LP format will be screenshot, with some video if I can get an HDMI to RCA converter going for cheap. I'm very interested in Cyber Sleuth's "digital metaverse" because it's fundamentally different from past Digimon Story games. The digital world in the first game was an escapist fantasy, a digital wonderland for kids to leap into through their Nintendo DSes. I was fourteen years old when Digimon Story came out, and desperately trying to get through a high school where everyone's biggest aspiration was to turn sixteen and drop out. One of my peers had been held back so many times that he had already abstained from voting twice. To me, the digital world in Digimon Story (World DS in my country) was one of the last playgrounds where any sense of being a kid was preserved. Eight years later, after twenty-four hours with Cyber Sleuth's digital world I am seeing a volatile underworld completely unlike the cyber summer camp of Digimon Story. Cyber Sleuth is directed at the adults that were kids back when the franchise was on the DS and not the PS...Vita? Is that what this system is called? I got a PSTV for this.
Game of the year, folks. I will call this right now.
This LP will take a hybrid approach of providing a translation walkthrough that summarizes the main points and objectives of the game for those playing at home, while also providing a log of my progress. If you ever read Turnip's Soul Hackers LP way back before all the images died, you'll have some idea of my direction here. Periodically I'll give analysis of the Digimon we encounter, as the game has a burgeoning online play mode.
In terms of spoilers, I will not talk about anything that has not happened yet in each section of this walkthrough-LP, but since this is a translation of the game, if you're waiting until the game gets an official English release you will be spoiled by my summaries. If you haven't seen it already, you'll want to watch the English-subbed Cyber Sleuth trailer. One more thing before we begin: sign the Operation Decode petition, it's 15000 signatures away from hitting the 75k mark.
A note; I don't know his real gender, but Navito-kun self-identifies with masculine pronouns and a masculine suffix.
"that's right, i'm NAVITO-KUN! a HACKER! i've got a wonderful PRESENT for you all! log into EDEN tomorrow! you must, if you don't log in, i'll HACK you!"Navito-kun has a "wonderful present" for us, and wants us all to receive it. Naturally, the chat participants are put off by his threats, and once Navito-kun leaves most everyone clears out of BB too scared to go to EDEN. Only three remain; Akkiino, Bluebox...
"I'm going!!"...and us.
only recently hit the shelves. Incidentally, our protagonist's Digivice is his goggles--in cyberspace, the actual form doesn't seem to dictate much.
After talking to everyone in the plaza's lower section it becomes apparent we won't find any of the other chat partners here, so it's time to move on to another area. But before that...
Cron's name is unusual; it's not a landfill or dumping ground, which are typically called Gomitame or Suteba. The full name is クーロンのガラクタ公園 Kuuron no Garakuta Kouen, with Kouen being the word used for a zoo or public park. The name comes from the Cron software utility, but is also probably a play on クロン "Chrome" from the recurring area Chrome Mine in Digimon Story and Lost Evolution. Chrome Mine is one of the few recurring elements between Story games, otherwise known as the "forbidden land" controlled by strong Digimon.
I absolutely cannot stress enough how amazing Han Megumi's acting is in this stretch of the game. She completely nails Nokia's character, and I can't imagine this translating at all well to an English dub without a really great actor to fill the role. When I replayed this section for more screencaps, I absolutely had to listen through all of her dialogue again instead of skipping it.
There's no sign of either Navito-kun nor the ghost, but what's really suspicious is that there's no sign of anything. The area's deserted.
Note that Navito-kun talks a little differently in EDEN than he does in the chat. In the chatroom and at the Community Area his text was represented with phonetic Japanese, using colored characters to identify keywords, but in EDEN he starts mixing in kanji (more advanced and less childlike pictograms) into his speech.
(Edit: ichi_1 was able to tackle this one. Highlight to read: "A fragment of memory was etched into your mind...")
"What's wrong? Why, you look like you've seen a ghost."Our hero points out that he looks an awful lot like one, but ghost boy protests.
