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Not the best Pokemon game tbh. I bought this knowing it was sort of a half-assed game from GameFreak but I really wanted a mainline Pokemon game to play on my Switch. Even with low expectations, I was still very disappointed with what we got. In terms of combat, it's still a Pokemon game. But when you start looking around at all the other aspects is when you start noticing all the cracks.

The devs have put in minimal effort in trying to take advantage of the more powerful hardware of the Switch compared to the 3DS. Textures look ugly (tress look straight out of the N64 era) and animations are rudimentary (in a cutscene in the early hours of the game, your mom gives you your camping equipment but instead of animating her lugging around a tent or gift then handing it to you, she's standing about 8 ft away from your character, slightly raises her empty hand then puts it down, and the game informs you that you've been given the camping equipment).

GameFreak said they spent most of the development time working on Pokemon animations, and while I understand that there are hundreds of different Pokemon to animate, I still can't see where all that effort went because most of them just repeat the same 2-3 animations with different effects to convey a different move.

Then there's the open-world portions of the game that, while probably one of the better ideas they've had, isn't executed very well. Each area of the open-world has its own list of Pokemon that could possibly spawn on it. But the list is dictated by weather that changes once a day. So if you're looking for a specific Pokemon and the weather doesn't line up with the area just right, then it's possible that you'll have to wait a few real world days to find what you're looking for.

I haven't bought the DLC because I heard it is just as disappointing and I probably never will. All in all, it's killed a lot of my excitement about playing another Pokemon game in the future. And this is coming from someone who has been playing them since Red/Blue. None of this is acceptable on a console that also gave us the gorgeous Breath of the Wild.

TL;DR: If you just want a Pokemon game and don't care about anything besides the gameplay, then this is still the same old Pokemon and I'm sure you'll enjoy it. But if you can't overlook the lack of polish, then I would caution against picking this up.
As an adult with nostalgia for the old GameBoy iterations of Pokémon, this game fell flat. There are no explorative micro environments like safari zone or Mt. Moon. No team rocket towers or side missions like the cruise ship in R/B. No exciting Pokémon encounters other than the Legendaries on the covers of the games. No depth to the story - just a hand to hold yours from start to finish to make sure you don't get lost or confused, or god forbid, learn through trial and error how to master being a Pokémon trainer along your journey.

I could forgive the lackluster graphics or the absence of some Pokémon favorites. I can't forgive the clear lack of effort to make a meaningful or fun story to immerse yourself into. I didn't lose a battle the entire time I played this game with the exception of a few of the Gigantamax Pokémon battles in the wild. It was an uninspiring cash grab that preys on the nostalgia of a game franchise that used to be amazing. I'd rather go back and play some of the earlier generation games I missed rather than play any more of sword or shield.
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You still need the expansions to get the full experience.
The season pass is 30 dollars for either Sword or Shield, and almost never goes on sale
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Not the best Pokemon game tbh. I bought this knowing it was sort of a half-assed game from GameFreak but I really wanted a mainline Pokemon game to play on my Switch. Even with low expectations, I was still very disappointed with what we got. In terms of combat, it's still a Pokemon game. But when you start looking around at all the other aspects is when you start noticing all the cracks.

The devs have put in minimal effort in trying to take advantage of the more powerful hardware of the Switch compared to the 3DS. Textures look ugly (tress look straight out of the N64 era) and animations are rudimentary (in a cutscene in the early hours of the game, your mom gives you your camping equipment but instead of animating her lugging around a tent or gift then handing it to you, she's standing about 8 ft away from your character, slightly raises her empty hand then puts it down, and the game informs you that you've been given the camping equipment).

GameFreak said they spent most of the development time working on Pokemon animations, and while I understand that there are hundreds of different Pokemon to animate, I still can't see where all that effort went because most of them just repeat the same 2-3 animations with different effects to convey a different move.

Then there's the open-world portions of the game that, while probably one of the better ideas they've had, isn't executed very well. Each area of the open-world has its own list of Pokemon that could possibly spawn on it. But the list is dictated by weather that changes once a day. So if you're looking for a specific Pokemon and the weather doesn't line up with the area just right, then it's possible that you'll have to wait a few real world days to find what you're looking for.

I haven't bought the DLC because I heard it is just as disappointing and I probably never will. All in all, it's killed a lot of my excitement about playing another Pokemon game in the future. And this is coming from someone who has been playing them since Red/Blue. None of this is acceptable on a console that also gave us the gorgeous Breath of the Wild.

TL;DR: If you just want a Pokemon game and don't care about anything besides the gameplay, then this is still the same old Pokemon and I'm sure you'll enjoy it. But if you can't overlook the lack of polish, then I would caution against picking this up.
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Really disagree with a lot of the criticism these games have received. Pokemon games have always had a lot of depth, but it only really mattered in PvP and was largely pointless in most other content. While these games definitely have their flaws, Gamefreak has done a lot to bolster the PvP side. It is easier than ever to get competitive pokemon, they've made a lot of things easier to come by (things like hidden abilities and g-max forms), and arguably most importantly, there's finally a ranked ladder.

