Digimon All-Star Rumble Review (Xbox 360)

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Although not as big as Pokemon, Digimon has shown itself to be quite a property. The franchise includes video games, anime, and manga. Now they have a fighting game called Digimon All-Star Rumble, featuring 12 playable Digimon monsters.

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The game is set in a time of peace, where Digimon have been able to relax. Sure, peace is great and all, but this is a video game, and we need tension. This leads to the Digimon not being able to Digivolve, causing many to get bored and antsy (there’s the tension). The Digimon then decide to hold a special tournament to find the strongest Digimon, but little do they know there is a secret behind the tournament.

Digimon All-Star Rumble is a fun game to play with your friends. It features a multiplayer mode where you can play with up to four friends. The game features 12 playable characters from only four of the six Digimon seasons, with a majority of them from the first season. Each Digimon has their own unique battle style and is inspired from the anime series. It also includes the original voice actors who voiced the characters in the English version. As the game starts you are only given four Digimon to start with and need to play through multiple story modes to unlock the other characters. By completing each story you also unlock an alternate Digivolution for them to use in battle.

It’s an action/adventure style game where you have to proceed through stages fighting  armies of enemy Digimon. They are in the way as you try to make your way to the Digimon at the end of the stage (this then turns into a 1 on 1 battle). However around the 3rd or 4th time you feel just how repetitive it is. The game is mostly easy until the final stage where the difficulty jumps from a 3 to 10, and if you die anywhere before reaching the final boss, you get to start from the beginning. At least the final battle itself is awesome, since you get to fight in your Digivolved form the whole time.

Digimon All-Star Rumble at its core is more of a Smash-style game where you can have up to four characters face off against each other in a variety of modes including Stock, Timed, Survival, Points, and Capture the flag, but it has no online mode aside from an online leader board.

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The game is pretty straightforward. It’s got two attack buttons, a jump button and a special attack. Players can defend against attacks, but blocking too much will break through your defense and leave you in a stunned state to eat lots of damage. What is also interesting in this game is the ability to “teleport” out of attacks as you would in a Naruto or Dragonball game, which can be used at the cost of SP. Players also have two bars aside from their HP, an SP bar that fills up as you attack opponents, and another one that let’s you Digivolve when it’s full. In this mode you deal tons of damage to your opponents and also has its own bar, which when full, lets you unleash your ultimate attack. Every stage has a unique twist to it with traps or even stage items which can give you an advantage.

I had mixed feelings about the game. The story mode was probably the biggest problem with the game since it’s repeating the same thing over and over again. All-Star Battle tries to fill the feeling of nostalgia and does a good job and easily brings in a new audience, which really does a great job of capturing many (not all) of the characters in a 3D form. I mentioned earlier that Namco Bandai Games brought back all the original voice actors to reprise their roles, which is great but it doesn’t always sound the same 15 years later.

The multiplayer mode is the star of the game, but the lack of online challenges and only having 12 characters isn’t really enough. (The Digimon universe has a large pool of characters to select from especially some fan favorites.) Digivolutions for the selectable characters include Agumon and Gabumon, Veemon and Sting, Impmon and Dorulumon, as well as Biyoman and Gatomon all share the same alternate Digivolution makes it a dissapointing.

Rating: 3/5 Atoms

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Digimon All-Star Rumble
Developer:  Prope
Publisher:  Bandai Namco Games
System:  Xbox 360 and Playstation 3
Price: $39.99
Available: 11/11/ 2014

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.