New Pokémon Snap is right around the corner, launching on Nintendo Switch this Friday, but can it possibly live up to fans’ excitement?
Reviews for the game have now been published, including our very own. Below, we’ve rounded up a selection of quotes and review scores from a number of different outlets to see just how well the title’s gone down with the media ahead of its launch.
Before we dive in, we’d naturally like to urge you to check out our very own review:
Right, now you’ve read through our final verdict, let’s see what other critics had to say.
We’ll start things off with Eurogamer, who awarded the game a ‘Eurogamer Recommended’:
“While New Pokémon Snap relies on the foundation built by the original game, it has managed to develop these mechanics to create a longer, more fulfilling, experience. An ever-present charm runs throughout the game, from how well the Pokémon models are rendered to the photo editing feature, which allows you to add some pizzazz to your favourite pictures.”
Game Informer gave the game a very healthy score of 8.5/10:
“New Pokémon Snap delivers an experience similar to that of the original while expanding on the formula in ways that prolong the appeal of the expedition. In the two decades since the first game’s release, the Pokémon world has changed in innumerable ways, but the simple appeal of immersing yourself in this universe and taking pictures has remained unchanged.”
The Guardian were slightly less impressed, offering up 3 stars out of 5:
“It is still enjoyable, because the Pokémon themselves are so interesting to look at; it’s just not wildly exciting. It’s a laid-back game and one that offers many hours of gentle photographic research to anyone drawn to Pokémon’s weird world – whether you’re a veteran of 90s Pokémania, or a nine-year-old.”
VG247 went one up from that with 4 stars out of 5, here’s what they had to say:
“If you’re the sort of player who got really mad about the national Pokedex in Sword & Shield, you might also bemoan the level of content here. But I think this is plenty, delivering far more than the original and with a whole lot of replay value – it’s just a shame the developers felt the need to stretch it out artificially to justify what they’ve managed to build.”
GameSpot joined us in awarding the game an 8/10, saying fans have gotten ‘more than they bargained for’:
“Fans clamored for a Pokemon Snap remake for years, and with New Pokemon Snap, we’ve gotten even more than we bargained for: a great sequel that pulls from all eight generations of Pokemon released so far, dynamic courses that can be explored during both daytime and nighttime, and the ability to create an album of edited, personalized Pokemon photos…”
And finally, IGN also went with a score of 8/10, calling it a ‘successful modern reinvention’ of the original:
“After a 22-year gap, New Pokémon Snap is a successful modern reinvention of all the best ideas of Pokémon Snap, with more courses, more Pokémon, and more reasons to revisit familiar spots in pursuit of the perfect shot.”
New Pokémon Snap launches on 30th April and is available to buy either digitally from the Switch eShop, or physically at retail. Are you looking forward to playing the game this Friday? Let us know in the comments.
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