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  • Summary: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are set in Galar, an expansive region with many environments—idyllic countryside, contemporary cities, thick forests, and craggy, snow-covered mountains. The people and Pokémon live together in this region, and they’ve worked together to develop thePokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are set in Galar, an expansive region with many environments—idyllic countryside, contemporary cities, thick forests, and craggy, snow-covered mountains. The people and Pokémon live together in this region, and they’ve worked together to develop the industries here. You’ll visit the various Gyms in the Galar region, aiming for the enviable and admirable title of Champion. [Nintendo]
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  1. Positive: 69 out of 89
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  1. 100
    Pokémon Sword and Shield is not only a worthy start for the series on mainline consoles, but is quite possibly the best entry in the series. With the new Pokémon, Dynamax raids, gyms, and the expansive Wild Area, Pokémon Sword and Shield filled me with a joy I rarely feel playing games.
  2. Nov 25, 2019
    90
    Bad press aside, I found Pokemon Shield to be a solid entry in the Pokemon franchise. If only the difficulty was a bit elevated for seasoned players.
  3. Nov 13, 2019
    88
    Pokémon Sword and Shield is a game that knows how to keep intact the inheritance it receives from previous titles of the saga and, at the same time, introduces a series of new elements that will lead the franchise into the future. In an attempt to be a gateway for everyone, Game Freak's new project will please both newcomers and more experienced players because, although some sections of this new installment have received less attention, it still has a content which will be attractive enough for every coach to find his place in the new region of Galar.
  4. Nov 13, 2019
    80
    Thanks to some new systems and a brand new graphic aspect, Pokemon is finally back in the living room. But, even if hunting is a great activity in those new zones, the game could have been better with more innovation and a some challenge.
  5. Nov 24, 2019
    80
    Sword & Shield is a really tricky Pokémon entry to pigeonhole. It retains the old Pokémon charm, but it's not without flaws.
  6. Nov 26, 2019
    75
    Pokemon Sword is a good game that demands serious changes. Fights are too easy and the storyline is really dumb - Pokemon needs a dramatic overhaul in terms of mechanics. There has to be more tactics than "water beats fire". Nostalgia is one thing but being archaic is another and far less enjoyable (even though it is extremely pretty).
  7. Nov 13, 2019
    60
    Pokémon Sword and Shield are not bad games. But fun character arcs and inventive, creative designs of new ‘mon are often offset by poor pacing and restrictive world design. The world of Galar is charming, and is a Pokémon interpretation of Britain I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid, but between gating what Pokémon you can catch behind Gym Badges, some half-baked route/City designs and a modest amount of post-game content, Sword and Shield can only be called ‘good’ Pokémon games… not ‘great’ ones.

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  1. Nov 15, 2019
    10
    This is the most important review you will ever read on metacritic. These are the best games ever made. The criticisms are unfounded andThis is the most important review you will ever read on metacritic. These are the best games ever made. The criticisms are unfounded and dumbfounded. Why are you complaining about only having 400 pokemon to play as? Other RPGs like final fantasy and xenoblade and persona typically only have 7ish characters to play as. Yet people are upset about 400? Bad argument. Bad graphics? That's not true. These games are cartoony beautiful appealing graphics. They'retimeless. I think the Thanos snap of pokemon is the best thing to happen to the series. It exposes the fake fans and shows who really cares about pokemon. If you dislike these games then you need to purchase them again and try again. And if you don'tbuy them then dont talk. . Expand
  2. Nov 17, 2019
    10
    Been playing pokemon since yellow in gameboy and was very hesitant to play this game due to poor feedback. But I've found nothing in the gameBeen playing pokemon since yellow in gameboy and was very hesitant to play this game due to poor feedback. But I've found nothing in the game I don't like so far and can't put it down 10 hours in. The wild area is so addictive Expand
  3. Nov 16, 2019
    8
    It has sole flaws for sure, but it's exciting as every Pokémon Game, love it so far
  4. May 5, 2020
    4
    1. Mala historia
    La historia es casi inexistente hasta casi el final, para presentar una supuesta crisis que nunca se es mostrada en lo más
    1. Mala historia
    La historia es casi inexistente hasta casi el final, para presentar una supuesta crisis que nunca se es mostrada en lo más mínimo y que de todos ocurrirá dentro de tanto tiempo que resulta irrelevante hacerlo hoy, encima que la idea para solucionar el disque problema es estúpido y el villano te sonríe cuando le derrotas y frustras sus planes, dando por hecho que no le importa. Además de contar con los mismos diálogos infantiles y repetitivos de siempre con la típica historia del entrenador en casa de mami que quiere ser el mejor.

    2. Malos gráficos y trabajo técnico en general.
    En cualquier lado podemos ver como las gráficas del juego son bastante malas, solo de ver cosas como el área silvestre.
    Malas animaciones como la mayoría de las de combate, así como simulaciones para aplaudir o los movimientos de personajes que primero deben girarse sobre sí mismo para avanzar al frente, con movimientos súper robóticos.
    Cantidades absurdas de poppin especialmente en el área silvestre que te salen en la cara.
    Más de 30 años y no implementa nada de doblaje en un juego que ni tiene diálogos y una historia significativa, hasta los juegos más infantiles de nintendo como mario, AC o kirby le ponen aunque sea ruiditos a los personajes, pero aquí salvo los pokemon no dicen nada.

