Should you play Digimon Survive? [NO SPOILER REVIEW] 

It’s been a while since I played this game, and even though it only came out last year, I keep wondering why people don’t seem to talk about it anymore. It was one of my personal favorites in 2022, and I feel like I owe it a video, as this game got me into variety lets plays in the first place. If you haven’t gotten around to playing Digimon Survive yet, and you wonder if it’s the right fit for you, you’re in the right place!

What is Digimon Survive?

Digimon Survive is a tactical, turn-based RPG visual novel developed by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game follows a group of teenagers who become trapped in a mysterious world filled with dangerous creatures – Digimon. As they explore this new world, they work together with their Digimon partners to uncover the secrets of their surroundings and find a way back home.

Why should you play Digimon Survive?

Here are some reasons why you should play this game. One of the main pros of Digimon Survive is its unique blend of tactical RPG gameplay and visual novel elements. The game features turn-based battles that require you to strategically command your Digimon partners to defeat your opponents. At the same time, the game also features branching storylines that are affected by your choices and actions throughout the game. However, it wouldn’t be fair to not mention that this game is probably around 75% a visual novel, and the rest could be classified as Digimon collecting and battling. If you’re hoping for a full-blown TRPG like Tactics Ogre or Final Fantasy Tactics, this game might just have too much text for you – but if you enjoy visual novels with a twist of scary, weird and creepy, this is a good one for you.

Another pro of the game is its stunning art style and visuals. The game features hand-drawn 2D graphics that give it a unique and charming look. The Digimon themselves are also beautifully designed, with each one having its own unique personality, strengths, and weaknesses. Also, Digimon Survive has a large roster of Digimon for you to collect and train, each with their own unique abilities and skills. This provides you with a lot of room for customization and experimentation, allowing you to create their own unique team of Digimon partners. Even after you’re done with the game, you get to keep your collection throughout the New Game+ and ultimately work towards becoming a Digilord.

Are there reasons to pass on Digimon Survive (for now)?

There are also some cons to playing this game, but then again, it depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re simply not a fan of the Digimon franchise, this game might feel a bit distant to you. While the game does provide an enjoyable and engaging experience, it is heavily rooted in the Digimon universe, which may make it difficult for you to fully appreciate it if you’ve never been a part of this universe in any way. However, if you like Digimon, but you don’t really know their story, this game will be just fine for you, as the crew is fresh and you don’t need to know anything about them in order to get to know them.

I already mentioned that Digimon Survive contains lots and lots of text for you to read. What I didn’t mention is that the game is subbed in English, but not dubbed, so you’ll be hearing Japanese through and through while it’s up to you to take a look at the subtitles. For me, this was fine, but I streamed this game for about 40 hours and let me tell you – it was not always easy to go through all the text without feeling exhausted by the end of the playing session. If this doesn’t bother you, however, I think you’ll enjoy it just fine.

Is Digimon Survive worth it?

Overall, I think Digimon Survive is a great game and definitely worth playing – if you enjoy visual novels, don’t mind the ones that aren’t dubbed in English, and if you don’t expect the game to be all about Digimon turn-based battles. For me, all aspects of it were enjoyable, and if you’re anything like me, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the story, along with multiple satisfying endings. If the things I mentioned are going to bother you, but you’re still curious, I’d suggest waiting for a sale – the game has already had multiple ones, and some people were really happy with the amount of fun they’ve squeezed out of it.

That’s pretty much it when it comes to my thoughts on whether or not you should play this game. What are your thoughts on it, and if you’ve already played it, would you recommend it to others? Leave your two cents in the comments! You can also find my playthrough here, should you want to check it out. However, for your own sake, beware of the spoilers and go through the lore bits carefully if you haven’t played yet. Should you want to support my content and keep me going, consider becoming a Patron and enjoying some awesome perks! Alright now – enjoy the game, take care and I’ll see you next time!


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