The Galar region showed a lot of promise when it was first unveiled, taking a lot of elements from the UK and mixing them into what is the most diverse region we have seen in a main game.
It did deliver on that, but it also felt incredibly linear and unconnected, with certain sections of the map being cut off from access except by train. It made the whole region feel smaller than it should have been, not really helped by the Wild Area restricting design for half of the map.
So what would be the best way to set about making the Galar region a better place to be? Well, top priority is getting a better way to connect everything together, and that’s where the Wild Area comes in with its new name of Route 1.
Yesterday a Pokémon Direct was announced, and tomorrow at 14:30 GMT is when it will air. The obvious choice for such an announcement is about Home and what things that will give us (aside from storage capacity and the importing of ‘mon from previous generations, of course). However, stating the obvious is no fun. It’s time for some wild predictions.
The main series goes open world, but not in the way you think. Diamond and Pearl are announced as the remakes to come this year, with a trailer showing off the beautiful work done in recreating the world in a fully 3D environment.
Since E3, there’s been quite a few new announcements about these games, including a few new features and Pokémon. While the reveals have been showing off new things, however, they haven’t been showing everything.
We know of a few regional variants, a few of the new ‘mons (but not entire evolution chains), and just a few of those trainers we’ll be facing in the quest of the Galar League.
New previews that have been doing the rounds say there’s a lot of variety when it comes to what players will encounter on the opening hours of the game – including new ‘mon yet to be announced.
And those previews have also reinforced my thoughts on this new generation. It does feel like a push – those first steps – to craft the series into something much different. If it can finally shake the binding shackles of the 90s.
The Pokémon Direct has recently finished, giving a fresh look at the Galar region – including a Wild Area that is a vast, open land filled with lakes, trees, ruins… and Pokémon visible on the overworld.
The main series is including overworld appearances – even if just in this one area, and this is also looking to be a push to that thing many people have wanted – a true open-world online Pokémon experience.
Away from the Wild Area, we got to see some more new creatures of Galar, as well as a few of the people. Wooloo looks like a real cute sheep, while Corviknight is a very fine-looking raven. Drednaw looks like a turtle, while Gossifleur is another flower-based ‘mon – which got an evolution shown in the form of Eldegoss.
The legendaries of the region were also revealed. Zacian and Zamazenta representing the sword and shield respectively.
Today has been Pokémon Day. And today has been the day we finally got our look at the start of Generation 8 thanks to the Pokémon Direct.
For this Pokémon Day, I’ve mostly just been listening to music from the series, but I had been playing XD: Gale of Darkness on the Gamecube for some time before the Direct, and I just love talking about how I wished the mainline games could be as good as both Colosseum and Gale of Darkness.
After Generation 6 moved the series to the 3DS, it was a first effort in making a 3D game. It looked good, but there were plenty of things it could have done better.
Technical limitations probably prevented several of them, but throughout these last five/six years, there has been progress in that 3D design. With the eighth generation of games moving to a console, it should have been a leap forward. Again, in ways it is.
Despite being third on my core franchise list, Pokémon has been with me since the beginning. Across six generations of games, the main series has grown ever stronger. Each generation also gave us a variety of spin-offs, some of which continue to this day.
The TV series also grew stronger as the years progressed, and while a soft reboot did occur at the start of Black and White (thus getting a lot of criticism from long-time fans), the series did well to pick itself back up during the XY series.
The movies are less fortunate, seemingly being stuck between mediocre and alright. In some cases it can feel the plots drag on a bit too much, and in other cases the balance is just right [I feel Genesect and the Legend Awakened is one with the right balance].
Well I have to say, I was predicting a Pokémon Yellow remake in the style of Dragon Quest Monsters, but this will do me just fine. And suit me well it will.
Today, in the Nintendo Direct, Satoru Iwata announced the revelation. Generation 6. I have been looking through different forums, and the general masses are in awe. Some still find something to complain about however, although most people usually do anyway. I can find nothing to complain about.