic devices are connected via a massive cyberspace network dubbed "EDEN." Recently, though, EDEN has been the source of some unusual problems. People have been plugging into the network, but found themselves unable to leave. Meanwhile, there have been reports of digital monsters, or Digimon, making their home within this virtual reality. In Cyber Sleuth, players are first introduced to this world after a malfunctioning EDEN leaves them somehow caught in a state between the real world and the virtual one, as a sort of half-digital creation. With the unique ability to exist in both planes simultaneously, players must recruit Digimon helpers, joining forces to uncover the source of EDEN's corruption. Meanwhile, in Hacker's Memory, players take on the role of a young boy whose EDEN account is stolen in an attack on the system. Now framed for a crime they didn't commit, players must dive deep into the EDEN framework to recover their identity, discovering and befriending various Digimon creatures, using their help in tracking down the real culprit of the crimes which they've been accused of. Is it possible that both mysteries tie together as a part of a bigger conspiracy? One that threatens both human and Digimon alike?

Is it any good?

It was back in 2016 when this franchise debuted on the PlayStation 4 with a fresh take on the popular series. After establishing a whole new, somewhat more mature Digimon Universe, the game's sequel came along with another, even grittier spin on things, cementing these shifts in the status quo and giving eager fans something unexpected, and now, Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Complete Edition brings both of these adventures to a new audience. Packaging the two games together makes for a huge Digimon adventure. Alone, each game already kept players constantly busy, whether by following the story, taking on a litany of side quests, or caring for and playing with your Digimon pals on their virtual refuge. Doubling up on that is a massive time sink that can feel a bit daunting and exhausting, but still a lot of fun … much like binging a show on Netflix.

Admittedly, the Cyber Story games already looked a little dated when they first came out in 2016, and not much has been done to improve on that in the years since. The animations are still a bit stiff and there are still issues with the in-game camera. Things improve significantly in combat, where the animation is dynamic, smooth, and chock-full of action. And while Hacker's Memory seemed more like an expansion than a true sequel when it was first released, the game's "more of the same" feeling feels perfectly fine when packed in with the original. Moving right from one game to the other feels like a much more natural progression this time around.

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