Pokemon anime. Your first Pokemon is already chosen depending on if you bought Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu or Let’s Go Eevee, with your Eevee or Pikachu being the first Pokemon to enter your party in an adorable series of cutscenes that’ll likely please any fan of either. Along with your goal of becoming the best Pokemon Trainer, the Professor gives you a Pokedex and true “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” spirit tells you to fill the Pokedex as much as possible as your journey of exploring and getting gym badges begins in this world full of Pokemon.
Since the nature of catching Pokemon is more streamlined than before, this gave me more time to strategize and enjoy Pokemon battles as I rediscovered its more familiar battle system. It’s mostly the turn-based combat I remembered from the older Pokemon games, just with cooler looking attacks and flashier looking special moves, with the simple system of choosing from your four moves and trying to attack with contrasting elements all present in Let’s Go. In a way, I found it surprisingly nice that the system didn’t explain itself too much and just let you go in with trial and error, despite the fact I had completely forgotten for the most part how certain elemental weaknesses worked, so re-learning this encouraged me to not just use my powerful Pikachu to take everything down sometimes and test what works by using Pokemon with other elements to get the most out of my team. In saying that, an overpowered Pokemon like your partner one can get you pretty far in Pokemon Let’s Go, but only if you play things smart and I liked that the basic system encouraged that. I kept my Pikachu ready with Electric and Fighting moves to take on the enemies that it was usually strong against elementally and a few more, which seemed to get me through a lot of the game, but I was also faced with a few battles that sent me to the Pokemon Center when I was careless, so the game is not without challenge. Perhaps if you’re a veteran of the series Let’s Go will be easier, but as someone coming back to Pokemon after a while, I think the difficulty was just right for getting back into the swing of things and learning the system if you’re new.
And speaking of the Pokeball Plus, it’s basically a gimmicky little controller to use with while playing Let’s Go, but since one of my joycons likes to go crazy with with analog stick since I need a new one, I really enjoyed playing with the ball during most of my time with Let’s Go and it did kind of ignite that childhood fantasy of holding and throwing Pokeballs, so it’s a bit of fun if you don’t mind paying extra for it. The only downside to it is that using the Y button to sort menus is pretty hard and some things you just can’t do like check what attacks do in battle since it’s reserved for special attacks. For sorting, I could sometimes get it to work by randomly hitting the ball against my hand, but it wasn’t ideal as this only worked sometimes. Using the Y button is mostly for optional features though, so this being an issue will depend how much you need it in your own playthrough.
Outside of permanently keeping my Pokeball Plus in my bag, there is plenty of replayability to be had once you reach the end of Pokemon Let’s Go’s main campaign. I have about 70 more Pokemon I could go and catch to complete my collection, including the ones I imported from Pokemon GO, there are new battle challenges I can do and rare Pokemon to find such as Legendary’s hiding in extra caves and areas around the map. Something I’ve always loved about Pokemon is how easy it is to jump in and out of it and choose if you want to go deep into it or not and I feel this with Pokemon Let’s Go as well - I know I won’t be able to get to it again soon, but I know when I do, all I have to do is look at my Pokedex, see what’s missing and go from there, and before that I can keep bringing my Pokeball Plus with me on the go so that when I do come back to it, my Pikachu isn’t too lonely and will be able to keep gaining EXP for the next time I’m back and I’m sure the Pokeball Plus will keep it fresh enough in my mind that I come back soon.
Still wanna catch 'em all.
Still wanna catch 'em all.
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