The mainline series' introduction to the console is off to a rocky start. Games like The Witcher III, Dragon Quest XI, and Ni No Kuni have been welcomed onto the Switch with beautiful ports, so seeing some of the environments and textures in Sword and Shield make the game feel rushed.
And it's not just textures or stiff animations, the biggest complaint being thrown Game Freak's way is of course the fact that only about half the roster of the Pokémon lineup is available from the start. Considering Let's Go came out a year prior, fans hoped that would provide enough time to do the 8th generation justice.
For a large portion of fans, it was just that. The Wild Area is immersive, the blended nature of random encounters is a cohesive marriage, there are some standout locales, and there are clever new Pokémon designs and attacks.
Those already satisfied with the core game are happy with an expansion pass that eliminates the need for a new entry, and those with critiques have another chance to see if their issues have been resolved with the patches and new content added. Some have already cried foul because they have to spend even more money on downloadable content that they argue should be included in the main game, but just like with Star Wars fans, it's impossible to please everyone.
Jacob Thomas Gill is a recent Marketing graduate from Louisiana Tech University. When he isn't writing clever articles, he can be found absorbing all things film related, playing video games, and watching sports. Life accomplishments include Most Likely to Give a TED Talk in high school and making his 3rd grade All-Star basketball team (where he peaked).