Digimon Games In Order: Which One To Play First

Looking to play Digimon games in order? Digimon is a well-established franchise that has been around for quite some time. Digimon games have been released since the early 2000s to the most recent Digimon To survive. Over the years, the franchise has evolved from a Tamagotchi aimed at boys to games that tell more personal and dark stories. But if you want to know in what order you should play the Digimon games, we prepared this guide.

Since this guide focuses on laying out the order in which you should play the games, you’re not going to find a whole historical discussion of how the series has evolved. So far, there are two main lines of Digimon games you can access. In this guide, we will also consider Digimon Survive as the third branch of the series as it features a very distinct approach.

Digimon World Games

The World Series is probably the first contact that many players have had with Digimon games in the early 2000s. To approach this series, you don’t necessarily need to start with the first in the series, even if ultimately, the series refers to it. In each game, the experience is vastly different as each brings a different style of play, ranging from a Tamagotchi-style Digimon breeding and training system to hack’n’slash.

Digimon World (1999)

The first one Digimon World gives you control of a child who is taken to the Digiworld and must help some Digimon, populating File City, while raising one of their own. This is a very simple game where the idea is to give players a more complex experience than they had with Tamagotchi. It is important to mention that this is a difficult game without some tips on how to train your Digimon.

Digimon World 2 (2000)

In the second Digimon Worldwe experience the Digiworld through a dungeon crawler game, controlling a boy named Akira. It’s a better game than the first with a combat system that empowers players to be more strategic. Digimon world 2 also brings a new Digivolution: you can merge two Digimons to get a brand new one!

Digimon World 3 (2002)

In the third entry in the series, you will find a very different game from the previous two. Digimon world 3 brings a very JRPG experience. Players take control of a child who is trapped in the DigiWorld and with a group of Digimon try to save the world. Visually it’s totally an improvement for the series as the combat system tries to mimic more

Digimon World 4 (2005)

A new entry in the World Series and once again we see a new genre used to create a Digimon Game. Digimon World 4 was released on PlayStation 2 with a hack and slash style of gameplay. While you fight directly with other Digimon without having to wait for turns, you can also play in cooperative mode.

Digimon World Re: Scan/Decode (2012/2013)

With Digimon World Re: Digitize for the PlayStation Portable, the series returns to its origins by focusing on breeding and training digimons. Now you control Taiga and must take care of your digimon which goes from the “Baby” stage to the “Ultimate” stage. A year later, the game received a version for 3DS along with the game Digimon World Re: Digitizing decoding.

Digimon World: Next Order (2016/2017)

Originally released for the PlayStation Vita, later receiving a PlayStation 4 release, Digimon World: Next Order brings the series to modern consoles. It still has the mechanic of raising digimons (now you have two to take care of!), but Next Order adds something new to the experience by being an open-world game.

Digimon Story Games

Digimon also offers the Story series with new titles for the latest generation of consoles.

The Digimon The story series mixes Digimon battles and evolving mechanics with well-structured storylines. But perhaps what’s most distinctive about this series is that it lacks some of the Tamagotchi lore that some of the world games have in them.

Digimon World DS (2006)

Although it bears the name Worldthis game is the first Story series and from which many others are derived. Based on Digimon Data Squad anime series, it brings a very cute 2D art style and will take players on a mission to defeat the evil entity Unknown-D.

Digimon World Dawn and Dusk (2007)

In Japan, these two games were released under Digimon Story Sunburst and Moonlight for the Nintendo DS. Structured like Pokémon, each of the games features a different protagonist with the same mission: to investigate a virus that not only caused several Digimon revert to their Digi-Eggs form and destroy access to the Digiworld.

Digimon History Lost Evolution (2010)

Returning with a more traditional plot, Lost Evolution tells the story of a group of children who are transported to the Digiworld and must save it, along with their Digimon, from the group of villains Uno, Dos and Tres. It may be a difficult game to play since it was only released in Japan!

Digimon Story Super Xros Wars Red and Blue (2011)

Another entry in the Story series which was only released in Japan, Digimon Story Super Xros Wars has two versions: Blue and Red, each with different antagonists. It’s based on Digimon Fusion, the sixth Digimon animated series. These games feature a battle system heavily based on a fusion mechanic where, by having two specific Digimon in the party, players can unleash a special attack.

Digimon Story Cyber ​​Detective (2015)

With Cyber ​​Sleuth, players have the chance to experience the game’s story through the perspective of a male (Takumi Aiba) or female (Ami Aiba) protagonist. The story of this game focuses on solving the mysteries around EDEN, a platform for physical interaction with the digital world, taking advantage of the protagonist’s Connect Jump.

Digimon Story Cyber ​​Sleuth – Pirate’s Memory (2018)

Hacker’s Memory isn’t necessarily a sequence, but it’s a story that unfolds simultaneously with the first Cyber ​​Sleuth. Also within EDEN, Hacker’s Memory tells the story of Kaisuke Amasawa who must find the real culprit of a crime with the help of a group of hackers named “Hudie”, so that he can prove his innocence. Even though Hacker’s Memory is not a sequel, it is recommended to play the previous Cyber ​​Sleuth first.

Digimon Survive (2022)

Digimon Series has a new game, the Digimon Survive, totally different from what we have seen so far.

A long-awaited title, Digimon Survive not only brings a new style to its combat system, but it’s essentially a visual novel with lots of dialogue and a route system. In case you haven’t read our Digimon Survive Review, the basic idea behind the game is a group of kids going camping and finding themselves in a new world with Digimon. Their main objective is not only to escape from this place but to find the means to survive.

As you can see, there are many entry points to choose from in the series. Digimon games have evolved over time and they are always trying something new! But if you also want to try out a new anime JRPG, you should check out our Soul Hackers 2 review or even read more about Genshin Impact!

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