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Knuckles-Fajita

The only problem I have with stereotypes in Sword and Shield is the idea that everyone is an angry drunk Scot.

Because that's all Britain is apparently. Scotland and alcohol.

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Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy

Ralizah wrote:

Pokemon S/S's England references haven't really felt too over-the-top to me (except when they're CLEARLY supposed to be, like Galarian Weezing), to be honest. Actual British stuff I've watched in the past has often felt more stereotypically British than what I've seen in the trailers for the game so far.

With that said, cultural stereotypes never really bother me as long as they're not malicious, and I don't expect deep worldbuilding from Pokemon anyway

Fair point @Ralizah ! Shame about those legendaries though. They look rather ... Overdesigned to put it nicely.

They aren't those Black and White genie trio bad... But knock off Sif the Great wolf (Or even Koromaru from persona 3) and shield doggo (who I guess kinda reminds me of the Sun legendary for some reason) aren't exactly inspiring


Every Morrison's advert that has deals on alcohol usually has on screen text saying "excludes Scotland" sorry @Knuckles-Fajita but even the shops think that!

I did see somoone photoshopping a Greggs on one of the item shops (Or just a blue house) in Sword & Shield that actually did make me smile a little 😅

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Ralizah

@Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy Honestly, even with all the drama these particular Pokemon games have inspired, the only issue I really have with them atm is the cover art for physical copies of the games.

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There's something very... plain and off about them. And the images on the front covers... I dunno. They look sort of like fan art to me.

With that said, I'm getting Pokemon Shield digitally, so I won't have to worry about seeing the box on my shelf anyway.

I don't disagree that the legendaries aren't hugely interesting design-wise, but, honestly, I feel that way every gen. Gold/Silver was the last set of games where I was actively excited to track down the legendary Pokemon.

Although that could also be due to me having been a lapsed Pokemon fan between Gold/Silver and Black/White. I almost completely ignored the NDS-era games (Diamond/Pearl kind of sucked, and I've never understood the acclaim HeartGold and SoulSilver received; absolutely loved Pokemon Black, but never got around to the sequels), and I've still yet to play anything in Gen 3. Even now, I'm more of a casual fan than anything. I enjoy them well enough, but Pokemon games are never deep enough to really inspire me to keep going after the main story is done. I'm hoping that changes with these newest games in the series. I actually kind of like the limited Pokedex, as I feel like I'll have the opportunity to catch everything in this entry, and I don't have to worry about a bunch of event Pokemon that I either lost along the way or never had the opportunity to catch in the first place.

Ah... event Pokemon. Let's hope those don't come back. All Pokemon should be catchable in the games, and this trend of making certain legendaries only available via special events make me less excited to try catching the others, as I feel like I'll always have an incomplete set.

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Knuckles-Fajita

@Ralizah Event Pokemon are already back. Mew is in the game. Plus Gen 8 will add a few if it's own as is tradition.

What I'm curious about is if a later Gen 8 game adds further new species like Gen 7 did. Ultra added 5 new Pokemon and Let's Go added 2 more.

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Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy

Oooppphh I see what you mean @Ralizah about the cover art. There is something a bit off about it despite it being like the others in the series. I think that double game gold steelbook case looks a little better though!


I made it to Diamond & Pearl (This is where the legendaries start to get a bit uninspiring for me) before lapsing on Pokémon orginally.

I rejoined at X & Y (Xerneas is pretty nice I think. Yvetal looks like some flying piece of bacon to me though 😅) before heading off again after OR & AS. So I'm a pretty casual fan too?

I did actually play White though a few years back, managing to get a new copy for £12 or so. I didn't like it in the slightest (Very ho hum and predictable) and I really don't like any of the pokémon from gen V at all!

As a water starter lover I'm very interested to see what Sobble turns into. There was a leak ages back (which all the other info it said has been true) that suggested he is spy themed... That sounds pretty interesting!

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Ralizah

@Knuckles-Fajita Mew is obtainable via Pokeball Plus in S/S, so it's just hidden behind a paywall.

@Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy Gen V is my favorite. I really liked the fact that you only encountered new Pokemon in your first run of the game. The difficulty curve was on point. Visually, it did a good job of integrating 3D into the environments. And, most importantly, the writing was vastly better than every other game in the series, both in terms of plot and character development.

