A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Aside from usual "good vs. evil" themes, features strong messages of friendship, working together as a team to overcome obstacles.
Positive Role Models
Players, their partner Digimon not only strong characters but also selfless, caring. Jijimon character also a positive role model, serving as a sort of wise mentor, advisor to player.
Ease of Play
Simple controls; easy to play; but combat involves a lot of menu navigation; takes a lot of micromanagement to care for, train Digimon to be efficient in battle.
Violence & Scariness
Combat is a major part of game, as teams of Digimon face off against one another in constant battles. While no blood, gore, and cartoonish nature of visuals reduces impact of violence, characters can still be killed (though usually they get resurrected as well).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some female characters shown in revealing clothing, occasionally emphasized by camera angles. Few lines of dialogue make vague references, including calling other characters "perv."
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Occasional use of "damn," "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Part of popular Digimon franchise, which includes toys, video games, cartoon, clothing, other licensed products.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Digimon World: Next Order is a role-playing game. It's based on the popular Digimon franchise and involves players befriending and raising various digital monsters ("Digimon") to battle against other creatures with the goal of saving the digital world. Players are responsible for raising their Digimon and building friendships with them through proper care. Combat is also a heavy focus in the game, with Digimon using a range of attacks and powers against each other. The violence is relatively tame, though, thanks to the game's more cartoonish style. There are some minor language issues with characters using words such as "damn" and "hell," and some of the female characters are occasionally shown in revealing outfits.
Is It Any Good?
This role-playing game can be fun for fans of the franchise, so long as they're willing to deal with lots of micromanagement. It's sometimes hard to believe that the whole Digimon craze originally started 20 years ago as nothing more than tiny electronic virtual pets you had to feed, train, and, well, clean up after. Digimon World: Next Order manages to take fans on a trip down memory lane by incorporating those classic elements as a major part of the gameplay. As much time as players spend in combat fighting against enemies, they'll spend at least as much time monitoring the needs and activities of your various Digimon friends. Between training, feeding, praising, scolding, and sending them to the toilet, it almost feels like you're running an actual day care -- although a day care where the kids have fur, horns, and wings and can shoot out fire, ice, and other elements. It's a very hands-on approach with a lot of micromanagement. Unfortunately, the in-game tutorial is pretty lackluster, leaving players to learn the nuances of things through trial and error.
Digimon World: Next Order requires a fair bit of commitment from the player. It's definitely a blast to play, especially for fans of the franchise, but it has a fairly steep learning curve. The problem is that it takes a lot of time and patience plodding through the first third or so before it builds momentum and finally finds its stride. Right from the start, you have to spend a fair bit of time in a constant care cycle of training, eating, pottying, resting -- and then you wash, rinse, and repeat. Then you have to head out to the Digital World and fight, which is almost as convoluted a process as raising the Digimon. Combat is a weird mix of real-time and turn-based combat. Your team operates on its own, though, as a trainer, it's still your responsibility to direct their actions. This means opening each team member's menu and choosing a special move within a five-second window. It's not exactly a streamlined process, and the tutorial isn't a whole lot of help. But with practice, it eventually starts to feel like second nature, making the game feel like less of a chore. If you can push through these early frustrations, Digimon World: Next Order's gameplay and story build up at an exciting pace and leave you with a real sense of accomplishment.
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