Independent and alternative video game coverage

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth-Extended Gameplay

(Image by Tim Bowman/Quarter Disorder)

No one seems to know exactly with a cyber sleuth is. (Image by Tim Bowman/Quarter Disorder)

Check out gameplay from Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, where in order to save the digital world you’re going to need to capture some digital champions.

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth is a JRPG with turn-based battles using monsters that can evolve into different forms.

Cyber Sleuth released in North America on Feb. 2 and Feb. 5 in Europe for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. The game originally released in Japan in March 2015 but has just now been localized for western audiences. The game has Japanese voice acting with English subtitles. The PS4 version is actually a port of the Vita game.

In North America and Europe the game is only available as a retail disc copy for the PS4 version, while the Vita edition is exclusive as a download on the PlayStation Store. The game features Cross-Save between the two versions.

Cyber Sleuth is the first Digimon role-playing game released in North America in almost 8 years since Digimon World Championship came out in August 2008 for the Nintendo DS. Cyber Sleuth was developed by Media Vision, the team behind the Wild Arms franchise and Valkyrie Chronicles III (2011). Bandai Namco Entertainment published the game.

This Digimon Story game takes place in Tokyo, Japan. The next-generation virtual world called Cyberspace EDEN is where increasingly more social interactions, relationships and even businesses are taking place. However people’s accounts are getting stolen by bad hackers, while more citizens are going into strange and incurable comas after being inside EDEN. Many feel that Kamishiro Enterprise, the corporation that owns and controls EDEN, are covering up its true dangers and what’s really happening to people.

You can play either as a teenage boy or girl newbie hacker who gains the power to capture Digimon after being invited by a stranger to the lower levels of Cyberspace EDEN.

In the beginning of the game, the protagonist gets stuck between the digital and real worlds after encountering a mysterious Digimon in the lower levels of EDEN that corrupts their account, making their online avatar and real human body jumbled together. Afterwards your character gains the power to instantly jump between the real world and digital networks with their physical body. They join the Kuremi Detective Agency and begin investigating cyber crimes, the mystery behind Digimon and how they were able to escape EDEN without losing their life.

Unlike Pokemon, Digimon in Cyber Sleuth are automatically captured after repeatedly encountering them in random battles, which scans their data cumulatively. The higher the overall percentage in the player’s library, the better the Digimon will be once you bring it to life from the DigiLab, a hub for the game’s Digimon-related activities. The Digimon can evolve into higher creatures or devolve to its most basic form to retain better stats in the long run.

The game also has online multiplayer battles against other players from around the world.

Watch Tim play an early section of Cyber Sleuth, with story cut-scenes, exploring some of the game’s areas, Digimon battles, Digivolving and ending with the first boss fight:

Advertisements