Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth wasn’t actually too bad looking back on it. When Bandai Namco announced they would be bringing out the game in the United States, and when they finally released it in 2016, I was ecstatic. Aside from a singular, notoriously bad Power Stone-esque fighting game for the PlayStation 3, no Digimon game had been released in English in almost 10 years, and people had been saying the last few RPG type games that came out in Japan were pretty good. Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth didn’t have the budget of a big Final Fantasy game, but for Digimon fans who were thirsting for anything at that point, we weren’t disappointed. Now three years later it’s coming to the Nintendo Switch.
When I say Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth is coming to the Nintendo Switch, I mean both it and its semi-sequel/expansion of the base game Hackers Memory are getting bundled together for a Complete Edition release. Between the two, you’re getting hundreds of Digimon and potentially hundreds of hours of JRPG gameplay. With character designs by Durarara’s Suzuhito Yasuda and music by Masafumi Takada who did the iconic soundtracks for the Dangan Ronpa series, the whole thing is Digimon at its most stylistic.
One very neat aspect to Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth is that it centers around the famous Nakano Broadway. There’s also a virtual world very much influenced by Summer Wars which was essentially a remake of a Digimon movie to begin with. While the characters are completely original to this RPG series, all your favorite Digimon from every season of the show are in the game and you can catch, er, I mean collect and battle with them. It’s not a perfect game but it has enough charm to be worthwhile. If you have 50 hours to kill, we say go for it.
Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Complete Edition is coming out on Nintendo Switch and PC on October 18.