Digimon World: Next Order
Available on: Switch, PS4, PC
Unlike Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, Digimon World: Next Order is more akin to training, breeding, and having Digimon fight in an enclosed 3D space. This is actually a direct sequel to the original Digimon World on PlayStation story-wise. You start off by choosing two different Digimon among 10 choices who join you on your journey into the digital world. The game features an expansive overworld, allowing you to choose how to tackle the game’s exploration. When engaging in battles in the overworld, you are on the sidelines cheering on your Digimon to fight. You can dictate your Digimon’s overall approach, like going all in or using a balanced approach and improving your Digimon. Depending on praising or scolding your Digimon, specific Digivolution paths open. You’ll be tasked with feeding them, having them sleep routinely, training them, having them poop in the right places, and praising them after each battle. Rinse and repeat with different approaches. If you are looking for more of the lifestyle simulation aspects of a Digimon game, Next Order is definitely a good bet for a Tamagotchi or Virtual Pet lover.