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  1. 3 hours ago, Blue Blood said:

    I have to admit, I'm quite surprised by the lack of discussion about these games post release. Did a lot of people here not buy them, or was all necessary discussion had in the leaks thread before release? 

    I was avoiding the leak thread when story spoilers started to spill out, but it doesn't look like there was a lot of discussion of those after all. I guess most people here aren't playing it?

    I'm pretty absorbed in it myself. It has a lot of issues, but I can't help but be sucked in by the game. I've spent 40 hours on it so far, thanks to a lot of time spent catching Pokémon, and am only just entering the endgame. While I enjoyed both X/Y and Sun/Moon, this one definitely has its hooks planted further in me.

    It's a shame that so much of the game is only skin deep, since I love the region. Trains should have served as a battle facility, because they don't add anything more than a little flavour. Towns feel small, lacking in content and at times under-populated, while none of the cast feel fully fleshed out. Camping as a concept works so well for the series, yet there's very little reason to actually utilise it. The Wild Area is such an exciting step forward for the series, allowing you to traverse the world and battle alongside other trainers, but there are so many caveats to it. GF clearly struggled to make it work technically and conceptually. Gating off higher level Pokémon behind badges doesn't work well when your team is a mere few levels away and it would have been a much more elegant system to have them just not obey you instead.

    That said, I'm still having a lot of fun, enjoying it as much as I have any other Pokémon game. The story is almost non-existent, but I can't think of any game in the series where it's been particularly memorable anyway (although some aspects of Sun/Moon's worked for me). The execution of gym battles is so far above any other gen, with the stadium atmosphere, progression of the music and the gym leaders' animations more alive than ever. As someone who really didn't care about it pre-launch, Dynamax is actually kind of fun in this context, as they really help sell the idea that these are an event. The gym challenges beforehand are hit and miss, much like the Alola trials, but there are a couple that surprised me.

    I think the roster of Pokémon may be my favourite to date with its impressive variety of ideas and designs. Some I wasn't so fond of during the leaks just look so much more appealing in motion, making many of those from early generations look mundane by comparison. Far too many are rare encounters though. Why make some of your biggest selling points so hard to discover? It's also a shame that many of the clothing options are late-game, even if I appreciate how quickly the game introduces you to customisation in general. It was definitely a step forward in terms of choice in any case.

    I really hope that, going forward, they continue to expand and improve upon the game's strengths. The Wild Area, as well as the new presentation of gym battles, absolutely needs to stay. I'd love to see camping become a more robust, series staple as well.

    11 hours ago, Sonictrainer said:

    Ok, I live on Eastern US time so let me know when you are available to trade.

    I'll take a random for it since I have a lot of them...

    If you think of anything you want, let me know. I can be online between 4pm-7pm for you. Is that any good?


  2. 8 hours ago, Zaysho said:
    Seen a couple mentions here and there about the digital version deleting other game data, not sure if it's related to this or if it's a case of faulty/counterfeit SD cards failing. Figured I'd post this for those getting the game to at least be aware and back up their cards.

    edit: now that I'm thinking about it, something about this doesn't seem right; Switch save data is saved only on the consoles. Though it's possible this could be referring to the games, which the Switch automatically sends to the SD card when one is in. Anyway, better safe than sorry.

    Apparently this is due to a problem with the Switch's ExFAT SD card driver, rather than the game itself. Then again, there's debate over whether this can happen to any Switch or just homebrew systems. At the very least, it doesn't seem to affect save data on consoles  without homebrew, but rather game data (which can be re-downloaded) and files like screenshots.

    If anyone's worried, I recommend checking the link I posted for more information.


  3. 56 minutes ago, Mythical Panda said:

    Do we have a full list of all version exclusive Pokemon yet?

    I think this is everything:

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    Sword

    Mawile
    Rufflet and Braviary
    Gothita, Gothorita, and Gothitelle
    Deino, Zweilous, and Hydreigon
    Turtonator
    Jangmo-o, Hakamo-o, and Kommo-o
    Farfetch'd and Sirfetch'd
    Darumaka, Darmanitan
    Stonjourner

    Applin evolves into Flapple*


    Shield

    Sableye
    Vullaby and Mandibuzz
    Solosis, Duosion, and Reuniclus
    Pupitar, Larvitar, and Tyranitar
    Drampa
    Goomy, Sliggoo, and Goodra
    Ponyta and Rapidash
    Corsola, Cursola
    Eiscue

    Applin evolves into Appletun*

     

    Gyms: Fighting and Rock in Sword, Ghost and Ice in Shield

    *I'm not 100% on Applin though. From what I've heard, it requires different items to evolve, but those items themselves might be version exclusive.


  4. On 11/8/2019 at 2:38 PM, Whispering Ultima said:

    It would be pretty cool if that happens!

    Tho they skipped eps 4,5, and 7 for the time being so idk

    Looking at the titles for 4 and 5, they might be holding them back because they're related to Sword and Shield.

     

    EDIT: Some new footage has been uploaded (around 10:50) to YouTube:

     


  5. 35 minutes ago, Blue Blood said:

    Just to be on a tangent...I remember when it used to be really normal for games to arrive a day early if your pre-ordered online in the UK. Most shops would ship the games so that they arrived in launch day at the latest, and it usually worked out as you getting the game 1 day early. I was so used to this happening regularly that I would actually make plans for the early release. It never seems to happen for me anymore. The last thing I got early was my Switch Pro Controller (but not the console) one day before launch. 

    It hadn't happened for a while, but Shopto actually got Luigi's Mansion 3 to me one day early, so I'm hoping (probably in vein) that the same will go for Pokémon.


  6. 1 hour ago, Mythical Panda said:

    Cinderace being a ground type could be interesting actually.

    It’s based on a footballer, a ground-based sport.

    Yeah, it sucks we have mono-types this time. Here are my thoughts from earlier:

    On 11/2/2019 at 2:25 PM, Pawn said:

    This is the most disappointing reveal for me. Mono-Water might be better for my team composition, but dual typing is just so much more interesting. I'd have much rather:

     

    Rillaboom - Rock (puns, of course, but its body could have been made of rock too)

    Cinderace - Ground (football/soccer is very "grounded", could kick up burning balls of dirt)

    Intelleon - Ice (would work with basilisks running on water, since it could freeze moisture beneath its feet a bit like Iceman)

     

    Or:

     

    Rillaboom - Dark (rock musician, colour scheme, Grookey is even described as mischievous)

    Cinderace - Fighting (it's basically this anyway - why even pretend? =P)

    Intelleon - Psychic (name pun, but could also tie into being a spy by gathering intel directly from enemies' minds)

     

    But fine, Pokémon. I'LL JUST DEAL

     

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