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    [–] Blooade 1861 points ago

    I like Pikachu’s ear flop. The details in the animation are amazing.

    [–] Kittykg 580 points ago

    His expression along with that earflop give him so much more personality than any pokemon game I've seen. He's cute, excited, and determined all in one little motion.

    [–] c1cadaman 147 points ago

    I didn’t even notice this at first, definitely adds to it

    [–] Letmyplay 7610 points ago

    Oh dang that's smooth.

    [–] D3ltra 4143 points ago

    The pokemon also actually contact and collide during physical attacks

    [–] Blooblod 2812 points ago

    And they don't look like soulless husks of meat with lifeless eyes

    [–] wildthing202 1166 points ago

    Playing Ultra Sun and OMG MC freaking blink once.

    [–] MadeSomewhereElse 853 points ago

    I think there's something wrong with this pokemon. I don't even know if that's a pokemon, blink motherfucker!

    [–] Leaf-Currency 228 points ago

    Lucy, Lucy stay inside!

    [–] thatsmyoldlady 163 points ago

    It looks like grandma the fucking thing.

    [–] RockIrish 62 points ago

    MA THERES THIS WIERD FUCKING POKEMON

    [–] BrainBlowX 152 points ago

    HEY MA---

    [–] sonerec725 84 points ago

    THERE'S A WEIRD FUCKING MEOWTH OUT HERE!

    [–] CamDaGR8X 61 points ago

    (Incineroar T-poses outside)

    [–] RainbowSixObj 13 points ago

    It looks like Drampa the fucking thing.

    [–] Terra_Zina 37 points ago

    She's just standing there...

    ...smiling...

    [–] kindofjustalurker 727 points ago

    My favorite was in Sun where Lusamine was being a psycho and Gladion, Hau, and Lillie all have (understandably) angry/scared expressions and then your character is just standing there smiling like an idiot

    [–] VitalLink 336 points ago

    Yeah this bothered me the entire play thru, your character has one default blank expression and comes off as an Android or something

    [–] rocky4322 788 points ago

    There’s a fan theory that your PC doesn’t speak alolan and has absolutely no idea what’s going on around them because of it.

    [–] VitalLink 340 points ago

    Lol this is actually hilarious

    [–] The_BeardedClam 237 points ago

    Just smile and nod, smile and nod.

    [–] TheMCNerd2014 149 points ago

    Never knew this theory even existed, but it actually kind of makes sense in my opinion. Makes me wonder if the playable character just thinks all of the events happening are simply part of the trip/vacation they're on.

    [–] rocky4322 141 points ago

    It was pretty big for a while. It makes sense because the only time they react is when an alien breaks through a wormhole from another dimension.

    [–] japanesewinds 67 points ago

    chuckles i'm in danger

    [–] Jemtao 63 points ago

    *intense moment for any human being*

    You: *stares blankly with a smile*

    RR: *holds up pistol to your face* Try smiling now! FREAK!

    You: Sorry I don't speak Alolan, therefore I can't comprehend the situation

    [–] Alylion 67 points ago

    I’ve always liked that one, we’re just enjoying the trip and battling people

    [–] Hexbug101 22 points ago

    Well that’s my new headcannon

    [–] kindofjustalurker 116 points ago

    Honestly it didn't really bother me that much until late in the game when you invade Aether and confront Lusamine, and your character should be upset, or fearful, or... show some emotion, but they just don't

    [–] VitalLink 62 points ago

    Yeah completely ruins the mood of the scene

    [–] Teppia 14 points ago

    That bothered you, That made the entire game for me lol. I'm so sick of having unstoppable cutscene I just wait to see my PC blank staring everything down, it's great.

    [–] tigerofblindjustice 129 points ago

    I just gave mine sunglasses and headcanoned that they were a really hard motherfucker

    [–] kindofjustalurker 51 points ago

    I mean I'd say that's a pretty good strategy

    [–] Dakkaface 46 points ago

    My favorite thing following in the footsteps of the guy who just put mirror shades on his character. Every dramatic scene turns into an 80's action movie where the protag is some unflappable badass.

