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As soon as it came out, Pokémon instantly became a hit. Even though many were not swept up by the craze, enough were to warrant an animated TV show one year later. And that’s when it all began. There really wasn’t a middle ground. You wither loved Pokémon or you hated it because of how much everybody was trying to push it down your throat.
And those that loved it loved it so much that many are still playing it today. And despite the fact that new games still come out occasionally, none of them actually managed to deliver on a Pokémon game with today’s technological capabilities. And despite the fact that for a few months we were given hope that the game we all waited for was on its way, recent Pokémon Go footage was bitterly disappointing.
Everybody was so excited about the potentially best Pokémon game ever that it was bound to be a disappointment. Pokémon Go was meant to be an augmented reality mobile game in which you walked around and found different types of Pokémon. It was meant to encourage travel and socializing, as certain pocket monsters could only be found in certain areas of the world.
And it might still do that, albeit in a quite disappointing fashion. During an SXSW gaming panel, Niantic’s CEO John Hank presented a short video of what was supposedly some Pokémon Go gameplay footage. I’m saying ‘supposedly’ because there was no confirmation regarding the identity of the person speaking (although it did sound like him) or that the video was actual game footage.
Regardless, the short clip didn’t look nearly as awesome as we were promised it would. The game was supposed to be taking advantage of augmented reality, meaning that everybody expected that, like in the trailer, when you’d look at the environment in front of you through your phone, you’d see Pokémon frolicking about.
Instead, supposedly to make the game as widely available as possible, you have a character in a digitally rendered world. This would make the game no different from other Pokémon games, except that it would be more of a bother to catch the creatures. But the problems don’t stop there with the trailer.
There were no hints of Pokémon battles, meaning that if that was actual gameplay footage the combat system hasn’t yet been fully implemented. Plus, whoever played the short portion that appeared in the clip committed one of the biggest Pokémon heresies ever – they used a masterball to catch a lowly Ivysaur.
While some have given up on the game because of the presentation, others are hoping that it wasn’t really anything official. Meanwhile, you can the trailer for yourself if you click right here and perhaps be just as disappointed as the rest of us.
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