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Quick Look: Pokémon Sword and Shield

Resident Pokémon Professor Jan is in town to guide Ben around the new Galar region!

Sit back and enjoy as the Giant Bomb team takes an unedited look at the latest video games.

Nov. 15 2019

Cast: Ben, Jan

Posted by: Jan

In This Episode:

Pokémon Sword/Shield

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Can you turn on anti aliasing?

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People are complaining that there's less grinding?

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Swiper no swiping!

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This is a good game. Look at that dog.

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Fuck it, I'm sold. It's just enough good stuff that I want this day one.

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Rapid Spin boosts your speed now???

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One of the first things I did shortly after I started playing last night was take multiple screenshots of the Brad NPC. It's uncanny!

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Milo's head looks way too small for his body. Like a child's head on an adult.

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Hot tip cause you can access the box anywhere try to raise more than 6 Pokemon!

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@relkin said:

People are complaining that there's less grinding?

Honestly with most popular games that are still sequeling this long your either super conservative and give the people the same meal with spices or you make their meal easier to eat with all sorts of knives and spoons. What you end up with is people saying WTF i liked my meal the old way...whats this new crap no matter what. NBA games or sports games get a pass cause their fans are vocal yet kinda get over it and just buy the game while they wait for next year's updated roster. Fans of rpgs like this are so into it that any change makes them think...should...should we be angry about this....anyone...you over there you are ok WE ALL HATE THIS!!!

Reminds me of fortnite making it easier for new players (which helps their growth since they are about to go into stagnation then decline if they consist in just catering to streamer experts) with bots and new baby mode ie play against people your level like me who cant build. Its fantastic and fun. Now the try hards get a good competition and the not so try hards cause they are like me and stink can play. Sounds great on paper. NOPE old fans love stomping noobs so that means the mode is flawed and EVERYTHING sucks game is garbage. Just the times we live in.

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It is really weird that Jan keeps saying that things like abilities and catching pokemon are 'back', does he not know the lets go games were side games?

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@uranium: I mean you can’t really blame him too hard, side games or not they were somewhat the first foray into this style. What confuses me greatly though is wasn’t Let’s go Pokedex the original 150? Sooooo why couldt they just port that over?

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This looks really rough and those new Pokemon designs are hilariously bad. With all the new innovations that Zelda brought and open world structure, it would have been nice to see Gamefreak follow suite. When your the largest franchise in the world and people will buy whatever you put out, I guess I can't blame them them for not trying.

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Looks fine to me!

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I can't believe how bad this looks, saved me 60 bucks. Honestly the qualify of life stuff takes the importance of the world away and makes it about nothing but the pure mechanics, which are so simple that it leaves the game feeling kind of bland?

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This is maybe the first RPG I've ever seen where people are complaining the game is too generous with XP

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I like that the gym battles actually draw a crowd. It's not a big change, but it goes a long way towards reinforcing the idea that people actually care about Pokemon battles. Still needs some polish, but to me Pokemon's always been about establishing a world more than delivering top-notch graphics or enthralling gameplay, and it looks like they did a solid job of leveraging the Switch to add some depth to the world. UI looks even better than Gen V, so that's nice.

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If I could change one thing about Pokemon it'd be that every Gym Leader would have a full team. It's crazy they don't.

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I'm enjoying this game so far even if some of the textures in the game looks like an early 360 game.

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The giant pokemon's are just holographic Zaza Ms

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only on nintendo can they get away with something like this and not have the whole internet after them

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I'm hyped now. Also as someone who beat Ultra Moon this year I can say for sure the animations here are actually much better than they were in that game

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I know, it's wild that the internet isn't absolutely up in arms about this Pokemon game!

only on nintendo can they get away with something like this and not have the whole internet after them

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Man, Ben and Jan should do a Nuzlocke run together, that would be entertaining as hell.

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What are rories thoughts on the dog?

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Hmm this game looks... alright. Not too exciting. Looks like Game Freak is still afraid to really change up the battle system. I haven't played any Pokemon games since Gold/Silver and the basic combat looks almost unchanged. Screw the fans complaining about the lack of a full Pokedex - I want a game different enough that it's not backward compatible at all.

Then again, these games consistently sell millions so it's hard for me to fault them in financial terms. Still slightly tempted to pick this up.

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I picked it up.

It's enjoyable and definitely follows the trend that Sun & Moon set, and brought in stuff from Let's Go-- it's way more accessible for first time players. I can see it being great for a new generation of Pokemon players.

And, after all, these are children's games.

It's got some problems, but overall it's fun. The aliasing is about as bad as any other Switch game and that I'll never get over. After giving it some time, it feels more like people are expecting something out of this series that it isn't anymore, but also complaining about some things that have always been there (stilted battle).

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On the Road to Veridian City

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only on nintendo can they get away with something like this and not have the whole internet after them

Considering people associated with the game have been getting death threats from the manbabies who do stuff like that, that's a laughable statement.

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Previous gens had the super effective indicator on moves during battles, that's not an improvement.

Exp.share is a bad decision, Pokemon wasn't hard, and the only way to make it tolerably challenging in my opinion was to disable the exp.share. They really didn't need to make it more easy. Not being able to turn it off is terrible and non-sensical. Just enable it by default if you want the game to be easy by default, adding that option doesn't hurt anybody. At least I guess you can choose to not use the candies or something.

