For twenty years, Pokemon has released several games which most involve fighting other Pokemon. Of the games, each have had the same RPG fighting system with an certain level of health and four possible moves. That is until the 2015 Wii U release of Pokken Tournament, a spin-off of the Tekken video game series, which had a health bar and numerous moves and combos. A Pokemon fighting game that was similar to fighting games such as Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat is something I and many Pokemon fans wanted to see for years. And the game was well worth the wait
When I started playing, the first thing I noticed was the games absolutely fantastic graphics. Each Pokemon and there moves were giving a realistic look rather than the standard Pokemon game look which makes the graphics and gameplay look amazing. I found myself instantly hooked on playing the game just on looks alone. Especially the power moves, called Synergy Attacks, look incredible. The gameplay itself was entertaining and enjoyable and the fighting system was overall great. Also, like many other Pokemon games, the game had great sound effects and a great soundtrack.
The game had a great selection of playable characters/Pokemon to which I found most to be fun to play as. Each Pokemon was vastly different from each other, having different moves and combos. Each time I played as a different Pokemon for the first time, I found myself wanting to learn the combos of that character. My personal favorite Pokemon in the game and in general, Pikachu, yes I know I’m very original, was extremely fun to use and I played as him several times to discover each of his combos. Some other Pokemon I loved playing as were Lucario, Braixen, Mewtwo, and Pikachu Libre.
The online multiplayer was great as well. The wait period for each game was very brief. Although when I started playing shortly after the game was released, there weren’t that many severs available to play in. However, within a month, there were more severs to play in and I enjoyed playing multiplayer much more.
Overall, I found Pokken Tournament to be a fighting game that was fun to play and looks fantastic and has a great selection of playable Pokemon. I had always wanted to play a Pokemon fighting game like this ever since I started playing Pokemon and the game was well worth the wait. I give Pokken Tournament a nine out of ten.