‘Let’s Go! Pikachu & Eevee’ Demo Impressions

I just finished playing the demo for Let’s Go! Eevee!

The demo was restricted to Viridian Forest. Every press member was given 10 minutes and no photos or video were allowed. Each demo was played exclusively with the Poke Ball Plus accessory. You were not allowed to play with the Joy-Con controller because they didn’t want anyone accessing the menus. (I tried.)

As we’ve known for a while, you capture Pokemon by “throwing” your accessory with motion control. I found the experience frustrating, inaccurate, and slower than I imagined. You slip the Poke Ball Plus accessory on to your wrist and put your ring finger into its plastic ring. The accessory must be held with the white part of the Poke Ball facing you. If you don’t know this fact, or don’t pay attention to how you’re holding it, your Ball throws won’t be accurately captured by the sensors.

There’s a learning curve to throwing your Poke Balls — most people I observed “threw” their motion controller much harder than what the game wanted, meaning their Poke Balls went behind the Pokemon. Instead, you have to throw it very delicately — like you’re pointing a pencil’s eraser at someone with your wrist. It didn’t feel very natural or fun. Rather than the game adapting to your style, it feels like you have to learn how to “throw” in the restricted way the programming wants. And even when you do throw your Poke Balls how it wants, they don’t really feel like they’re matching your movement. Perhaps it just takes practice — after all, we were only given 10 minutes.

Perhaps I’m just not used to capturing Pokemon in the GO fashion, or am not the intended demographic for these games, but having to throw Poke Balls felt like an “extra step” that slowed down gameplay. When you’re used to hitting “A” for 20 years, having to now break it down into steps with a motion controller feels frustrating. The Nintendo representative assisting us kept reminding us to use a Berry to entice the Pokemon before capturing it, which made the experience feel even more tedious. It felt like unnecessary “fluff.” A new player who has never played Pokemon will likely enjoy it, and after all, that’s who these games are targeting! For us old farts, it’s a new way to play the game that we’re not used to, so it will probably take longer than 10 minutes to get used to it.

Viridian Forest was depicted beautifully, but it often felt overly busy. You would walk with your Eevee on your shoulder, your Squirtle following you, a bunch of wild Pokemon around you, signs and Trainers to interact with — it felt messy. It was very easy to accidentally run into a wild Pokemon when trying to move from one spot to another, especially when many move. Sometimes characters or Pokemon would be stacked and you didn’t quite understand how to maneuver around them without running into them. It felt like it took much longer to get through the forest than previous games.

Overall though, I only experienced a small piece of the game and didn’t get too much time with it. Playing the game for longer and with more practice might lead to a better experience. For now however, I don’t feel it was as enjoyable as I thought it would be.


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  1. xTITAN Training Aspirer
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    Do you think the Joycon will solve some of the problems of the PokéBall Plus?
     
  2. Gruffling Aspiring Trainer
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    This sounds like the main problem is the pokeball accessory and not the game itself. Your first 3 paragraphs are entirely impressions of that and not the game (I say that on the basis that this accessory is an optional additional purchase - but it is important people make an informed decision before they spend more money)
     
  3. Dragon Bug Aspiring Trainer
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    The Pokeball plus = $70 New...
     
  4. The Last Shaymin uᴉɯʎɐɥS ʇsɐ˥ ǝɥ┴
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    like i said, Go catching is stupid
     
  5. Lord Goomy Got Goomies?
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    I don’t know why everybody hates the Pokémon GO throwing. Seems fine to me. It’s supposed to “immerse” you, and I think that’s great and does a fine job of it.

    Stop hating a game you haven’t played!
     
  6. The Last Shaymin uᴉɯʎɐɥS ʇsɐ˥ ǝɥ┴
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    didn't you read it?

    he says that go throwing is finicky.

    throwing a pokeball in real life, you just chuck it at the pokemon. here its saying you are "throwing an eraser with your wrist"
     
  7. Mr. Rhyperior The Drill Pokemon. An evolve form of Rhydon.
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    I still stick to the old catching method because that is a waste of time and I have to complete the dex in an easiest way possible. How about that a frikin Master Ball which have 100% catch rate may miss with this method. And is switch games vulnerable from cheating/glitching, etc.?
     
  8. Mr. Rhyperior The Drill Pokemon. An evolve form of Rhydon.
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    And how the number of Pokemon available in the PC? Usually, games have 20-30 PC Boxes × 30. So you'll end up releasing dupes of them. And as a player that loves competitive battling, I don't like what Let's Go offered to us.

    At least the rival isn't a more like of a mortal enemy that you've hated the most kinda like Silver. I love rivals who are a bit idiot like Barry who can't stand still (you know what I mean)
     
  9. paulyd84 cooltrainerpaul
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    Watched the demo session at Tree House there and does look good, girl playing used joy con which seemed a lot more accurate vs above comments but I imagine touch controls will be as seemless as playing pokemon go?

    But love the look and feel will have a blast playing this with the kids over holiday season and beyond! I'm hoping for more surprises between now and launch in terms of post game content please please include jhoto!
     
