I’ve been playing Pokemon since the original. Sure I have my favourites like Pokemon Platinum or Heart Gold and Soul Silver, and I have my least favourites like Ultra Sun and Moon and Diamond and Pearl, but generally, I’ve had somewhat of a good time with every mainline Pokemon game, even my least favourite ones. Every Pokemon game has new features that I’m interested in, and every Pokemon game has their own exclusive and exciting ideas. Unfortunately, from what I’ve seen so far, Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee are failing in that department. I rarely say this about video games before release, I usually don’t talk about my feeling before a video game debuts, but I can say with confidence right now, that I’m not happy with the way this game is turning out. I’m quite mortified and upset with some of the decisions GameFreak are making with this game. Yes, I know there is a mainline Pokemon game for the “veterans” coming out late next year, but 2019 isn’t here yet, and these games are the next upcoming Pokemon games, so I don’t think it’s fair to dismiss these concerns I have just because the game for veterans is coming out next year.
Kanto is a classic, it started Pokemon and made the franchise what it is today, but unfortunately, the team at GameFreak aren’t faithful to this classic region
GameFreak is taking a massive gamble with these games
The one thing myself and many others have said is this question. “Who are these games aimed at”. They surely aren’t targeting the usual Pokemon fanbase. With these games, it’s evident that both Nintendo and GameFreak want the Pokemon Go audience and that is entirely understandable. Pokemon GO was enormous in 2016 and is still huge. The app has over 700 million downloads, and people are playing it all over the world, who wouldn’t want to take advantage of that? It would be silly not to, but personally I think they are going about this the wrong way.
Are kids really going to buy a gaming device, a game and a Poke Ball? Why would they do that when they can just continue to play Pokemon Go and continue having fun? There is no advantage in playing Let’s Go over the regular GO. Pokemon GO has Pokemon from gen one all the way to gen 3 and is getting alolan forms soon. What does Let’s Go have? Just Kanto Pokemon. We can apparently transfer the Kanto Pokemon from Let’s Go to GO, which is neat, but what would be the point in that if, let’s say someone already has an almost complete Kanto dex in GO. Would someone really buy a $60 dollar game to complete their Kanto Dex in GO?
Having only Kanto Pokemon in Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee makes no sense, as far as I’m concerned. Wouldn’t it have been wiser to include all the Pokemon? It’s not like it would have sold any less.
I don’t know how much Let’s Go is going to sell, but what I’m going to say is, this game could be the big success story of 2018 or can be the colossal blunder of 2018. It’s all just a big gamble with this game.
Wasn’t Pokemon always for kids?
One of the main things that have really annoyed me with these upcoming games is the difficulty and getting rid of puzzles the original Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow had. For example, in LT Surges gym instead of letting the player find the switch in the random bin, this time the bins are coloured, and those coloured bins make the puzzle a lot more visible.
Or let’s just say you want to fight a Gym Leader with a team of Pokemon that are weak against that Gym Leaders Pokemon, this time, in this game, the Gym advisor will not let you fight the gym leader unless you have a Pokemon that has a type advantage or unless you meet a certain requirment.
This is by far the biggest problem I have with this game, and I’ll talk about it more in the next point. I just don’t understand why GameFreak is removing some of these puzzles. It’s not like Pokemon is some kind of dark and gritty game with extremely difficult challenges. A bit of challenge can be nice here and there to keep players on their toes. I’m not asking for a Pokemon Dark Souls edition.
Surely, Kids, these days are able for a little challenge in their games?
I played Pokemon Red and Blue back in 1996, over 30 million played Red and Blue back in 1996, and I bet that most of the people who played Red and Blue back in 1996 were children. Surely these kids were able for these little puzzles and sprinkled challenges back in 1996. What changed in kids today? Are kids not able to handle the 1996 Pokemon Red and Blue? I highly doubt that.
Many of the trainers in this game are weaker, which I personally do not get. I don’t know what GameFreak is going for with these games, but I do hope it pays off for them.
Overall I am still interested in this game, and I’m still interested in playing this game, and it will be interesting to come back to this topic when all is said and done. I was really excited when these games were first shown off at first and I thought these games were a good thing as you can see here, but as the days went by and new trailers dropped, my opinion quickly changed.
Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee will be releasing on November 16th this year