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Pokemon trainers concerned by damning comparison to Zelda graphics

Published: 17/Jun/2019 11:50

by Paul Cot

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Pokemon fans have been left bitterly disappointed by the graphics in Pokemon Sword and Shield, after footage was showcased at the E3 2019 trade fair. 

Zelda the yardstick

Following the 2017 release of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the benchmark for graphics has been set high – gamers now know what the Nintendo Switch is capable of.

The best selling Nintendo Switch game, outside of Mario titles, universally impressed fans with its high detail graphics and immersive world. However, fast forward more than two years later and from what we’ve seen so far, many believe Pokemon Sword and Shield to be somewhat underwhelming.

Not up to standards

Initial impressions from E3 was that the latest Pokemon game had vastly improved graphics in comparison to what we saw in the initial reveal trailer. However, after a looking at a few scenes in-particular and having an overall more detailed look at the game, the graphics are disappointing.

One piece of footage, where a tree is shaken, shows how basic the textures really are. Elsewhere, a screenshot shows a tree which looks like it has been copy and pasted on.

LucasMFAOA side by side comparison of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Pokemon Sword Shield really shows the differences between the two…

A comparison between this and a similar screenshot from Zelda really shows the gap between the two. While Zelda is by no means up to the standards of a console release, it does make the most of the Nintendo Switch’s hardware capabilities.

Work to be done on Pokemon Sword and Shield

This comes on the back of the announcement that Pokemon Sword and Shield won’t feature a national Pokedex – the first time a mainline Pokemon game won’t.

“High Quality” Animations?!…the Trainer’s feet don’t even touch the ground when walking in the Wild Area! from r/pokemon

The outcry from this decision is still ongoing with Pokemon trainers lamenting Game Freak’s decision to remove it – the hashtag BringBackNationalDex has been used ever since.

Whether improvements to the graphics or a change to the national Pokedex materializes before Pokemon Sword and Shield releases on November 15, remains to be seen. Changes to the graphics may not even be possible at this point.

What is certain though, is Game Freak are under a lot of scrutiny for this latest Pokemon game and fans will be hoping for some improvements come release time.

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Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 22:59

by Brent Koepp

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A Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer made waves on TikTok after sharing her mind-blowing transformation in Gen 8’s Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch. The 2019 RPG introduced players to a whole new cast of characters and was the debut of the Galar region.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the game by bringing popular character Nessa to life with an insanely accurate portrayal. The artist’s stunning video transformation into the Gym Leader will leave fans of the Water-type Trainer in awe.

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The Sword & Shield Gym Leader has already become a fan-favorite.

Pokemon cosplayer transforms into Gym Leader Nessa

At the start of the Gen 8 title, the protagonist receives an invitation to the Pokemon League by reigning Champion Leon. On the player’s quest to become the very best, they face off against a host of new Gym Leaders – including Nessa of Hulbury.

Cosplayer ‘nerdtasticmel’ made a splash on Instagram after sharing her incredible true-to-life take on the Trainer. The artist faithfully recreated the heroine’s signature two-piece white and blue Galar league uniform.

Mel’s re-creation of the attire is full of little details, such as the water drop logo on her crop top and the number 049 on her swim shorts. She also faithfully included the character’s belly button chain accessory which wraps around her stomach.

 

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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer uploaded a video to TikTok which shows how much work goes into artist’s bringing their favorite characters to life. The clip shows nerdtasticmel’s epic transformation in the Sword & Shield heroine.

 

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Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, the eighth gen RPG is already the third-highest selling game in the entire franchise. Proof that Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design is more popular than it’s ever been.

In October, the title got its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra. While it’s unclear if the add-on will be the last content the Switch release gets, the update closed out the Galar region with an epic finale.