Frankly, I like me my critter-collecting RPGs, but I can still acknowledge and respect Digimon's origins as a V-pet. Still, I can't say that spending days at a time raising a fighter that's going to die in a short time is something that especially interests me personally, but I did enjoy the first Digimon World, and I could stand to get around to Re: Digitize Decode (which I have downloaded on my 3DS right now) and/or next 0rder at some point (I also dabbled a tiny bit in the Monster Rancher games, for what it's worth). I guess it is worth praising the console games significantly speed up the raising process, reducing a single lifecycle from literal days to just a couple hours, not to mention having a full-on adventure packed with CPU opponents for your Digimon to actually be able to battle with, rather than hoping and praying that there's a fellow V-pet enthusiast in your area for your Digimon to be capable of the one key feature that sets it apart from Tamagotchi (though I guess recent V-pets have included CPU opponents? I never really kept up on the info).
As an aside, though, I will say that converting a V-pet into an RPG sure does make most lower-level Digimon awkwardly useless in terms of function. I mean, yeah, I like having that Botamon be part of my collection (also, props to Cyber Sleuth for separating the BabyI and BabyII stages, unlike the DS games), but it's really not gonna be accomplishing much, even at level 99. And Fladramon is infamous for being obtained too late to be useful*. But I guess it's similar to unevolved Pokemon (except if it applied to like 80% of the roster...... no wonder they cram these games full of Ultimates). Still, the Cyber Sleuth games' party memory system is one way of keeping them relevant for a good portion of the playthrough (especially if you're the type who'd prefer quantity over quality for your party), but I especially think that the online event battles introduced in Hacker's Memory (which follow some sort of special rules, commonly evolution-stage restriction..... AND memory restriction, so you'd have to re-consider just steamrolling everything with that 14 memory Lucemon) are a step in the right direction. A shame the offline tournaments couldn't have utilized anything similar, though.
*Honestly, though, I feel Fladramon is greatly under-rated as a utility Digimon. I don't know if it was intentional, but Armor Digimon (including Fladra) contribute to Hacker Skills the same way Ultimates do, AND it only takes up as much party memory as an Adult, so you can activate Hard Security levels 2 or 3 pretty early (being a Free is also nice for Function Call-grinding).