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Digimon Survive gets review bombed for being a visual novel

Digimon Survive gets review bombed for being a visual novel

Looks like Digimon Survive is getting reviews bombed. The Namco Bandai-published game launched on Friday, but user reviews on Metacritic are an abundance of negative reviews. But it seems that some gamers were not aware of the genre and format the title would be despite the makers announcing it early.

On Metacritic, the PS4 version of the game holds a 3.4 at the time of writing, with 40 negative reviews to 22 positive. The Nintendo Switch version fares slightly better with a 4.3 for combined user reviews, but the Xbox One version fares worst with the game at a lowly 1.8. But the review bombing comes from some really determined negative nancies.

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But some players have rallied against this smear campaign. “The 0/10 spammer needs to be corrected because it’s complete bull and the game is amazing, let someone copy/paste the same review on every platform, F the haters,” Troovtnaz posted on the game’s Xbox One user reviews page (they gave a 10).

But there seems to be some misunderstanding. When Digimon Survive was announced and in follow-up trailers, Bandai Namco emphasized its tactical RPG elements and said that visual novelties would be part of it. But the game’s visual novel status seems to have blindsided some players. However, this does not justify the review bombing since the publisher identified Digimon Survive as a visual novel. But some seem determined to linger.

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A determined review bomber has targeted every version of the game on Metacritic, copying/pasting their negative review. “It would be a Digimon game that I would really enjoy if it wasn’t so full of those VN elements that are completely out of place,” according to the serial bomber who of course gave the game a 0. But others have been fairer minded.

PlatinumReviews gave the game an 8 on the PS4 site, saying “it has a lot of story via the Visual Novel, but the story is interesting and engaging”. However, they were disappointed that Digimon Survive has a “very limited number of Digimon to collect”.

Developers have spoken out about the harassment and abuse they receive from eligible players, while review bombing is another toxic element that, like the harassment, isn’t going to accomplish much at all. So let’s all relax a bit. But if you didn’t know, Digimon Survive is a visual novel first, but it also has tactical RPG gameplay. Keep that in mind!


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