The Next Mainline Pokémon Game Needs New Pokémon Snap's Graphics

New Pokémon Snap has the best graphics in the entire series, and the next mainline Pokémon games should do what it takes to emulate it.

The Pokémon franchise is absolutely massive, with New Pokémon Snap being just the most recent entry. This latest title happens to have the best graphics the series has ever seen. It's not surprising that developer Bandai Namco went all out on the visuals, considering aesthetic is fundamentally the most important part of a game revolving around photography. What really makes New Pokémon Snap's graphics surprising is when it is compared to that of Pokémon Sword and Shield. A graphical upgrade to match the visuals of New Pokémon Snap in the next mainline Pokémon games would be worth the sacrifices that would need to be made.

Pokémon Sword and 's sales were impressive, like any mainline Pokémon game's would be, but the games still got a fair bit of criticism. A lot of player complaints toward Sword/Shield were lobbied against the game's graphics. These games brought the mainline series fully into a 3D art style, and many fans were disappointed at the results. Many textures are low quality, and a lot of animations (or lack there of) look odd. Many of the issues with the visuals may be a result of the game's scale. Having large explorable areas and 400 Pokémon before DLC meant a lot of work would have to have gone into making every fully rendered monster have unique animations.

Related: Will New Pokémon Snap Have DLC Or An Expansion Pass

The scale of New Pokémon Snap is much more conducive to increased visual fidelity. 's courses are tightly designed, there are fewer Pokémon to animate, and their movements are more choreographed compared to the large variety of moves in a mainline title. This does not necessarily excuse what some would call underwhelming work done by Game Freak on Sword/Shield, but it does show a way the mainline Pokémon games can have improved graphics in the future.

Even Pokémon Sword and Shield left out over half of the universe's total Pokémon. After Sword/Shield's DLC, there are 898 Pokémon in the Pokédex. Many diehard Pokémon fans dislike the continued trend of leaving out a large number of Pokémon, but having so many across all eight generations becomes a huge development challenge. Even if each Pokémon was limited to just four possible moves, that would still leave 3,592 unique animations to be created. If animations are to be improved in the next generation, then the region's Pokédex size is going to have to be seriously pared down.

Cutting down on the number of Pokémon in the game doesn't even address the generally disappointing textures overall in Sword and ShieldNew Pokémon Snap is proof that a Pokémon title can look better on the Nintendo Switch, but it could have been any number of issues that kept the textures being higher quality in Sword and Shield. The development cycle may have to be extended, or the entire scale of a mainline Pokémon game might have to be reworked in order to accommodate the graphical quality of New Pokémon Snap.

Next: New Pokémon Snap's Voice Acting Is Unnecessary and Underused

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Grunt can become a casualty of Mass Effect 3 if Shepard was not careful to secure his Loyalty in Mass Effect 2. Here's how to prevent his death.

If Shepard is not careful to secure Grunt's Loyalty, he will not survive the events of Mass Effect 3. Many fans view Grunt, the tank-bred krogan Shepard can recruit in Mass Effect 2, as a sort of son to Shepard. Provided players elected to open Grunt's tank and recruit him in Mass Effect 2, and provided he survives the endgame Suicide Mission, he will appear during a mission around the first Act of Mass Effect 3. In this mission, Grunt and his new krogan team are looking to find a band of scouts that have gone missing while investigating beyond the rachni relay. Shepard and their squad will face rachni that have been modified with Reaper technology. Shepard's choices in both Mass Effect 2 and this mission in Mass Effect 3 will influence whether Grunt survives.

Related: How to Scan Planets in Mass Effect 3 (& Evade Reapers)

At the end of the mission, Shepard will come face-to-face with either the Rachni Queen, if they spared her in the original Mass Effect, or the Rachni Breeder, a new queen if Shepard killed the Queen on Noveria. Choosing to spare the queen can result in a number of added War Assets, but doing so can have serious consequences for Grunt if players have not been diligent. Here's how to save Grunt in Mass Effect 3.

As with many companions from Mass Effect 2, to keep Grunt alive in Mass Effect 3, players will need to have secured his Loyalty. Grunt's Loyalty mission, Rite of Passage, involves withstanding three waves of difficult enemies in an arena on Tuchanka, culminating in a fight with a Thresher Maw. Completing the ritual allows Grunt to become a member of Clan Urdnot. This Loyalty mission cannot be failed, so as long as players completed it, Grunt should remain Loyal to Shepard. This ensures that, no matter the player's decision during Attican Traverse: Krogan Team, Grunt will survive.

If players did not complete Grunt's Loyalty mission, there is still a way to save him in Mass Effect 3. Shepard will need to abandon the Rachni Queen or the Breeder at the end of the mission. If Shepard tries to save either of them, Grunt's team covers their escape and suffers heavy losses. The only way to keep a non-loyal Grunt alive during this cover is to avoid putting his team in harm's way and choosing to let the Queen or Breeder die.

Generally, players should only attempt to rescue the Rachni Queen if it is the same individual they saved on Noveria in Mass Effect. The Breeder proves herself untrustworthy, sabotaging the Crucible and leading to heavy War Asset losses, as well as the loss of any remaining members of Grunt's team.

Saving Grunt nets players up to an extra 50 points in War Assets. Of these, 25 points appear in the Aralakh Company's war asset. The other 25 only count if Grunt is Loyal and part of Clan Urdnot.

Players should note the name of the mission changes slightly depending on their decision regarding the Rachni Queen in Mass Effect. If she died, the mission is called Attican Traverse: Krogan Team. If she was spared, the mission is instead called Attican Traverse: The Rachni.

Next: Mass Effect 3: How to Betray Urdnot Wrex

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition launches May 14 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, with forward compatibility on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.

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