POKÉMON LET'S GO
By Dyllis "Mimi Mochi" Harmans on November 21
I have played most of the Pokémon games that are out there, especially since the Pokémon hype among my friends is particularly big. So when Pokémon Let's Go came out, most of my Facebook feed was full of screenshots and fangirls! This got my hands positively itching to play it as well. I have heard a lot of positive feedback about the game; even the sceptics seem to be unable to put down their Nintendo Switch! So let's dive in and, as always, catch 'em all!
There are two versions of the game, Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee. The story begins in the same way every other Pokémon game starts. You meet professor Oak, who tells you about the amazing world of Pokémon. Then you wake up and meet your rival who tells you today will be your first day as a Pokémon trainer! This all feels so nostalgic, as this is pretty much a remake of Pokémon Yellow but in 3D. The game looks fun, colourful, and soooo pretty in HD! Depending on which version of the game you chose, Eevee or Pikachu will follow you around everywhere you go.
The way you catch Pokémon is the same as in Pokémon Go. You go out in the field and catch Pokémon that you can actually see running and flying around! If you have the Poké Ball Plus you can use it to throw Poké Balls when trying to catch them. As you catch more and more Pokémon you can level up the ones you have in your party. There are still trainers around who want to battle you, so don't worry if you got exited for some battles, because there are still enough of those! Also, when you see Pokémon that have a special aura surrounding them, it means that there is something special about this one. A red aura means they are a bit bigger that average, while a blue aura means they are a bit smaller.
When playing the on your television, you can only use one of the Nintendo Switch controllers, but someone else is able to join in and help you on your journey and during battles by shaking the other controller! And, of course, with these graphics, something that just couldn't be omitted from the game is Pokémon Play, the place where you can pet your Eevee (or Pikachu), give them treats, dress them up and even change their hairstyle!
Of course, there are some exclusive Pokémon depending on which version you get, just like with every other Pokémon game. In the Pikachu version you can catch Oddish, Growlith, Sandshrew, Grimer, Scythe and Mankey. In the Eevee version you can get Bellsprout, Vulpix, Meowth, Koffing, Ekans and Pinsir (including all of their evolutions, of course).
You should keep in mind that your starter Eevee or Pikachu will not be able to evolve, but any other Pokémon you catch can! And something that is really convenient, is that you always have your Pokémon box with you, so you can change your team without having to go to the Pokémon Center every time.
Additionally, you can import your Pokémon from Pokémon Go into your game using Bluetooth. And the Poké Ball plus can be used in both Pokémon Go as well as Pokémon Let's Go! The imported Pokémon will appear in the Pokémon Go Park in-game, where you can battle and catch them. Good to know is that you can import Pokémon from any Pokémon Go game, even those of your friends!
The graphics look amazing! It looks like a more polished version of Pokémon X & Y and Sun & Moon. The music is so nostalgic with beautiful soundtracks from Pokémon Yellow. The game runs very smoothly and there are many small details that surprised me like, for instance, the hair of the characters, which bounces along when the characters move! I just love small details like these!
Pokémon Let's Go is an absolutely adorable game! I love playing this, and you won't be putting down my Switch anytime soon! You can explore Kanto in high definition (on your television!) and play with your super cute Pokémon. This is the perfect game for both new and veteran Pokémon players. People who loved playing Pokémon Yellow should most definitely try this one as well, especially if they like seeing their old games remastered. And of course, if you are a real Pokémon fan this will not disappoint you in the slightest. But you don't have to be a Pokémon expert to join in on the fun! New players can also join in and get to know all of the first 150 Pokémon from Kanto.