Thoughts on Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker’s-Memory

I want so much to like the newest Digimon game. However, I can’t enjoy it. I should have just replayed the original Cyber Sleuth.

I’m disappointed with this game.

Cyber Sleuth and Cyber Sleuth Hackers-Memory are essentially the same game. The story is slightly different and there is some more Digimon, but it’s basically the same game as before. The locations and the backgrounds are the same.

It took me 10 hours to realize I was pretty much replaying a game I already owned but had to purchase again. That’s on me though. I should have read reviews before I went crazy with my nostalgia tinted glasses.

The game came out in Japan a month before the worldwide release so I had plenty of time to do my research and find out if I should buy the game. I pretty much went dark on the game once I found out about it, besides the release date. I wanted to go in with no knowledge of the game. I did that and now I’m regretting my purchase.

Okay, I’ll stop complaining and actually articulate why I’m not impressed.

As I mentioned earlier, the game assets; backgrounds, character, levels, are all the same. There are only a couple new characters. Most of the characters return from the first game, while still looking the same. Usually, in game sequels, character models are different and show off the growth of the studio.

Of course, I’m playing the Vita version so developers are familiar with the system at this point and have likely pushed their games to the max, so I can’t expect anything too crazy in terms of upgrades or changes in graphics.

That being said, it’s still disappointing playing in the same areas and seeing the exact same people from the first game.

The area where you get new cases and interact in the real world is new. You get a computer and interact with everything in one location, which is an improvement over the base game having to move one loading screen to access the DigiLab.

There are several, around 100, new Digimon lines as well, which is a great increase in terms of numbers. Some of the new Digimon are awesome.

That being said, I really enjoyed Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth and Hacker’s-Memory is just a better version of that game. If you’ve not played the either them, Hacker’s-Memory is definitely the better game, just not if you’ve played the first game prior to.

I’ll think I’ll get back to this game after some time away from the series and try to make it feel fresh.

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