Title: Let’s Go Eevee & Let’s Go Pikachu
Developer: Game Freak
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: November 16, 2018
How we got the game: We preordered them
If you’ve followed along with this blog for a little while, it’s no surprise that we’re big Pokemon fans. While we don’t play Pokemon GO, we were definitely excited for the Let’s Go duo.
The Pokemon Let’s Go titles play similarly to the core games on the handheld consoles while combining some aspects of the mobile GO game. Remastering the Kanto region, the Let’s Go duo allows players to fully explore the region with the original 151 Pokemon with their mega evolutions and Alolan variants from the later generation games.
There are quite a few differences to this updated Kanto region. Other than the awesome 3D, vivid graphics on the Switch, the battle system has changed along with the experience points and how wild Pokemon appear. Wild Pokemon wander around the areas so there’s no mystery to who you might get. I personally love that because it adds a little more “reality” to the world. There are no battling with the wild Pokemon either. You simply catch them by “throwing” your Pokeball with the Joy-Con motion controls and, if you catch them, your Pokemon gain experience points. All Pokemon in your party gain the experience whether they battle or not. There’s no experience share.
Those are a couple of mechanics that are borrowed from the mobile GO game. I like being able to see the wild Pokemon spawn and wander around the world, but I do miss the wild battles. Being able to just capture by throwing pokeballs one after another is a bit repetitive and it’s not as exciting as battling with your team. Another updated mechanic is your Pokemon Box. Instead of using the PC system in Pokemon Centers to switch out Pokemon, you can easily do so with your Pokemon Box which is always with you.
I miss battling the wild Pokemon as well. It makes it too easy and you almost never have to grind. However, you need a load of pokeballs, but you can find a lot of those throughout the world as well. I like how the box is updated. It’s cool that it’s always with you and you can switch out your team on a whim. You can “release” you Pokemon from there as well but instead of sending them back to the wild, they go to Professor Oak. In exchange you get candy to give to your Pokemon to boost their stats.
There are plenty of updates with your Pokemon menu in general. Aside from determining the battle order of your Pokemon, you can also change their nickname and choose to take them out of their pokeball so they can follow you around, allowing you to talk to them. Your most important Pokemon is, of course, the titular Pokemon. Pikachu or Eevee, depending on the game you’re playing, sticks with you outside of their pokeball at all times. You can pet and feed them berries, as well as dress them up and change their “hairstyles.” They’re absolutely adorable!
Playing with Pikachu and Eevee is fantastic! I only wish you could do that with all of your Pokemon like the Pokemon Amie in the last few games. However, it’s great that you can take out another Pokemon of your party in addition to Pikachu or Eevee and either have them follow you around or you can ride them. It adds a lot to the realism of the game. With that said, you can interact with your Pokemon throughout the world as well. If you pass a bush, they might find a berry inside for you. You can talk to them and they’ll interact with the world around them such as the fountain in Cerulean City.
Never before seen in a Pokemon journey game is a local co-op mode. This was something we were really excited, but skeptical, for! When we got a chance to try it out, we were underwhelmed, to say the least. Player one controls the main character, of course, while player two can shake a second Joy-Con to make the opposite gender Pokemon trainer drop from the sky to run around with the first player. The second player cannot have his/her own team nor can you import or export Pokemon and other information between the game’s accounts for the second player. We wished that you could have somehow imported another player’s information for a true co-op experience.
I had a feeling we wouldn’t be able to get my team though. I think that’d be too difficult to program. With that said, there’s very little for the second player to do. As player two, I followed Kris around with one of her Pokemon following me. If player one has a Pokemon out, then the second Pokemon automatically comes out to follow player two. In battle, I was able to shake my Joy-Con to control one of Kris’s Pokemon. This was a cool concept, but then it was 2-v-1 and it was unfair to the trainers we battled making it a lot easier. Catching wild Pokemon was the same. I shook the Joy-Con to join and was able to throw a pokeball in sync with Kris. That’s all there is to it though. The co-op is a cool concept, but honestly, I don’t think we’ll be going back to play in co-op mode. I’ll stick to watching her play and vice versa.
Being able to travel through Kanto, the original region where I started playing the Pokemon games, with updated 3D graphics was glorious. I’ve been greatly enjoying the world we’ve been exploring and seeing the Pokemon, especially since any Pokemon that you catch can follow you around.
The graphics are really well done and it’s certainly awesome to see the game and Pokemon in all their glory on the big screen. Even the characters are really well done – your avatar still has the same goofy face for most of the time, but it’s awesome to see Professor Oak, Jessie, and James in 3D.
The music is familiar and still really well done. The tunes are the same from the original games, just updated to keep up with the times, and it’s very nostalgic to hear the city themes, the Pokemon cries, and the battle music.
The music is certainly nostalgic and they have a remixed beat which is well done. It adds a lot to the game making the music and overall game feel old and new.
Let’s Go uses the same storyline as many of the other Pokemon games. The protagonist goes forth on a journey to become the very best while raising a team of Pokemon. While adventuring, the young hero encounters and goes against the infamous Team Rocket, an organization that uses Pokemon in an attempt to rule the world.
These games stay true to the original Kanto storyline from Red, Blue, and Yellow. The story isn’t too strong, but the majority of it is all about the adventure and exploration.
The Pokemon games always have plenty of replay value. While the storyline and adventure generally remains the same, there’s enough Pokemon to create a plethora of different teams no matter how many times you go through the region.
This will certainly be a game that we’ll go back to over and over again. Between both games and multiple profiles on the Switch, we’ll be able to try out various teams, trade, and play Pokemon until the end of time.
Let’s Go Eevee & Let’s Go Pikachu gets…
4 out of 5 lives.