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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Best and Worst thing about each Pokemon Generation – Part 2

If you want to catch up on this list from the beginning: here’s the link to part 1. Within which I get into my personal favourite things about the first three generations of Pokemon games. Going back and looking at these more recent four Pokemon games helped me double down on my feeling that the Pokemon games were never actually on a slow decline.

Recently, there’s a lot of negativity online surrounding the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield. But looking at these games, they’ve mostly been on an upward trajectory to me, with Sun/Moon being the only real misstep. But I don’t mean to tip my hand too early. I’ll get into this list now and hopefully get across how I feel.

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