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“Pokémon: Let's go” seems to satisfy yet incoherent

A player with Eevee in the new Pokemon game "Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee!" (via Never had a Pokémon game…

A player with Eevee in the new Pokemon game “Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!” (via

Never had a Pokémon game more splitting reaction than “Let’s Go, Pikachu!” and “Let’s Go, Eevee!”, released earlier this month. For many who do not know the franchise in recent years, the idea of ​​a streamlined initial experience was very appealing. However, for many long-term fans of the franchise, the “Pokémon: Let’s Go” principle progressed for advances for a series that has stalled more and more with each successive entry.

Despite many spots and halves, successes like “Let’s Go” presents, it’s obvious that much love and care went into creating the game. References to previous games are everywhere. Known stories are clad with movie clips that have a real emotional importance. Extensive voting and expression gives you a real feel for your partner of Eevee or Pikachu. You can choose Pokémon from your party to follow your character around and even go on some of the larger ones.

As said, “Let’s Go” feels like a culmination of almost all the frustrating aspects of the Pokémon games in recent years. Developer Game Freak tries to change an experience that never needed much determination in the first place. The game holds too gamer’s hand and eliminates many of the puzzle-solving elements in the original games to blatantly tell the player how to evolve in the story. Your rival lacks the characterization of previous counterparts and instead of congratulating the player every chance they get. Catch Pokémon has been exceeded in the ground-minded minicamp for “aim-and-throw” control from “Pokémon GO”, while breeding, housekeeping and mechanics have been completely removed.

Previously, “Pokémon” games offered an understandable foundation for the gameplay while deeper and more complex mechanics were available if the player wanted to get involved. “Let’s Go” focuses entirely on the available page and takes the selection of the player’s hands. It’s good that even a relaxed “Pokémon” experience can be as fun as it is.

In the case of nuclear games, I was pleasantly surprised to find that “Let’s Go” had a well-developed campaign that was not as ridiculously easy as many feared. The classic RPG elements to catch Pokémon and participate in turn-based battles to train them return.

The game even offers a decently flesh-out challenge due to the creation of perhaps the most well-designed level curve ever seen in a Pokémon game. If the player progresses through the game at an average pace, the opponents will always be level with or just over your own Pokémon, which gives a complicated layer of battles that forces the player to think more strategically than just spamming a move until a match ends. There is nothing that will prevent a player from proceeding because of difficulties, but it gives a deeper to the combat system.

Wild Pokémon’s visibility in the outside world is a welcome change from the often annoying random meetings of the past. The great focus on catching a large number of creatures and sending them in exchange for objects makes Pokémon feel less like a partner and more like a form of currency. The two-player co-op mode essentially breaks the game, turns each stroke into a 2-on-1 and hurts any difficulty through the window. The fact that the other player can not even interact with the world on their own cements is the function as a brutal addition, which thankfully does not hurt too much, as it is optional.

Presentation of the game is perhaps the most remarkable aspect of “Let’s Go”. The graphics are wonderful, and establishes it as the most visually appealing game in the franchise so far. The news to see familiar places and battles in high definition definitely contributed to a lot of my enjoyment. That being said, compared with flagships for other franchisors on the Nintendo switch like “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” and “Super Mario Odyssey”, it seems that Game Freak could have done so much more with the graphics system’s features. Even more frustrating is the fact that the game frame rate actually decreases in certain areas.

“Let’s go” might not do much to invent, but it celebrates Pokémon’s legacy in a way that will touch any player, although it’s barely familiar with the franchise. Unless otherwise, it is a satisfactory small-scale precursor for next year’s hopefully much more ambitious records.

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