IGN and some other sites were invited to play Pokemon Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch and naturally impressions have now appeared online. It sounds as though it is shaping up to be a solid adventure for Pokemon fans. Here’s some tidbits which have appeared from the various previews scattered around the web and summarised by Reset Era member Xavi.
- Slumbering Weald
- Someone ran into a couple different types of new Pokémon, which they unfortunately can’t talk about.
- You can also have their nicknames rated, rename them, or even delete moves at the Pokémon Center
- On the way to Magnolia’s location, someone encountered seven different Pokémon in the wild. They can’t name any of the creatures aside from Yamper
- Nearest major city: Motostoke.
- The Wild Area feels large from the very beginning. In this part of Galar, the camera swings behind their character and they can rotate it 360 degrees.
“The significant difference with the Wild Area is, if you wander into the wrong part of it, you’ll discover that the wild Pokémon can now be drastically overlevelled. It’s a series first, and it honestly feels like the bravest thing Game Freak has done for a little while. You could always dip your toe into the odd higher-level route on the other side of a city, say, but never get caught in battle with a level 50, third-stage evolution ‘mon with your starter and a level 6 Pidgey. In Sword and Shield it has a striking effect. It reminds me of some of the oldest games in the series where there was a real element of intimidation from some areas. Back then this was because of a fear of the unknown, and a spot of imagination filling in the blanks, but now it’s because seeing a whopping great Pokémon five times your level is enough to intrigue and inspire.”