My thoughts on all of the controversies surrounding this game:
-The removal of the National Dex: Doesn't really effect me too much personally. I've never caught all the Pokemon, and while I have been slowly working towards catching them all via Pokemon Bank, I will still be able to do that via Pokemon Home, by transferring all the new Pokemon from Sword and Shield to Home and continuing to work on catching all of the older ones via Moon and Alpha Sapphire with the Global Trading system in those games.
-The graphics: These are disappointing, I won't pretend that they're not. The Switch is capable of more graphically than Gamefreak is getting out of it. They clearly need better programmers.
-Is it AAA?: I'm going to say no, it isn't. It should be AAA, Pokemon is one of the biggest game franchises of all time with all mainline entries selling at least 15m units lifetime, mostly at full price, with 3rd versions made with a minimum of effort selling for an additional 6m+ units. And yet, in spite of how hugely profitable Pokemon games are, and in spite of the fact that they were able to get away with charging an extra $20 for Sw/Sh, they still haven't made Pokemon a AAA series. It is baffling to me. Gamefreak is by far the smallest studio that works on a game series that sells 10m+ units per game, and yet they still refuse to expand to AAA size. Even worse, more than half of their small 143 dev studio has been working on other projects like Little Town Hero and Giga Wrecker Alt instead of Sw/Sh. So no, Pokemon is still not a AAA series unfortunately.
-The designs: No, I don't think they are bad overall. This is actually shaping up to be one of my favorite gens design wise. It's looking like there will be enough fully evolved Pokemon that I like to go through the game twice with nothing but new Pokemon, and that has not happened for me in a long time, if ever. There are some duds like the mismatched fossil sets, but every gen has some duds.
-Will I buy it?: Yes. While I am disappointed by the graphics and lack of AAA production value, I'm still very interested in the game. This might be last time that I buy a new Pokemon gen though, unless Pokemon finally evolves. I see Sw/Sh as a trial for HD development for Gamefreak, they've never really done it before, so I'm cutting them some slack. But there are no excuses on future generations. Rumor is that Switch 2 will already be out by the time Gen 9 releases, so Gamefreak will have even more power to work with and will need substantially better graphics and production value to be worthy of Switch 2 and the Pokemon IP. It's simply time for Gamefreak to expand into a AAA studio, and if they aren't willing to, Nintendo needs to find another studio that is AAA to handle development, with Gamefreak only serving in a supervisory and artistic capacity on future entries.
Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 07 November 2019