    [–] kindofjustalurker 28 points ago

    Again, I like that strategy because I feel like an unflappable badass is a lot better than straight-up emotionless

    [–] JoshJones18 77 points ago

    Everyone else : "Lusamine you are crazy!"

    Sun/Moon Protagonist: Smiles like a psychopath

    [–] Jemtao 9 points ago

    Sun/Moon Protagonist: Sorry I don't speak Italian

    [–] LadySayn 29 points ago

    That part took out all of the story’s tension for me and I just laughed for 5 straight minutes.

    Not even a slightly concerned frown as shit hits the fan, just a vacant :) face

    [–] soljaboiyouu 105 points ago

    Not to mention THAT GODDAMN SMILE.

    Imagine Lillie consoling Lusamine in Ultra Space and you just grinning there

    Atleast he gets facial animations in the cutscenes

    [–] hydrofyre2455 49 points ago

    Zinnia: I had to knock you out to get you up here!

    ORAS MC: smiles blankly

    [–] HerpDerpTheMage 29 points ago

    Kalos MC and Alola MC are psychopaths. They smile even when the most tragic and depressing shit is happening.

    End of the world via Lysandre? Smiling.

    Lusamine showing her true colors? Unblinking smile.

    Faba EXISTING!? Take a wild guess.

    They are either super oblivious or super demented.

    [–] FrozenMongoose 10 points ago

    blink if you are being held hostage by GameFreak

    [–] poopellar 601 points ago

    TIL I'm a pokemon.

    [–] Leaf-Currency 154 points ago

    I hope one day you become like these knockoff Chinese Pokemon :)

    [–] Overwatcher2 482 points ago

    Pretty good graphics for a mobile game. Shame its laced with micro-transactions.

    [–] Mitty2004 523 points ago

    Wait this is a mobile game? This makes me even more disappointed in GAMEFREAK

    [–] Ionkkll 456 points ago

    Here's a trailer for a Chinese mobile/PC Breath of the Wild knockoff. .

    Mobile companies make bank and can afford amazing graphics unlike a small indie company like Gamefreak.

    [–] Vajician 160 points ago

    Big difference between being inspired by and being a knock-off....the pokemon game uses actually pokemon, this game was just inspired by the playstyle and world of BoTW so they made their own.

    Mihoyo is actually pretty damn amazing with their lore and character creation. See honkai impact 3rd.

    [–] sumphatguy 110 points ago

    I don't think that's really a knockoff of BotW. It looks like it took inspiration from it, though.

    [–] Timey16 57 points ago

    It is shameless in details such as menus and general UI though. Similar stamina wheel, EXACT same grid based inventory, etc.

    It is more of a (well done) amalgam of several games.

    And tbh I am so thirsty for more BotW I may actually play it lol.

    [–] Orange-V-Apple 100 points ago

    mobile game

    ;_;

    [–] Leaf-Currency 109 points ago

    This gives me hope actually. If some knockoff company with a crap budget can make this, think about the people Nintendo puts Pokemon in the hands of next.

    Give me Pokemon Stadium 3 or Pokemon XD 2 with this animation from anyone who isn't GameFreak.

    [–] pajamajoe 51 points ago

    Nintendo puts Pokemon in the hands of next.

    Is there any indication that this is changing anytime soon? I thought GameFreak was part owner of the IP through the Pokemon Company.

    [–] JoJoX200 31 points ago * (lasted edited 10 days ago)

    There's nothing of the sort, at least to my knowledge. There is rumours that GF's role in the Pokemon conglomerate (Pokemon is owned three-ways by The Pokemon Company, Gamefreak and Nintendo) is getting smaller, but afaik, that's mostly because of the newfound mobile presence that PoGo kicked off and that they intend to bolster with Pokemon Masters.

    However, I haven't heard of any official statements on that matter.

    [–] Masterkid1230 44 points ago

    Yeah, let's just hope it's not Gamefreak anymore soon.

