Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth

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Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth is ranked in the 60th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 42 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

75

Top Critic Average

40%

Critics Recommend

Based on 42 critic reviews

Score Distribution

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Kotaku
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Kotaku

Top Critic

Unscored
Feb 23, 2016

To many I imagine Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth is just a colorful but simplistic role-playing game with a slow-to-start story and repetitive dungeon environments. To me it's the chance to spend hours capturing Poyomon, Digivolving it to Tokomon, reaching max level and then De-digivolving it back to Poyomon, reaching max level and Digivolving to Tokomon, then Patomon, and finally increasing Patomon's stats so it can Digivolve to Angewoman. If that sounds exciting to you, then boof!

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Scored Reviews

RPG Fan
90%
90%
Mar 8, 2016

A fun place to spend 60 hours or so.

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Fintendo
Nov 15, 2019

"Keep your friends close."

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8.5 / 10.0
Mar 18, 2016

Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth is an all around polished JRPG, but it's truly the intricate digivolution system that makes this game the best Digimon title to be released in the West.

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TechRaptor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 24, 2016

A fun mix of a variety of different game types and a must have for any fans of Digimon. Even if you're not too into it the story is fun and the mechanics are extremely well done.

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Cerealkillerz
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 12, 2016

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth überzeugt mit einer überraschend hohen Sammel-Motivation, einer interessanten aber etwas langwierigen Geschichte und einem sehr umfangreichen Aufgebot an Digimon und deren Entwicklung. Viele der Gebiete sind zwar sehr linear ausgefallen und auch die Story wird durch die vielen nebensächlichen Dialoge etwas in die länge gezogen, aber ansonsten gibts von uns eine klare Empfehlung an JRPG Fans und vor allem Digimon Fans!

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Electric Bento
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2019

Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth - Complete Edition has a ton of content for players, if they can make it through some weird pacing issues. Both titles have darker, more mature storylines, even when looking at the cutesy Digimon.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Feb 13, 2016

While the West may have been skipped over for much of the last decade with Digimon games, fans can rejoice over Bandai Namco's choice to localize Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, as they will find plenty of reasons to love this game with its nearly 250 different Digimon available.

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GamingTrend
80 / 100
80 / 100
Feb 8, 2016

Cyber Sleuth evokes nostalgia while also pivoting in tone and setting for fans who have grown older. The disorienting lack of story direction in the first half is made up for when its mysteries finally come to light, and it makes Cyber Sleuth's world a great one to spend hours training Digimon in.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 12, 2016

Easily one of the most addictive RPGs on the PS4, Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth features an enjoyable story and a great setting for a fantastic monster raising system. Although many of its components aren't perfect and proceedings do drag at times, the process of building and perfecting a team of powerful digimon is just too rewarding to walk away from. The phrase "digimon are the champions" has never been more fitting.

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Game Revolution
Feb 12, 2016

Despite a few flaws in the storytelling and the combat system—although both move at a favorably brisk pace—Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth is still handedly the game that Digimon fans have been waiting for. Its faithful translation of an extraordinary roster of Digimon into fully-realized models lays the groundwork for future Digimon titles in this console generation. With more refinement in character interaction and less of a need to roam around in search of story triggers, this Digimon series could re-establish itself as a premiere RPG. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth is the shot that Digimon video games have long deserved.

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Impulsegamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Feb 19, 2016

Addictive monster-raising mechanics, fun turn-based combat and an intriguing take on cybercrime and hacking makes Digimon: Cyber Sleuth a stellar JRPG.

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GameSkinny
Mar 19, 2016

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth is a fun well-executed modern game for Digimon fans and JRPGs alike.

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Player.One
Feb 5, 2016

While there are a lot of talking and walking parts to Cyber Sleuth the charm of the story and the deep battle system overshadow those problems. We had hoped Bandai Namco and Media Vision could take the Digimon franchise to new heights, and Cyber Sleuth is a great start.

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DigitalCentralMedia
80%
80%
Apr 15, 2016

The graphics aren't the best but Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth is the best Digimon game in years

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MonsterVine
4 / 5
4 / 5
Mar 15, 2016

Despite the game's plot taking hours to reach the point where it actually becomes interesting, it more than makes up for it with the core combat itself being top notch and the addicting Digimon training.

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Gaming Nexus
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 24, 2016

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth is enjoyable both on the go or on your console, either way you're going to be transported back to a time where you had shouting matches over which Digimon could beat which Pokemon. The story and gameplay are a bit same-y to other properties out there, but its easy to look past considering how much fun it is.

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PSX Extreme
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Mar 5, 2016

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth is an enjoyable and intricate role-playing experience that might entice both anime and traditional RPG lovers alike. The turn-based mechanic is excellent (and once again proves that nothing about this system is "archaic" or "inferior") as it's both immediately accessible and wildly diverse, the Digivolution mechanic is well fleshed-out and embraces player choice via branching options, and the underlying humor and darker atmosphere gives the entire game a boost. In short, I'd say it's obviously an anime production that has appreciated elements not typically found within the anime sphere.

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Polygon
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Mar 4, 2016

Cyber Sleuth's human characters and story make it special

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Destructoid
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 10, 2016

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth plays it safe in a lot of ways, but for many of you out there, that's going to be perfectly fine. Just don't expect it to convert you if you're sworn off the formula.

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IGN Spain
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 19, 2018

An independent sequel based on the recycling of elements of the first that stands out above all by raising the number of Digimon to 320.

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God is a Geek
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 29, 2016

Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth is a great turn based RPG that successfully borrows from the best in the genre to deliver one of the best old school RPGs I've played in recent times.

