Digimon World: Dusk Hands-On

A virus is out to destroy the Digimon in this Nintendo DS monster-collecting game, and we've got a first look.

In the two upcoming Digimon World games for the Nintendo DS--Digimon World: Dusk and Digimon World: Dawn--a computer virus of sorts has infected the Digimon universe, one that begins to corrupt the various Digimon living there. Both games provide a slightly different viewpoint on that intriguing setup, which is aimed at young game fans, as well as longtime Digimon devotees.

Some of the Digimon are unique to one version of the game.

While Dusk seems to set up the viral infection theme more directly, in Dawn, you'll be playing in a Digimon tournament when the virus hits, and the teams involved immediately begin blaming one another. From there, it's up to you to discover and defeat the source of this infection. In the process, you'll also collect the 200-plus Digimon that will be found in both versions of the game. Of course, both versions feature some overlap, such as the digital monster lineup, but there will be unique monsters in both games. For example, Dusk features slightly more sinister-looking creatures--insects, beasts, and the like--while the Dawn version of the game will feature animal-inspired Digimon. Because the game is aimed at a younger audience, it will be easy to collect and share Digimon with friends via the Nintendo DS wireless or Wi-Fi connection. You can also combine digital monsters to create new Digimon breeds that will feature attributes from both the original monsters.

Making your way around the game will be easy because the game is almost entirely controlled with the touch screen and a stylus. Of course, as you progress through the game, you'll be able to evolve your collected Digimon. But you'll need to meet a number of prerequisites, such as experience level, relationship level, and, in some cases, special items, to complete the evolution. Most Digimon will be able to evolve into at least two other forms, while others will have a few upper-level forms they can take.

You can travel with up to six Digimon.

You can take up to six Digimon with you as you travel, but only three can go into battle with you during an encounter. As you go, you'll earn cash that you can use to purchase new weapons, armor, and items for your party. For those Digimon left back on your farm, you can continue to level them up by purchasing special items, such as punching bags, which will improve their strength. Or you can purchase a field, which will provide food for them.

With approximately 20 hours of gameplay to experience in both versions of the game, Digimon World: Dusk and Digimon World: Dawn look like they will be fun handheld action role-playing games for the younger set. The game is due for release this fall.

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19 comments
orlis24
orlis24

digimon is better than pokemon

bowser02
bowser02

this game rocks the story is way better than Pokemon more suspenseful and makes me want to play unlike dum Pokemon i don't see how pokemon got a 9 or a 8 while this got a lazy 6 this game is better. evolution is more of a challenge rather than just grow to level 36 this is lvl 71 ex of 44444 and got apocalymon way better.

bowser02
bowser02

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Cessna142
Cessna142

Well, it maybe a pokemon spin-off, but it looks ok. I'm going to get the dawn version because it has Gatomon! Yay Gatomon!

_AbBaNdOn
_AbBaNdOn

WARNING!!! Digimon World DS that these two games are based off of had a stat roll back bug!! I would hold off on buying them to see if it shows up again!! If they got rid of it then these games are extremely worth owning. Despite that stupid bug DWDS was extremely fun to play. It would take to much space to write about everything here but it was awesome.

powerframe8
powerframe8

Im getting either this, or Pokemon... im guessing pokemon will still be better.

RikuXcx
RikuXcx

Can't wait to get my hands on it...it's gonna rock...

andybling12
andybling12

Lol..Theres still Digimon,i never knew that thats cool....i think theres one called blastamon or gigimon something like that...

Mkamzng1
Mkamzng1

What the hell. i'll give it a chance too. it may seem like a pokemon rip off, but if its anything like World 3, then i think i'll really like it.

especensor
especensor

"You can take up to six Digimon with you as you travel," like where have i heard that before :roll: still, looks like a decent game.

Budmandude
Budmandude

Well, at least the TV show wasn't a Pokemon clone...

basiccoolguy
basiccoolguy

I'm gunna give these 2 games a chance. I'm sure they will make up for Digimon world 4 which was pretty much terrible

inferno149870
inferno149870

two versions with different digimon on each? and you can carry 6 digimon? i loved digimon as a kid, but this just seems like too much of a pokemon rip off to handle...

Umuru
Umuru

Hmm... seems they enlarged the box art to exclude some Digimon..... oh well. I guess its slightly better than Digimon World DS's treatment of the original Story's box, by entirely replacing the art with the instruction manual's.... In any case, I can't wait to add the English version to my collection....

kaelishida
kaelishida

yup. seems like it. looks good though..

Sacred-Snow
Sacred-Snow

Looks like it could be a good Digimon game, I loved Digimon, but none of the games have been good, and the ones I haven't tried just didn't look worth it.

Carbon_
Carbon_

More Digimon? First Comment!