I beat the Pokemon League in Brilliant Diamond and playing the post-game now.
You know, I'm generally pretty tolerant of GameFreak doing the bare minimum with Pokemon games, but…man they just did not care with this one. The full range of movement with the joystick frequently doesn't work in a game that still has a layout with four-directional movement in mind. The Poketch was awkwardly crammed into the corner of the screen and is very inconvenient to use. Hell, they haven't even implement the GWS yet. And then we get crap like this...
Lol I love that ekans thing, and it happens similarly with the likes of Milotic. I saw someone online saying they should have just done chibi pokemon to match the style, and that sounds like it would have been soooo much better. As it is, we know there are walking and running animations for every pokemon up to gen 7, it's weird this is a problem still.
As for other stuff, what got to me about the poketch more than the inconvenience was it being useless nearly every time. Tried to use the counter app at one point for classic EV training needs, and the count resets whenever you press X. So then I tried to use the memo pad to keep a tally, and that one reset as well when I closed the game and went back into it.
I actually don't recall if these were problems in the original, but it really defeats the point of having this stuff if it doesn't work, and if it didn't work originally it's probably not rocket science to have such simple apps just work. If the step counter can remember every step I've taken since before I even had the app, why does the counter not remember me keeping count?
Other fun moments of the game being borked included:
- Riley being invisible during the ironworks cave
- The boat in Snowpoint (I think that's the name of the city?) having pink around it due to presumably not being able to load a texture
I know most people here don’t seem to care about Dokev, which I understand, but at least it seems there trying something new with the monster collecting formula, which is part of the reason it seems to have blown up when it’s trailer came out
If a little to no name company can do that with a trailer imagine what Nintendo could do with the highest grossing media franchises of all time if they actually tried
The Dokev trailer "blowing up" doesn't really say anything about the state of Pokemon or Pokemon fans. It's simply a successful trailer to promote a game. Nintendo and Pokemon Company have no reason to try and compete with that.
(Of note, the "Mysterious Footage" trailer for Hisuan Zorua has more views than the Dokev trailer, and that wasn't even released any time significant. Getting that type of attention is just Tuesday for Pokemon.)
The ensuing media circus of "IS [game] POKEMON BUT BETTER?", "10 Reasons Why Dokev is the Pokemon Game We Have All Been Waiting For", etc., is just that. How do you get people to care about your article on random game no one has ever heard of? Compare it to the largest media franchise in the world. And since all game journalism does these days is feed off of anger and hype, you get the awesome boost of catering to angry pokemon fans and hype up something that likely won't come out in several years and, most likely, never reach the levels of hype several "journalists" are pumping out. (See: TemTem, nearly every Smash clone ever created, etc.)