Dang, this new art takes me back to early 2019 when I just started playing Rejuvenation. Everything was so happy then, the biggest worry was Melia disappearing, no Bladestar, Team Xen was just another evil team, and we didn’t have to worry about time travel or the end of the world.
I finished this game and I think sw/sh is better then it tbh.
Like the 1st island was great and I had a lot of fun there, especially after I got the surfboard. By the time I got the surfboard there wasn't any real clear objective and you can kind of just explore and do what you want.
The 2nd island is kinda just whatever to me.
I think the 3rd island kind of broke me with there being 29 or 30 trainers before any real story progress. I don't even care about the story, but having to go all of the way back, deal with these awful random encounters, heal, then redo all of my progress, deal with more awful random encounters, just to fight 2 trainers to then rinse and repeat it all over again? Then you progress through the story and while you are
there are wild encounters EVERYWHERE you go, and also there is more trainers with more backtracking because you have to go back and heal.
Like these are things that even SW/SH gets right.
in sw/sh there isn't any pointless level grinding
random encounters still exist but its not that big of an issue
and there isn't any pointless backtracking