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Open world Pokemon game mod has fans thinking what Sword and Shield could have been

Published: 20/Jun/2019 9:57 Updated: 20/Jun/2019 10:58

by Paul Cot


Pokemom Sword and Shield have been blasted yet again by the franchise’s online community, with some fans claiming the gameplay in the upcoming titles is rivalled by a 2013 fan-made game. 

Open world before its time

The video shows a uniquely styled Pokemon game that adopts an open world format. This is notable as fans have been clamoring for an open world Pokemon game ever since the days of the original GameBoy.

Even Nintendo’s upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield will only be partially open world. While it has yet to be confirmed, as we haven’t seen footage from places across the board, wild areas are apparently fully explorable but travel through cities is more fixed.

via Gfycat

Real-time battling

Another feature that some Pokemon trainers have implored Game Freak to experiment with is a real-time battle system. Naturally, Nintendo have been hesitant to do so because Pokemon’s current turn-based system is synonymous with the series.

However, this particular game does use real-time mechanics and it appears to work. The clips show a Squirtle battling a Charmander using its patented move bubble, before the trainer aims a Pokeball at the weakened Charmander in an attempt to capture it.

Graphically the game is somewhat rudimentary, but this is understandable considering open world has yet to be properly utilized and that it was a fan-made game.

Comparisons to Sword Shield

The response to the clips appearing online has been clear, though. For the most part, trainers think it looks like a great game and amid the current Pokemon Sword and Shield criticisms, fans are using it as an example as to what current Pokemon games should be capable of.

thepokedudeSquirtle battles Charmander in real-time…

The name of the game wasn’t provided, but a little bit of research shows similarities between a game called “Pokemon” which was given a Pokemon mod, according to RuffledRowlit. The game doesn’t look exactly like the one shown in the top clips, though, as it looks more like Pokemon: Generations. 

One response to the clips suggested that the game is currently unavailable, which is hardly surprising given the copy of intellectual property. Another user was a little more brutal, saying: “Why wouldn’t it be shut down; it’s literally better than any Pokemon game they’ve ever made in their entire time making them.”

It has been a tough week or so for the teams behind Pokemon Sword and Shield, as they have received criticism for multiple aspects of their upcoming game.

It started with the news of the National Pokedex being removed, followed by fans being disappointed with the graphics shown at E3. Elsewhere, a student made their own Pokemon animations in response to trainers lambasting the robotic nature of Wingull.

Trainers will get a chance to see the game in-full when Pokemon Sword and Shield releases on November 15.


Pokemon players put on notice as ‘Temtem’ confirmed for PS5

Published: 29/Oct/2020 17:04 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 17:05

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon inspired game Temtem is now coming to the PS5 as an early access console debut exclusive.

Temtem is an increasingly popular MMORPG game which was first made available on the PC back in January 2020. It had already been announced for next-gen consoles – PS5 and Xbox Series S/X, as well as the Nintendo Switch.

However, it is PlayStation players that will get to experience Temtem first though, as it will come to the PS5 on December 8. Releases dates for the Xbox systems and Nintendo Switch have yet to be announced, but it will be launching at some point in 2021.

The official PlayStation blog confirmed that the game will feature crossplay between the PS5 and PC. Presumably, this means it will feature crossplay between all consoles when it is eventually released universally.

Unfortunately, Temtem won’t be free. The standard edition will cost $37.49 and the deluxe edition $57.49. You can find the differences between the two versions below:

Temem Standard Deluxe Version Differences
PlayStation Blog
It’ll cost you an extra 20$ for the Early Access – Camo Outfit…

Pokemon clone?

Any time a game comes out where there are various different creatures to collect and put them into battle together, comparisons to Pokemon are naturally drawn. Attempts to emulate the franchise should come as no surprise given how incredibly successful it has been.

One thing that Crema is trying to differentiate from Pokemon, is that of the game’s difficulty. “Temtem also offers some more activities, catering to the more hardcore players out there. Attempt to take on Dojo leaders in new increasingly difficult battles in weekly challenges, hunt for ultra-rare, specially colored Temtems called Lumas at the Saipark, or fish for one of the many (10,368 to be exact!) variations of Koish at the Nuru Lodge,” the PlayStation blog shared.

This is in addition to ranked battles. The developers promise that these battles will be determined by skill rather than luck.

While it’s certain that Pokemon will remain at the top of the mountain, Temtem proves that there is room for a competitor. They’ve certainly got the console advantage, but time will tell if they can even lay a glove on the monster that is the Pokemon franchise.