My feelings on the Pokemon franchise really just go up and down like some kind of roller coaster analogy these days. Despite my long history and admiration for Pokémon as a whole, I feel like the franchise itself has not been putting the necessary weight behind its more recent release, especially the main line series. Which is increasingly difficult to excuse when it’s the biggest money making title Nintendo probably has under their umbrella these days. To cut to the heart of the matter right in the opening paragraph; To me: Crown Tundra is very disappointing.
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.
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.