Video Game Review: Pokemon Omega Ruby

Details: Beat the game in about twenty-four hours. Spent about three hours going through post game content. More information can be found at https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-video-games/pokemon-omega-ruby-and-pokemon-alpha-sapphire/

Score: 7/10

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are remakes of older games using the graphics and animations from Pokemon X and Y. Strangely enough, the game looks better than X and Y. While I enjoyed Omega Ruby more than I enjoyed X, the many added features do not cover up flaws in the original Ruby and Sapphire that made their way into these remakes as well.

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Video Game Review: Detective Pikachu

Details: No idea how long this game took, but there are nine chapters and each chapter probably took a little over an hour to get through. More information can be found at https://detectivepikachu.pokemon.com/en-us/

Score: 5.9/10

Detective Pikachu is a standard adventure game. My biggest complaints with this game are not with the game itself, but with the adventure game genre, which I find mostly boring. Also, an adventure game relies heavily on its story and while Detective Pikachu tells its own story separate from the movie, there’s enough connection to the movie’s story that it took something away from the game.

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Video Game Review: Pokemon X

Details: Beat the main game in about thirty-two hours. Played about three more hours going through post game content. More information can be found at https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-video-games/pokemon-x-and-pokemon-y/

Score: 6.8/10

There is no reason to play this game at the present date unless someone has given you a free copy. Pokemon X and Y is a decent Pokemon game, it is simply outdated. The story and gameplay follow the well established Pokemon game formula, minus all the improvements in Ultra Sun and Moon. If you need to play a Pokemon game right now, go get Ultra Sun or Moon. Otherwise, just wait for Pokemon Sword and Shield.

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Video Game Review: Pokemon Ultra Sun (and a bit of a rant at Nintendo and Game Freak)

Details: Beat the main quest in about forty-two hours. I played for about another twenty hours going through post game content and catching Pokemon. Official site is https://www.pokemon-sunmoon.com/ultra/en-us/

Score: 7.3/10

While Pokemon Sword and Shield is slated to come out in the near future, the current most recent Pokemon game is Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. These two games are not full sequels, but upgraded remakes of the regular Sun and Moon games. I didn’t play the original Sun and Moon so I found this game a new, yet familiar experience that was really fun for a nostalgic old Pokemon player like myself.

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Movie Review: Pokemon Detective Pikachu

Details: More information can be found at https://www.detectivepikachumovie.com/ and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5884052/

Score: 5.5/10

Detective Pikachu was hard to sit through. The special effects are amazing as is the art direction. The main issue is the acting. It felt like I was watching grown adults trying to perform something they did not understand nor care about. It felt like watching amateurs acting for the first time in front of a green screen.

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