Daily Rant, Video Games

Day 219: Pokemon Let’s Go! Or Should We?

Come to think of it, I’ve never displayed my affection for the Pokemon franchise on this blog, have I?

Call me original, but I love Pokemon. I’ve been playing them since Diamond and Pearl, went back and played the generations prior to it, and stayed ready for each game that came after. I bought Sun and Moon together in a special steelbook bundle on the day of release and… that’s where I dropped off.

As much as I’m ashamed to admit it, I did not play Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon. Am I missing out on anything? Probably not. But the Pokemon fan in me is screaming at me to go back and fill that gap in my Pokemon repertoire.

And then there’s the rest of me that really doesn’t want to play Gen 7 again. Twice was enough. Completing the Alolan Pokedex was too much.

Now Let’s Go! Pikachu and Let’s Go! Eevee is less than a month away, and I simply do not care. There’s plenty here to grasp my interest, but nothing can get me engaged enough to pre order a version.

Though if I did, it would be the Pikachu version. I’m a simple man: I love my little yellow mouse buddy far more than my little brown fox buddy.

Fox? Dog? What even is Eevee?

Identification issues aside, I really should be excited about this game. It’s a Gen 1 remake, the first game on the Switch (god it looks pretty) and the battle system looks as fun as ever. However, there is one issue that keeps me down.

The ‘Pokemon Go’ wild battles.

Wild battles are no longer a thing. Now, in their place, you just play a game of Pokemon Go whenever you run into a grass wandering wild Pokemon. It’s also got inter-connectivity with the Pokemon Go! app.

Because everyone still loves Pokemon Go, right? R-right?

Literally everything else about this game should get me excited, but this lack of genuine wild combat really sucks away my personal hype. Will I pick it up eventually? Knowing me, probably. But on launch? Hell no.

Still, I am in a Pokemon mood thanks to that hype. If I weren’t busy playing NieR Automata, Prime Hunters, Prime 3, and re-playing Spider-Man’s story for the review (you can expect that around Christmas after all the DLC has come out), I’d pick up one of the older games and have a fun time. Whether I’m playing Black and White, Diamond and Pearl, X and Y or Soulsilver and Heartgold, I always have a fun time when I’m trying to catch ’em all.

It’s a damn shame I don’t have the time to actually catch all… how many of them are there now? A thousand? Or did we reach ten thousand while I wasn’t paying attention? I can’t keep track of these guys any more.

Get back to me when Snorlax gets a Mega-Evolution. I’ll jump back on board for Mega-Snorlax.

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