New Gameplay Footage From Pokemon Sword And Shield Reveals Its Sprawling And Charming Open World, Galar Is The Most Ambitious In The Series So Far

New Gameplay Footage From Pokemon Sword And Shield Reveals Its Sprawling And Charming Open World, Galar Is The Most Ambitious In The Series So Far
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Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Galar region is enormous, looking much better than those early shots of trees the internet went crazy about, and fully embraces the English countryside theme. Wooly Wooloo Sheep wander through the fields, ancient cottages dotted around rolling fields, and there’s even a glance of an old-fashioned English pub (non-alcoholic drinks only, of course.)

By far the largest step forward for the Pokemon series is the introduction of the ‘Wild Area.’ You’re thrown right into this area from the beginning of the game. Wild Pokemon wander through the grass and you can interact with other trainers in an open-world format. For the first time in the franchise’s history, the game isn’t holding your hand.

While games like Pokemon Blue or Pokemon Silver are iconic and nostalgic games, there’s no doubt that the games were designed to run on a rail. You move through the story from town to town, collecting Pokemon, beating gym leaders.

In Pokemon Sword and Shield, it appears that you have much more freedom to roam the world at your own pace. It’s not a bad comparison to look at Breath of the Wild’s game world and notice the similarities between the two.

Despite these leaps forward in gameplay mechanics, Sword and Shield are as traditional as ever. The combat is familiar, the interactions you have with characters is still completely text-based, and even the Pokemon feel nostalgic.

However, fans are still cautious about how divisive the new games might be. There has been a bit of an uproar among keen Pokemon players about the lack of previous game’s Pokemon in the Galar region. For the first time since the introduction of cloud features (in Black and White), you won’t be able to transfer all your old Pokemon into the new world.

While Nintendo has stated this has freed up their game devs to work on new features, many feel that their huge collection of Pokemon is one of the main driving forces of continuing to play the game. It’s not even clear yet which Pokemon have made the cut, although you do get a glimpse of Gyarados in the Wild Area.

This new gameplay also helps to silence critics of the game’s graphics. The image of the low-res tree has gone down in meme history, and fair enough. It looked terrible. However, the Galar region looks huge, detailed and riddled with Pokemon and characters. Nintendo has obviously put their efforts into creating a large open world.

 

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