Hello. My name is Miles and I’m an addict. I’ve been playing Pokemon for over 15 years and I just can’t seem to stop. My addiction has become so extreme that I find myself purchasing more abstract titles like Pokemon Rumble U and, dare I say it… enjoying myself.
Pokemon Rumble U is what you get when Dynasty Warriors and Skylanders breed to create some twisted devil-spawn born in the Pokemon universe. The game is broken into various levels with a wide range of battle scenarios. You and up to four players select your desired Pokemon and enter a giant arena. You watch in horror as countless Pokemon are torn asunder and erased from existence. Your small group of four lays waste to several hundred creatures in the course of 86 seconds. Some Pokemon cower at your immense power and offer up their eternal servitude. You take them as slaves to use in future battles. Once the spoils of war have been collected from the battlefield, you move on to the next arena to do it all again.
Sounds pretty intense, right? This should be a game for any Pokemon fan, right? Well yes and no. Like I’ve said before, Pokemon Rumble U is barely a game.
It’s all about collecting Pokemon, which can be very satisfying, especially considering the fact that the game includes every single Pokemon through gen 5. That’s 649 playable characters. Easily the biggest roster in beat-em-up history. When you defeat a Pokemon there is a chance they will drop a Poke ball. There are various types of Poke balls and different colors have varying levels of rarity. Every single Poke ball will contain a Pokemon and it’s moves and stats are randomly generated based on it’s rarity. The more rare a Pokemon, the better moves and stats it will possess. This gives the player great incentive to go back and replay levels to try and get the best possible version of the specific Pokemon they are looking for. It’s worth noting that every single Pokemon you capture becomes available as a playable character, even the duplicates. This makes your character selection screen overwhelming to manage. I’ve only collected 250 of the 649 Pokemon in the game, but my current roster includes over 400 Pokemon. It’s bananas.
The NFC figures do a great job adding RPG elements and customization to the game. While playing through Pokemon Rumble U, you will collect coins by defeating Pokemon and destroying environments. Without the NFC figures these coins are simply used to continue if all the player’s Pokemon faint, but if you decide you wanna shell out $3.99 per figure (you bet your sweet ass I did), you can use these coins to “power-up” your Pokemon and teach them new moves and skills. All of these upgrades are synced with your figure and if you have an unfortunate friend who’s also been sucked into the mad world of Pokemon Rumble U, then you can take your little Mewtwo or Bulbasaur over to their house and use your beefed up Pokemon with it’s custom move set. If you’re going to pick up the game, it’s well worth the $3.99 investment to get at least one figure. They add a great amount of value and depth to a somewhat shallow game.
Thank you for taking the time to listen to my stories. I hope to be clean one day, but for now I will just try to control my urges the best I can. Pokemon can be a very tough thing to quit. I know realistically I haven’t convinced anyone to stay away from this game, in fact I’ve probably peaked people’s curiosities and made them more interested in checking it out. If you have the game or plan on getting the game, come talk to me. I have a great support group we can go to.