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Student shows Game Freak how to animate amid Pokemon Sword and Shield criticism

Published: 19/Jun/2019 9:53 Updated: 19/Jun/2019 11:41

by Paul Cot


Game Freak have faced a barrage of criticism over its animations in Pokemon Sword and Shield already, but one student animator has gone the extra mile in an attempt to show them how it’s done. 

Gameplay at E3 2019 revealed the most Pokemon Sword and Shield footage we’ve seen to date. Many Pokemon fans have been scrolling through all of the available scenes, picking parts of the game they believe to be sub-par and letting their opinions be heard. Unfortunately for Game Freak, there’s a lot of negative feedback for them to dig through. 

Animations criticised

One aspect of the game which has come under immense scrutiny is the movement of some Pokemon – particularly Wingull. The animation of the dual water and flying-type has seen trainers accuse Game Freak of cutting corners – quite literally.

NintendoScorbunny’s Double Kick animation has also been questioned by Pokemon fans…

A few Wingulls can be seen roaming the wild area, but after every couple of seconds they take an unnatural 90 degree turn, something that doesn’t befit a brand new Pokemon game on relatively new hardware.

Elsewhere, Scorbunny’s double kick has also received just as much backlash. This has led long-term Pokemon fans to compare battle animations to Pokemon Stadium, a game released in 1998.

Student puts Game Freak to task

Criticisms such as these often divide the fan base – with some holding developers such as Game Freak to a super high standard, while others are sympathetic to their pressures and heavy schedule they have in front of them, working towards that November launch window. 

However, one fan replied to another’s criticism about animations. They said: “It’s easy to laugh and mock them when you’re not doing the work yourself.” Little did they know they were talking to a student animator, who vowed to prove the commenter wrong.

The student, who says they’re in their first year of studies, quickly made a model of Wingull before even having the time to paint it. From there, they were even able to give it a more natural flight-path while adding grass in the background.

They then compare the Pokemon Sword and Shield footage with their own. The student claims it took them 24 hours – from scratch – to create it.

I fixed the wingull animation from scratch HOPE YOU LIKE IT (#BringBackNationalDex) from r/pokemon

Other than the student showing off their own animating ability, the small project highlights the concerns that fans are having about the upcoming titles. A Wingull turning a little sharply is by no means the biggest deal, but these small things add up over the course of a game.

The backlash over the removal of the national Pokedex means Pokemon fans are examining every aspect of Sword and Shield. So, let’s hope Game Freak produce a game that matches the hype of the introduction of a new generation of Pokemon.

Pokemon Sword and Shield will release on November 15, 2019, exclusively on the Nintendo Switch.


Togetic is finally the Research Breakthrough Pokemon Go trainers deserve

Published: 30/Oct/2020 12:31 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 12:37

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go November Research Breakthrough is finally one trainers can be excited about. Togetic is one reward that shouldn’t be missed!

The Happiness Pokemon will feature from Sunday, November 1, 1pm PDT until Tuesday, December 1, 1pm PDT. As usual, you’ll need to get seven Field Research stamps in order to earn an encounter with it.

Togetic is undoubtedly a huge upgrade on recent Pokemon that have featured. Some of those have included Shedinja, Scraggy, and Trapinch which, with respect to them, pales in comparison to the use that the Togetic line has in Pokemon Go.

Togetic Pokemon Go
Togetic is the Research Breakthrough reward, but trainers will be after the ultra-powerful Togekiss…

Togekiss – a must-have Pokemon

While Togetic is a popular Pokemon, it is Togekiss that trainers will be striving for. The Jubilee Pokemon is one of the most effective ‘mons in the mobile game.

It even made our top 5 list for most overpowered species in Pokemon Go! That is evidence in itself it is well worth getting.

The dual fairy and flying-type is a nightmare for bug, dragon, fighting, and ground-type Pokemon. It is a frequent pick in GO Battle League for this reason as there are a lot of strong dragon-type Pokemon that are also used.

In addition to being considered the best fairy-type ‘mon in Pokemon Go, it is also one of the very best choices to have in the GBL Master League category. Outside of Dialga and Giratina, it is one of the most important species to have in the entire game.

Not a Legendary but not far off it

Niantic made a very noticeable change to Research Breakthrough rewards in 2020 – they would no longer be Legendary Pokemon. We are now approaching our 11th Research Breakthrough encounter of 2020 and on the whole, they have been disappointing.

The removal of Legendary ‘mons was mostly met with displeasure. It was always going to take trainers a while to accept the big change.

Over time, however, the change has seemingly been accepted, with the majority of trainers understanding why it was needed. We have discussed at length why removing legends from the Research Breakthrough pool was the right decision.

That doesn’t mean what they were replaced with was right, though. Players went from getting those research stamps without fail to totally ignoring them. Going from the likes of Groudon to Woobat was always going to have this effect.

So, we were left with featured Pokemon that frankly few cared about. This resolved the issue of Legendary Pokemon becoming too common, but also made Research Breakthrough encounters essentially meaningless.

This, of course, isn’t something Niantic wanted. Their long-term strategy with the feature is unknown, but we have discussed various ways in which they could make Research Breakthrough rewards exciting again.

Togetic comes as a welcome surprise for November. It’s such a good Pokemon that next month will struggle to live up to it. We suggest trying to have seven stamps ready to go when November hits so you’re able to get five of them!