Detective Pikachu [Game Review]

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Title: Detective Pikachu
Developer: Creatures
Publisher: Nintendo, The Pokemon Company
Platform: 
Nintendo 3DS
Category: 
Adventure
Release Date: 
March 23, 2018
How we got the game: 
I preordered it

 

 

 

Detective Pikachu was a long awaited game for me. I first saw it announced on Serebii a few years ago and prayed that it wouldn’t be released only in Japan. I preordered it and when it arrived at my house I played it immediately.

storyYou play as Tim, a human, who arrives to Ryme City in an attempt to find out what happened to his father, a detective who had disappeared while on a case. You meet up with Pikachu, your father’s partner. Pikachu can talk and you’re the only one who can understand him.

Pikachu wants to find out what happened to his partner as well. He was in the accident with him and lost his memory. Pikachu wants to piece back his memories and find Harry, your dad. Together, you investigate, solving crimes involving Pokemon going awry in the meantime.

gameplay

This game reminds me a lot of the Ace Attorney games, minus the courtroom. There’s a lot of investigating involved, of course, as you solve smaller crimes to find answers to the bigger one – your missing Dad.

You control Tim with the analog stick making him run around with Pikachu far behind you since he only has one speed – slow. Using the A-button you can click on various people, Pokemon, and objects in the scene to find clues and gather testimony.

Once you’ve gathered enough, Pikachu will grab your attention and tell you to piece everything together. From there, your case notes will open up and ask certain questions, asking you to drag the pieces of evidence into fill-in-the-blank spots to solve the puzzle.

It’s not just gathering evidence and piecing it together. There are moments in the game when you have to tap the A-button repeatedly or press the button when the circle gets to a certain point on the screen. This is usually to help Pikachu or yourself avoid trouble due to a Pokemon or something. It’s simple, but it adds a little more to the game.

There are hints, even though the game is pretty easy to deduce yourself as you go along. You can check your case notes and evidence list whenever you want to remind yourself of things or look things up.

There are a lot of cutscenes. I enjoy them because I absolutely love how they portrayed Pikachu, but they’re long. The cutscene beginning chapter three actually seemed to be the longest. I normally don’t mind, but there is a point when you want to just play the game.

Speaking of, the game is broken up into chapters. Again, it reminded me a lot of Ace Attorney because I’d think I was done with the case and then something else would happen and I’d be playing the same chapter for another hour or so. The cases were a decent length being a couple hours long to play through.

graphics-music

I enjoyed the graphics so much. It’s typical 3D graphics that you would expect from the latest Nintendo 3DS games. It was crisp and bright but easy on the eyes. My favorite thing about it was that the Pokemon were scaled to size as best they could be. They really made an effort to make Detective Pikachu as realistic as possible… despite Pikachu talking. I think they did a great job.

The music was catchy as well. I wouldn’t expect anything less from a detective game. The sound effects were just as pleasing. Some of the Pokemon sounds didn’t seem to match up with what I thought they would sound like – or what they sounded like in the main series game. I won’t complain about though, it was still pretty well done.

replay-value

This is a fairly long game and despite it being a detective game, I’d say it’s pretty casual. Even though I’ll know all the answers (that’s the downside of replaying mystery games) I can see myself picking this one back up whenever I get in the mood.

Detective Pikachu gets…
5 out of 5 lives.

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Character Spotlight: Detective Pikachu

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Yeah, yeah… I know you’re all probably sick of me talking about Detective Pikachu, but I can’t help it. I love this game. Sue me.

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Detective Pikachu is a special kind of Pikachu who can talk and has skills of a sleuth. While the species Pikachu made its first appearance in 1996, Detective Pikachu is brand new to us making an appearance in March 2018. (Unless you’re in Japan in which case you’ve known Detective Pikachu for an extra two years.)

While I had to get used to his voice, Detective Pikachu is an awesome character. He’s a little corny at times, being part of the Pokemon franchise, but he’s witty, sarcastic, and hilarious.