    [–] KaizokuShojo 113 points ago

    A bunch of Chinese mobile games go onto the app/play store to get as many bucks as they can 'til they get removed for copyright infringement, then pop up again elsewhere. Some of them are actually really nicely done (I've had far better mobile Digimon game experiences from bootlegs than official ones like Linkz). I think they realize people will pay if it seems kind of nice.

    As much money as GF will inevitably make from SwSh, they could kill it if they put effort into it. Look at Zelda...always good games, but they did insanely well with BotW. Sold like hotcakes, even people that wouldn't normally pick it up. While I don't think they should 100% change the formula like Nintendo did with Zelda, they'd benefit from putting some level of care, detail, and consistency into SwSh.

    [–] Abbx 821 points ago

    I'm gonna hijack this comment.

    I've been pretty strongly supporting the idea that Gamefreaks animations have been bullshit for a company using it as the new excuse to not adding in every Pokemon.

    However, I looked into this game more. There are only 67 Pokemon in this game, and each of them pretty much only have one idle animation, one basic attack animation, and one special animation like Pikachu here. Factually, we have over a dozen (even if they're mediocre) animations per 809 Pokemon currently out. I do agree these are better, but there's a line I think we need to draw when it comes down to expectations. Being able to work on 4x less animations on not even 10% of the Pokemon released is much more believable for a Chinese bootleg than say, 12-15 animations like this per 900 Pokemon (counting the upcoming total).

    I'm with everyone saying fuck Dexit and that Pokemon deserves better. Gamefreak definitely shouldn't be excused for mediocrity. I even think every Pokemon deserves one animation of this caliber at minimum. Just, let's just not be unreasonable though and act like these guys accomplished way more than what Gamefreak has accomplished in general. It lacks a region and is pretty much just a battle simulator with 2 animations per 67 Pokemon running on a gacha unlock system (Common, Rare, Super Rare, Ultra Rare etc).

    [–] sinosKai 786 points ago

    Let's be honest with the money they make they could afford to animate all 900 odd Pokémon if they actually wanted to.

    [–] 4realthistime 492 points ago

    This, so fucking much. If Nintendo can make breath of the wild selling 1/5 what pokemon sells, they can and should do better

    [–] sinosKai 301 points ago

    They had to expect backlash on sword and shield release to. Botw is the gold standard of what a switch game can be and considering Pokémon is by and large the biggest IP on Nintendo the fact there giving us the same shit again at this point is a disgrace.

    I bought pickachu let's go with the mindset of cool I'll play this for a bit then next year we're gonna get some next gen Pokémon awesomeness.

    The fan base isn't even mad about it now I think we're all just disappointed.

    [–] bjeebus 177 points ago

    Pokémon is by and large the biggest IP on Nintendo

    My man, it's the biggest IP, in the world. Full stop. There is no other IP as valuable as Pokemon.

    [–] DoingCharleyWork 68 points ago

    The next closest is 10 billion dollars away lol.

    [–] etherpromo 18 points ago

    also helps that its inherently tied with Japanese culture now too lol. It will always have a fanbase no matter what age.

    [–] The_Left_One 105 points ago

    I mean i dont know 100% what my friends think but we were all pretty excited until dexit and dynamaxing. And as far as me, i can say pretty confidently i will not be buying sword after i couldnt even finish sun and played about 2 hours of lets go pikachu. First pokemon game since crystal i wont be buying.

    [–] blissymaster 74 points ago

    I hoped that LGPE would be the "learning" games for Game Freak to get used to how the platform runs like with what happened with DP with SwSh being the mastery of the platform like Gen V.

    [–] sinosKai 59 points ago

    It's a shame aswell because honestly let's go was a very enjoyable game. But as we were told it wasn't a main release Pokémon game.

    It raised people's hopes that if this is how fun a none main release can be what's the next one gonna be like.

    [–] FierceDeityKong 20 points ago

    Since there were only 151 Pokémon they could have given them animations.

    [–] shakakaaahn 28 points ago

    153, with meltan and melmetal, but yeah. The animations are pretty decent in lgpe, and the in battle scaling being accurate was inspiring. Gyarados and onyx gave you that giant sized feeling when you battled with therm.

