Pokémon Sword and Shield feel like an adventure made for the big screen

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Pokémon Sword and Shield feel like an adventure made for the big screen

Pokémon games often feel like intimate, closed-in experiences. Due to hardware limitations on handheld platforms and their smaller screens, the visual quality of Pokémon games’ most fantastic moments — legendary monsters, hard-fought trainer battles with elemental light shows — haven’t always matched their grand ambition.

Thanks to being on the Nintendo Switch, Pokémon Sword and Shield feel like the franchise can finally deliver on its biggest promises by rendering our favorite creatures in lush HD. Pokémon battles have certainly appeared on large screens before, starting in Pokémon Stadium for the Nintendo 64 and extending through fighting game spinoff Pokkén Tournament for the Wii U and Switch. But we haven’t really ever seen traditional Pokémon battles on the big screen in a mainline game.

Cyberpunk 2077: 10 things we learned at E3

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Cyberpunk 2077: 10 things we learned at E3

The biggest news at this year’s E3 came from CD Projekt Red. Fans learned that Cyberpunk 2077, the company’s futuristic role-playing game, would arrive on April 16, 2020, for PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One. They also learned that actor Keanu Reeves would be playing the iconic role of Johnny Silverhand.

But, in addition to all the information gleaned from the game’s new trailer, Polygon was also able to sit down with members of the development team for a series of in-person interviews. Here’s 10 more things we learned about Cyberpunk 2077 at E3 2019.

Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Pokédex fuss starts incredible 3D art joke

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Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Pokédex fuss starts incredible 3D art joke

The controversy surrounding Pokémon Sword and Shield’s lack of a National Pokedex has not died down — it’s only gotten bigger. Some fans are calling the limited Pokedex “Dexit,” while others are making references to the Thanos snap. And at least one Pokémon aficionado made the mistake of saying that including all of the monsters in the compendium would only take five minutes each. This, in turn, motivated artists on Twitter to show off what five minutes of work would actually look like.

Spoiler alert: Only using five minutes to craft a Pokémon usually results in garbage. While it’s understandable that people are upset that Pokémon Sword and Shield’s postgame won’t let you import the full repertoire of monsters from all eras, the discourse surrounding this change has led to a number of misunderstandings about game development. As far as some players are concerned, if Game Freak, the creators, were able to include all monsters before, and the very tagline of the franchise used to be gotta catch em all, it makes no sense to limit what creatures appear in your game. Players have been putting together collections for years now, and they’re upset that they’ll have to leave some friends behind. Surely, some of the thinking goes, the divergence for the next games must mark laziness on the developer’s part?

Streamer Airwaks and musician RL Grime win second annual Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am

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Streamer Airwaks and musician RL Grime win second annual Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am

Over the weekend, Epic Games held its second annual Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am and crowned a new duo as the tournament’s champions: Airwaks and RL Grime. The tournament was held during the Fortnite Summer Block Party Celebration in Los Angeles.

The Pro-Am gathered together celebrities, including pro athletes, musicians, models, actors, and influencers, and paired them together with Fortnite pro players and streamers. The duos then competed against one another in four battle royale matches before a winner was crowned, based on points accumulated for eliminations and placement during each match.

Fallout 76’s battle royale preview continues indefinitely

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Fallout 76’s battle royale preview continues indefinitely

Whether this morphs into a soft-launch, who can tell, but the “pre-beta” of Fallout 76’s Nuclear Winter has been extended … indefinitely?

“With all the excitement and popularity, we wanted to let you know that the pre-beta sneak peek of Nuclear Winter will remain on and continue to receive updates,” Bethesda Game Studios said on Friday. No new deadline or time period was mentioned.

Minecraft: Story Mode episodes ‘on sale’ for $100 — each

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Minecraft: Story Mode episodes ‘on sale’ for $100 — each

Here is some straight-up WTFery as what to do about Telltale Games’ back catalog continues to be an issue for digital marketplaces. On Xbox 360, Minecraft: Story Mode has its individual episodes listed for $99.99 each. That’s right, a hundy.

There’s actually a good reason for this, but first, yes that price is meant to deter people from buying it. And yes, your credit card will be charged $99.99 if you attempt to, just to see what happens.

Star Control legal tangle unwound with friendly agreement, creators say

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Star Control legal tangle unwound with friendly agreement, creators say

Stardock and the two creators of the original Star Control game series this past week agreed to a settlement resolving the legal dispute over ownership of the franchise and its intellectual property.

In statements made by both sides, the former adversaries will now collaborate to produce new stories and content for future Star Control games and downloadable content for the existing Star Control Origins.

Animal Crossing’s irascible Mr. Resetti is looking for a new gig

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Animal Crossing’s irascible Mr. Resetti is looking for a new gig

Resetti, the ornery rodent whose increasingly exercised complaints accompanied millions of game resets without saving in Animal Crossing, has lost his job. The lead developer for Animal Crossing: New Horizons confirmed the workforce redundancy in a statement to Mashable yesterday.

This is because in New Horizons is making its debut on the Nintendo Switch in 2020, and with it gains the console’s autosave function. “Unfortunately, because there’s no necessity to reset the game or reset button on the Switch, Mr. Resetti had a hard time,” Aya Kyogoku told Mashable. “He was laid off from his position.” Damn!

Mortal Kombat 11’s new patch ‘uncensors’ Kabal’s Brutality

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Mortal Kombat 11’s new patch ‘uncensors’ Kabal’s Brutality

Mortal Kombat 11’s latest free update does a number of things, but most visibly it “uncensors” Kabal’s goofy Brutality. Here’s my vote for leaving it censored.

Not because it’s gory, hideous or tasteless. It’s just kinda … lame? Kabal’s gimmick is that he’s so ugly underneath his mask that he’ll scare your soul right out of you, sort of like a Scooby-Doo cartoon.

Project Scarlett: What we know about Microsoft’s next Xbox

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Project Scarlett: What we know about Microsoft’s next Xbox

A year ago at E3, Microsoft confirmed it was working on the next console in its nearly 20-year-old Xbox line. At E3 2019, the company went further into its capabilities, gave it a provisional name, and even a launch window.

Much more will be shared in the coming 12 months, but the early adoption-minded among us are making plans now. What can they expect? Here are the latest confirmed details and informed speculation about what Project Scarlett will do, how much better it’ll do it than the Xbox One, and, of course, what games it’ll be playing next year.