After a long time, Pokémon fans have got the next main line game in the series and after being on Nintendo DS for the last decade they’ve brought this instalment to the Nintendo Switch. In this game we venture into the Galar region, a whole new area with all new Pokémon. What’s the most interesting part of this new region, well I think it’s that it is based on the United Kingdom.
Being on the Nintendo switch you get an amazingly detailed experience, while 720p graphics obviously isn’t the best in the market overall, it’s amazingly detailed for a hand-held console. The game itself offers 3D models of all of your favourite Pokémon both old and new, oh how far we have come from our pixelated pets.
While this is a game widely enjoyed by a more mature audience the game itself has a very child targeted design, (obviously someone at Game freak thinks this game is for kids pff) this adds a very nostalgic feeling to the game letting you be a child again whenever you play it.
The story itself follows the usual mainline game scenario with a young child coming of age and leaving his mother alone as he wanders the country with his pet fighting the local gang… Obviously it doesn’t seem that sinister when you’re playing it… Anyway, you get the choice of three Pokémon to start, Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble, then you take your fathers comedically oversized bag he left for you, grab your bestie Hop and hit the road.
One difference we have here is Team Yell, the gang I mentioned earlier aren’t really all too evil, they’re just fans of the Gym challenge who tend to get a bit too hyped up when supporting their home team. As I said it is based on the UK and this is definitely a representation of Football fans supporting their teams which was an amazing idea, somebody at Game Freak deserves a raise.
One of he new Mechanics of the game is the ‘Overworld’ this came around in Pokémon: Let’s Go where rather than the old encounter of being randomly attacked in the tall grass (which can still happen) you can see Pokémon around you. For any hardcore players out there I’ll tell you, this makes completing your Pokedex a lot easier since you aren’t just hoping for an encounter, you can find Pokémon with less hassle.