Pokémon Sword and Shield Brings Together The Best Of The Series With Immersive New Dimensions

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

The years might change, but one thing that will never change is the undying love we have for Pokémon. When I look back at my childhood, some of the fondest memories I have are of Pokémon and its related moments. The characters and dynamics are truly imbued in the minds and memories of all of Pikachu’s fans. Pokémon games over the years have come to definite their own distinct style and character. Whether it was the very first 2D games that kept us entertained for hours or the game-changing Pokémon Go that truly redefined the way people interacted with their phones, Pokémon games have always been some of the most immersive games in the world. The latest arrival in the series comes in the form of Pokémon Sword and Shield.

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With online leaks coming forward a few months ago, the initial glimpse we had made us definitely want to try out the actual game. Finally, getting the change to play the game after a long wait feels like a true treat. The game truly reverts to the core of the Pokémon experience to deliver a stunning game.

One of the best aspects of the latest Pokémon game is the never Pokémon it brings. Instead of focusing on encompassing every single possible Pokémon, the game manages to add some stunning new Pokémon that are an integral part of the experience this time around. Even though the decision to not include every single Pokémon was a highly risky one, the game manages to deliver through by offering worthwhile new Pokémon for players to play with. The game does a major step down in comparison to all other games, instead of the standard 890 Pokémon in the previous games, Sword and Shield has less than half. With just 400 Pokémon, I was initially skeptical about whether the game would be able to deliver on the experience. But boy was I wrong
The game truly manages to knock it out of the part with dynamic new Pokémon designs and offering new immersive regions that are truly a stunning aspect of the whole game. The gameplay is visibly improved from the previous iterations, perfectly bringing the Pokémon games to Nintendo Switch.

The game ventures into the Galar region, which is awfully similar to a rendition of the United Kingdom. Every aspect of the experience is reflecting on the general change in direction. Whether it was the rolling green hills or the way characters interact, the freshness is visibly there in the latest iteration of Pokémon.

One thing that was kind of upsetting was the inability to bring forward generations of Pokémon via Pokedex, which was an essential aspect of the previous games. The general mechanics in terms of Dynamaxing also seemed odd in the way they were implemented.

However, in consolidation, the game is a stunning addition to the Pokémon series. With an array of new Pokémon and a fresh new region, It is a must-try for all Pokémon fans.

 

Pokemon Let’s go!

Even though Pokemon games have existed for a long time and will continue to do so, Pokemon Let’s Go is an innovative new look at the game franchise while keeping the history and the legend of the game and the franchise in mind. It manages to bring a few new twists to the original gameplay which are not major changes but make this game feel a bit different from all the games before it.

Pokemon Let’s Go is a modern remake of the classic Pokemon Yellow game and is the first pokemon game to be released for a home console, which in this case, is the nintendo switch. So all the familiar characters that have become associated with the Pokemon series like Professor Oak, Misty or Brock make a comeback and they are as good looking as they can ever be, just like the Kanto region where the game is based.

The game looks great and the modern graphics make it worthwhile to go back to the Kanto region as a pokemon trainer. If you are a veteran player playing pokemon games for a while, this feels like a sweet return to the games that you loved.

The game also includes all the original 151 pokemon creatures and some additional ones. As with all pokemon games, you fight other pokemon trainers with your captured pokemons in this game too.

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However, instead of the traditional way of capturing pokemons by battling them, this game uses a mechanism lifted from the mobile spin-off game Pokemon Go!

Players are expected to throw pokeballs using the motion controls of the Joy-Con or by using buttons when the Joy-Con cannot be used. Even though it is very hard to miss capturing a pokemon, it can be possible. The timing of the throw is important and also affects the experience points awarded to the pokemon.

There is a multiplayer system and a co-op system present in the game where two players can play together on the same console. Online battle and trade is also possible with a subscription to the Nintendo Switch Online service.

The game also allows you to play with an optional controller which is shaped like a pokeball, called the Poke Ball Plus. It is shaped like a pokeball and has a variety of controls which can be used to play the game.

The primary draw of the Pokemon Let’s Go for me is the nostalgia value that can be derived from this game. Even though it is a modern remake of an iconic game, it feels great and looks great. For someone who’s a veteran player of Pokemon games, this game makes it worth it to go back to Kanto region and the new additions sync up nicely with the gameplay.

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The new motion based mechanism might be a bit hit and miss for a few players but overall, this is a solid game and a great addition to the Pokemon franchise. It should delight both old fans and people new to playing Pokemon games.

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Review

From a narrative perspective, the new installation of Pokémon in the name of Ultra doesn’t generally stray much from the first Pokémon Sun and Moon story, especially when we review it from the beginning. I mean for once I was like ‘this is basically this *ish is the same!’You are yet again the youthful hero beginning another life in Alola and going over Nebby and in addition the different Ultra Beasts, however, this time around, the end-game is unique and more enjoyable. This is actually the best Pokémon has to offer but it is still too familiar to its fans. I mean really! Talk about lack of creativity! What changed from the original Pokémon Sun and Moon? Yes, the story ending is different and if we are to exaggerate, we can, because it’s huge. But, to be honest, games are not like humans, they do not become better by adding few things to the original version. By so doing, the game becomes too familiar which develops a feeling of repetition. And that is a feeling no gamer wants to have. Gamers are adrenaline junkies, we live for the hype. What good is a game if it fails to meet our expactations?

It could have been better if they had released an additional DLC for the original version of Pokémon Sun and Moon. We are way past the era of releasing ultimate version in games. When a new installation is expected, it has to be a makeover. It needs to look new and entirely present surprising moments. With that said, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is a wonderful revisit for existing gamers. However, for new players who have not been to this world before, the game will be a wonderful experience. The reinvention of Pokémon was beautiful in the beginning. Sadly, with just a year in-between Pokémon Sun and Moon, and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, it becomes difficult to separate the two as one-year-old memories would still be lingering. The original Pokémon sun and moon did a great job in creating a world and characters that people could relate and care for. Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon real crux are that all of that was beautiful in moon and sun, is still there.

I won’t take it away from Pokémon though, the game is something of perfection. The delight of the game kicks off after having gone through the first 15 hrs. I have to admit though, the wait is worth it. It’s a pain in the ass but trust me when I say it’s worth it. Having to go through the first similar 15 hours, at that point, things kick up an indent. It kicks off by many notches. There are new opponents to face now, Team Rainbow Rocket offering another enemy to go head to head against, Ultra Wormholes to pass through as you continue with your adventure and an entirely revamped story that follows an amazing Pokémon, Necrozma, that had not previously been explored.

When we played Pokémon Sun and Moon, we saw a potential of a newly revamped sequence that will bring dynamic to the game. Sun and Moon were the best and a sequel meant taking the story further. However, that is, for the most part, frustrating on the grounds that we’ve just perceived how there is the capacity for a solid new story here, not just revisiting the old ground with a different angle of narration. One thing about games is that when there is a sequel released, you need to have played the previous version in order to understand what is going on: when it comes to Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon it is the opposite since you will be getting one and the same story. If labelled as a DLC, this would have lifted Pokémon Sun and Moon to greater heights and subsequently made the game one of the best. However, labeling the game as a sequel messed up everything as players expected to experience a new environment. According to me, our expectations were raised, to high levels, by the creators, only for them to drop us at the last moment by regurgitating the same scenes. And it hurts!