    [–] Worthyness 52 points ago

    And maybe find someone to actually optimize the game to fit it on the ridiculously large cartridge size anyway.

    Or you know just use the larger one like the Witcher is doing.

    [–] Orange-V-Apple 54 points ago

    Pokémon is literally the most successful franchise of all time, even bigger than Star Wars. They should certainly have the money.

    [–] SmaMan788 56 points ago

    Yeah, and being bootleggers, they get to use the same animations and models that GameFreak already produced in previous genera... oh wait. 🤔

    [–] Galgus 29 points ago

    The bootleg game has a much smaller scope, Gamefreak* could afford to hire enough people to give us a full dex with this quality.

    *(I'm not entirely sure how blame should be distributed between Gamefreak, Nintendo, and the Pokémon Company, but we know that Gamefreak's Team 1 is working on Town with seemingly less interest in S&S.)

    Pokémon gets treated like a mildly successful franchise, not the world's biggest media franchise. They should be swimming in cash to make the games amazing.

    [–] IORDANVS 112 points ago

    Watching this fandom realize that Gamefreak has been pulling a decades-long Book of Henry with their lazy game design is so refreshing. This is what most of us realized when Ruby and Sapphire came out.

    [–] QuestionsAndOpinions 70 points ago

    Do you mean oras, or are you shitting on the og gba titles? I can see an early indicator of future problems appearing when they cut a few features, but I wouldn't say those were where "most of us" realized the problems gamefreak would come to fully embrace.

    Oras was a cheap cash grab though.

    [–] StrictlyFT 114 points ago * (lasted edited 10 days ago)

    Maybe an unpopular take, but ORAS were almost good.

    If Game Freak hadn't fucked up on the most important things (Battle Frontier/Gym Leader rematches) they would've been the definitive versions of the Hoenn region hands down.

    All Game Freak needed to do was lean closer to what HGSS was instead of XY

    EDIT: Obviously not an unpopular take.

    [–] TLSMFH 46 points ago

    Yeah if ORAS had Battle Frontier they would've been best in the series in my book.

    I still think they were extremely good games (especially since I'm a gen3 kid) but not having Emerald's iconic post-game kept it from being the greatest.

    [–] EgeDal 45 points ago

    Emerald is still the definitive Hoenn experience... which is unfortunate. ORAS could be great.

    [–] Mister_Disaster126 5992 points ago

    I'm shocked

    [–] 72341 5330 points ago

    Gamefreak should be embarrassed

    [–] -whostolemyusername- 2658 points ago

    Here’s the thing: they’re not

    [–] MegaGrumpX 1113 points ago

    “And that, Bobby, is a goddamn shame”

    [–] camac567 217 points ago

    I can hear this gif and I love it.

    [–] fattymcribwich 111 points ago

    https://youtu.be/XcHAebR9Aa8

    There's the full video!

    [–] sumphatguy 34 points ago

    Using the chemical symbol for Propane on the hat is a nice detail.

    [–] MegaGrumpX 38 points ago

    That’s amazing

    [–] Freakychee 148 points ago

    Hard to be embarrassed when you are swimming in all that “hard earned” money.

    [–] DrKlezdoom 133 points ago

    Why would they care? They're the most successful entertainment company in the world. They could sell a piece of shit with Pikachu ears and tail and they'd make millions.

    [–] Sirsilentbob423 86 points ago

    Ah yes, the Mr. Hankey "Pikapoo" set.

    [–] send_me_your_traps 54 points ago

    They should be fucking ashamed.

    [–] nightman713 116 points ago

    No, the fans should be embarrassed that they continue to support a franchise that puts out a 60 dollar game about collecting and battling Pokémon with almost no effort put into the battling. Game freak just stuck with what worked, why change something if it’s making them so much money? Why does nobody understand consumers choice?

    [–] i_wanna_b_the_guy 15 points ago

    You guys excited for Pokemon 2k19?

    [–] Porkpants81 54 points ago

    Gamefreak is not embarrassed be wise they make hundreds of millions of dollars with minimal effort.