Plus, he loves coffee. Anyone who loves coffee as much as I do is okay in my book.

I’ve taken such a liking to him and, while it is still weird that he talks, I’m hoping they come out with a Detective Pikachu 2. At the very least, we’ll see him on the big screen.

Do you love the character Detective Pikachu too? Have you played the game yet? Let me know in the comments below!

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My Favorite Thing About Detective Pikachu

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I preordered Detective Pikachu for myself. (My mother was not happy since apparently, she was planning on getting it for me for Easter… oops.)

I’ve been taking my time with it because I want it to last. I know I’ve already talked about it and have a review coming soon, but I had something else I wanted to say.

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There are a lot of things I love about the game, but there’s something in particular that stood out to me about it. And I was really impressed since it’s not something you really see in the games… or necessarily in the anime for that matter.

The Pokemon actually seem to be scaled to size.

The 3D graphics are well done and there are no pixelated Pokemon anywhere. So, when you’re running, Pikachu is small running right behind you. That’s a given.

But what I’ve noticed is that they made sure the other Pokemon are somewhat true to their actual size (I say somewhat because I don’t necessarily know how big they’re all supposed to be).

Your character, Tim, meets Trevenent at one point. While they’re looking at each other, they’re eye level. According to the Pokedex, Trevenant is about 4’11”. Tim is, I believe, a teenager and most likely still growing. He’s probably around that height if not a little taller.

Alakazam also stands at 4’11” while Pikachu is 1’04”. At one point Pikachu picks up Alakazam’s spoon and it’s the same height as him. Looking at a picture of Alakazam, his hands are rather large so it makes sense the spoons may be about a foot. I was certainly impressed with that little factoid.

Also, a Joltik is 4-inches which means Pikachu is exactly a foot taller than it. I knew Joltik was small, but it hangs out on Pikachu’s shoulder at one point. Again, I was impressed with the size difference.

I know I always complain how the Pokemon are never as big or small as they’re supposed to be in the games or sometimes the anime. I complain that I want my Pokemon to follow behind me in the games and I knew they won’t be able to scale them to size.

I’m still impressed how they created all the Pokemon in Detective Pikachu though. I’ve been waiting for this game for so long and I’m realizing how worth the wait was.

Have you played Detective Pikachu yet? Is this something you’ve noticed and that you’re impressed by? Or is it just me? Let me know in the comments below!

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Character Spotlight: Pikachu

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

It’s kind of hard to believe another month had already come and gone. A new game was recently released, a game I’ve been waiting for a long time starring a fan favorite from Pokemon.

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Pikachu is #25 in the National Pokedex. He’s a fan favorite and loved by all. I wonder if he would get all the attention he does if he wasn’t chosen to be Ash’s main Pokemon in the anime. He originated in the Kanto region, the original region that started Pokemon way back when.

Pikachu’s latest appearance is, of course, Detective Pikachu. This is a game that was announced a couple years ago and I’ve been waiting ever so patiently for it ever since. Pikachu loves the spotlight and now he’s fighting crime.

He’s the type of character that, I’ll admit, I thought I would get sick of. If only because there’s a lot of hype about him and he gets a lot of attention by being Ash’s sidekick. He’s just so cute and loveable though. Not just in Pokemon either. He’s great in Super Smash Bros. and Pokken Tournament.

Pikachu is an iconic character not just in Pokemon but also for Nintendo and gaming itself.

Do you love Pikachu? Who’s your favorite Pokemon? Let me know in the comments below!

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Detective Pikachu Is Almost Here!

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I’m a little out of my routine. I thought I had a post scheduled for today and I didn’t.

The only reason I noticed it was because I had decided to impulsively buy a couple video games.

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Detective Pikachu is being released next week! I was iffy on getting it only because I’m trying to save my money. But I haven’t bought any games in a while, so I thought… why not?

I don’t think I’ve been this excited about a game in a while. Not since the last Pokemon game, I don’t think… Or Breath of the Wild.

