There's just so much to say about this game.
Is it fun? Yes. Is it a breath of fresh air for Pokemon? Absolutely. Does it run like shit? Also yes. It's kind of annoying that this is their second mainline game made for the switch and it's so unoptimized. I'm sorry, but there is literally no excuse for my game to crash for simply walking to an area too fast, especially from the highest grossing media franchise of all time.
But despite ALL of this, despite EVERYTHING I said, the game is pretty decent. I like that this game isn't nearly as railroaded as most Pokemon games are but I also just like don't think that this is an improvement compared to Legends Arceus. That game was everything this game was and more, and I can't help but wish they added more of that games DNA to this.
The Pokemon designs are the best the series has had in a while imo. If you're someone who complains about Flamigo being just a flamingo, you need to touch grass. It's almost like you forget that there's a seal pokemon named Seel that evolves into a dugong pokemon named Dewgong.
This game could've been so much more and if Game Freak/Nintendo/The Pokemon Company could've held off another year to polish out all the performance issues and glitches, this game could've been one of the best in the series. If your performance issues are nonintrusive, I ENVY you.
I don't think Backloggd will let me tag this as Ten Paragraph Andy but this review definitely is.