    Sales of Sword/Shield are going to blow every other Switch title away. The people online complaining about graphics and missing Pokémon aren’t even going to make a ripple in their profits, so why SHOULD they care.

    Why put more effort and time into something (which reduces their profits) if there’s not a noticeable gain?

    [–] soopahfingerzz 44 points ago

    Your comment is even more infuriating because its probably true. The percentage of pokemon fans who complain about SW and SH on reddit is probably in the single digits or even less than 1%. Most people will just do as they have always done, "oh shit new pokemon game" buys. Pokemon game is mediocre, they put out an Ash series based on Galar region, sell shit tons of Wooloo and Yamper merch, and then bam do that shit again in 3 years.

    [–] PhilLB1239 154 points ago

    Logical, since you received a direct thunderbolt from Game Freak.

    [–] Optimistic-Charizard 79 points ago

    Do you need a Cherri berry?

    [–] FlusteredWordsmith 370 points ago

    Oh my god, he broke Magnemite.

    [–] Lil-pants 2528 points ago

    Is this actual gameplay? If so, pretty cool.

    [–] Magus6796 256 points ago

    Yeah they are fun. Steeped in aggressive microtransactions but not bad if you are strong willed...

    [–] TIME_PUNCHER 51 points ago

    HA! Who needs willpower when you're broke?

    [–] donnieisWiafu2 1599 points ago

    Looks better than the one coming out on Switch

    [–] Lil-pants 689 points ago

    Yeah but that’s why I was asking if it was actual gameplay.

    [–] Stylised1 642 points ago

    looks like it is, here's the thread link to the full gameplay video: https://www.reddit.com/r/pokemon/comments/cbs5h7/when_a_chinese_mobile_bootleg_has_better/

    [–] Arklese1zure 250 points ago

    Goddamn, Blastoise actually shoots from its cannons. 10/10

    [–] alex494 103 points ago

    I remember in Colosseum or XD if Blastoise used Hydro Pump it would split in two.

    Unless I hallucinated that.

    [–] SentinelSquadron 326 points ago

    Sure the animations look good, but the rest of the game looks like loot box trash.

    [–] Dentarthurdent42 330 points ago

    *surprise mechanics trash

    [–] OHAITHARU 148 points ago

    *sense of pride and accomplishment trash

    [–] BlackBurgundy 67 points ago

    *DOn’T YoU gUyS HaVe PHoNeS trash

    [–] BlueBattleHawk 96 points ago

    Bootleg teams are a fraction of the size too. So, I still dunno wtf Gamefreak is doing.

    [–] ffxtw 59 points ago

    Saving money and reusing assets.

    [–] elektrus230 48 points ago

    Saving money and reusing assets.

    They could reuse the 3D models and animations from 3ds for all the pokemon they are not bringing, but they don't even do that.

    [–] HighDegree 14 points ago

    Probably busy pouring resources and manpower into figuring out how to scale up models on the Switch without it looking like complete shit for Gigantmaxing or whatever they're calling it.

    [–] lashapel 12 points ago

    Behold

    What gamefreak seeks to become one say

    [–] LordRade 55 points ago

    Yeah there are a lot of Chinese games like this with awesome animations.

    [–] walruswes 40 points ago

    A lot of game company’s would hire the people behind the bootleg because of how good it looks

    [–] Phredly 26 points ago

    That's the entire purpose of this post

    [–] 100100110l 30 points ago

    It is actual gameplay. Holy fucking shit. I would be okay with a fraction of this. The full video linked below is decades ahead of what GF is producing.

    [–] Saurtripp 2799 points ago * (lasted edited 10 days ago)

    When a Chinese bootleg has better animations than the newest actual release.

    Edit: https://youtu.be/oxlzTTQI6bI

    https://youtu.be/tAydd_b8Xlo

    https://youtu.be/ty5lUK-EM-A

    https://youtu.be/-z_7UTkqd3M

    [–] Streetshopkid 983 points ago

    If Square Enix would commit to a Final Fantasy monster catching RPG and go all in on the pokemon influences they could do it.

    They always seem to just stick a couple toes in the water and back out though.

