The latest Pokemon games are here! So how are they?
I went into this game with very low expectations. I told myself that if this game was at least a 7/10 I would be happy. It’s somewhere along those lines right now. I’ll admit that so far I’ve been bored out of my mind while playing this game. Why? Because it’s so freaking easy I don’t have to do any sort of thinking in battles because everyone has only a single Pokemon and I can count on one hand how many Pokemon I’ve fought that were over level 10. I’m not including gym leaders in that. Brock was a total pushover while Misty was really fun to go up against. I’m also not a fan of catching Pokemon I already own to level my party up and I hate the fact that I can’t disable to the stupid experience share. I don’t want my whole party to level up in battle. That’s assuming they do level up because battle experience has been gimped. You get a fraction of the experience that you usually get from Pokemon battles. It’s not enough to level up so that forces the catching mechanic down our throats.
I’m also really tired of the Kanto region. I’ve revisited this region a lot over the years and I would have preferred to visit any other region than this one. It’s pretty, but I would prefer to battle with any other generation of Pokemon over the ones in this game. I can only get excited about Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle so many times before the nostalgia wears off. Well… not Squirtle because he fucking sucks, but you get my point. The best part of Pokemon is raising them and battling with them. Both of those are messed up in this game. Battling is a complete joke and the only thing I have to do is press the A button and watch my level 18 Eevee murder everything with one shot. Everyone’s Pokemon hasn’t even reached level 10 yet and I have 2 badges… In the older games everyone’s Pokemon would at least be around my level, but not in this one. This is Pokemon for babies and it’s lacking a bunch of features that made the newer games so good to begin with.
That’s what I don’t like about the game. Lets get to what I do like about it. The graphics are nice. I don’t think it’s the best looking Pokemon game to date. I prefer the visual style of the handheld games over this one. I think Black & White is one of the best looking Pokemon games ever made and that game was on the DS. I also love how I know what I’m going to catch because they pop up on the screen now. The gyms are nice, but they’re not the best looking gyms in the series by any means. I do like how detailed they are though.
I’m just scratching the surface of this game and I’m hoping my opinion of it changes as I continue to play. I don’t really care about petting my Eevee feature, but if she happens to pop up on the screen she’s too adorable not to pet so I end up caving in anyway. The co op is complete shit, but I enjoy watching my kids play together though so there’s that. I’m not jumping for joy for this Pokemon game and I knew I wouldn’t. So it’s lining up with my expectations as being the worst Pokemon game of all time, but it’s Pokemon… I’m enjoying it for what it is. A subpar Pokemon that’s not for hardcore fans of the series that’s simply here to cater to the GO players so they can buy a Switch. There’s nothing wrong with that, but if you are a hardcore Pokemon fan you might be better off waiting for the real game to release next year. Like I stated above… this is how I feel about the game RIGHT NOW. My opinions could always change when I make it further into the game. Right now it’s a snoozefest because it’s super easy and everyone in the game has been de-leveled and there’s no point in switching Pokemon because most trainers only have a single one. I plan on playing this game all the way through like I’ve done with every Pokemon game and hopefully it’ll surpass my expectations.