I was torn to download it from the eShop because I would have gotten a free home theme but I ended up getting it through Amazon because I was able to get it $10 cheaper. See? I was being a little smart with my money.

After going to EGLX and seeing the Pokken Tournament show I had the urge to get that game as well. It was always on my list, but other games – like Breath of the Wild and Odyssey – ended up coming in first.

Pokken Tournament DX was on sale for $10 less. So I got it.

I saved $20! I spent $85… but I saved $20!

I’ll have fun though. That’s all that matters.

Have you pre-ordered Detective Pikachu? Are you looking forward to the game? Let me know in the comments below!

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Detective Pikachu

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

A special announcement was made a few days ago and, I don’t know about you guys, but I’m excited!

Detective Pikachu is finally a thing after so many years of Nintendo casting it a few side-glances here and there.

This game for the 3DS will be releasing in late March 2018 and I couldn’t be more excited. I love Pokemon and I love mysteries and detective stories, so I am all for this.

The trailer below makes the game look pretty dramatic and, for a Pokemon game, I believe it will be. We’ll see how well it works.

As for Pikachu’s voice… I’m going to have to get used to it. Pikachu has always had such a high-pitched tone that the voice just doesn’t seem to match his body. Who knows, though? Maybe it’ll wok the more I play the game.

Detective Pikachu is already available for pre-order at Gamestop. I haven’t grabbed a copy yet, but I’m sure I will.

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Localization Woes

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Being a video gamer in the west, we tend to get major releases a little while after Japan. However, there are plenty of games that disappointingly have never made it over to us from Japan. A couple of these games that we would really like to play are a few of the Ace Attorney spin-off games, Miles Edgeworth Investigations 2 and Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Bōken (which, for the sake of this post, we can call Ace Attorney with Sherlock Holmes).

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Ace Attorney is a huge favorite of ours. We’ve enjoyed and loved every single game we’ve played in that series. We get excited to hear about a new game and then are immediately disappointed when it doesn’t come to us. I have thought about, on my occasions, attempting to learn Japanese just for the sake of playing video games that don’t make it to us.

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Learning Japanese probably would be fun, and I’m sure there are fan translations for the games out on the wide spaces of the Internet. I know petitions have been made to bring both games here to the west. It’s a shame that Investigations 2 at the very least didn’t make it over here, what with the first game and the other Ace Attorney games doing well. The one with Sherlock Holmes has copyright issues for here in the west, so that’s a bit of a legal mess.

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I know legal stuff gets in the way, but it’s still bothersome. Also, I know money is a huge thing. It costs a lot to bring it over, but with them being so popular, you’d think that they’d make the money right back. Then again, I don’t know anything about business.

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I assume with the clamoring for the games, they would be able to make the money back, legal issues aside. Seeing an ancestor of Phoenix Wright team up with Sherlock Holmes would be amazing! I’d love to look up the game play, but if there’s that tiny shred of hope that we’ll get it here in the west, I don’t want to spoil it for myself.

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Another game that I really hope will come to us is Detective Pikachu. I was so excited when that was first announced. It was just the other day I looked it up to see if any release dates were added. Apparently, it was released in Japan in February 2016, but for the US, the date says “TBD.” I know that means “to be determined,” but they can always determine not to bring it here… and I hope that’s not the case. (No pun intended!)

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Detective Pikachu sounded ridiculous, in a good way, to me. It’s a unique twist on side Pokemon games, and I was looking forward to seeing how it would play out. Detective and puzzle games are awesome to us, as evident by our love of Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton, so combining that aspect with Pokemon is a great idea to us. Hopefully Detective Pikachu will eventually make its way over to us as well.

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I hope it makes it to us! I love mystery games and adding Pokemon to it is perfect for me. I’m sure there are plenty of other games out there that haven’t been released here… Ace Attorney and Detective Pikachu are the only ones I can think of as of right now, though. I hope they come to us soon.

Any special games you wish were localized in the US, or where you are? Let us know in the comments below!

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