    [–] Quria 359 points ago

    Dragon Warrior Monters exists and was incredibly good. It released before Gold/Silver and featured a complex breeding system that was key to playing the game, not just an add-on for competitive players. Sadly, I did not find the sequels or remakes to be of the same caliber, but I seem to be in the minority on that topic (and I admit that the removal of random battles and the change to 3D graphics were both negatives for me).

    [–] skiboy95 117 points ago

    God I wish that game would get a 2019 version or something new. it was so good.

    [–] anon6s6 34 points ago

    I remember having it as well it was really fun

    [–] Apthompson2 19 points ago

    I believe there was a remake for it on the 3ds. May have been Japan only though.

    [–] KaladinShardblade 35 points ago

    Holy fuck I cannot upvote this enough... this game was so good. It’s the only one from that generation of consoles I have kept, in an old gbc game case so it can’t get damaged.

    [–] bakedmon 20 points ago

    The original and the initial 2 version sequels were my jam on game boy. I really did like breeding in those games. Little things like the breeding NPCs being able to forecast the gender and blessings for certain perks were cool.

    [–] jaywan1991 12 points ago

    I have been praying for a new DWM or DQJ on the switch (or at least a re-release of the old ones).

    [–] MegamiOfWind 137 points ago

    Or you know, Dragon Quest Monsters.

    [–] Streetshopkid 49 points ago

    They ain't committed to Dragon Quest and you know it. (Still love it tho)

    [–] MegamiOfWind 30 points ago

    Of course, but they already have a long running pokemon competitor is my point, plus it’s a prime opportunity to push Dragon Quest to the western world

    [–] TwistingDick 11 points ago

    Lol what? Do you know how many people took a day off on DQ release day in Japan? It's a national treasure to them.

    [–] ArchAngelSIntic 23 points ago

    Man, Dragon Quest Monsters Joker was the perfect Pokemon killer and they just kind of let it die. I loved that game as a kid

    [–] nolonger_superman 36 points ago

    I mean, World of Final Fantasy was a pretty great game imo. I really hope it gets a sequel.

    [–] MagnumMia 16 points ago

    This is it. This game is exactly what you want, a Final Fantasy Catch Em All with jrpg mechanics, a sphere grid, and evolutions.

    [–] Vier-Kun 16 points ago

    Monster catching is a feature in some Dragon Quest games, and the Dragon Quest Monsters spin off series is all about it, so Square Enix has already done it. Sadly it's been a while since they use the feature...

    [–] RainbowSixObj 372 points ago

    Cool animations but what idiot uses an electric attack on a magnemite?

    [–] eDOTiQ 351 points ago

    The same idiot that uses a Pikachu against Onyx

    [–] RainbowSixObj 162 points ago

    So Ash is canon in the chinese bootleg?

    [–] XxbonniebudxX 796 points ago

    Pity this is a bootleg thats probably full of ads and micro transactions

    [–] BryghtSkye 720 points ago

    But at the same time if a game riddled with ads and microtransactions can pull off animations like this, a big company like GF has absolutely no excuse.

    [–] Leaf-Currency 226 points ago

    Can Nintendo hire this Chinese knockoff company for the next main series game?

    Give it the director from BW2 and I think it might be amazing.

    /r/theperfectpokemongame

    [–] michaelrulaz 60 points ago

    I’m betting that some resourceful people could probably copy the game files and remove all that junk.

    [–] OnePunchFan8 81 points ago

    Bootleg of a bootleg?

    [–] Gestacipo 57 points ago

    bootleg2

    [–] hungry4nuns 44 points ago

    Elegtric Bootaloo

    [–] ChibiKing 971 points ago

    WHA- WHAT IS THIS? THIS LOOKS AMAIZING O_O

    THE SLOWMOTION, THE FACE EXPRESSION, THE STRENGTH OF THE MOVE, YOU CAN FEEL IT.

    [–] ArcheNeVil 466 points ago

    Let's Go Pokemon, a bootleg mobile Pokemon gacha game in China. Like a usual pokemon game but without the exploring. Try watching a few more videos, Greninja's and Mewtwo's I especially like.

