The verdict? Mixed. Some friends relish the gameplay and the nostalgia that comes with the franchise; others lament it as a repetitive turn-based game. It's also interesting to get an outsider's perspective on Pokemon. At one point, O'Dwyer asks, "How come Pikachu doesn't go in a Pokeball? It's the worst. It's like a cage. Is that not really messed up?" (Danny, you might be comforted by this artist's rendition of what the inside of a Pokeball looks like).
Check out the video to see his final conclusion. And if you need convincing yourself, here's a video review of the latest and greatest in the Pokemon series, X and Y: