Being a sequel to Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, one may expect Hacker’s Memory to make some improvements to its predecessor and maybe even some major ones. However, after getting our hands on the game, we realized that the changes are not as significant as expected. This may not be a bad thing, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it“.
A Nostalgic Iteration
You play as Keisuke Amazawa, a newbie hacker who is in search of his lost account, with reasons relating to his social life being affected. With this goal in mind, and with hints given to him by an awfully suspicious unknown character, he manages to meet a whole cast of interesting characters.
|Sweet new intro sequence|
Once putting in a few hours into the Hacker’s Memory, the game throws you several references to its previous title. The most obvious ones are its old cast, together with several glimpse of the previous protagonist Takumi Aiba / Ami Aiba. With familiar enemies and plot surfacing, you would soon realize that the current game is actually of the same timeline as its predecessor.
If you have played the previous title, it is recommended that you load from the previous save file. This allows for your initial team of Digimons to be bolstered by the previous team (in Nxedge Style / NX / Chibi Version) that you have when completing Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth.
Hacker’s Memory improved in places where it matters, everything is now a lot more accessible than ever.
- Need to head to Eden? Use the cafe’s PC.
- Need to head to DigiLab? Use the cafe’s PC.
- Got some spare cash and want to splurge it on new Digimons? Use the cafe’s PC.
- Need to stock up on usables for your next mission? Shopkeeper is right out the door.
- Need to travel to your next mission location? Nope, the game does it for you.
- Done with your mission? The game brings you back to your home base.
All these, in addition to quick loading and seemingly perfect performance, removes the hassle of the previous game.
Dialog between characters are also improved, with the characters having more time to flesh out. Subtle parodies, along with the brother and sister dynamic between the Mishima siblings, helps give the characters more life.
To spice things up, there is a new battle mode called Dominion Battle which are available in both singleplayer and multiplayer. In this mode, players are given control over 3 teams of Digimons and are tasked to control several spots in an area. Each spot has varying levels of points, with the victory condition being the gaining of a certain total of points. This adds a strategic aspect into combat, further spicing things up.
Players are also able to choose from on a wide array of avatars and titles to bring into battle.
|Moar Digimons and wider Digivolution tree|
Goggles are no longer just cosmetics and actually are “used” during hacking sequences.
If you are someone who enjoyed the previous title, it is highly recommended that you pick this game up. Not only are the enjoyable parts still there, the overall gameplay is tweaked and refined to make the already good game better. On the other hand, if you are expecting huge changes from Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, be prepared to be disappointed.