The game was playable on the show floor at E3 2018, but it was only playable with standard controllers, in the media section, I was lucky enough to play the game with the new Pokéball Plus controller, which was very cool, but also highlighted how basic the game is going to be. Getting it out of the way first, the Pokéball Plus is tiny, only slightly larger than a Golf ball, it is nowhere near as large as you might be thinking. I think this is about the only time I can say, thank goodness for the wrist strap, because without it, I would be worried about losing it. The controller itself contains only one physical button and one stick, but that also acts as a button when pressed down, meaning you have two buttons and a stick to play with.
Outside of the battles, all I was able to do, was some exploration and catch new Pokémon, the exploring was the part that I enjoyed the most, because not only did I have Pikachu on my shoulder, as he does, Eevee rides on your head, I had a Charmander walking behind me. You can now have any additional Pokémon from your party, follow behind you and the Nintendo rep on hand, did point out that some can be ridden, like Onyx in the announcement trailer. Walking around and having Charmander follow me, whilst Pikachu rode on my shoulder, was something that I don’t think I could ever get bored of watching, though I hope to achieve greatness by having a Zapdos slowly flying behind me one day.
There was no requirement for me to attack the Pokémon or anything, just give it a berry and I was good to go, that being said, as I was using the Pokéball Plus, I was throwing my arm, like I was throwing a real life Pokéball, which was cool. But I did also manage to over throw the ball, missing the Pokémon completely, so there is a little challenge there, however when doing a simple throw, it landed every time.