We need to talk about the new Pokemon game. (PL:A)

Is this game actually what you hoped it would be?


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I know there will be a lot of diehard fanboys that will defend nintendo/gamefreak till they pass out from screaming but i still want to get some opinions here.

The first Pokemon game released 1996. Sword/Shield released 2019 and because it has some real 360° 3D parts, lets say they used basically the same formula for 23 years now. Just to have some sense of time, Super Mario 64 released 1996 too. Fully 360° 3D graphics in the same year - just on a much better performing console than a gameboy.

Now this:
The Pokemon Company, in a statement to Kotaku, stated that Pokemon Legends: Arceus will not be an open-world game.
However, the game will be played in segmented areas. The main village will be the base of operations, where players will receive tasks before going out into the open areas.
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This "segmented areas" type of gameplay is what pokemon used from 1996 until now and for the next few releasing games. But i ask: "why continue with this?"
The whole world wanted a true open world pokemon game and we hoped that SwSh would be exactly that. Nope, it wasnt. Yeah we got some areas where we could roam around like we wished to but thats just not enough. Why didnt nintendo listen to what we want?

With games like BOTW, Skyrim, The Witcher, the Xenoblade games, the Crysis Remastered Trilogy and now also Dying Light on the Switch, there is absolutly no reason to say things like "the console wouldnt be able to handle this". Yeah, the witcher 3 looks like ass and the Crysis games are not true open world but they get the point across. You can have extremly good looking and moderate/good looking open world games on the nintendo switch. Remember when we used to say "But can it run crysis?" and the answer is "holy shit, the switch can run crysis".

I do understand that there needs to be a tradeoff between (open) world, props/details/visuals and FPS. But what i dont understand is how people can accept how bad this new pokemon game actually looks. Please go and rewatch the trailer. the environment looks like it could be from n64 era, there is no detail in textures, almost no foliage or other props and everywhere you look into the distance the world just looks like someone did a unity pokemon fan project in a week. This isnt really acceptable since other games can looks so good and its even less acceptable because its not even a true open world game.

Yeah yeah, thats not final footage and they can change things and make it look better blah blah blah. I know. All of this is based on the footage we have seen so far and the infos we were given.
I just really hope that they will fix their shit as much as possible. And if they dont, i hope the backlash will be immense. So immense that they will finally, after 23+ years, change the formular (i also know its unfair for blaming them to use this formular on the gameboy/s because the hardware was truly limited).


Please, tell me what you think about this, but please, if you think that visuals dont matter: fck off. A full priced title should look good just as much as having good and enjoyable gameplay.

Thanks for reading this

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Why didnt nintendo listen to what we want?
As I understand it, Game Freak is like a second-party developer for Nintendo; not necessarily actually part of Nintendo, but most of their games release on Nintendo systems. Little Town Hero and Giga Wrecker Alt., both 2019 games (that no-one likely remembers), were released on PS4 and Xbox One, for example.
Admittedly, GF did move into a Nintendo building in 2020, the building they share with HAL Lab and a few other Nintendo-only companies, so...*shrug*.

With games like BOTW, Skyrim, The Witcher, the Crysis Remastered Trilogy and now also Dying Light on the Switch
Oi - where's Xenoblade Chronicles in that list, eh? Both DE and 2 (and T:TGC) have plenty of huge landscapes that look utterly fantastic, and run very well performance-wise. Can't believe you forgot Xenoblade...

if you think that visuals dont matter: fck off
Well, I can say that a lot of Sword/Shield's backlash, alongside the whole Dexit controversy that was never actually resolved (still 200+ species missing), was that the tree models and landscape details looked horrifically bad. As a result, I'm sure we already know that visuals do matter.
 
As I understand it, Game Freak is like a second-party developer for Nintendo; not necessarily actually part of Nintendo, but most of their games release on Nintendo systems.
yeah i know, for simplicity i just kept it at "nintendo". it gets the point across. and imsure they have some saying in the whole process too.

Oi - where's Xenoblade Chronicles in that list, eh? Both DE and 2 (and T:TGC) have plenty of huge landscapes that look utterly fantastic, and run very well performance-wise. Can't believe you forgot Xenoblade...
Sorry, im not a huge xenoblade fan and thats why i missed it. Of course i know it looks beautiful and ill quickly add it to the list 😅

Well, I can say that a lot of Sword/Shield's backlash, alongside the whole Dexit controversy that was never actually resolved (still 200+ species missing), was that the tree models and landscape details looked horrifically bad. As a result, I'm sure we already know that visuals do matter.
Thank you so much for knowing how it all went. And yeah, textures look really bad and if you look at the tree models from the next game's trailer - its even worse! i just cant believe how they want to get away with this
 
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It was weird how Sword/Shield looked so awful, when one of the very few positive things I can say about Let's Go! was "it's visually stunning". What the absolute fuck happened after that?
 
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Honestly I wouldn't trust game freak to not make a completely empty open world game so this is probably a good thing, but I agree that they need to change up the formula. Right now they're using the same exact battle system that they've been using for years, when this would have been the perfect oppurtunity to do something different. This whole thing just reeks of laziness/devs not being given enough time to actually develop. A turn based battle system just doesn't seem to mesh with the whole thing that they're going for here. Allowing you to actually control the pokemon would have been much better, but it would have taken a lot of time to flesh out movesests, time that gamefreak has shown that they are not willing to invest in their projects as of late.
 

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