Decoding the gameplay video that Nintendo showcase during its E3 2018 run, we can find all sorts of unexpected changes and features in the Pokemon game. If you are on the hype train, just like us, there will not be a better opportunity to discuss about what you can expect from Pokemon: Let’s Go.
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Pokemon: Let’s Go Features
Broken down into two instalments titled Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! Moreover, Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! will mark the first proper Pokemon game we will be getting on Nintendo Switch.
From what we have seen so far, the game borrows ideas and mechanics from Pokemon Go and Pokemon Yellow to create the ultimate nostalgic trip that fans have been hoping from.
The game is also said to feature a total of 151 original Pokemon inspired by the anime and the previous entries in the video game series. The difference between the two versions is just concerning the Pokemon you initially start with, so either Pikachu or Eevee. Below, we highlight some of the prominent features that were quite surprising from the gameplay.
Learn New Moves
Your Pokemon, either the ones you catch or your starting one, can learn new moves that were not part of their skill set e.g. Pikachu can learn Double Kick to expand its move set in unpredictable ways. This will benefit the competitive scene, if there would be one, for the game. Moreover, you can discard or forget any moves that you do not find so useful.
Pokemon will spring up in places that you may not have expected them to be in e.g. the gameplay shows the player catching Oddish in Viridian Forest; a spot which isn’t quite the habitat for the Pokemon mentioned.
The above feature opens up all sorts of exciting opportunities including even those Pokemon appearing for you to catch that could have only be obtained via trades. These include star Pokemon like Bulbasaur and Charmander.
Absence of Abilities
There does not seem to be any abilities for Pokemon, unlike the previous entries. Although we can see certain attacking and defensive moves for Pikachu in the video, we cannot see how much variety would be in the combat because of the absence of abilities. This is definitely going to be a drawback especially for players who might have been thinking of the competitive scene.
Side Quests from Other Pokemon Games
Side quests from other Pokemon return in the game. What this means is that you can go to a certain Pokemon and agree to complete a task for them. This allows the player to explore the areas more and the extra content adds to the whole experience. In the video, we are able to see the player take an additional quest from Slowpoke.
You encounter a new rival in the game named Trace. He will give you free items throughout your journey in the campaign and he is a bit less villain-y, shall I say, than previous rivals that we have faced. This change of personality is something refreshing both for the narrative experience of the game and the gameplay opportunities it presents.
Brimmed with Secrets
Your initial partner Pokemon, Pikachu or Eevee will throw hints when you near an item that you could not see just by roaming around. This lets you discover hidden and rare collectibles by Pikachu moving its tail in a particular fashion. This item-collector function for the support Pokemon really eases up exploration in the game.
A Dose of Nostalgia
The game is going for nostalgia in any way it can find and that is evident from the sound cues as well. Although a little tweaked and modified, in a particular segment of the video, we can hear the same sounding tune return to the game as was in Pokemon Red and Blue. This is for the hardcore fans who love going down the memory lane years after.
There are no Pokemon computers to sort out and select Pokemon. Instead, the system from the Pokemon Go returns where all the Pokemon you captured would be off and ready for you to go out with. Of course, this does not mean there will not be any Pokemon Centers, one that we can see in the gameplay itself.
Candies in the game exist which can be traded and collected. These will boost your Pokemon’s stats and prepare it better for any battle.
These are all the new Pokemon: Let’s Go Features that we know about. If there is anything else that you would like to add, let us know in the comments section below!