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NZGamer
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 24, 2016

A fun, mature entry in the Digimon series, let down by the verbose story and lack of challenge.

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Respawning
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2017

It’s a really great monster capture game with fun combat and a lot of reason to grind and level up your Digimon. The story line is enjoyable enough and gives you a good reason to play the game through.

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COGconnected
74 / 100
74 / 100
Feb 13, 2016

If you make sure to digivolve as soon as you can, then Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth ends up being a walk in the park difficulty wise.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Feb 19, 2016

Establishing a solid foundation for which to build a successful franchise on, Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth does for Digimon what Pokémon Red/Blue did for Pokémon. It isn't perfect; its story and script could use some fine-tuning, and the world needs to be more interesting, but overall, this is a solid first step.

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ZTGD
7 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2016

For the 15th anniversary and the first Digimon game to be released in the west in over seven years, the fans deserved better than the localization effort put forth here. Still, despite these issues, the core gameplay remains strong and stands as a fun game to play- just not to read.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2016

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth isn't a perfect video game interpretation of Bandai Namco's long-running franchise, but it's a huge step in the right direction for fans who have been waiting to see the series get on Pokémon's level. The core gameplay is simple but addictive, making this a perfectly accessible jumping-on point for both casual and hardcore fans of RPGs and Digimon. Artist Suzuhito Yasuda and composer Masafumi Takada grant the game a much-needed memorable audio/visual identity, and the bevy of post-game content means there's more than enough to keep completionists busy for hours on end. A few core elements could still use some tightening up — the interface and dungeons, for example, just aren't up to par with comparable modern-day games — but this should give Digimon fans hope that the game series is finally in the right hands.

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Twinfinite
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Feb 4, 2016

In the end, Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth is a solid game. It suffers from a boring real world and being held back by the PS Vita, but the number of available Digimon, interesting story, and control over monster progression is definitely worthwhile. It may not wow PS4 owners in terms of looks and mission structure, but there is plenty to be enjoyed here.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Feb 9, 2016

Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth represents a step in a positive direction for the series, providing a fun RPG adventure and training simulator that features more than 200 digital monsters. Visuals are a bit of a mixed bag and the lack of an English dub won't sit well with some players. Overall, though, it's a fun game that has grown up alongside its older fans. It might not be for everyone but those who love the series will enjoy this game.

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RPG Site
7 / 10
7 / 10
Mar 9, 2016

An easy recommendation for those who watched the anime back in the day and those who have kept up with the series.

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Press Start
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 21, 2016

It's a shame that the story takes so long to become engaging, especially since the title itself places such importance on the story, but if you think you'll enjoy training Digimon enough to persevere through the initially slow narrative there is a lot of fun to be had with Cyber Sleuth.

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CGMagazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 2, 2016

It's still a halfway entertaining game and one of the better uses of the license.

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 19, 2016

Whether a returning fan or simply someone looking for a new roleplaying game to play, Cyber Sleuth caters to both parties. Although those familiar with the brand stand to gain more from this recent revival of the series, the gameplay systems are accessible for just about anyone. Still, despite its overall fun factor, Digimon Story isn't exactly innovative, while also being hamstrung by a few niggling issues.

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DarkZero
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 23, 2016

It's another game of discovering magical creatures that do battle for you, but it feels modern and up to date, with decent graphics and has more mechanics than a broken down Bugatti. You don't need to be a Digimon expert; you don't[ need to have played the other games or have any prior experience. There are mature themes as well – often cases to do with illegal, heinous and very illicit activities – as well as hundreds of variably adorable creatures to throw into battle.

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Gamers Heroes
7 / 10
Gamers Heroes
Captain Camper

Top Critic

7 / 10
Feb 19, 2016

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth really does have all the ingredients to be the fantastic game I so hoped it would be, it was just the arranging and delivery of these ingredients that left it falling a little short in areas. Better pacing with the story, more opportunities to explore off the beaten path and a more user-friendly questing feature would have gone a long way but it’s still a game worthy of your time as a Digimon fan.

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Digitally Downloaded
Feb 19, 2016

Being completely new to the series, I have to say that Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth was a surprising treat for me. I love the JRPG genre, and while the turn-based and slightly grindy nature of the combat likely will not bring new fans to the series, I found it comfortable and accessible to play. On top of that, the cute nature of the critters was not the deterrent to my interest I had always sort of expected, because I enjoyed the virtual world of EDEN and the core story around the game's events.

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RPGamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Mar 28, 2016

Its cast, both human and digital, really bring the story and setting to life, and the game does a very good job of emulating the appeal of monster collecting and raising that the Pokémon series has mastered.

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The Games Den
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jul 15, 2016

Remember in the late 90's when an array of cute little monsters stole our hearts? No not Pokemon, but it's cyber-space cousin, Digimon.

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Rocket Chainsaw
Mar 6, 2016

I honestly enjoyed my time with Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth. I was able to train a team of my favourite Digimon from my childhood in order to save the world, which is exactly what I want to do in a Digimon game. Hardcore Digimon fans or JRPG fanatics will have a great time with this game and be able to ignore many of the issues I raised. However, if you don't fall in to one of those two niches, I don't think you will be able to look past many of the game's flaws or cumbersome design choices.

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GameGrin
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Feb 27, 2016

A great RPG with an interesting backdrop and a ton of content, perfect for Digimon fans, with some issues that just can't be overlooked for non-fans.

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Wccftech
6.4 / 10.0
6.4 / 10.0
Feb 26, 2016

There's a decent JRPG here, if just incredibly dull. Digimon fans will find plenty to enjoy, whereas casual observers of the series will probably be better off by picking something better.

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