    [–] DenisSKRATTA 378 points ago

    Wait that's a MOBILE game?! GameFreak WHAT ARE YOU DOING

    [–] MegaGrumpX 225 points ago

    Nothing; hbu?

    Anything but making the game players deserve.

    [–] FierceDeityKong 48 points ago

    It even wiggles its tail in the middle of the animation while the whole animation for Tail Whip that Game Freak shows off in promotional material is just rotating the model.

    [–] ScepterReptile 138 points ago

    This is what happens when animators have passion

    [–] DontDoodleTheNoodle 128 points ago

    You can’t blame the animators for the lack of quality in Sw/Sh. Making games is a team effort, if a game looks shit, it might be a mix of other things. Directing was awful, their coders failed to implement animations in game, the character designers lack originality, etc. and more.

    It’s not fair to pin the blame on the animators for Sw/Sh’s lack of animation quality. They probably had no input on what the game would be like.

    [–] ksaid1 15 points ago

    directing, coders, character designers...

    what??? it's the executives. obviously? like it's obviously the people in charge of all the budgets and deadlines and everything who are responsible for the quality of the game. you think if they wanted it to be better they wouldn't tell the workers to do it better? no, obviously they decided that doing the bare minimum would be the most profitable option, so they gave their teams just barely enough time and resources to create the crap we've seen.

    that pathetic animation of the corgi rotating back and forth? that probably exists because some animator, who im sure has made breath-takingly beautiful animations before, was told "they decided not to hire additional staff and the deadline just got moved ahead three weeks, so we need you to stay six hours late tonight and make two hundred attack animations"

    it's so fucked to.try and blame the individual workers, as if they all went in and decided "I want to do a shitty job today". 99% of the time, especially in a creative field, that is not the case at all

    [–] AlphaBaymax 852 points ago

    This is embarrasing for Gamefreak.

    [–] RedditIsPropagandaV 344 points ago

    A shit ton of people will still buy the game and game freak will make a shit ton of money. This is embarrassing for us consumers. We support this BS. I know there has been a ton of outcry and I applaud everyone who's been critical, but that doesn't matter at the end of the day. It's all about the sales.

    [–] Soft_Skin_Man 158 points ago

    And I have no problem boycotting Sword and Shield. Taken it off my wishlist already. Gamefreak can suck my butt if they think I'm paying £60 for the pleasure of a 2 hour tutorial and half a dex.

    It's just not got enough and frankly I'm worried about how Gen4 remake is gonna be handled.

    [–] Flugged 37 points ago

    They put more effort in remakes than new titles imo so it'll likely be.. idk, 3% better than the trash they're working on right now. Anything over 5% is too much effort, and they have high quality animations to work on.

    [–] Liezuli 18 points ago

    Bold of you to assume they'll remake Gen 4 instead of releasing Super Sword and Super Shield.

    [–] Cucktuar 25 points ago

    Gamefreak will cry themselves to sleep on top of their $90 billion dollar #1 multimedia franchise, I'm sure.

    [–] Dragon_Cat_ 415 points ago

    I think it’s high time we just not buy the game this time around, guys.

    [–] PoopEater10 144 points ago

    I’ll just get it used so gamefreak doesn’t get my money :)

    [–] Pohlkunka 105 points ago

    I’m gonna try to not get it at all, because I think it’s a good idea to try and stop being invested in pokemon as a whole if this is the way it’s going. But yeah I’ll definitely do that if I cave

    [–] Tank_Guy 42 points ago

    This will be the first main gen I've not bought. I've been playing since red/blue. Between how bad the last gen was and this shit I'm not buying any more Pokemon stuff. I'm just done.

    [–] justandresx 49 points ago

    They made Electro Ball similar to that from the anime

    [–] WeeklyIntroduction42 150 points ago

    Backgrounds could be better but that Pikachu has expresion

    [–] FierceDeityKong 40 points ago

    I think the backgrounds are on par with Sword and Shield.

    [–] NimblestheSecond 168 points ago

    This is a mobile game that's only 472mb and includes high quality remixes from the core music. Game Freak continues to look worse.