And yes, a lot of people were upset that they excluded a lot of older pokemon, but even that was better for the PvP side of the game. It's no longer a problem that you don't have a copy of a older games and haven't been moving your pokemon forward from one generation to the next because every eligible pokemon is available in these games.
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Hoping for the digital version to go on sale too, right now looks like it's just physical.
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I used to love my pokemon on my DS back in the day!
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This game is honestly fun if you enjoy Pokemon in any way. I've poured over 500 hours into it. Most of my hours were put into building a team that I liked, not what was the meta. Made it into the top 1700! The gripe people seem to have is the graphics aren't super high (that's okay with me, it's Pokemon) and not having all Pokemon available in the base game (will be mostly fixed via the two expansions).

Whether it be competitive, just farting around and catching Pokemon, or enjoying the story and it's characters, it delivered and I am very much looking forward to the new dlc that's out soon. If you like any of the things mentioned, you'll probably enjoy it as well.
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As an adult with nostalgia for the old GameBoy iterations of Pokémon, this game fell flat. There are no explorative micro environments like safari zone or Mt. Moon. No team rocket towers or side missions like the cruise ship in R/B. No exciting Pokémon encounters other than the Legendaries on the covers of the games. No depth to the story - just a hand to hold yours from start to finish to make sure you don't get lost or confused, or god forbid, learn through trial and error how to master being a Pokémon trainer along your journey.

I could forgive the lackluster graphics or the absence of some Pokémon favorites. I can't forgive the clear lack of effort to make a meaningful or fun story to immerse yourself into. I didn't lose a battle the entire time I played this game with the exception of a few of the Gigantamax Pokémon battles in the wild. It was an uninspiring cash grab that preys on the nostalgia of a game franchise that used to be amazing. I'd rather go back and play some of the earlier generation games I missed rather than play any more of sword or shield.
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Not the best Pokemon game tbh. I bought this knowing it was sort of a half-assed game from GameFreak but I really wanted a mainline Pokemon game to play on my Switch. Even with low expectations, I was still very disappointed with what we got. In terms of combat, it's still a Pokemon game. But when you start looking around at all the other aspects is when you start noticing all the cracks.

The devs have put in minimal effort in trying to take advantage of the more powerful hardware of the Switch compared to the 3DS. Textures look ugly (tress look straight out of the N64 era) and animations are rudimentary (in a cutscene in the early hours of the game, your mom gives you your camping equipment but instead of animating her lugging around a tent or gift then handing it to you, she's standing about 8 ft away from your character, slightly raises her empty hand then puts it down, and the game informs you that you've been given the camping equipment).

GameFreak said they spent most of the development time working on Pokemon animations, and while I understand that there are hundreds of different Pokemon to animate, I still can't see where all that effort went because most of them just repeat the same 2-3 animations with different effects to convey a different move.

Then there's the open-world portions of the game that, while probably one of the better ideas they've had, isn't executed very well. Each area of the open-world has its own list of Pokemon that could possibly spawn on it. But the list is dictated by weather that changes once a day. So if you're looking for a specific Pokemon and the weather doesn't line up with the area just right, then it's possible that you'll have to wait a few real world days to find what you're looking for.

I haven't bought the DLC because I heard it is just as disappointing and I probably never will. All in all, it's killed a lot of my excitement about playing another Pokemon game in the future. And this is coming from someone who has been playing them since Red/Blue. None of this is acceptable on a console that also gave us the gorgeous Breath of the Wild.

TL;DR: If you just want a Pokemon game and don't care about anything besides the gameplay, then this is still the same old Pokemon and I'm sure you'll enjoy it. But if you can't overlook the lack of polish, then I would caution against picking this up.
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I'd give this game 2/5. The main story Pokémon game is what I'm after. I don't play PvP so can't comment on that.

First, the story is probably the easiest that it has even been. I don't think I ever even got close to whiting out. There's a lot of crutches (whole team exp share for instance) that make this game super easy but the level and move sets for gyms and other trainers is really really weak.

Also that little shit rival is annoying af. I played this game for probably 10-15 hours in total to beat it and at least 30 minutes were spent on his bullshit cutscenes.

I'd pick it up at $40. If you don't like it, you can sell it on eBay for like $35
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As an adult with nostalgia for the old GameBoy iterations of Pokémon, this game fell flat. There are no explorative micro environments like safari zone or Mt. Moon. No team rocket towers or side missions like the cruise ship in R/B. No exciting Pokémon encounters other than the Legendaries on the covers of the games. No depth to the story - just a hand to hold yours from start to finish to make sure you don't get lost or confused, or god forbid, learn through trial and error how to master being a Pokémon trainer along your journey.

I could forgive the lackluster graphics or the absence of some Pokémon favorites. I can't forgive the clear lack of effort to make a meaningful or fun story to immerse yourself into. I didn't lose a battle the entire time I played this game with the exception of a few of the Gigantamax Pokémon battles in the wild. It was an uninspiring cash grab that preys on the nostalgia of a game franchise that used to be amazing. I'd rather go back and play some of the earlier generation games I missed rather than play any more of sword or shield.
While I almost fully agree with you the Safari zone was replaced by the wild area which is way more exciting and is probably the only thing keeping the game from being a complete disappointment
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