The Digimon Story Series Explained
Originally designed to be a competitor to one of the biggest franchises on the planet, Pokemon, Digimon has stood the test of time quite well, standing out from the competition with a slightly more violent and adult tone. As such, Digimon was able to attract a teenage audience, many of whom are still fans today. Be over 20 years old, Digimonnaturally, has had many video game adaptations over the years, and the Digimon History the series is perhaps one of the best.
With its first entry out in 2006, the Digimon History the series is quite similar to the main line Pokemon games, but with unique game mechanics. After the first game released on Nintendo DS, the Digimon History the series remained primarily on handheld systems, becoming many people’s first introduction to the Digimon franchise as a whole.
Digimon World DS
Rather confusing, the first Digimon History the game was called Digimon World DS in the USA. Although he is referred to as Digimon World title, the game is not actually part of this particular series of Digimon titles, which has its own gameplay formula and presentation. Digimon World DS has fairly simplistic gameplay, but its high level of accessibility makes it the perfect portable title.
Taking a multitude of clues from Pokemon, Digimon World DS lets players assume the role of a Digimon Tamer, who embarks on a journey to train and raise as many fellow Digimon as possible. After taming a Digimon, players can build a Digi-Farm, which can then be used to train and upgrade the Digimon until it is ready to evolve. Digimon World DS‘ gameplay may have been a bit derivative, but its bright and vibrant color palette made it stand out on the handheld console.
Digimon World Dawn and Dusk
The direct sequel to Digimon World DS again used the misleading title of “world”. In Japan, Digimon World Dawn and Dusk was actually titled Digimon Story Sunburst and Moonlightand again, this title is not part of the Digimon World series, but is the second entry in the Digimon History series. Taking another example of Pokemon franchise, this title had two different versions, labeled Dawn of the Digimon Worldand Twilight of the Digimon World.
Different versions of the game determined which starting Digimon the player would receive and gave them a unique physical sticker sheet in the game box. On the gameplay side, Digimon World Dawn and Dusk follow the same formula as their predecessor, but add new mechanics such as the ability to combine a Digimon of similar level via DNA Digivolution, which provides stat boosts for the resulting monster.
Digimon History Lost Evolution
2010 saw the release of Digimon History Lost Evolution, a Japan-exclusive entry, once again on the Nintendo DS. Generally, the gameplay is the same again, but with another handful of unique tweaks and tweaks, most of which have to do with streamlining the EXP system and adding even more Digimon to the game.
Digimon Story Super Xros Wars Red and Blue
Another Japanese exclusive, Digimon Story Super Xros Wars again released in two different versions, Red and Blue. The main selling point of this sequel was that it added a plethora of Digimon from the Digimon Fusion anime, and let players control the series’ main protagonist, Mikey Kudo.
Digimon Story: Cyber Detective
Released in 2015 on PS Vita and PS4, Digimon Story: Cyber Detective is the fifth, and by far the biggest entry in the series so far. In addition to the Digi-Farm, players can now use the Digi-Lab to Digivolve and Degenerate their Digimon. This lav can also be used as a marketplace, where items that aid in training can be purchased. The overall gameplay formula remains essentially the same, but with a significant layer of polish on every element, from the game’s visuals to its variety of monsters to its combat system.
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory
Acting more like an extension than a full-fledged sequel, 2017 Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory uses the same areas, artwork, and Digimon as its predecessor, but adds more content on top. The Pirate’s Memory adds a total of 92 new Digimon to the game, along with new areas and a new story.
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