Pokémon Sword & Shield - GOTTA CATCH... some of 'em

 
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- I can appreciate more than ever the back-to-basics approach they're taking with this one
- Galar looks pretty
- James Turner seems pretty based, hopefully he didn't just spoil his best designs
- Wooloo is pretty cute, I might like it more than Mareep strictly in terms of design
- Gossifleur is even cuter, but Eldegoss is bit of a downgrade and reminds me of Jumpluff
- Drednaw is great, we have MANY turtles as it is but we've needed a snapping turtle
- Corviknight might be my favorite, idk, it's between it and Drednaw
- I'm glad they're sticking with a mixed generation pool of mons to catch, which is the best system
- The Wild Area is a welcome idea, open world concepts without being an open world game?
- Not really about this Dynamax thing, like CMD said it's a lazy substitute for megas, why not just bring megas back?
- Those legendaries are BAD
- those case covers are AWFUL, and i can't believe i still don't know which one to get
- November 15 is a good release date
- the Double Pack intrigues me, but it's probably gonna be $100 and i'm not sure if that's worth

overall good impressions, but there's a few iffy things

the fact that no villainous organizations were mentioned is interesting as well
Last Edit: June 05, 2019, 10:13:43 AM by Verbatim


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I knew that legendary looked familiar


 
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Grookey would be lower than Sobble, because we have WAY too many monkeys at this point, but I decided to look at it from a vacuum instead. I've also changed my mind on Eldegoss; it's not a downgrade, I was just expecting Gossifleur to evolve into something else, rather than something we've already been shown previously in the Direct.
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Grookey would be lower than Sobble, because we have WAY too many monkeys at this point, but I decided to look at it from a vacuum instead. I've also changed my mind on Eldegoss; it's not a downgrade, I was just expecting Gossifleur to evolve into something else, rather than a thing we've already been shown previously in the Direct.

I think the starters are perfectly fine but yeah, the legendaries are easily the worst ones we've ever gotten.

That other pre evolved grass one also looks way too farmiliars to some older ones TBH. Not as egregious as the Pickachu clones we've gotten granted.
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and in other news

i lost against guzma the first time around in aether paradise.

i also lost against lusamine but i guess they expected you to lose

i dont think these games deserve to be called piss easy,  ive had plenty of tough and/or  exhilarating battles

or maybe im just bad


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i battled against ultra necrozma. ive heard it’s a difficult fight and i woulda lost too, if it wasnt for some lucky paralysis

finding the legendary birds was cool and hearing the classic encounter theme was awesome... until i spent 20 min chucking ball after ball. ahh good ol 3 catch rate

ive clocked almost 70 hours, and i finally finished all the trials... what fun this game has been

but theres still much to be done


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These Raid battles look a bit more interesting than I thought they would.

Also looks like you can catch KOed Pokémon (at least in raid battles)
Last Edit: June 11, 2019, 12:10:58 PM by CMD.exe


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oh shit i didnt realize i posted that in the wrong thread lol
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YouTube

30 minutes of gameplay

haven't watched it myself so not sure if worth, but yeah


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theaetherone.deviantart.com https://www.instagram.com/aetherone/

Long live NoNolesNeckin.

Ya fuckin' ganderneck.
So apparently there won't be a national pokedex? I don't even own a switch so I can't play these, and that's still disappointing to me.


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yea ive been hearing that too, about no nat dex

that is very lame indeed, but i guess thats what happens when youre about to have almost 1000 pokemon


 
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So apparently there won't be a national pokedex? I don't even own a switch so I can't play these, and that's still disappointing to me.
well, the gen 7 games didn't have a national dex either, but that wasn't really the problem, since you could still use pokemon bank

the problem is that the new system that's replacing bank (pokemon home) is only going to allow pokemon from this gen's regional dex

so yeah that's super lame and i hope they fix that


 
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we got a couple new pokemon revealed in this E3 demo



Yamper, an Electric-type corgi (whose mere existence confirms a big leak)



Impidimp, the first Fairy/Dark-type


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we got a couple new pokemon revealed in this E3 demo



Yamper, an Electric-type corgi (whose mere existence confirms a big leak)



Impidimp, the first Fairy/Dark-type

I love the Corgi.

That second thing was an error in Blender that some intern tried to pass as a Pokemon design so he wouldn't get fired


 
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idk, i like em both

i think impidimp is sure to evolve into something cool


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so, after seeing a lotta people complain about the whole "no nat dex" thing, ive realized im kinda in the unpopular opinion camp

i dont think it's the end of the world

yes, it is questionable that they advertised Home as a place where all your pokemon can be transferred (and im sure they realized about the potential limbo some pokemon can be in, since it's a one way trip for all games except SwSh)

ive seen a lotta people complain about not being able to transfer or even see their favorite pokemon, and i think they should move on? im sure they have sentimental value but it's silly to play the game with old pokemon rather than trying something new. thats, of course, just my opinion

ive seen a lot of people claim theyre not gonna buy the game anymore because of this. while i can understand not wanting to support GF, i just kinda think people are overreacting a teensy bit...