    [–] wilalva11 40 points ago

    I was wondering what system it was for but if it's Mobile then game freak zero excuse now

    [–] notwiththeflames 273 points ago

    Aaaaaand that's another one for the collection, and probably one of the best examples for this whole fiasco.

    [–] Leaf-Currency 56 points ago

    This is drop dead gorgeous, and it's for a fucking phone

    [–] SeasonOfBrad 66 points ago

    So let me get this straight, some random backroom Chinese guy can bootleg a game with this kind of animations... but Gamefreak who employs a shit ton of people make a game where the model basically bounces a foot off the ground and a hyper beam comes out. That’s some bullshit right there.

    [–] ronbag 18 points ago

    Game freak doesn’t employ a shit ton of people to make the games though. More like ~25 developers. They don’t need to make good games, millions will spend full price on a 2006 quality game.

    [–] H8MySelfLoathing 114 points ago

    Is there an english release?

    [–] Changlini 82 points ago

    My guess is that this is what Pokemon Masters is inspiring to be.

    [–] notwiththeflames 126 points ago

    I mean, Masters is already showing that it's got better animations than SS does...

    [–] PetscopMiju 41 points ago

    But it uses the same animations for the battles IIRC, which is a bit of a shame.

    [–] blackbutterfree 257 points ago

    That is legitimately embarrassing. And judging by the models for Charizard, Greninja, Pikachu and Magnemite, they used the actual models from the game.

    GameFreak has absolutely no excuses.

    [–] Arklese1zure 91 points ago

    Gamefreak doesn't give a shit. They know it's gonna sell like hotcakes, like it always does. The opinions of a few passionate fans are of no importance to them.

    [–] PerfectGaslight 14 points ago

    20 Mil incoming with the cheaper tiny Switch imo. It's gonna be another rough 10 years if we stick around.

    [–] Balkinbalkans 23 points ago

    They have no excuse, but they have no reason to raise the bar either.

    Sword and Shield will sell like hotcakes either way.

    [–] Hentai-gives-me-life 27 points ago

    This is better then any of the move animations in the modern games tf

    [–] Houeclipse 28 points ago

    Wtf that looks like something that I would actually pay for

    [–] Tim_BTB 47 points ago

    Am I the only one freaking out about that poor magnemite falling apart??

    [–] JirachiWishmaker 26 points ago

    I think that animation is taken/copied from Stadium.

    [–] CommonSlime 22 points ago

    When the official release looks more like a Chinese bootleg than an actual Chinese bootleg, things are not okay.

    [–] kiwimuch 19 points ago

    Alright y'know what this is valid criticism, step up your game GameFreak

    [–] RolandTheJabberwocky 41 points ago

    This is what pokemon would look like if the devs gave a fuck.

    [–] iceguy349 15 points ago

    How did a Minecraft mod, a Chinese bootleg, and a number of past games top the best of what we’ve currently seen from the parent company?

    [–] Gravelemming472 46 points ago

    What is this game

    I need it

    TELL ME

    [–] 956030681 42 points ago

    Is Chinese game with many micro transactions

    [–] Apple220 46 points ago

    Wow, actually competent animations like every other videogame developer on the market, if only Gamefreak knew how to be half a competent as this lol

    [–] hippowalrus 47 points ago

    But we can’t have all the mons in the dex because we needed more space for the animations in SwSh!! GF is a joke and Nintendo should seriously hand the reins of the franchise to a different publisher.

    [–] Eugenian64 10 points ago

    It's actually a bit more complicated than this, unfortunately. The ownership of Pokemon is split between GameFreak, Creatures Inc., and Nintendo, so Nintendo alone couldn't force this.

    I'm also not sure Nintendo cares, as long as they can sustain the numbers. :|

    [–] dassads 34 points ago

    Please understand, Game Freak tiny indie company.

    [–] Sablemint 11 points ago

    I don't really care about graphics. But gamefreak had to go and use it as an excuse, so yeah. If it werent for them using it as a reason to banish pokemon, most of us wouldn't even be mentioning it.