While its roguelike twist sets it apart a little, an abundance of other Pokemon-adjacent indies and rough looks make this tough to love
While I’m a firm believer that looks aren’t everything, and that even visually humble titles are more than capable of delivering a great experience, when paired with more humdrum play they quickly take things down an extra notch or two. What I like about Abomi Nation is that it isn’t the typical Pokemon formula with a slightly different approach to presentation and creatures. If you’re in for a little storytelling and world-building it has something to say, and that’s worth noting. If you’re in for the gameplay though while the stakes of combat may feel a little different, mechanically it’s definitely on the more generic side. That’s where the look and feel let the experience down. Unable to add a little razzle dazzle to things, the net effect more often than not is just something that plays in a bland and unmemorable way. Throw in more than a few decent choices for you to get your alternative Pokemon fix already out there and this is a more heavily-qualified recommendation than most.
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