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Pokemon GO Review: AR At Its Very Best?

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Pokemon GO is currently playable in certain regions or anywhere if you?re a bit excited, and the game delivers its promise of making us feel like the Ash Ketchum of our own town. But the augmented reality title is not without its flaws. Here?s our Pokemon GO review.

Gameplay

The field test is not different from the full launch titles. Pokemon are captured through the flick of a finger. The world is your Kalos, Kanto, Johto or whatever. Pokemon Gyms and PokeStops are prized areas. All of these simplistic features blend in perfectly with Niantic?s goal of making us Pokemon trainers.
The learning curve is very easy to grasp, and it?s basically a casual game that focuses more on completing the Pokedex rather than building the ultimate team. One thing to point out though is the game fails to create a bond between the player and the virtual Pokemon.

Pokemon GO

We get that the Pokemon aren?t exactly real per se, but a Pokemon Amie-like feature for Pokemon GO would do wonders for the game. It feels as if the Pokemon we?ve come to know and love are nothing more than collectibles in the augmented reality title.

Microtransactions

Microtransactions are and will always be the bane of mobile games as it creates a huge gap between those who pay and those who don?t; hence, the term pay-to-win. Pokemon GO draws away from this concept as microtransactions aren?t exactly needed in the game, especially if you?re the type to go out and about.

To buy PokeBalls, Incense, Eggs and Incubators, players will need Poke Coins. These can be bought with real-life money ranging from $1 to $100. We?ve yet to know how to acquire Poke Coins freely in the game itself, but we?ll update this Pokemon GO review once we find out. Players who opt to play the game completely free of charge won?t be put at a huge disadvantage since PokeBalls and other items can be acquired through PokeStops as well.

Issues

One of the biggest issues concerning the game is it drains a fully charged battery very quickly. This should come as a no-brainer as Pokemon GO needs the GPS, rear cam and mobile data to fully work. We have no idea how Niantic could work around this problem, but it might be an issue players may have to live with to get the best out of the game.

Verdict

Niantic?s next big augmented reality game is suitable for fan and strangers of Pokemon. The developers? efforts in bringing Pokemon as close to real life as possible is worth appreciating. Though the game fails to create a more emotional approach to Pokemon training, it?s still a good take on 20 years? worth of nostalgia.

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