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Trainers react to Pokemon Sword and Shield Isle of Armor story length

Published: 20/Jun/2020 18:04

by Paul Cot


After what seems like an eternity, trainers have finally gotten the chance to enjoy  Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Isle of Armor expansion. However, some trainers are complaining that story is over all too quickly.

When looking at the main storyline, most players have taken around four hours to complete it. There have even been claims of finishing it in two hours, too.

UnicyclesWill shared on Twitter: “Main story seems short (~2 hours) but I’m happy spending time collecting and exploring!” This likely means it can be completed in an even quicker time than this, considering the DLC hasn’t even been properly speedrun yet.

In comparison, Pokemon Sword and Shield’s campaign takes most players around 20 hours to complete. This doesn’t include the various other activities you can do in both the Galar region and Isle of Armor though, as side quests, Shiny hunting, and general exploration will keep you busy for hours.

Nevertheless, the story is an integral part of the game and is arguably the most important part. So, it is understandable some trainers will be peeved by what they consider a short story.

After all, a lot of players have been excited about the Isle of Armor expansion for several months, so two to four hours play-time doesn’t necessarily cut it. If you assume the Isle of Armor is half of the Expansion Pass, which essentially costs $15, this is likely to be more than worth it.

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Isle of Armor too short?

Other trainers were a lot more disappointed, however. “Honestly the story of Isle of Armor is disgustingly short,” Samsamdrae shared. Elsewhere, CushyDemon echoed this statement: “I just finished Pokemon’s Isle of Armor in like 2 hours. How are people not talking about how criminally short this [expletive] is.”

Whether you find it short yourself will depend on how quickly you play Pokemon games and whether you engage with more than the story itself. Overall, the Isle of Armor DLC seems to be very well received by fans of the franchise.

Hopefully, The Crown Tundra follows in its footsteps in this Fall – although, for some, it would be good if the story element lasts a little longer this time!


Pokemon teases “special” announcement for Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

Published: 23/Nov/2020 22:42

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Company has teased an announcement for Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade on November 26. Could the “special” event be information for Detective Pikachu’s sequel, a release date for the upcoming MOBA Unite, or something else?

Since 2001, the Pokemon franchise has been a staple at the annual Thanksgiving Parade event broadcasted live each November. Fans tuning in have been treated to a gigantic balloon featuring the RPG’s beloved yellow mascot, Pikachu.

However, according to a new press release, 2020 is going to be different. This year’s Macy’s event will reportedly feature a performance of Pikachu dancers that will supposedly be tied to a special announcement from the Japanese company.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade’s special Pokemon announcement

On November 23, The Pokemon Company sent out a cryptic press release urging fans to “tune in” for a special performance at the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “A troupe of dancing Pikachu will deliver an electrifying performance,” the notice read.

Interestingly, the PR message also makes it sound like a possible announcement will be tied to the yellow mascot’s unique appearance at the event: “Pokemon fans will want to tune in to find out why they’re making a special appearance this year.”

The vague teaser has kicked off speculation that we might possibly get some new info regarding the popular franchise. As far as what it could be is anyone’s guess. We are still due for an update about a sequel for the 3DS title Detective Pikachu. It also wouldn’t be too unbelievable that the upcoming mobile MOBA Unite could finally get a concrete release date.

Screenshot of Pokemon MOBA Unite.
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Another possible announcement could be a follow-up to the hit 2019 live action movie Detective Pikachu. Although it’s probably unlikely to be related to any of the mainline RPG titles or anything related to the 25th anniversary in 2021. Whatever it is, it’s strange that The Pokemon Company has specifically asked fans to tune in to the live event.

For over the last 19 years, the Nintendo property has participated in the annual parade with a massive Pikachu balloon. This year finally breaks that tradition with a special performance. Which begs the question: why? Tune in on November 26, to find out, but it would be wise to keep expectations in check.