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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. 

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    The Otaku Judge
    Nov 17, 2018 5:27 am

    I hear that the post game stuff is tougher. Not sure that will win you over though. Game seems to cater more towards younger players or those who prefer collecting over battling. Different ayudicence, but at least you have a more traditional Pokémon to look forward to next year.

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      drakulus
      Nov 17, 2018 10:25 am

      Those battles are a joke in my opinion. Lets have a 1 on 1 battle using the exact same Pokemon… Why? And the audience this game is catering to is the android players. They’re trying to get some of that 800 million downloads for Pokemon Go on the Switch.

      That being said I started to enjoy it more after I wrote this :). It’s slowly becoming a better game by upping the difficulty (a little) and giving trainers more than one Pokemon.

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    mattdoylemedia
    Nov 17, 2018 1:12 pm

    I msut admit, after seeing the trailer, I wasn’t sold on this, and likely wouldn’t ahve grabbed it even if I did havea switch. The catching mechanic puts me off, and i’m hapy to just revisit my old Red cart.

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      drakulus
      Nov 17, 2018 2:29 pm

      My impression of the game has improved since writing this. I… prefer battling wild Pokemon over just catching them because it gets boring fast. A Rhyhorn took 40 greatballs to catch. The entire time I was thinking that my Ivysaur could have put his ass to sleep already.

      The game is more enjoyable now that I’m a few badges in. I’m in Lavendar town and the Pokemon battles has actually gotten fun because NPCs now have teams instead of a single Pokemon and they’re not level 10 lol.

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        mattdoylemedia
        Nov 17, 2018 5:05 pm

        Lol. That is good at least. If it had lacked challenge throughout, that would have been a real shame. The capture thing baffles me. Fighting wild Pokémon was such a big part of the series, and it seems odd to to of it without it.

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          drakulus
          Nov 17, 2018 9:47 pm

          It’s very odd without the wild battles to be honest. It’s such a big part of the both the games and anime and it being absent to cater to the GO crowd is wrong to me. A good way to test out new Pokemon that I caught was by wild battles. I would decide in a few battles if it was worth my time or not. Now you have to find a trainer to battle and hope whatever you decided to train is worth it.

          • mattdoylemedia
            Nov 18, 2018 2:34 am

            Aye. I didn’t get on with GO myself, largely because it didn’t feel like a Pokémon game to me, especially after just finishing X at the time

          • drakulus
            Nov 18, 2018 8:18 am

            Same here. I was just off of a fresh playthrough of Pokemon X and I tried out GO and 30 minutes later I uninstalled it. A lot of people love that game though and that’s what these new games are catering to.

          • mattdoylemedia
            Nov 18, 2018 8:32 am

            Oh, absolutely. And it’s doen some good in getting people out of the house too, I understand. It certainly wasn’t for me though. In my old job, we actually had a member of the publictrying to gain access to restricted areas to catch Pokemon too.

          • drakulus
            Nov 18, 2018 8:35 am

            I remember people doing that around where I live and someone almost got shot for it. And someone even found a dead body while out looking for Pokemon.

          • mattdoylemedia
            Nov 18, 2018 10:53 am

            Crikey. We didn’t have anyone finding dead bodies around here, though a few did wander into the middle of busy roads, not paying attention.

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