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Yes, Yes, Pokemon Let's Go Is 'Baby's First Pokemon,' But So What?

I've loved Pokemon ever since the release of Pokemon Red back in the late '90s. Du kan säga at det…

I’ve loved Pokemon ever since the release of Pokemon Red back in the late ’90s. Du kan säga at det var min første videospiller någonsin, det første spillet som jeg egentlig er ferdig med, og fordi det, Kantoområdet betyder mye for meg. Picking which starts Pokemon I want, defeating all of the gym leaders, and eventually becoming the Elite Four champion meant a lot to my six-year-old child self.

It’s been about 20 years or so since then and with the release of Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee, I’m now able to relive my childhood once again, but this time with cleaned up visuals, new mechanics, and a boatload of necessary quality of life changes.

These changes may have made going through Kanto much much easier; Some may say Let’s Go is “baby’s first Pokemon,” but easiness aside, it’s the best way to experience Kanto and the best way for any newcomer -young or old- to jump right into this world-renowned JRPG series.

Taking out HM’s, removing abilities, the absence of random encounter and the Pokemon Go catching mechanics implemented in these Switch games makes the adventure throughout Kanto much easier and leaves not much room for player error. Game Freak also brought back experience share, meaning that every Pokémon in your party gets experience from Pokémon catches and battles, completely removing the grind that was present in the original Game Boy games.

While these changes take out the challenge that veteran players Long for in a Pokemon game, it fits this spin-off perfectly and to be honest, it just works. The removal of that slow gravel and those unnecessary extra hours of walking through the tall grass are much needed. Being able to level up quickly and change your party of Pokemon on the fly gives Let’s Go a theme of freedom and ease, which has not been done for the Kanto region ever. Plus, being able to see Pokemon all over the place gives Kanto so much more personality and gives the region life and me, utter joy.

It does not lack post-game content either. There are 1

51 Master Trainers to defeat -each with a level 100 version of every Kanto Pokemon – which should keep more hardcore players, and old-school vets occupied for a while after beating the game.

I can assure you that Pokemon Let’s Go is most definitely a game for kids, but what’s wrong with that? With so many tight AAA games coming out this year, Let’s Go is a much-needed change of pace. It’s easy, it’s fun, and it puts a big smile on my face, so for that, it’s the baby game that we all need and the game that everyone should be playing this holiday season, Poke’s fan or not.

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