Thursday, 28 July 2016

Richee's Thoughts on Pokemon Go

Well it's been about 2 weeks since Pokemon Go officially launched in England. I for one have been enjoying it, but there are a few issues and concepts that I'm personally not a fan of. Obviously, the biggest problem at the moment is the server issues but, they seem to be getting better day by day, and hopefully will be fixed soon, especially with the amount of money this app is generating.

First concept issue is with raising your Pokemon. I feel they got it seriously wrong. I feel no connection with my team, as they all just seem temporary, untill the next high level comes along to replace someone in your team. For example, over the last two days I've caught three Pinsir's with a higher CP then the last, so I just switch in the new one and transfered the old one. I'm not sure how they could have done this differently, but the whole star power/candy system just doesn't seem great.

The gym battles are good, I always feel like I've achieved something when I see my Pokemon standing tall at the top of a gym. But the battle system is weak, giving you only two moves to use, with no ability to change those moves, making certain Pokemon types weak against what they should be strong against. Basic example is my Kingler: he is a water type, who should be strong against fire types, but his moves are metal claw and x-scissor which have little effect on fire types. X-scissor would have the greatest effect against a grass type, but they're strong against water types, making Kingler pretty ineffective. There needs to be an option to learn new moves, maybe allowing players to find certain TM's at pokestops, all to learn new moves while leveling Pokemon up.

The game also lacks the options to battle against other trainers who aren't in a gym, and no option to trade Pokemon. Both should be getting introduced soon hopefully, though. Even with these flaws though I find the game enjoyable and I do want to catch all 150 original Pokemon. Plus, I'm not the most athletic person in the world, so the fact it has got my ass off the sofa walking around with my friends is a major positive. That, plus the fact random players socialise together to tell people where certain types are, is great. Finally, there is an app which gets people outside and socialising, and that is a massive achievement in itself. So all in all, good work Niantic, you've finally brought what Pokemon fans want to them and that's pretty awesome. Richee

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