What Pokemon could learn from Digimon World: Next Order

Something has broken in my brain. A combination of me watching the rebooted series of Digimon Adventure and rediscovering what made me love the Pokemon games so much have become inexorably linked. The consequence of which saw me dropping all of the other, newer games I’d been playing and start a new game of the PS4 game from a few years ago: Digimon World: Next Order.

Next Order is a direct sequel to the 1999 Digimon World on the first Playstation; one of my favourite games for the platform. Upon playing these games back to back I feel like are a few things the Pokemon franchise might be able to learn from Digimon World.

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Three things I like about Pokemon Sword/Shield (Also three things I like less)

It seems to me that Pokemon Sword and Shield have been the perfect opportunity for less satisfied corners of the fandom to come out air all of their grievances. Either with the franchise in general, or towards its developer Game Freak. With varying degrees of justification in my opinion. I have already voiced my feelings on the “Dexit” controversy multiple times now, and with the gift of hindsight, I am less indifferent to the issue than I thought I would be.

That’s not really what I’m here to talk about today though. In the end, the issue still didn’t effect my enjoyment or experience with the game, if there were a list of things about the game I could change, I doubt that particular controversy would even be in my top five. Mostly there are other issues with the game that leave me wanting even more.

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Sword & Shield’s Pokemon League is a big missed opportunity

Starting to write about the new Pokemon game feels starting to chip away at an iceberg. Especially this one, with so much drama surrounding the game… with varying degrees of justification. It’s kind of daunting to write something about the game without it being contextualised by that drama.

I’ve just seen the credits roll after “finishing” Pokemon Shield. So based on that time with the game, I actually feel qualified to comment on some of it’s strengths and shortcomings now. I’m not sure how many more posts I’m going to write about the game in the coming weeks, but for now I want to dig into an aspect of the game I felt was a great change I wish they’d invested more time into.

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