Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!

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7.0 Overall Score
Graphics: 7/10
Sound: 7/10
Controls: 7/10

Easy, quick RPG game

Feels like it is undercooked

Game Info

Game Name: Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!

Developer(s): Game Freak

Publisher(s):  The Pokémon Company Nintendo

Platform(s): Switch

Genre(s): Roleplaying

Release Date(s): November 16, 2018

ESRB Rating:  E

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Your journey begins (and honestly, it doesn’t get much harder)

You and your friend are setting out to become Pokémon trainers and to help Professor Oak.  Unfortunately, Team Rocket is out to become the Pokémon champions.  With the Kanto region loaded with different Pokémon of size and powers, you have your work cut out for you…and your friend Eevee can help!

Pokémon:  Let’s Go, Eevee! is a roleplaying game for the Nintendo Switch.  Following Pokémon:  Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon in 2017, the game was released in conjunction with Pokémon:  Let’s Go, Pikachu!  The game is a remastered port of the 1996 Pokémon Red and Blue for Gameboy and the 1998 Pokémon Yellow for Gameboy.  The game also features a linking system with the handheld Pokémon Go.

I haven’t had much experience with Pokémon.  I haven’t played the card game, but I do enjoy playing Pokémon Go! since its release.  I opted for Pokémon:  Let’s Go, Eevee! instead of Pokémon:  Let’s Go, Pikachu! simply because Pikachu is always the star…now it’s Eevee’s chance.

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The Elite Four…a challenge! (or not).

The choice between Pikachu and Eevee doesn’t really matter, but it is simply a preference.  The game throws you immediately into the fray and that could be difficult for first time plays.  I don’t feel that the game has much direction, but it doesn’t mean the game is difficult.  It feels like I am missing something in the game which is obviously a RPG-Lite…but only one of the gyms posed any real challenge.

The controls are pretty basic and just utilizes one of the Switch joy-cons.  The character suffers from typical video game challenges (aka can’t walk through a bush without a special move…or swim…or get past a guy who wants lemonade…etc.).  Pokémon aren’t battles as much as choosing to capture a Pokémon.  The previous game had you fight Pokémon, but essentially you just chuck a ball at them until you catch them.  The battles are also rather weak in that once you start boosting Eevee, the other Pokémon rarely are needed.

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Mewtwo…you will be mine!

The graphics are light and fun.  It is Pokémon game so the designs are pretty much locked in.  While some get into designing their character and choosing their clothes, that doesn’t really interest me much so that might be a plus for some but not for me.  The “get ready to fight” graphics also start to get irritating as you keep playing the game, and I wish they had more variety.

Pokémon:  Let’s Go, Eevee! isn’t a bad game, but if you are a frequent RPG player, you might want something deeper.  The game feels like it is just there.  The game is somewhat addictive (gotta catch ’em all!), but I would wait until the game is cheaper or a “greatest hits” type game.   Pokémon:  Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon:  Let’s Go, Eevee! was followed by Pokémon:  Sword and Pokémon:  Shield in 2019.

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