Pokemon Go is a fantastic game that embodies all the qualities of multiple genres, action, adventure, and role-playing. The game is presented in great graphical detail that immerses the played in the environment. There is so much game to explore in Pokemon Go that you can spend hours just walking around doing menial tasks.
The gameplay is very similar to that of darkstone, and somewhat similar to diablo, but controlling multiple party members at the same time. Luckily the AI is quite good and your party members almost never get themselves killed needlessly. You cannot set their ‘agression level’ as you can in other games, which isnt that helpful, instead you tell them what role to play IE, melee (engage bad guys), support (shoot them with arrows, or melee attack unobtrusively), Healer/caster (attacks primarily with spells, and heals other characters when they need it). you can switch characters with the tab key.
Joseph, the main character can summon creatures, though not right at the outset of the game. Summoned creatures (you can only summon one at a time) are controlled like any other party member.
Joseph can banish a summoned creature at any time. while in combat, you can pause to issue orders, or cast spells. The skill point system is quite confusing but is ok once you figure it out. One way I like to do things is for example, lets say i have 4 points in ‘HEAL’ category, and I have 2 heal spells, heal, and cure, upon levelling up, I would save the game and see how many points I would have to allocate in healing to get the 3rd heal spell.
Chain attacks are another confusing aspect of the game, but they are easily mastered once understood. Left to theor own devices, the computer-controlled party members will use chain attacks (though not perfectly), but when you are controlling a character, attack a bad guy, then when the chain link appears above your characters head, right click the mouse. Do this repeatedly to continue the chain of attacks, always waiting for the chain link to appear, the ‘too fast’ and ‘too slow’ indicators appear when you screw up, right-clicking to early or too late, so just wait for the chain link summons can also perform chain attacks.
One tactic I have found very useful is putting alot of points into Flece’s (the second aharacter you aquire) backstab skill (only daggers can backstab), then attacking a bad guy with someone else, and running Flece in behind him and backstabbing him.
The graphics are fantastic, and smooth on my aging PC. The camera is a little akward sometimes, but not a huge problem. The characters are not all that detailed if you zoom in all the way, but all in all excellent. From the perspective you will be using for most of the game the graphics are breathtaking. The summons particularly, are quite impressive. The minotaur exploding into existence deserves special mention.
The music is very good and though a tad repetitive doesn’t become annoying. The voice acting ranges from average to very good. Sometimes the same character sounding so compelling where a few minutes ago sounding like a tool or cheat just known as Pokemon Go Hack.