Pokémon Sword and Shield Announced!: My Initial Thoughts

After years and years of waiting, Nintendo have finally done what many people have wanted and revealed a mainline entry onto a home console, their hybrid Switch. While we knew one was coming for over a year now, this is our first look at what it will look like. And it’s safe to say that it looks very promising and gorgeous. While people expressed unwarranted distain at the Let’s Go games, (they said it was a spin-off and a proper game coming) this looks to be a return to Pokémon’s roots. As a long time fan of the series, this is looking like it could be one of the best entries yet.

Source: The Official Pokémon YouTube Channel

The trailer gave us a good look at what the game will be like while also revealing the starters, for better or worse. The latest entry will be set in the British looking Galar region. The region and its visuals look very picturesque and seem to be a slightly more updated version of what we saw in Let’s go Eevee and Pikachu. While some people may be disheartened by the more cartoonish art style and perhaps expected more, I think it still fits well with what Pokémon is. It showed what looked like the starting town, with the player coming out of a cottage overlooking a beautiful lakeside village. It goes on to show us an industrial city, lush countrysides, gem encrusted caverns and snowy mountainous areas.

Galar Region

Just from this early preview of the region, it has me honestly quite stoked to see more, being set in this clearly British style location obviously intrigues me, being from England myself. However, it’s not everything that I wanted or hoped the region would be designed. Although an open world was probably a bit of a stretch, I would have liked it to maybe have much more open areas for us to explore, perhaps semi-open world in a way. But this was just a small trailer and it was hard to tell how more open or lack thereof the game will be. In the end, I still like linearity in games, but I feel Pokémon would benefit quite a bit from a more open structure.

We also got to see that random encounters are back, which will divide players. I personally would have liked to see a hybrid of old and new systems. I liked seeing Pokémon on the map, it helped to make the world feel more alive and realistic. They could have incorporated that feature with the traditional turn-based battles to make it truly better in my opinion. Also, it didn’t show your Pokémon following you, which likely means it won’t be a feature in the game either, which is a shame as I and many others enjoyed this addition.

Finally, we got to see the three new starter Pokémon for the region, and my feelings are mixed. The fire type Scorbunny looks the least interesting and unique for me. It reminds me a lot of Buneary, and the general design just doesn’t look that good. The water and grass types look much better, with the grass monkey Grookey my personal favourite. The water type Sobble also looks really adorable and would definitely be my second pick. Now we don’t know their evolutions, so this opinion might change and we didn’t see any other new Pokémon since this was just a small teaser. Overall, I am really intrigued to see more of this game and will definitely pick it up upon launch when it arrives later this yea, which will likely be November/December time.

Now these are just my thoughts, I’d love to hear what you think down in the comments below. If you liked this article, give it like and share, it really helps me out, maybe consider subscribing. Thanks for reading.

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