Digimon World 3 Review

Even with its budget-minded pricing, Digimon World 3 is at best an average role-playing game that will appeal only to fans of the greater Digimon franchise.

In the wake of the Pokémon craze that began a few years ago, it wasn't surprising that a host of imitators cropped up to capitalize on the monster-catching fandom that the series created. As Pokémon's popularity has waned, though, it has been surprising to see any of its imitators still hanging on. Bandai's Digimon is the most prolific of the Poké-style monster-breeding franchises, and it's being furthered yet again in video game form with the recent release of Digimon World 3. Even at the height of Digimon's popularity, the Digimon World games were suited only to real fans of the series, and at this late date, even they may not be interested in another mediocre rendition of the franchise.

The most basic way to level up is through combat, combat, and more combat.

Digimon World 3 abandons the monster-raising trappings found in previous games in the series, instead passing itself off as a pretty standard RPG. You assume the role of a young boy, Junior, who is venturing into a persistent networked universe called, of all things, Digimon Online. You'll pick a set of three Digimon from a selection of several sets, and you'll then be turned loose in the world of Digimon Online to develop your newfound monsters as you see fit. You won't actually be doing any fighting with Junior--the Digimon themselves make up your active party. Initially, your goal seems only to build your Digimon into formidable fighting units and become the grand champion of Digimon Online, but you'll eventually become embroiled in a fight against a cyberterrorist group that's threatening the continued safety of the world. This is standard RPG fare, as mentioned.

Of course, the real point of monster-based franchises like Pokémon and Digimon lies in empowering the monsters in your possession. There are a number of things you can do throughout the course of Digimon World 3 to accomplish this, if you have the patience to do so. As you might expect from an RPG, the most basic way to level up is through combat, combat, and more combat. Your three Digimon will gain experience, rise in level, acquire more hit points, and so on. Later on, you can obtain new techniques for your Digimon to use in battle. Finally, you can make your monsters "digivolve" into more advanced forms that have greater stats and more-useful techniques.

Digimon World 3 abandons the monster-raising trappings found in previous games in the series.

You can do all these things with your creatures in Digimon World 3--that is, if you can stand to sit through the grunt work required to upgrade them. The game's combat engine is painfully slow and tedious to use, making the process of leveling up feel like an unpleasant chore rather than the meat of the game. As if the speed of battles weren't enough of a hurdle, the monsters you'll encounter are quite often too strong for your Digimon to handle, so you'll be spending a lot of time running back and forth between areas with monsters and the local inn. For a game whose main gameplay component is building up your characters, Digimon World 3 makes the process needlessly complicated and annoying.

Even with its budget-minded pricing, Digimon World 3 is at best a poor role-playing game that will appeal only to fans of the greater Digimon franchise. The game does have a few minor positive points--the background graphics are surprisingly easy on the eyes for a PlayStation game, for instance--but they're hardly enough to save a game with such tiresome gameplay. Ultimately, if you're in need of a good RPG for the PlayStation, you'd be better off digging through the bargain bins for one of yesterday's gems than settling for one of the aging system's last stragglers.

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SAimNE
SAimNE

wth is with review sites being so harsh to this thing. i was not a fan of digimon at all aside from seeing like 10 eps of the one with the black/red retard dinosaur in it, and laughing hysterically at the ones where they crossbreed the chars and the digimon when i found out about it existence. 

despite my complete lack of membership in the digi fandom i loved this game. it wasnt my favorite game on ps1, but that's not saying much since it had to compete with legend of dragoon, bushido blade, chrono cross, final fantasy vIII(yes that's 8 not 7) for my obsession. obviously it lost those battles, but it still won out over plenty of other games, heck cross platform it's probably still ranked in the top 10% of games i've played. it was enjoyable, didnt get too far up it's own rear end, and i never had any problem figuring out how to build chars, as it is apparently "complicated", when i was fricken 11. obviously if an 11yo can figure out the system it's not overly complicated 0_0 

sega31098
sega31098

This review is a little too harsh.  The game itself (minus it being Digimon) isn't that great, but it isn't any worse than mediocre.  

Zheph
Zheph

This game soaked up a large portion of my childhood. Unfortunately I somehow beat a boss I wasn't supposed to fight yet, and was subsequently stuck in a part of the game where there was no way to progress (right near the end). I still loved it though, despite a large amount of backtracking in certain parts of the game. Unlocking new high level Digimon was a lot of fun. 7.5 for me.

NerdyBro007
NerdyBro007

I couldn't agree more with Godlikan. I'll admit I'm a fan of Digimon but to simply label it a Pokemon-clone or what have you, is a far cry from reality and just wrong. Mind you, I haven't done any extensive research but I'm sure the idea of raising monsters didn't solely spawn from the executives of Pokemon. I mean, come on! This review simply masquerades under the cloak of objectivity. What a sham review from a schmuck! Although, Digimon World 3 doesn't transcend or break any molds, it's easily a 6-7 out of 10. I'm done with you. Next. 

Godlikan
Godlikan

Someone should make Digimone World 5 or remake of this one for PC since its one of best RPGs I ever played and this review sucks big time cos this game is far more deeper the reviewed here...

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    Even with its budget-minded pricing, Digimon World 3 is at best an average role-playing game that will appeal only to fans of the greater Digimon franchise.
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