Endless Running Game
I feel like Pokemon Sword and Shield could have benefitted by waiting to launch alongside Pokemon Home. As I said before, there are certain aspects of this game that don’t feel finished.
It would seem they were released into the wild and allowed to replicate. With an overall total base stat of 555 it’s amazing a Pokémon from gen 1 can make the list, especially in a region of 400 Pokémon . Sorry Sword, butShield gets the points on this one for having this strong Pokémon available to capture through Growlithe. It makes sense for a Pokémon being once described as legendary. Being a straight fire type, it doesn’t have a lot of defenses, but it will make up for it with plenty of fire moves.
- I enjoyed the new characters, but the overall story of collecting gym badges is pretty typical for the franchise.
- I’m a 23 year old UNC Chapel Hill grad who knows more about Pokemon than I do myself.
- I’ve been interested in video games from a young age, and they have influenced me my entire life, leading me to study Japanese in college, with a dream of someday being able to translate the games I love so much!
- The twists it takes are welcomed, but don’t really come into play until the final hours of the game.
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Sword and Shield have a healthy number of cutscenes that focus on individual characters, so it’s a little weird that there isn’t a word of voice-acted dialogue in this game. The lack of voice acting was understandable when Pokemon was still on handhelds, but I think it should be there for a console release like this. It’s jarring to have these all these close ups on character faces, complete with moving lips and changing expressions, but with no spoken dialogue to go along with it.
One of the best examples of that is Sword and Shield’s map, which is just a bunch of towns and cities connected by different routes. There aren’t any dungeons in this game like the Silph Company, Power Plant, or Team Rocket Hideout from Pokemon Red and Blue. Aside from the Wild Area , Pokemon Sword and Shield will be very familiar to anyone who has played a Pokemon game before, even if they haven’t played since Red and Blue. At this point, I have to wonder how the developers at Game Freak can stand iterating on the same core concept while only making small changes for 20 years without going insane. That’s one of the only silver linings to the limited Pokedex in Sword and Shield.
With the new generation of Pokémon out many players are going to pick the prettiest and coolest looking Pokémon, but not you, you’re curious about which ones are the strongest in the region. To a big surprise, it’s not going to be any of the final forms of your starters, they couldn’t even top the top 20.
When Conkeldurr is affected by any status move, its attack is boosted to 1.5x as well as ignoring the lowered attack from burns. Pokémon that are heavily focused on status effects and setting up screens will have a really difficult time against Conkeldurr, especially since it has some truly devastating moves like Mach Punch and Earthquake. Ditto is also one of, if not the best user of Dynamax in the whole game, especially when paired with a choice item such as a choice scarf, making Ditto a great fit for any team needing some more defensive options. Gamefreak definitely made some odd choices for the Galar Pokédex such as including a genetic ultra beast experiment in as a Pokémon any trainer can find in the region possibly wild very odd.
It’s a shame that not all of the Pokemon are in the game – there’s no getting around that, and I can’t blame people who are upset by that. To hear Game Freak explain it, this is something that had to happen eventually, but it’s disappointing that Pokemon’s first true console outing had to be packaged with such a decision. In my first impressions article, I said that someone who wasn’t aware of the cut Pokemon wouldn’t be able to tell that Pokemon are missing from this game, and now having finished the game, I still think that’s true. Pokemon Sword and Shield throw a lot of Pokemon at you as you progress through the game.
I finished the game’s core narrative with 138 Pokemon captured, and I’m almost certain that’s a personal best for me. I’ve been training pokémon all my life, but I never felt like a true trainer until I walked through a tunnel into a stadium full of screaming fans.