"The truth is--I've been appearing and disappearing unexpectedly. [...] I'm no ghost. This EDEN is perfectly real to me."He thinks we look like a lost kid, but since we've taken the hacker program Digimon Capture in our hands, that makes us a hacker. There are all kinds of hackers in EDEN: those that exploit security holes, those that steal accounts, those that just want to test their abilities, among others. What kind of hacker do we want to become? Right now we're just a fledgling hacker, newborn--or perhaps, the "egg" of a hacker newly laid. But now that we are one, we are at liberty to do whatever we please. He's looking forward to seeing how we use the Digimon Capture.
In this game Palmon's Speed-oriented role has gone to Terriermon, so instead she focuses on status effects and the raw power that Rosemon once brought to the table. She has the highest base Attack and HP of the starter Digimon, is middle in Speed, and she's not exactly a glass cannon either; her Defense is between Hagurumon's and Terriermon's instead of being the lowest as you might expect. Her Speed is directly in the middle as well, and overall if you round the stats to the nearest tenth (hundredth for HP) Palmon has the best overall stats of the group outside of her abysmal SP, which is only half of theirs. She makes up for this by being able to KO a lot of early Digimon with her basic attack, and her Poison Ivy skill has a 10% chance to inflict a poison status effect that can rack up damage over time on single targets.
For this update I've chosen Hagurumon, but as this is being written between chapters I'm actually experimenting with each to figure out what Digimon I want to start with. I suspect Terriermon will be the favorite of other people's playthroughs, so I'm a little biased against starting with him for mine. My overall assessment is that Terriermon is viable for his high speed, mixed healing and multitarget skills, Hagurumon is also viable for having raw power (his skills just consist of getting plus or minus extra base effect) as well as strong defense and HP that can outlast opponents, and Palmon is also a good choice because her huge HP synergizes with dealing a lot of incremental damage through poison stacking on top of strong normal attacks. In other words, it's balanced at a glance.
The boy explains to us the functions of the Digimon Capture, scanning data, converting it to Digimon as well as evolving and degenerating those Digimon.
(No, this is not a "Rocket Gang→Team Rocket" translation. ZAXON is literally チーム「ザクソン」 Chiimu "Zakuson" in the original text, which in Japanese differentiates them from similar concepts in the Pokémon games. Perhaps "ZAXON Group" would be a more contextually sensitive translation given that "Team" is the norm in English-speaking countries?)
"I-it t-t-t-aaalks!? C-cuuute! I-I-I-I, eye'm, I'm Nokia ♡ What's your name?"The three of them couldn't be more made for each other. Nokia thinks Agumon and Gabumon are strange but cute names, they think Nokia's a strange but cute name, and they all disagree! Agumon and Gabumon comment on Nokia's "peaceful" scent, which throws her for a loop. "Excuse me? I have this "sexy, but still cute" pheromone going on~ Like I just finished work." But when our protagonist arrives on the scene, Agumon and Gabumon both get scared and run off, much to Nokia's dismay.
He tells us to run while he works out a way for us to log out. This is an enemy we shouldn't be fighting.
Nokia: "Y...you guys..."
Agumon: "We will protect Nokia!"
Gabumon: "Run, Nokia!"
For the battle with the Eater we have Agumon and Gabumon here as computer-controlled allies.
The Eater will always spend its first turn converging data. This is effectively a charge turn for its attack.
Agumon and Gabumon will each use Baby Flame and Petit Fire, or they can opt to put attack buffs on one of their allies instead.
Agumon: "I...can't believe my own weakness...! I want to protect...Nokia...everyone!"
We've bought enough time. Arata breaks the lock and tells everyone to log out; Nokia hesitates to leave the Digimon behind, but finally makes a break for the departure point. Arata follows suit, then the protagonist turns and...
"Find us."Digivice: "During Touya's attempted logout, there was an error.
Logout successful. We await your next login. EDEN is able to provide this human network thanks to support from Kamishiro Enterprises."
"Can you hear my voice? Can you speak? Good. Right now, you're not a person."We're far from home, in Shinjuku. A strange phenomenon is going on and we're a part of it. Our body has become digitized, as a result of our EDEN avatar emerging from cyberspace into the real world.
As for this lady, her name is Kuremi Kyouko--"A humble detective."
"Would you like to save?"