As a series, Digimon World has had an interesting run since its debut in 1999. As a whole, the series has received mostly negative to mixed reviews, except for the 2012 Digimon World Re:Digitize, which was quite acclaimed by critics.
And now Bandai is back, and taking us for another adventure into the Digimon world, with its brand new game: Digimon World: The Next Order.
Set to be released on March 17th in Japan, the game seems to be very reminiscent of the originals. You can train Digimon, help them evolve, and then battle, battle, battle before battling a bigger baddie than before. Same old same old, but with new graphics.
But there is one key difference – this time around you have two Digimon to take care of!
Now you can have Agumon and Gabumon!
How this will play is still a bit of a mystery. The story hasn’t been revealed yet, and the trailer only shows a few slides of meadow-like areas, and what appears to be a floating castle.
Graphically the game is probably as good as it’s going to get. It’s being released on PlayStation Vita, and one can’t expect NextGen graphics. But the landscapes look pretty, and the Digimon look like Digimon.
It looks pretty, what more do you want?
But this little game already has a bit of a hill to climb. Another Digimon game, Digmon Story: Cyber Sleuth, created by Media Vision, was released just last year and, according to critics, was pretty darn good. It boasted an interesting story, decent RPG elements, fun fighting and a lot of epic Digimon.
With March 17th just around the corner, it will be interesting to see the reaction in Japan, and if the game can live up to its predecessor. If we get enough sales, Bandai has promised to release it in the West, so here’s fingers crossed it doesn’t suck.
Because as well know, Digimon is awesome, and we need more Digimon games.