If there?s one uncomfortable truth about competition, it?s that you can learn a thing or two from your fellow competitor. During the Monday Night Wars period of wrestling, the WWE was forced to adapt to a new environment, borrowing elements like the authority angle from WCW and hardcore matches from ECW before eventually winning the war.
Pokemon Sun and Moon could do the same and incorporate elements from Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth in the games. At the least it wouldn?t hurt, since Cyber Sleuth is currently the number one game in the monster-catching genre, which has officially become a thing in video games. Here are a few things the next Pokemon games can learn from its most recent rival: Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth.
Having a more mature storyline
Admittedly, Pokemon Sun and Moon don?t need sexual references or constant death to be more mature, but the story of the game could use some actual suspense in it. Pokemon Black and Pokemon White arguably have the best storyline in the entire Pokemon series, with the extremist Team Plasma having realistic and sensible goals that are similar to PETA. Everything else is a little too predictable, although it is fun.
The storyline of Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth might be dark, with creepy digital ghosts and plenty of death, but it still manages to keep the upbeat and fun nature of the franchise with quirky characters and colorful visuals. Pokemon can do the same, keeping the essential elements while upping the stakes of the story.
Side quests and tournaments
Most Pokemon games just seem to have one lengthy journey, with a few things to do afterward. While the journey is fun, there could be more things to do for the player since multiplayer is really the only option left after capturing the game?s best legendary.
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, on the other hand, has a number of sidequests and multiple rankings in its Offline Tournament, adding plenty of game hours to the series. The Pokemon League might count as a tournament, but players only have to compete once. It would be wise if Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon add different ranks in the Pokemon League for the players to go through, making them feel like a more legitimate Pokemon Master.
While the player can have one or two Pokemons in the daycare center, it would be nice to have the other Pokemons in the deposit box do something aside from stay in the PC. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth has a Digi-Farm where the Digimons not chosen by the player can train, be fed and investigate cases for the players.
It?s not that far off a concept for Pokemon and is one feature that fans would welcome. Players would be able to check on their Pokemons and have them do training exercises so that they can evolve. The touch-screen training in the more recent games are fun, but adding this would give the Pokemons in the deposit box something to do.
Pokemon Sun and Moon are expected for the holidays this year for the 3DS. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth is available now on the PS4 and PS Vita.