Darwinianevolution said:

XY were considered mediocre pokemon games

This guy certainly didn't seem to think so.

As for the main topic, well, basically, @vivster said it better than I could. This shouldn't need to be a choice. Pokémon looks infinitely better in 3D than it did in 2D, and if anything, X/Y showed exactly how possible it actually is to make it happen - and back then they had to make all-new models and animations for every single Pokémon and every last move, in under 3 years of development time. They did. Sword/Shield don't have an excuse, it's just laziness.

Last edited by mZuzek - on 01 July 2019