Pokemon Let’s Go was a fun and nostalgic experience for Pokemon fans of all ages.
Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee released November 16th, 2018, marking the first major release of a Pokemon game for the Nintendo Switch.
Prior to release, I did not know what to expect. The game was not part of the core series and seemed to take a lot from Pokemon Go. The trailers also seemed to make the game appear almost silly. After playing and completing the game though, however, it has left me itching for more.
The games introduce new mechanics that have never been used before while making a nostalgic return to generation one with the technology and power of the Switch.
Perhaps the biggest new feature in these games is the ability to see Pokemon in the world instead of randomly encountering them in the wild. I enjoyed this feature a lot. It gave me greater choice when choosing the Pokemon I encountered and ultimately caught. This feature also allowed for the catch combo, which was built by repeatedly catching the same Pokemon without fail. The catch combo can be used to obtain rare, shiny, or strong Pokemon.NEW YORK, NY – JULY 25: Pokemon Go Craze Hits New York City on July 25, 2016, in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Another new feature I enjoyed was the ability to walk with and ride on Pokemon. This presents a new level of interaction with the Pokemon, and can even influence which Pokemon to catch and raise.
Despite how much I enjoyed many of these features, Let’s Go Eevee only got a 6.1 user score on Metacritic. While this is by no means terrible, it displays room for improvement. I myself thought the game was absurdly easy, even for a game designed to be more family friendly. I was also not personally a fan of the Pokemon Go style catching experience. It left me feeling frustrated, especially during the legendary bird encounters. Then there were the frame rate drops, most notably occurring in Viridian Forest.
Good and bad aside, I believe that Pokemon Let’s go was a great way to test the waters for Game Freak on the Switch. It was a fun and nostalgic experience for older players, and a great way to get introduced to the game for newer players. Game Freak can use the criticism to improve on their core game coming later this year, and hopefully, a future Let’s Go game. I sure would not mind exploring Johto with the next-gen graphics and newer features the Let’s Go games have to offer. How about you?