recently the popular phone app ‘Pokemon Go’ has been losing many of its player base. The game that just weeks ago was the highest so in the play store is now losing reviews. Why?
The game asking people to “catch them all” has failed to meet the expectations of its fan base. Many of the players came from handheld gaming systems where the pokemon games involved fighting the little creatures until they weaken, capturing them, and then following along side them as a friend and a companion. The animated show of this system only furthered in cementing the place of this. Pokemon go throws this out the window. This game pushes to capture every pokemon you see, and throw away the ones that don’t meet your expectations. I’m order to level up pokemon you need stardust, which you obtain mainly by capturing pokemon, and pokemon candy, which is obtained by capturing pokemon and transferring them out of your possesion. A player can no longer gain an attatchment to I their first pokemon. It’s impossible to raise a pokemon when you level up and strengthen it just to find a stronger one in the wild anyways.
the process of evolving has taken a great turn from the original games and series as well. In the games you have a sense of raising your pokemon from their lowest evolutions, their baby forms if you will, into a huge and powerful fighting beast. You get to watch your baby grow up, and nurture the abilities of your choosing into their move pool. They usually have 4 moves, which can be used to attack, defend, boost your pokemon, or put a negative effect on your opponent. Pokemon throws strategy out the window for a battle system that includes continually tapping the screen as fast as you can until your opponent faints. You only get two moves, they are attacks only, and you don’t have the ability to choose your pokemon abilities. Even if you have a high powers creature, if it’s move set isn’t what you wanted you just have to throw it out and get a new one.
pokemon go broke alot of expectations and promises. It’s a new game, but updates are few and far between, and is missing so much that players were excited for. Player verses player battles, pokemon centers, ect.
Pokemon go is not a pokemon game. It’s a generic game created to put augmented reality games on the market, with a pretty pokemon skin attached. Because of how bad it is, gamers are quickly losing interest in augmented reality as a whole. The platform is new, but needed alot of work before they were ready for a game that garnered this much interest.
aside from my mostly bad review, pokemon go did succeed in a few places. It is a game that hold the pokemons original theme of travel, adventure, rivalry, and making friends. In order to play the game succesfully, one needs to travel beyond the bounds of their room. Nationally this has led to pokemon walks, parties, and events all over the nation. Its not all bad.