Nintendo has been knocking it out the park this year with game announcements. Pokemon Sword & Shield are the new Pokemon games and the official start of gen 8.
This is the Pokemon game that I’ve been waiting for on the Switch! Not that Let’s Go bullshit that released last year and disappointed the living heck out of me. Pokemon Sword & Shield looks like the game that every hardcore Pokemon fan has been waiting for. It’s set in a new region called Galar and it’s absolutely beautiful… and really purple. This direct got straight to the point and showed off a lot in just 7 minutes. We saw the new starter Pokemon, some of the region, and I think our first gym. The world looks beautiful and I love the new starter Pokemon already and the game isn’t even out yet. I’m going to break this down into sections to make it easier to follow along.
I really like the name of this region. And, from what little I’ve seen, it’s already very diverse. It’s very factory heavy with trains, cranes, and steelworks with countrysides, vast plains and snow covered mountains. I can’t wait to see what new Pokemon are in this game. I’m kind of hoping they go the Black & White route and just have new Pokemon to catch, but since we saw Pikachu I’m guessing that won’t be the case here. We also saw trainers battling in actual Pokemon stadiums while dressed in uniforms. The hometown is bigger than it’s ever been and I saw a library, a dimly lit mine, and a train station. I’m really liking what I’ve seen in this region so far and I can’t wait to see more.
The new starter Pokemon are Grookey (grass type), Scorbunny (fire type) and Sobble (water type). And they’re all very adorable. I think I’m going to go with Grookey on my first run, but I can see Scorbunny taking the number one spot because I love bunnies. As usual, I have no interest in the water type being shown off here. I haven’t loved a water starter since Froakie. I do like the design of all of the starters though and I know I’ll end up trying Sobble eventually.
Wild Battles Are Back:
Pokemon Let’s Go did not have wild battles outside of a few encounters with Snorlax, Mewtwo, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres. Instead, that game played just like Pokemon Go. It was super repetitive and really boring. I’m happy that wild battles are back because that means I don’t have to catch 50 caterpie to level my party up. I can just beat the living crap out of them. This also means that battle experience points should be back to normal too. That’s two things to get excited about right there!
It’s Not The Breath of the Wild Pokemon Game Everyone Was Raving About:
To be fair to the Pokemon Company they never advertised this game as a change to the formula. They said that we were getting our usual traditional Pokemon game this year and that’s exactly what they showed off and I’m totally okay with that. I don’t want a Breath of the Wild Pokemon game, anyway. This is your traditional Pokemon game and while some fans will undoubtedly be disappointed by this you only have yourself to blame for it. I never thought the next Pokemon game would be anything other than the traditional Pokemon game that has you traveling around the world winning badges and catching cute critters.
You Can’t See Pokemon In The Overworld:
I was paying close attention to everything shown off in this short trailer and I didn’t see any wild Pokemon moving around the area. I’m okay with that for multiple reasons, but I’ll name the best reason I have. The framerate in Let’s Go would drop significantly once a lot of Pokemon showed up out of the grass and, honestly, seeing these huge Pokemon pop up out of a little patch of grass was ridiculous. Let’s Go wasn’t big enough to pull something like that off. The end result was a mixed bag. Yes, it’s cool seeing the Pokemon walk around, but I’m fine with being surprised too.
One of the few things I loved about Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee was the companion Pokemon. Sadly, they don’t make a return here. If they are they’re being kept a secret for now because every time I saw the trainer walking around he/she was alone with no partner Pokemon. If there’s one feature that needs to be in every Pokemon game it’s this one. It’s just cool to be able to go on an adventure with your partner Pokemon.
Will This Game Have Co-op Too?:
Let’s Go was super easy. I think we can all agree on that. Wouldn’t be cool if co-op was a regular thing though? I would love to battle my wife on the same screen fighting her team of Pokemon instead of sharing the same party as you did in Let’s Go. At the very least have a hub area where various human controlled trainers can interact and battle instead of doing it all through menus.
And that’s it. I’m very excited for Pokemon Sword & Shield. Aw man! those are some awesome names, aren’t they? Did you watch the Nintendo Direct this morning? Are you looking forward to Pokemon Sword & Shield?