|System: PS2||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: BEC||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Namco Bandai||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Sept. 18, 2007||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
After a command is chosen, you have to wait while the camera scans the environment. Then you have to wait while the move is implemented. Then you'll wait while the attack is registered. Then you'll wait for the outcome of the command, after which you'll wait for the opposing Digimon to do unto you. It's a tiring process which drains you of any patience that you have left at the end of the day. Kids, heed my warning. You're going to need a double dose of Ritalin just to get through this game.
There is little correlation between this game and the animated series. This game is tedious, and while it features popular characters from the series, the game is unable to capture any of the charm. This RPG format is definitely a wrong choice for this franchise. An action game would have been better. Instead, I find this game to be an example of a poor man's Pokemon.
Graphically the game looks old and tired. The command menu looks outrageously messy, while the environments are sparse and drab. The Digimons are decent enough, as are the alternate forms that they digivolve into, but there is also a lot of repeated characters with slightly different skins. There is some cell shading which rivals the graphics in the cartoon, but overall, the quality and attention to detail is inconsistent. The animations aren't even altogether smooth. The environments are huge and there is no world map. Navigation requires accessing menus. And menus take time to load. There is a damn menu for everything.
Expect some slowdown, and I'm not talking about the load times that choke any remaining semblance of fun right out of the game. At times, the animation is even more jerky than the original Pokemon cartoons that caused epileptic fits in children.
Unless you're the biggest Digimon fan on the planet, don't even bother to rent this mess. Because if you do, you certainly won't be the biggest Digimon fan on the planet anymore.
CCC Senior Writer