Pokecenters have had the shops in them in previous gens as well, I think since 6?

Glad Jan and Ben don't dismiss criticisms like the game looking bad though, because this game just looks bad. I don't get how they managed to have the framerate during the battle intros be so low, it happens every time! It doesn't even look that good! And the move animations are still just barely existent. Oof @ the game crashing.

All the quality of life stuff regarding IV/EVs/move tutors and the like are good though, it's insane how Gamefreak seems to keep making the games easier, but then keep holding on to that part's obscurity as much as they do.

Lmao @ just getting a pokemon, not even an egg.

There haven't been HM's (in the overworld) since gen 7 either. And I personally think that's a bad move, but I'm in the minority there.

When you beat that gym leader it didn't say higher level pokemon will listen to you now, it said you can now catch higher level pokemon.

I disagree with Ben, Carkol looks pretty good. Most of the designs in this look good I think.

Why did max quake only hit 1 pokemon? Earthquake hits all, that doesn't make any sense.

Calling the online battle mode Victory Station is very good. And that rental system seems cool.

Didn't really see much of the route to route action though. I've heard it's very basic and linear.

Man this game is such a bummer.

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With all the features cut I don't think this is worth the price increase. Hopefully I can get it later at a deep discount.

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I don't think I'll be getting this one, though I might get the "improved" version of these when/if they come out.

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Nice quick look Jan!

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I'm not a Pokémon guy, so I won't argue about all the smaller details, changes and missing features people have been complaining about. What I will say is that this does not look like a "best effort" kind of product and it's a shame, because I was looking forward to a full Pokémon experience in console form.

Graphics would look average for a Wii U game, attack animations are lacking from what I've seen in streams, the basic structure of the game has not evolved (hah, get it) since the very first game over 20 years ago.

I had hoped this would be the Monster Hunter: World of Pokémon, but it seems like just another cheap iteration on the formula.

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only on nintendo can they get away with something like this

Get away with something-like-what, exactly?

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I had hoped this would be the Monster Hunter: World of Pokémon, but it seems like just another cheap iteration on the formula.

That's kind of what I was hoping for too. I really wanted to pick up a Pokemon game again but this type of quality and game from a multi billion dollar franchise is just not worth it. How many times can you rehash the same damn game honestly.

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Two pokemon for a Gym Master?

Found our real problem with ease here.

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@relkin: exp. share use to (I think it still does) share EVs too. Those are the easily controlled way of optimizing your stats, so if GameFreak didn’t remove the EV sharing or allow respecs like they used to, that’s basically a huge middle finger to their entire competitive community.

Also, the vitamins Jan was talking about existed in previous games. They added EVs to your pokemon. I heard of a way to change your pokemon’s nature in this game, but it might not unlock until later in the game.

Good job, Jan and Ben.

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only on nintendo can they get away with something like this and not have the whole internet after them

Imagine thinking it's somehow unfair that an internet mob doesn't make a group of game developers feel unsafe and/or like shit just for making a game that people don't like.

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Looks pretty great to me from the quick look that I'm hoping my copy shows up at home waiting for me.

UI looks fresh. The Pokemons look neat for the most part. Animation for the attacks look cool. Admittedly, I'm far from a Pokemon fan, but it looks good to me.

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Sword is for people that support Luca Blight.

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@frankiebeanz said:

only on nintendo can they get away with something like this and not have the whole internet after them

Imagine thinking it's somehow unfair that an internet mob doesn't make a group of game developers feel unsafe and/or like shit just for making a game that people don't like.

you're being snarky while putting words in his mouth, nice.

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@alphanull: I'm not being snarky at all. The notion that someone should "get away with" not having a mob come after them over a video game is ludicrous, and the notion that it's unfair someone escapes that is also ludicrous.

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@judgementkazzy: i'm not seeing any advocacy of harassment in his post, you've extrapolated a lot out of a very simple statement

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The teeth on the Snorlax at the end weren't even modeled. Just painted on, and that performance in the Wild Area. It's just looks disappointing considering what has run on the Switch. I was excited to have a Nintendo Console again in so long and to try a Pokemon game again, but everything leading up to it didn't sound great. I do like the Pokemon names and designs of the new Pokemon we see in the Quick Look though.

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Playing it for a few minutes since it got delivered. It's essentially a roided up 3ds game and I'm fine with that. An uprez blown up version on the big screen of some animations would be embarassing so I see why they chose to concercentrate on what works.

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I'm having a hard time justifying this as a $60 purchase but I need a detox from the dreadful time I had with Death Stranding.

This game is definitely not the manifestation of a large-scale console pokemon game from my childhood dreams, but it seems pretty good though.

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The unabashed super hate that this game has been getting is offputting, but when you have such a dedicated, long time fan base it only makes sense. Happened to Star Wars, Blizzard and now Pokemon. Yes, the game has clear faults and could probably be so much more than currently is. I'm just... at a loss at how people represent themselves online. It goes waaaaay beyond video games too.

Hopefully critics actually don't buy the damn game so something may change in the future.