Today our resident game enthusiast Frido takes a look at the recently released Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee game.
Let me preface this review by saying that I love the Pokemon series. I have all of the games, even the ones that not a lot of people played, looking at you Pokemon Shuffle and Pokemon Picross. And even though I love Pokemon this game was just not as good or worth $60. The game is meant to push new gamers who played Pokemon Go in the series which makes sense but not $60 worth of sense. And on top of that paying an additional amount of money to get one of the rarest Pokemon in the game. The handheld pokeball is cool but not worth that much money. It dies very quickly and doesn’t work nearly as well as a joy con. It’s a cheap gimmick so Nintendo can get more money. The game also isn’t nearly as polished as Nintendo games normally are. The game will lag a lot just when you’re running around the world and I’ve had wild Pokemon get stuck within the Pokemon I had out of its Pokeball which honestly was really funny to see a Ninetails dragging a Doduo around but it’s still not that Nintendo polish we’re used to.
Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee is a good game overall it’s the same story that you’re traveling through the Kanto region trying to finish the Pokedex. The game only features the original 151 Pokemon, not the ridiculous 720 there are now. The game honestly feels a bit lazy. The graphics are what we already get on the 3DS and aren’t up to what the switch can honestly handle. The style they went with is very cartoony and just looks like they copy and pasted the graphics from Ultra Sun and Moon and ported it over to the switch. That being said parts of the game do feel like they were given a lot of love. The little cut scenes with your chosen Pokemon, either Eevee or Pikachu, look better than the typical game. And everyone loves their starter when playing Pokemon it’s like your tiny baby and watching it grow up, but, I love my Eevee more than I love anything, even my favorite Pokemon, Growlithe. You can tell that the starter has a lot of adoration for the trainer there are a lot of cute cut scenes throughout the game that just make you fall in love. You cannot evolve your Eevee or your Pikachu but you can catch them both in the wild which is nice for the pokedex entries. Speaking of catching, the throw mechanic with the joy cons is a bit off. It’s near impossible to get a good throw if the Pokemon has moved to the sides or is moving consistently. It is much easier to catch Pokemon with the switch in handheld mode you move just like you move your phone in Pokemon Go.
Though I love my Eevee it is extremely over powered– you can teach your Eevee moves that only it can learn for any type. Sizzly slide is fire, buzzy buzz for electric, glitz glow for psychic. And all of these moves throw out something special, anything that can have a status effect will automatically give it for example sizzly slide will burn every single time. Glitzy glow will put up a light screen. The moves are super overpowered. Both of the Pokemon, Pikachu and Eevee, have ridiculous stats. No Eevee should have over 100 stats for everything at level 35. On top of that you get candies to raise the stats of all of your Pokemon, feel your Golem’s speed needs to be faster? Give it a quick candy. Rhydon’s special attack a little too low– throw it a courage candy.
Next is the Pokemon park. There is no safari zone in Fuschia city. Instead there’s the Pokemon Park which they talked about as part of the game teasers and trailers. If you do not know the Pokemon Park is where you can transfer your Pokemon from Pokemon Go on your phone to the switch and you can re-catch them within the park. However, if you transfer them to Pokemon Let’s Go you cannot send them back. Which I understand ultimately, it would be very easy for someone to super raise their stats within Pokemon Let’s Go and then transfer them back to Pokemon Go. Here’s part of my issue, not everyone played Pokemon Go. For some people this will just sit within Fuschia City that used to be such a great place to visit. Also, if we can’t transfer them back to Pokemon Go why does it always show us what our Pokemon’s CPs are if they don’t really matter the whole game is featured in levels. Another thing that is missing besides the Pokemon Safari is the game corner. Yes, the game corner is there but you cannot play the slots. Where you would normally get the coins for the slots the NPC states that they are all out of coins right now. Spoiler alert, they never get the coins. Which is another reason I think the game is lazy. Something that has been such a staple within the series is just missing.
The game overall is fun it really is. I have a lot of problems with the game overall and there are a lot of game breaking mechanics but if you want something to keep you busy or want to enter the Pokemon series all together Let’s Go Eevee/Pikachu are a great way to do that. And seeing yourself ride around on your favorite Pokemon is fun. Seeing old characters that we loved more polished it great and the act of feeling like you’re actually throwing a Pokeball is fun, but wears off after the 12th bad throw when you’ve been throwing the ball the exact same way every time. If you just want something to pass the time and have the expendable funds, then be my guest buy the game. Although, I really feel like this one is a skip within the Pokemon series. Maybe they’ll release some DLC that will make the $60 worth it, until that happens though I don’t think this game is really worth it over all. Or get grandma to buy it for you for Christmas because she knows how much you love them Pokemans.
Disagree with me? Let me know in the comments below what you think. I love seeing other points of view and opinions.
Written by Frido
(Frido is an avid gamer and plays games when they should be doing homework. Their other hobbies include sleeping, eating, drinking, and acting like they’re going to start exercising when we all know they’re not. Some of their favorite games include The Bioshock Series, The Resident Evil, and Luigi’s Mansion. They figured if they’re gonna have all of these opinions might as well put them to paper.)