Digimon Dusk Review
Digimon Dusk | Digimon Dawn
Digimon Dusk box art
System: DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Namco 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: BEC 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Sep. 18, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Unlike so many traditional random battles that are one of the hallmarks of RPGs, the battle system is what really makes this game shine. It's more intense than the first game, but you had better like this battle system because you're going to be in a hell of a lot of fights. The enemy is more closely matched to your ability so strategy is tantamount to winning. There are five different zones in the field which require different attacks. Positioning of your Digimon requires careful consideration, since the combat is turn-based.

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The leveling-up process can be a little complex if you're not familiar with the series. Digimon can be Digivolved or Devolved depending on the situation. By combining two Digimon's DNA, you can create a new, more powerful creature. The stats will be reset to level one, but that gives you the abililty to further increase your creature's abilities as you continue to level-up. There are a lot of elements to take into consideration when transforming Digimons. Your personal relationship with the creatures, the level, the number of available points, and the inter-species dynamics all affect this process. It's this kind of depth and attention to detail that will entice or repel players.

Online you can train, mate, and trade your creatures. But more importantly, you can enter into online battles. These battles are turn-based, and you'll be rewarded with trainer points that you can use in the single-player mode. The online mode was nearly flawless in comparison to the single-player mode, but that's nothing to shout about in the first place. The environments and character models look good, but the animation is worse than the cheesiest anime you've ever seen. The character models glide around the environment like ice skaters, which is in contrast to the choppy animation of the cutscenes and other in-game animations. There are plenty of tunes that highlight various gameplay elements. From the adrenaline-fueled battle tunes to the laid back incidental background music, the soundtrack is worth noting for its diversity.

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Digimon World: Dusk/Dawn will be best enjoyed by rabid fans of the original. The online trading will allow you access to Digimon in both the Dusk and Dawn version. If you're a fan, expect a lot of game.

By Cole Smith
CCC Senior Writer

Features:

  • Hundreds of Digimon: As you travel throughout the land, collect, tame, train, and evolve over 400 Digimon from eight different species.
  • Each game contains some unique and rare Digimon that can only be obtained through wireless communication with the other version of the game!
  • Never leave home without it: Digimon World: Dawn & Dusk both contain a new world map, which always shows where you have been and where you are currently located.
  • The maps also show info on each dungeon, including what items and Digimon are available.
  • New & Improved Digifarm: Raise, train, and evolve your new Digimon at the Digifarm. While down on the Digifarm, you can chat with your Digimon and install or remove Farm Goods! Different Farms and Farm Goods help your Digimon learn new abilities and boost stats, even while you are not at the DigiFarm!
  • Deep & Strategic Battle System: With intense 3 on 5 turn-based battles, manage your Digimon's locations to gain an edge over your enemies.
  • Unique storyline and characters: Digimon World Dusk & Dawn have a unique storyline that interweaves the stories of two very different characters and journeys!
  • Battle with your far-away friends: Take your Digimon to battle over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. The winner of Wi-Fi battles obtains "Tamer" points, while players collect "Tamer" points even if they don't win.
  • Trade your "Tamer" points obtained during Wi-Fi battles for rare items! Rare Digimon can also be acquired by Digi-matching through Wi-Fi connection!

  • Rating out of 5
    Rating Description

    3.0

    Graphics
    Backgrounds and characters look good but the animation is terrible.

    3.2

    Control
    Doesn't make much use of the DS's control system. Dual screen comes in handy.

    4.2

    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    Very diverse music and lots of it. Good sound effects.

    4.8

    Play Value
    Fans of the game can play this forever. Online battles and trading keeps things fresh.

    3.3

    Overall Rating - Fair
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.


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