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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Go Autumn event – Start time, new Gen 5 Pokemon, bonuses, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:57 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:59

by Paul Cot

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To celebrate the change of season, Niantic is hosting an autumn-themed Pokemon Go event. A new Gen 5 Pokemon will be introduced as well as other bonuses.

The 2020 Pokemon Go autumn event starts on Friday, October 9, 8 am PDT and finishes on Monday, October 12, 1 pm PDT. That’s an 11 am EDT start for those on the east coast of the US and 4 pm BST for those residing in the UK.

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To the surprise of nobody, the event will feature various fall-themed Pokemon. These ‘mons can be found in the wild and in eggs when you hatch them.

Double effective Berries

Elsewhere, autumn is the time harvest and that seemingly applies to Pokemon Go, too. As a result, Berries can be found more often when spinning PokeStops. There will also be berry-themed Field and Timed Research.

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During the event, all Berries will be twice as effective when giving them to your Buddy Pokemon as treats. Perhaps more excitingly, however, is that Pinap Berries will also become doubly as effective.

This means that instead of just double Candy when capturing a Pokemon, you’ll actually get four times the amount! Other Berries such as the Razz variety won’t be doubly as effective, though.

Autumn-themed Pokemon

Meanwhile, the following Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in the wild:

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  • Oddish
  • Vulpix
  • Bayleef
  • Hoothoot
  • Sudowoodo
  • Yanma
  • Pineco
  • Zigzagoon
  • Seedot
  • Shroomish
  • Plant Cloak Burmy
  • Foongus

Others will be appearing in 5km eggs but those Pokemon weren’t released in the Pokemon Go blog post.

Additionally, Shiny Vulpix will be spawning more often. The ever-popular Fox Pokemon has already had its Shiny form released previously but few trainers will want to miss out on the chance to get another or even their first!

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Deerling changes color depending on what seasonal form it is…

Deerling

As is very apt for the change of season, Deerling will be introduced to the world of Pokemon Go for the first time. The Season Pokemon has four forms – Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter – so expect to come across its autumn variant.

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It evolves into Sawsbuck, which has the same four forms, also. Deerling needs 50 Candy to evolve, so if you want to get Sawsbuck during the event you’ll need to catch as many Deerling as possible. When using a Pinap Berry though, you’ll only need to catch five of them!

There’s plenty to look forward to in Pokemon Go during October. Charmander is coming to a Community Day a second time with the exclusive move Dragon Breath and there is even a surprise Raid Boss to look forward to at the end of the month.

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