Pokemon Shield

The newest entry in the Pokemon franchise is far from its best but still an undeniably good time. The emphasis on story and worldbuilding was a refreshing change of pace from older entries, but the characters aren’t deep enough to hold up the aspirations of the storyline. The real star is the Wild Area: a constantly-changing open area with localized weather and plenty of Pokemon. The reduced Pokédex was a relief; it motivated me to actually catch them all. I especially enjoyed the Max Raid Battles, even if the use of Gigantamax in normal battles felt a bit tacked on.

Pokemon Review Round-Ups!

We’ve had a lot of Pokemon reviews here at 100 Word Gaming Reviews, including two review events! That’s a lot of Pokemon. Catch up on our thoughts with the links below:

Main Entries

Remakes

Spin-Offs

Pokemon Y

3000 years ago, a forbidden weapon was used by an emperor as revenge for the loss of a loved one, a sad victim in a never-ending war that had to be stopped. Today, a lone wanderer walks all over the Kalos region stuck in his own past, submerged in pain and penitence for the innocent lives lost. Pokemon Y is a new chapter of the saga that presents a beautiful setting and a superb OST. The 3DS game doesn’t always have the best technical performance and lacks a solid plot, but it conserves the adventurous spirit of the franchise nonetheless.

Pokemon Platinum

In the mysterious region of Sinnoh, a group known as Team Galactic attempt to harness the power of Time and Space itself, led by a madman trying to destroy the world and become a god. With the comeback of facilities like the Battle Frontier and maintaining the already existing additions introduced in Diamond/Pearl like the underground, the PokeRadar, and the Poketch, Platinum brings some improvements in performance and some changes on the quality of life that, while being innovative, don’t get to shine in a dull environment. Definitely not the worst game at all, but the blandest generation for sure.

Pokemon Emerald

A battle between the land and the sea unfolds in the distant land of Hoenn, where you just moved to! The two fanatic teams, Aqua and Magma clash, trying to summon the titans Groudon and Kyogre to fight, dooming the world under them. Introducing big changes like abilities, double battles, new varieties of berries and Hidden Machines to explore this tropical region, the new chapter is a vibrant take on the Pokemon saga. It delivers an excellent experience on both the main story and the post-game, with the Battle Frontier facility as the ultimate challenge for every player to beat.

Pokemon Yellow

Hello there! Welcome to the world of Pokemon! This world is inhabited by creatures called Pocket Monsters! For some people, Pokemon are pets, while others use them for fights. But no matter what you choose, you will have a joyful experience, proving yourself constantly as a Pokemon Trainer. Traveling while fighting your way through the different ecosystems of the Kanto region and capturing each of the unique 150 Pokemon assure you a lot of hours of fun, with challenging gameplay that relies on heavy-planned strategies in turn-based combats. A world of dreams and adventures with Pokemon awaits! Let’s go!

Pokémon Trading Card Game

The Pokémon Trading Card game for the GBC was a lot better than people probably think it was. The game debuted early in the TCG’s lifetime, so it includes only the first generation of cards, but the core gameplay intact in the GBC title. Playing a duel and organizing your cards is surprisingly intuitive on the system, as well. The card graphics mimic the art of the original cards and look fantastic, and the music is upbeat and memorable. Really, Pokémon TCG is a very solid game, stifled only by a bit of grinding for cards you may need.

Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO is simply an international phenomenon. It doesn’t matter if GO is good or not, with 11 million users playing the game years after release. GO encourages people to go outside, catch Pokémon, and be active. The mobile game had an extremely rocky and somewhat barren start, but new Pokémon content has been added over the years, enticing players to come back again. It can be hard to build up a good team without grinding, and if you’re far away from Pokéstops getting Pokéballs can be a drag, but Pokémon GO brings consistently in new players regardless.

Pokémon Ultra Moon

Pokémon Sun is great, but Pokémon Ultra Moon magnifies the problems of the Gen 7 games. Ultra Moon is an expanded version of Moon, meaning it’s largely the same game, but with additional cutscenes… that you can’t skip. After playing Sun once, the cutscenes become very tiresome, and the new scenes don’t add much. All of the post-game content is really great, but it comes with the caveat of getting through the main game first. If you didn’t play S/M, Ultra S/M is the definitive version, but it’s a hard recommendation if you’ve already played Sun or Moon.

Pokemon Sun

You need to give credit where it’s due — Pokémon Sun tries to shake up Pokémon series standards. HMs are finally gone, Gyms are replaced with trials, and there’s an increased focus on the story in the region of Alola. However, not everything works as well as it should, especially when cutscenes are unskippable. That’s a pretty standard thing in 2016! Besides the copious cutscenes, Pokémon Sun is fun and snappy. The Alola forms are a nice change-up and are pulled off better than Mega Evolutions too. It promises a new direction for the series, that hopefully Generation 8 will learn from.