  10. TokenDuelist YGO TCG is Cheaper. Fight me.
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    It sounds fine to me. You seem to be whining about personal views rather than wanting to learn :'P

    I like the idea of this game being busy. feels life-like. I hope it does well.
     
  11. PokemonTCGLover Aspiring Trainer
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    Awwwwww...Silver is much better as a rival...how can a rival be KIND??
     
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  12. crystal_pidgeot Bird Trainer *Vaporeon on PokeGym*
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    Its not fine. Pokemon GO is a bad game that you do nothing in, so a lot of people don't play it but the fact that it is now being forced on us and now I have to play Pokemon GO, something I dont want to do and now it's GO's system on a Pokemon console game.
     
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  13. Sharkrai Aspiring Trainer
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    Just curious, if they removed the catching system and switched it back, then removed go compatibility and the cp stat (which is there just for go players to have an easier time understanding how go strength translates over to levels, not something hardcore players need to pay attention to), wouldn't it pretty much just be another main series pokemon game? It looks like to me that majority is still the same, the most major part from go being the catching system. Even the candies are basically replacing the iron, protein, etc ev raising items.
     
  14. Kietharr Aspiring Trainer
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    I think the main worry with these games is if they do well, like in other franchises that have done the 'casual/hardcore split', you will start seeing more casual branch features imported into the hardcore branch until they're indistinguishable from one another. This is the first mainline pokemon game I won't be buying, and I won't be buying a Switch until we have details on Pokemon 2019. I have no interest in a third return to Kanto, and one with less features than we had in FRLG at that.

    I just hope that the special pokemon exclusive to these games is obtainable through other means.
     
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  15. crystal_pidgeot Bird Trainer *Vaporeon on PokeGym*
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    I don't really care about all of that, I just don't like that I'm being forced to pick up Pokemon GO in fear that I miss out on something. What if the only way to get Zapdos is to get it from GO? I never did the raids because I stopped playing GO. What if they introduce microtransactions for things like Ultra Balls? I'm more worried that GO has too much influence on the game. There is one thing to remember, making a game too casual makes it a worse experience for the real players. Look at what happened to Destiny 2. Casual players don't care for all the advanced features and casual players of GO might not be willing to take a Switch with them to play if all they play is GO anyway. All this does is make the experience worse for us, the people who are going to play the game anyway.

    I can understand making somethings similar but if this was a fun little mini game, then sure but all I see is having to spend more money for Poke Balls since I'll be missing almost half of them, which means NPCs give less money for wins which means microtransactions. The only things I'd like to see in the main games is dungeon crawling like in the PMD games. A lot can be done there.
     
  16. Sharkrai Aspiring Trainer
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    Hmmm...I can see what you're saying. Only pokemon I know of so far that is for sure restricted is new, which is pokeball plus only for now. I imagine zapdos and the other will be available though considering me mewtwo is another big part of the game and already confirmed to be in it. As for missing raids, the legendary birds are being cycled through as a "research reward." Read on serebii that zapdos was cycled out for articuno recently, but I could see it coming back. Looks like it doesn't take too much work either to get the research rewards. Plus I don't think microtransactions will be a thing because arcticles are saying that you can get various pokeballs for just beating trainers. Like I said though, I can see what you're saying. Too much GO influence isn't going to be good. It doesn't encourage hardcore players to play with newer players like Masuda wants when the game is too much for the casual/newer audience.
     
  17. crystal_pidgeot Bird Trainer *Vaporeon on PokeGym*
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    The thing is I also dont live in an area where I can complete these goals.I tried once and I have to go out of my way to do any of it. The main issue people have right now is we have to play GO again, and we dont want to. That is all I'm worried about to be honest but I don't see why this couldn't be on the 3DS.
     
  18. Skeleton Liar サーナ~
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    Honestly, I wouldn't worry about it. Like... any of it. At all.
    It sounds like you're worried about being forced to play these games and GO, or else you'll be missing out on something crucial. I don't think these games have connectivity with PokeBank/the main series games--and if it was announced that they do, I honestly forget--so I'm not sure what anyone would really be missing out on. Even if they did have connectivity, you'd be missing out on the original 151 that have been available in a variety of ways for over two decades? Possibly that new Pokemon, but just look at Manaphy. I don't think it would remain exclusive to these games for long.

    I decided to not buy either of these games. Not out of protest or anything. I just know they're not for me. I never had any interest in GO. And like WPM is reporting, the addition of throwing mechanics just sounds wonky and tedious when an old fart like myself just wants to PRESS A. So I'm not worried about these games. At best, they might be fun to watch as a Let's Play. Gen 8 will come out next year, and that's good enough for me.
     
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  19. TokenDuelist YGO TCG is Cheaper. Fight me.
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    You really haven't played Go then. A lot of your worries seem misplaced/unreasonable. Wait until the game comes out. Everything else in the game seems normal except for the capture mechanics.
     
  20. crystal_pidgeot Bird Trainer *Vaporeon on PokeGym*
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    I am waiting but having GO integrated into it is a very valid concern. If I can use Pokemon Bank, then there isn't an issue.