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Stuff We Want to Discuss – The Weekly Gaming Round-up (25/02/19-03/03/19)

Here are our thoughts on some of the major gaming news stories from the past week. The selection of references is based entirely on personal interest level. End of. Also; it might not be weekly.

Alright, let’s take a look at this week’s Pokémon… what?

Sword & Shield

So, just in case you missed it… you didn’t miss it did you? The next generation of mainline Pokemon games, Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, have been releaved, showing us more detail than expected for the initial teaser.

It appears free moving camera control is out, unrealistic expectations of hyper-realistic graphics and a traditional non-Pokemon style open-world are also absent. What’s in, however, is glorious.

The new region of Galar appears to be based on the UK, an unexciting prospect for those who believe our existence is London but a fun one for the rest of us. What we have in Galar is gorgeous bright countrysides, rustic housing, shimmering lakes, snowy mountains (alright, not quite sure where they got that one), tardy train services and, um, football stadiums. It’s looking like an interesting, fresh setting for Pokemon and a grand departure from Sun & Moon’s tropical Alola region.

Gyms are back! Though it is a shame to see random encounters not taking a cue from Pokemon Let’s Go, with ‘mon being visible in the field, there is still hope of having a jerky rival and gym leaders that don’t keel over after a drizzle of Water Gun.

We also got the reveal of the starter Pokemon with the traditional fire/grass/water typing. It will be interesting to see which typings the evolved forms have. Team Scorbunny. Just sayin’ [via the Official Pokémon Website]

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Announced for PC and PS4 Release

Presumably after the full release performed terribly at retail, Square Enix have announced Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Free Edition for PC and PS4 will come out on 12 March 2019 (soon!).

While I wasn’t blown away with the game, it’s definitely worth a go in a free-to-play model. With warriors spanning Final Fantasy’s illustrious history, there’s a character for everyone. Granted, those characters are on rotation so it’s luck of the draw, really. [via Sqaure Enix]

Dead or Alive, Robbing you Blind?

Most are aware of Koei Tecmo’s tendency to go a touch overboard on paid DLC (nearly £1,000 for everything in DOA5), and with this week’s release of Dead or Alive 6, there’s a fresh batch already lined up, as reported by Destructiod, at the time of writing there’s almost £75 worth of paid additional content within two days of release via the Season Pass.

While this won’t affect our upcoming Dead or Alive 6 review, but there’s no hiding the low-value antics on display here. [via Destructiod]

Have a Detective Pikachu Tralier, on Us

Well, you know, on Warner Bros. but who’s watching?

I’m getting nothing but warm fuzzies over this movie from the promo material to date. It’s got that late 80s/early 90s family movie vibe going for it and I’m in.

That’s your lot for this week, folks! Any news in particular this week that caught your attention? Sound off in the comments or via Twitter (@Reggie_Reviews and @2DMike3D).

References / Sources:

https://swordshield.pokemon.com/en-us/ (viewed 03/03/19)
https://square-enix-games.com/en_US/news/dissidia-final-fantasy-nt-free-edition-coming-steam-ps4 (viewed 03/03/19)
https://www.destructoid.com/dead-or-alive-6-lays-out-its-initial-93-season-pass-544592.phtml (viewed 03/03/19)
https://store.steampowered.com/app/838380/DEAD_OR_ALIVE_6/ (viewed 03/03/19)

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