Yep, I’m talking about MMORPGs again. I’ll be honest, I don’t play a whole lot of MMORPGs. These are games that will eat up a lot of your time and tend to be pretty boring, at least to me. A ton of MMOs (like Phantasy Star Online and City of Heroes) do something unique or interesting. Certain MMOs just have so much passion poured into them, that it’s easy to overlook their flaws.
However, there are so many MMORPGs that are just downright terrible. I’m talking games that are just a wonder to behold in terms of their terrible qualities. One such game is the extremely atrocious Digimon Masters Online. So, a brief synopsis for people who don’t know what Digimon are: The Digimon franchise revolves around humans teaming up with Digital Monsters in order to save the world. Each series and iteration of the franchise is its own thing, and is set in a universe separate from the others.
Somehow, this MMO spinoff really misses the point of the franchise. For one thing, instead of creating its own separate universe, it just uses the one from Digimon Savers. Now, I love Savers, it’s a great show, but the problem is that the setting doesn’t lend itself well to an MMO. It’s about an elite group of digital policeman called “D.A.T.S.”, who are limited in number. Sure, there’s a fair number of them, but not an army like this game seems to suggest!
What’s worse is that the game only lets you choose from four characters, and you can’t customize their appearance AT ALL. Sure, you can dress them in certain outfits, but that doesn’t change the fact that they’ll always be the same character. Most outfits disappear after a while anyways, making this whole game feature feel pretty trivial. Now, it is true you can get more characters later, but they function the same. There’s no real stat differences, and they are just other characters from the show. There are no unique new characters made for the game, only characters that people who watched the anime will know.
That’s another problem with the game, it doesn’t know what kind of audience its trying to rope in. You’d think the game would be made for those who are familiar with the shows, but it gets a lot of the elements of the series wrong. It also blends together several shows into one plot-line, including taking element from both seasons of Adventure. It makes so its difficult to follow at times.
Worse still, certain events will play out exactly how they did in the show. Even if you know the events in advance, there’s nothing you can do to change it. For example, everyone who watched Savers knows that the one mad-scientist guy is clearly evil. Yet, even if you go into this game with said knowledge, you still have to help this guy with his plans. You can’t confront him early, or do something interesting with that knowledge. No, you have to play stupid and help this guy essentially destroy the planet, or at least attempt to.
These are just minor things I’ve brought up, so far. Trust me, there’s a lot about this game that is really terrible. For example, it’s completely pay to win! You want to keep those clothing pieces so they don’t explode off your body? You gotta pay! Want Digimon that don’t suck? You gotta pay! Want better items and gear general? That’s right, you gotta pay! I’m fine with games being free-to-play and using micro-transactions, but not when they are scams like this! This game is completely pay-to-win, you need to buy things to get further in this game. While this doesn’t seem like a huge problem, it is.
If you want to have actual fun in this game, you need to pay out the wazoo for trivial items. It’s annoying and cumbersome, and makes the game feel like a scam overall. Honestly, I’d still be willing to toss the developers a few of my hard-earned shekels, if the game itself wasn’t fundamentally terrible. It’s your typical “click a bunch of things on the action bar and wait for them to recharge” type of MMO.
There’s nothing unique or interesting here, aside from maybe the ability to Digivolve your Digimon during combat. This can change certain things, but is otherwise just as boring as other things in the game. The biggest problem with this game is its terrible translation. I’ve some pretty bad translations, mostly from Bandai-Namco. However, Bamco’s translations are at least legible. Sure, they may be filled with the occasional spelling error and bad translation, but you always know what’s happening in the plot.
The translation for this game is so awful and illegible, that half the time I don’t know what’s happening! Dialogue seems so shoddily written, and each sentence is mired with dozens of grammatical mistakes. It’s hard to find a single line of dialogue in this game that doesn’t reek of poor translation. Yes, I know translation is a difficult undertaking, but this is a game meant to be played by millions!
People are expected to throw tons of cash at this game, but will end up getting a product that is littered with terrible writing and impossible to understand dialogue. The last thing I want to touch on is the soundtrack… It’s okay. It’s not awful or anything, but it’s not special either. You got some pretty good sounding guitar riffs, but otherwise nothing too interesting.
As you can tell, I really did not like this game. In fact, the only thing that kept me playing was the Digimon branding. Without Digimon, I never would have touched this game. I respect that some people may like it, but I just don’t. To me, this game was the antithesis of what the series stood for: Which was reinventing itself and its universe with each new installment. Instead of getting an MMO with its own story and setting, I was just playing through the Savers plot, that was hashed together with plots from other seasons.
In the end, there’s not a whole lot of good things to say about this game. I mean, the graphics are okay. The designs look like how they would in the show, and the game never seemed to lag all that often. Aside from that, there’s nothing that really stood out to me. This was a game that was just boring, and felt like it was trying too hard to con me out of my hard-earned cash. In order for me to put down cash for a free-to-play game, I need to feel like I was being given a good demo of the game. If this is a demo, than I definitely don’t want the full package!