Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu/Pokémon Let's Go, Eevee!
In the game, you start out as a brand-new Pokémon Trainer. You’ll meet, catch, and raise many Pokémon on your journey to improve your skills and become the best Pokémon Trainer that you can be. Along the way, you’ll help all sorts of people and thwart the dastardly plans of those who wish to take advantage of Pokémon for their nefarious ends. Of course, you can’t accomplish this alone—you’ll need to work with your partner Pikachu or partner Eevee along with the rest of your Pokémon allies!
-Catch all 151 original Pokémon in an all-new adventure through the Kanto region once again!
-Acquire all 8 gym badges and face the Elite Four to become the Champion!
-Classic legendary Pokémon such as the original bird Pokémon Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres
-Go on an adventure with your best friend: Pikachu or Eevee.
-Battle trainers of many varieties
-Bring over your Pokémon caught through Pokémon Go!
November 16, 2018
Written in collaboration by John Campbell and Damien Chambers.
Released in November 2018, Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go, Eevee were a hit among plenty of buyers, selling over 3 million games worldwide within the first three days. So far, these two remakes of Pokémon classics are selling eight percent better than Pokémon X and Y did, the Pikachu version selling 45% more units than its companion, Eevee. So far, the game has been getting critique on its ease of difficulty, but praise for its ability to successfully recreate the original Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow editions, making it accessible to all players, both young and old. So far, the games are more popular with younger consumer groups. While this version was just released, Nintendo has announced an eighth generation Pokémon game on the Switch to be released in 2019.
Violence: Pokémon games have always been about capturing Pokémon and pitting them against one another in battle to see which is stronger. Attacks and movements are animated and in 3D like in the most recent Pokémon games, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. The attacks are not too graphic, as movements like “bite” will display a set of teeth chomping down on the opponent’s Pokémon, but no visible damage or bodily injury is shown.
Sexual Content: A few female and male characters, such as swimmers, are half-dressed. No nudity is shown and any skin that is shown is rather mild.
Spiritual Content: The city of Lavender Town has a Pokémon Tower that is used as a burial site for Pokémon that have passed away. Within the tower, ghost Pokémon dwell and can be captured. There are trainers within the tower that are possessed by these ghost Pokémon and will forcibly challenge you to Pokémon battles. As in the original Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow games, the ghost of Marowak haunts the hallways and prevents the player from entering the upper floors until they find the Silph Scope that exposes ghost Pokémon.
There are also psychic Pokémon and psychic trainers who are able to control things with their minds.
Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee are both direct remakes of the original Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow versions. The base storyline is the same: you play as a new trainer from Pallet town that sets out on an adventure through the Kanto region to become the Pokémon League champion, catching Pokémon and taking down Team Rocket along the way. The trainer will visit familiar people and sites including the mysterious Seafoam Islands, the wondrous S.S. Anne and the sinister Game Corner. All the original gym leaders are here, including the rock solid trainer Brock, the psychic trainer Sabrina, and the shadowy leader of Vermilion City gym.
Classic Pokémon gameplay is back at its finest as you will need to defeat all eight gym leaders to be able to face the Elite Four in the Pokémon League. Catching and raising Pokémon is a must as you will need different types if you want to beat all leaders. The original types are back including Fire, Bug, Water, Grass, Psychic, Rock, Ground, Ghost, Poison, Normal, Flying, and Fighting types are all present with a few new ones from later Pokémon versions, such as Fairy and Dark types. Knowing the type weaknesses and strengths will be imperative when battling trainers of all varieties.
Catching Pokémon and raising them is different this time around, as Exp All, which gives all Pokémon in your party experience points after a successful catch or a battle, is available right away. The mechanic for catching Pokémon in Pokémon Go has been adapted here, as weakening Pokémon with battle is no longer necessary. Catching Pokémon is now as easy as aiming and pushing a button to toss a Poke ball at your target. Different berries and goods can be given to the wild Pokémon to calm it down, making it easier to catch, but I found it simply easier to just bombard the Pokémon with whichever ball is best.
As you progress through the game, you acquire better and better Poke balls, eventually finding the Master Ball of which there is only one. Ultra balls will allow you to capture other rare and large Pokémon, so be sure to keep a steady amount of those. During the catching sequence, a circle will appear around it and will get smaller. If you throw the ball within this circle, it will give you extra experience points and will also give a higher chance at a successful catch. When catching a more difficult and rare Pokémon, such as a Snorlax or Chansey, a few “Great!” or “Excellent!” throws in a row will yield a victorious result.
Differences between versions
Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee do nostalgia right. While keeping the old spirit of the series, it manages to recreate the adventure, making it new once more. Even though catching Pokémon has been over-simplified and the game can be virtually won by Eevee alone, the game is worth playing through for the memories and how they managed to make a classic 2D game in 3D. While it can drag on and on, I say it’s worth picking up for the nostalgic factor, but be mindful of the easy difficulty and tedious battles that await you.
+ Graphics and 3D models of old, original 2D areas are well done
+ Game looks great both in handheld and docked modes
+ Amazing completely reorchestrated soundtrack
+ Battle animations are well done
+ 3D models of Pokémon look amazing, especially the legendary ones
- Too many trainer battles can feel tedious after a while
- In Let's Go, Eevee, entire game can be played with only Eevee
- Thrill of catching Pokémon has dwindled with over-simplified mechanic
- Game is too easy
- Not much strategy needed anymore when battling trainers