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The ‘Pokémon Go’ Experience So Far…



With Pokémon Go slowly making its way onto mobile devices around the world, I thought it would be a great idea to share my experience of the game so far! After playing the game for a two or three days, I’ve engaged in most of the games highly publicised features… so here are my thoughts so far on Pokémon Go.

A Brilliant Concept:

The idea of taking Pokémon and putting them in a virtual creation of the real world is most likely as close as we will get. Using my phone I am able to see a map of my area along with the Pokémon that are nearby. Multiple times I found myself making my way off the road and into the bushes to spot and catch Pokémon, an experience which I assume would be similar if the Pokémon world was real. The app immerses you and encourages you to embrace the outdoors.

The Pokémon Themselves:

At the moment, generation one Pokémon are in the game, I would expect more additions to come in the future, expanding the longevity of the game. For now, there is a great number  Pokémon available, taking gamers back to the original games, with fan favourites popping up all over your map. As for legendaries, we are very excited to see how they will fit in the game, but with no answers yet, it is all down to our own speculation.


Current Server Issues:

After you consider the situation, this isn’t as big of an issue as it seems. As you can imagine, the release of Pokémon Go has received a very large hype, so once it’s out, you have millions of people wanting to get on the app, as well as those who downloaded the game from third party websites. This causes a very large amount of traffic and stress on servers, I would expect any bugs or crash reports to reduce once the game has been established globally.


Throughout the game you will see Pokémon Gymsmost likely an important landmark near yourself will be represented as a gym for you to battle in. Once reaching a certain level, players will pick to be a part of one of three teams, red, blue or yellow. After this the teams are against each other to control the most gyms, again this is another very fun factor of the game, encouraging competition alongside collecting. However, I have yet to discover a function allowing trainers to battle each other, something which may not yet be added to the game.

Pokémon Typing:

Closing with one of the more impressive features, Pokémon are typed to the real world environment! Upon going near areas of water on my travels, water Pokémon begin to show up nearby. The transition between types of Pokémon and your environment changing is very impressive. Overall creating a large sense of scale within the game.

Have you played Pokémon Go yet? Let us know in the comments what you think of the game so far.

Ryan Gulliford, a student well versed in the ways of first person shooters and racing genres, with a little bit of Pokemon knowledge thrown in for good measure. Exploring the world of gaming journalism one step at a time, Ryan is a writer for and owner of his own gaming blog What games am I looking forward too most? - Forza Horizon 3 - Destiny: Rise of Iron - Battlefield 1