I’ve always been perplexed by The Pokémon Company. Why do Pokémon games generally disappoint, but unwittingly outsell other franchises? Why is the company putting out low-budget mobile games like Pokémon Café and Pokémon Smile when their mainline games are consistently below the industry standard in quality (looking at you, Sword and Shield trees)? Perhaps I’m in a minority of people who did not think Pokémon: Detective Pikachu was a good game, but I personally do not want to see the game move onto the Switch without massive revisions to the gameplay.
The game wasn’t necessarily terrible. The idea and story behind the game were amazing. This was the first time (unless you count Pokémon: Mystery Dungeon) that we’ve seen a game revolving around trainerless Pokémon. Not only that, but the protagonist of the game isn’t even a trainer! This is why The Pokémon Company made the right decision in choosing Detective Pikachu as the first game to be made into a live-action Pokémon movie.
But the gameplay wasn’t great. A large portion of the game was just interesting cutscenes. I understand that these are essential to advancing the plot, but long cutscenes in games is one of my personal pet peeves. When you actually get to play the game, it is basically a bunch of elementary school level logic problems. You can barely move your character around the game because it keeps telling you to investigate something else. It isn’t difficult, but rather it’s frustratingly easy.
The Pokémon: Detective Pikachu sequel should expand the game and develop an interesting open world like Lego City: Undercover. Lego City’s world wasn’t necessarily expansive, but it was filled with devices and gameplay elements that made it fun to track down criminals, investigate mysteries, and solve cases. A Detective Pikachu game that followed a similar format would combine the superior story elements from the first game with palatable gameplay.
What do you think about the prospects of a Detective Pikachu sequel? Game Freak has been noticeably quiet about the game since its original announcement. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.