 
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so, after seeing a lotta people complain about the whole "no nat dex" thing, ive realized im kinda in the unpopular opinion camp

i dont think it's the end of the world

yes, it is questionable that they advertised Home as a place where all your pokemon can be transferred (and im sure they realized about the potential limbo some pokemon can be in, since it's a one way trip for all games except SwSh)

ive seen a lotta people complain about not being able to transfer or even see their favorite pokemon, and i think they should move on? im sure they have sentimental value but it's silly to play the game with old pokemon rather than trying something new. thats, of course, just my opinion

ive seen a lot of people claim theyre not gonna buy the game anymore because of this. while i can understand not wanting to support GF, i just kinda think people are overreacting a teensy bit...
i can see where you're coming from

i'm definitely not angry about it, just disappointed, since "catching 'em all" is the original tagline for the series, and completing that dex is what makes the games fun for a lot of people

"remember that thing you've always wanted to do as a kid? NOPE, you can't do that here, not anymore"

i'm okay with trying new things (i always try to train an entire team of newly introduced pokemon every generation), but knowing my all-time favorite since gen 1 probably isn't going to be in the game because it's not popular enough kinda sucks

it's not the end of the world, just a kind of a bummer, you know


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on a completely different note though

ive been thinking about the pronunciation of Galar

im pretty sure the official is “Gah-lur” but i dont like that

i prefer “Guh-lar”
 
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after 75 hours, ive finally finished UM’s main story

gotta say, i had an absolute blast playing this game. i went in not expecting much, yes its not THAT much different from SM but i dont care. i think i have a new found appreciation for alola (i never really liked it in Moon, tbh)

but yea, ive forgotten how much i enjoyed playing pokemon. ive played it pretty much the 20 years ive been alive and i hope the memories of this game & my team stays... alright no more sappiness 
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Hmm...
I’m probably not going to be picking this one up till they add in the ability to transfer mons from other regions.

Seems super lazy that they didn’t allow it. It’d take more time to make the models, yeah, but how can you remove one of the core goals of the series?


 
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The Rage....


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i completed the melemele pokedex, and ive been thinking of working on a living dex when i 100% all of it

disregarding the SwSh shenanigans, ive never done one before so i think it could be fun


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after a few days of putting it off, i just completed the RR episode

it was cool to see all the boss villains again, but oh god what did they do to their battle themes

i kinda only liked cyrus’ & lysandre’s and what they did to maxie/archie is a crime

but ig giovannis theme made up for them. super cool. this is the first time in the series hes actually gotten a unique battle theme, no?


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whoa, you know what i just realized?

black, white, gold & silver are the only paired games in the series whose mascots dont revolve around the colors red and blue

like, dialga and palkia? blue & pink (close enough)

xerneas and yveltal? blue & red

it could be argued that solgaleo and lunala dont fit, but theyre orange & purple which is basically the same thing
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whoa, you know what i just realized?

black, white, gold & silver are the only paired games in the series whose mascots dont revolve around the colors red and blue

like, dialga and palkia? blue & pink (close enough)

xerneas and yveltal? blue & red

it could be argued that solgaleo and lunala dont fit, but theyre orange & purple which is basically the same thing
i think b/w and g/s still fit if you think of it more as warm vs. cool rather than red vs. blue

gold and black are warmer colors, and silver and white are cooler colors, so they still fit the scheme

or at least, that's always how i saw it


 
 
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Gotta be honest, but the pokedex announcement kind of killed most of the interest I had in this gen. The main reason I even got back into the main games back in like 2016 is because you finally could legitimately obtain all 720+ pokemon with just XY + ORAS. I never completed a full dex of any of the previous games because I stopped playing them by Diamond / Pearl and the version exclusives + special event pokemon made it pretty much impossible to begin with, so actually being able to catch and train virtually all of the pokemon with just 2 games (and then trade the last few in the GTS or get the mythical ones through the 20 year anniversary thing) was amazing and scratched that nostalgic itch. It was a lot of fun to catch them all with my girlfriend and complete that living dex.

But this? Just a small amount of all pokemon available and having to pay to transfer a bunch of your older ones? Yeah, fuck that.


 
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But this? Just a small amount of all pokemon available and having to pay to transfer a bunch of your older ones? Yeah, fuck that.
the galar dex could be huge for all we know, but i see where you're coming from regardless


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yea, i was thinking the galar dex has to be at least 400. if it's less than alola's dex, theyd definitely get even more flak

i think 500 is a good number

but at that point, people would just call them out saying "just add in the other 400ish"


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All this talk about pokemon features has sparked quite the debate and I actually agree with a lot of it. It's obvious that they can't just pack every feature from every game ever into each next iteration, but it's kinda BS how much solid features just get scrapped like that and how Gamefreak gets away with it just because it's Pokemon. There's some really cool stuff in there (not to mention things like Megas, pokeradar and the vs. Seeker) that they just dropped because each new game just has to have a bunch of random new things added to it. They should really focus more on improving and expanding on popular features instead of just dumping the tried and tested ones.
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