I’ve played almost every Pokemon game out there and have hundreds of hours in every major Pokemon game except Sword and Shield. Yes, Sword and Shield marked a big leap in graphics quality over previous games, but this transition was not without sacrifice. Hundreds of PokÃ©mon have been left behind and cannot be captured in Sword and Shield.
This is not yet another article complaining about not being able to catch them all in Sword and Shield, I promise we are past that. I’m talking about this just to highlight the fact that Sword and Shield marks the start of a tricky phase for the Pokemon series.
It looks like Game Freak may no longer be as ambitious as it wants with the number of PokÃ©mon in the game, their animations, or the breadth of the game world, if they want to maintain a steady escalation in graphics quality. that meets the expectations of owners of the most recent equipment.
Game Freak tries to strike a balance between clinging to classic gameplay while trying to push the series further technically as much as possible, and they’re starting to hit a point of diminishing returns.
The dream of having this massively ambitious PokÃ©mon game that has all the Pocket Monsters, all the regions, beautiful animations and more just doesn’t seem like it could be real right now.
This reality stings even more after seeing what Pokemon could Looks like it had a more focused reach in the recently revealed New Pokemon Snap game.
Instead of hoping and wishing till death a main Pokemon series that might never look like New Pokemon Snap or something like Breath of the wild and keeping all the gameplay we love, I come up with a more realistic solution: let Pokemon rip a page from the Sonic series and have classic and modern games.
After Sonic ’06 low point, Sega once again embraced classic 2D gameplay. They experimented with both styles in the same game (Sonic Generations), but with the release of Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces, they eventually divorced the two completely.
There is now a 2D series that looks like a classic Sega Genesis game, and a 3D series that the Sonic team can experience and take the series forward.
Although Sega and Sonic Team do to succeed especially when it comes to 3d games (Sonic Mania was a gem though) the general idea is good if they can one day get the 3d gameplay just right (free tip: go back to Generations / Unleashed physics Sega). It’s a plan that Game Freak and Pokemon could, and absolutely should, tear up.
Close your eyes (but not really because you need to be able to read the next part), and imagine for a moment what world I’m about to describe and tell me if that’s okay with you.
What if there was a âClassicâ PokÃ©mon series and a âModernâ PokÃ©mon series. Classic Pokemon could be some kind of demake. It could use Gen 1 or Gen 3 style graphics / art and it can be as ambitious for the older fan as they want.
Gold and silver were made with a smaller team, in 1999 for the Game Boy and it soufflÃ© our minds that we could go back to Kanto and catch all the Pokemon and get 16 badges!
A team in the 2020s could absolutely benefit from a game that allows us to visit multiple regions, catch them all, keep 100% of the old-fashioned four-hit gameplay, and maybe even get a little bit more. difficult given that the appeal is probably more towards the older audience for these games.
It can keep the same overall hokey story that we’re all suckers for right now at this point to get all the badges and become the best that ever was. In essence, this could be the kind of dream game for every Pokemon Millennial fan. Or in other words, Sonic Mania from the Pokemon series.
Now imagine something completely different. A modern PokÃ©mon that’s as pretty, if not prettier, than this new Pokemon Snap trailer, maybe even as pretty as Breath of the Wild or another modern Nintendo game.
It doesn’t feature all PokÃ©mon and might only take place in one region, but it pushes the gameplay into a whole new territory – perhaps more action-oriented territory – with unique attack animations, scale PokÃ©mon, an interesting story with real-life plot and character development.
Would it be so bad to ditch the sword and shield formula that tries (and fails) to do everything, and instead just have classic and modern versions that each focus on completely different things than do people want to see PokÃ©mon streaks, and each one fulfills its purpose effectively?
I don’t know if you’ve all read this, but I’d like to see it. I am 31 years old and I love PokÃ©mon. I started with Red and Blue but I am tiredness of this formula. I want to see Game Freak be ambitious, not release a similar product every year, and then see them feel bad that they can’t put all the PokÃ©mon in the game and reuse the animations.
The extension of the Isle of Armor the other day reaffirmed my apathy for this current trajectory. I was looking for something that was going to turn me on again in Sword and Shield, something that felt new.
Instead of, Isle of Armor is just wilder areas, another cheerful and forgettable storyline, and mostly challenge-free, faceroll gameplay.
I can’t continue to sign up for this forever. If Game Freak is content to finally let me grow old and deliver virtually the same product for decades to younger generations, so be it. But I don’t think it has to be, and with a little effort Pokemon can be a juggernaut that appeals to everyone.