Pokémon GO – Review

Pokémon GO – Review

First off, let me apologize for this review taking a few days to post. Most players who played day one can attest to the first few days of Pokémon GO being kinda rough. However with the online issues becoming less and less frequent I feel I can give an honest review of Pokémon’s first adventure as an app.

Everyone wants to catch em’ all, and now you can. Nintendo announced a phone Pokémon game a few years back and gamers have been clambering to have access to it ever since. Nintendo promised a full Pokémon experience and for the most part they have delivered. With the ability to choose your starters, battle gyms, and hit up Pokéstops, Nintendo has successfully made gamers actually feel like Pokétrainers. However with new frontiers there are bound to be bumps.

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For the most part Pokémon GO runs very well, or as well as it can based on reception and provider which are both out of Nintendo’s hands. However soon after the app launched most hopeful gamers had their excitement delayed. Most of the first day, and a majority of the second day, had gamers looking at a servers not responding page. Now this is not fully Nintendo’s fault with the number of people who jumped on the app. However with the game fully depending on a GPS signal and being connected to the servers the fact they were so temperamental broke the game. After a few days the servers seem to be fairly reliable. However I still have yet to take over a Gym because of the servers.

pokemon-go-nick_statt-screenshots-2.0Even with all it’s problems, Pokémon GO has been an addicting experience. Training Pokémon to high levels with candies, catching new Pokémon to increase your Pokédex, or just (trying to) battling Gyms this game has been a surprise. Everything you expect from an app game is there. The app is free to download, however it does include micro transactions. In order to have a good supply of Pokéballs or lucky eggs you need to either hold a Pokemon Gym for a few days or purchase coins with real world currency. For 99¢ you are awarded 100 Pokécoins that you can use on bag upgrades, innocence, Pokéballs, or lucky eggs along with other items you need on your journey.

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With all of the items you need for your journey is one of trying to be the very best, sorry I couldn’t resist. You as a trainer are tasked with capturing as many of the original 150 Pokémon as you can, all while leveling your character.  The higher level you are the more rare Pokémon will appear, and at higher CP levels. CP are your combat points and are a representation on how strong your Pokémon are. As you level up you will continue to find common Pokémon but at higher CP, and this translates to your Pokémon evolutions becoming even stronger.

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Speaking of evolution, Pokémon GO treats evolutions slightly different than your typical Pokémon game.  In a normal game you are tasked with leveling up your Pokémon to evolve them, however in Pokémon GO you need to use candy. Each Pokémon has a candy assigned to it and you need to collect this candy by capturing multiple of the same Pokémon. This always gives you something to do because even when you have the final evolution form you still need the candies to make that Pokémon stronger.

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Pokémon GO is doing something no game or app has ever done before, got people to move. Yes other apps have pushed people to get up and move, however none to this extent. I see people walking around the city just because of Pokemon GO now, not because they have some place to be. Gamers and Pokénerds are now outside in parks talking to each other. This app, if it keeps it steam, will become a revolution. Nevertheless gamers please be careful, regardless of how many good awesome people you meet there will be some who are trying to take advantage. Please go out and meet friends and trainers, just keep vigilant. Now go catch’ em all.

 

Score: 8/10

 

Pros:

+Getting out and moving

+Cool new idea for Pokémon

+The feeling of being a Trainer

Cons:

-Server issues consistently breaking the fun

 

Mark Kriska is a journalist for Mammoth Gamers. He plays primarily on PlayStation but also plays on Xbox and Nintendo systems. Mark is an all around nerd and if he is not playing games he's watching sports, movies, or TV and if all else fails enjoying a nice book or comic.

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