Sondheim, Pokemon Shield and the timeless need to get lost in the woods

The first entirely new Pokemon games have arrived on Nintendo Switch with an attempt to offer the series’ own own stylised, approximated take on a lush, steampunk United Kingdom, with its forests, industrial towns and penchant for both good and questionable curry. Moving the games to what is ostensibly a home console has brought with it several changes – both bigger and smaller in scope.

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Feature: Tom Clancy’s South American mini-bus adventure and the fun of a good warzone

Wildlands open world combat offers the player not so much warfare, but a playground to enjoy. It may nonetheless tell us a lot about heroism and military bluster when far away from home and with a whole country that is not your own to “save”.

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