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Octane

The event Pokemon are really stupid. There's no story or lore behind them. They're just there. Wasn't there an electric cat in SM? What's it doing there? What's the point of its existence?

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Knuckles-Fajita

@Octane Event Pokemon, up to Gen 5 anyway, had lore. Gen 6 had snippets for Hoopa and barely any for Diancie and Volcanion who literally just existed.

Then Gen 7 happened. The only event Pokemon that got explained any was Meltan and Melmetal. Zeraora, Marshadow, Magearna....all just exist.

Compare that to the event interactions with Keldeo in BW2, the lore dump on Genesect, finding and defending Victini from Team Plasma, the dream sequence with Darkrai....it's a huge diwngrade.

We went from full events to "Here's a guy giving you it and some lore" to just "Here's a guy giving you it".

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KratosMD

Okay so I need to go on a rant now about the demo version of the game Viviette.

I've been looking up horror games to play on the Switch and I stumbled upon Viviette which is like a 16-bit version of the first Resident Evil where you explore a scary mansion and solve puzzles. I decided to download the demo and give it a go and I found it to be a really good time.

When I tried to progress through the demo though, I couldn't. I explored everything and I just couldn't find anything that would help me progress. I decided to look up a guide and it told me to go to a room where there's an item that you can acquire in order to progress to the next section of the game. I've gone to that room before and I didn't find anything there. I went back and checked everything in the room and there's nothing there. So why isn't the item there?

Apparently the item isn't there because the developers removed it in the demo version when it was time to "end" the demo. In other words, the developers just decided to remove an item that would otherwise make you progress and not tell you about this fact. This seriously ticks me off, this is the stupidest way to make a demo because you have no idea that you've already played as far as the developers intended you to play and you just wander around for 30 minutes trying to find a way to progress. They don't realise by designing the demo like this, you're making the player believe that the game is extremely difficult because you're not able to progress and in turn they won't buy the game. Because that's what I thought about doing when I played through the demo the first time, I thought the puzzles were too difficult for me to figure out that I decided this wasn't a game for me.

I've googled this part of the game and I've confirmed that the item needed to progress is indeed in the room that the guide speaks of in the full version of the game. So I'll most likely still buy the game now even though the demo almost dissuaded me from doing so.

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kyleforrester87

@Ralizah I didn’t want to watch much of that because of spoilers, I like the look of the motorbike section though.

I’ve got a £30 back when you spend £60 or more cash back code for Very so I’m going to get this and Control on order.

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Ralizah

@kyleforrester87 I'm glad this is releasing in August before the mad rush of big games trying to capitalize on the release of the Switch Lite the following month. I worry for the sales of any games not called Link's Awakening in September.

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Ryall

Link’s Awakening is a great game but a lot of people have already played it. I certainly don’t feel the need to buy a game I already own just because it’s now available in colour. @Ralizah

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Ralizah

@Ryall I dunno about Link's awaiting, but Link's Awakening has actually been available in color since 1998.

It's one of my least favorite Zelda games, personally, but the new visual style is great, and you know people are going to flock to it regardless.

For me, September is all about Dragon Quest XI S and maybe Ni no Kuni (two JRPGs at once seems overkill, but I'm dying to play NnK). Maybe the Spyro Trilogy, depending on how big it is and how well it performs in handheld mode.

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kyleforrester87

@Ralizah Links Awakening is obviously the second best Zelda game after BOTW

To be fair, I played it in maybe 1996, so while I remember parts of it (and enjoying it all immensely) it's going to be fun revisiting it.

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KratosMD

Speaking of older titles, I've been having a strong urge to play Virtual Console titles on the Switch lately. I know that there are NES games, but they simply don't interest me at all. I really hope Nintendo will announce SNES titles coming to the Switch in the September Direct. If I can finally play through titles like Earthbound and Super Mario RPG on the Switch then I'd be happy with the VC content. Hopefully N64 and GBA titles will also join the service in the future. After having played through Pokémon Yellow and Crystal on the 3DS, I really want to continue playing through the older generations with Pokémon Emerald being my next game.

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Tasuki

@KratosMD Don't confuse yourself, they ain't VC titles in the sense that they were on the Wii or even the Wii U. You can't purchase them and the only way you get them is if you pay for an online subscription and then you get access to them.

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