    3. Poco contenido.
    La duración es demasiado corta, solo apuesta a lo típico de la aventura y una post historia de unos reyes o lo que sean bastante mala, y hasta ahí termina todo. El resto solo es capturar shinies u online que lo has hecho desde siempre en juegos pasados. Y ya de paso mencionar que las rutas de este juego son las más cortas y flojas que han existido siendo puros pasillos.

    4. Casi nada de novedades.
    Además del área silvestre que es extremadamente mediocre por razones como que es el área que peor está técnicamente de todo el juego, ser solo una planicie sin mayor exploración y sin mazmorras ni nada, lags cuando estas online, también se tienen las incursiones que tampoco son la súper novedad, y los gigamax o dina que solo son un copypaste de z moves y mega evolution mas desbalanceados. El resto del juego es lo mismo de siempre, mismos combates sin nada realmente nuevo cambiando una mecánica por otra que fue una copia, prácticamente es lo mismo que los de 3ds.

    5. Baja dificultad.
    Los enemigos irán abajo de tu nivel por lo fácil que es sobrelevear con el área silvestre y las incursiones, además que te curan a cada rato, un rep experiencia que no se puede desactivar, te curan a cada rato, te regalan objetos por doquier y tienes revivires con mucho dinero apenas el inicio, el juego hasta se puede pasar casi solo con un pokemon con uno tan roto como cinderade y su movimiento característico.

    6. Recortes innecesarios.
    La pokedex fue recortada solo para venderte bichos en el home y el dlc, quitaron z moves, megas, movimientos, el juego en general es corto y sin postgame mas que lo mismo que puedes hacer siempre de shinies y online, online que ahora es de pago y con el home se pone pero encima.

    En general es un juego extremadamente mediocre, no resalta en nada salvo la música que es lo único bueno, además de no resaltar resulta ser bastante malo en cuestiones como gráficos o la historia, la jugabilidad es lo mismo de siempre, el juego en general esta recortado, pésimo trabajo técnico que incluso está detrás de otros juegos infantiles que no apuestan a ser la gran cosa técnica como mario o AC. Y encima se trata de una saga con millones más recaudados que muchas otras sagas incluso que las que más dinero tienen. Y de paso hay que pagar un total de $110 para tener este juego completo (juego + dlc + home + pokebank) sin contar el online que es necesario en este juego y sin contar los raros que compren la otra entrega. Si no fuera porque es pokemon y sus fanboys compran lo que sea el juego ni de cerca hubiera vendido lo que vendió.
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  5. Nov 19, 2019
    2
    #GameFreakLied fans already put all the pokemon you haven't been able to put and also they put actual trees, not Nintendo 64 trees, fans do#GameFreakLied fans already put all the pokemon you haven't been able to put and also they put actual trees, not Nintendo 64 trees, fans do what gamefreak doesn't. Expand
  6. Nov 18, 2019
    1
    El juego carece de nuevas características con respecto a los de 3ds y sin hablar del tiempo del tiempo de juego que es muy reducido, esEl juego carece de nuevas características con respecto a los de 3ds y sin hablar del tiempo del tiempo de juego que es muy reducido, es necesario que se mejore, mi recomendación es NO COMPRARLO hasta no tener algo de calidad, que realmente valga 50US Expand
  7. Dec 10, 2019
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Pros: most of the new Pokemon are all around great! Some very neat designs, unique moves, and unique typings. Very good job on the new 'mons, Gamefreak

    Cons: where do I begin? I'll just list a few

    1. Dynamaxing. This new feature is by far the worst of the battle mechanics in recent memory. It is 3 turns of Z moves (which were already a bit broken) from a Pokemon with massive HP and a downgrade from mega evolutions, creatively (which actually had creative designs and brought old 'mons back to life). An overall disappointment and a broken game mechanic.

    2. Dexit. I am very sad and still confused that about 1/2 off all Pokemon were just cut from the game entirely. And after having seen which ones remain, I'm even more baffled. This leads to my next point

    3. Lack of content. After beating the boring campaign, I am left feeling empty. The routes are short, there is no reward for exploring, there is no middle dungeon, no puzzles, confusing storyline, and anti-climactic lore leading to the legendary battle. What is the most odd to me, though, is the complete lack of endgame content. After catching the box legends, there's nothing. There are a total of 3...yes 3 legendaries in the entire game. I'm stunned. 4. To finish, I'll comment on max raids. These are fun until about your 3rd raid. They are monotonous and tedious after that. Every battle is the same strat: destroy as quickly as possible. Many 5* raids are literally impossible with the complete garbage AI that is given to single players who don't play online. To top it off, the spawns are random and rare. If you happen to find a rare spawn, you must go through an excruciatingly long battle only to have 1...yes 1 chance to catch it. The catch rate is trash for high tiers. This is a boring, chance-filled, unoriginal, tedious battle format. I'm ashamed at Gamefreak for this nonsense.


    There is so much more I could complain about (HA hunting, harvesting EV berries, poor animations, etc.) But overall gen 8 is a complete downgrade from previous installments. It's a literal step backwards in so many ways. As a Pokemon fan and competitive battler for 20 years now, I wanted to love this game. I anticipated it since it's announce. Now, I'm giving it away to a kid who is new to Pokemon and is saving up to buy it. I don't want him to have to spend his money on this game. Here's to hoping for gen 9
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