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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
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The game is a solid pokemon game. The people complaining are just spoiled brats. The game doesn't have everything we expected but its fun. 8/10 Expand
  4. Jan 29, 2022
    4
    Very disappointingly dated for a Pokemon game. It feels like something that I would play on the 3DS, and even then that system had much betterVery disappointingly dated for a Pokemon game. It feels like something that I would play on the 3DS, and even then that system had much better games. Sad to see such a great franchise stagnate like this. Expand
  5. Nov 15, 2019
    2
    Beat the game in around 15 hours and was pretty disappointed. This wasn’t the Pokémon game I was hoping for. The story was meh, graphics wereBeat the game in around 15 hours and was pretty disappointed. This wasn’t the Pokémon game I was hoping for. The story was meh, graphics were horrid, and the new Pokémon designs aren’t really my favorite. And honestly this feels like an upscaled 3DS game with just a tad more graphical fidelity. When games like dragon quest, breath of the wild, and the Witcher 3 exist in the switch, You have to wonder why they couldn’t use the full potential of the switches power. Do I think this game is worth $60? Nope. Maybe when it goes on sale for cheap you can try and pick it up if you really wanted. But this isn’t the game for me and many others. I will never touch this game again. Expand
  6. Nov 27, 2019
    1
    Pokemon Sword and Shield was supposed to be the first great Pokemon game on the Nintendo Switch and people were very excited for a consolePokemon Sword and Shield was supposed to be the first great Pokemon game on the Nintendo Switch and people were very excited for a console mainline Pokemon, and what the game actually contained within itself was nothing short of horrible.

    As the game approached launch, many problems with the game began to surface from people who got leaked or broken street date copies of the game. What came to light was that Gamefreak has lied about a insane amount of its promises and left out so much content that it feels like they don't even care about the series anymore.

    These problems are fairly well documented by this point, but I'll do my best to list them off again:
    - The game has a strange amount of technical and graphical problems. Graphics in areas look like they came straight out of an old PS1 game and problems have been found with both the frame rate and movements of both characters and on screen Pokemon.
    - In the new Wild Areas that Gamefreak introduced in this game, there is a lot of Pop-in issues as you attempt to navigate these areas looking for Pokemon.
    - Cutscenes in the game feel like they were originally designed to have voice acting, but it was later removed, so the characters movements feel very awkward.
    - This was one of the larger issues with the game that Gamefreak has enforced multiple times to its fans. The much beloved National Dex has been completely removed from the game, along with nearly 600 Pokemon. The sheer amount of removed Pokemon is crazy enough as no previous Starter Pokemon, Legendaries and more were included into this new game.
    - The story that Pokemon Sword and Shield attempts to tell is very bland, even compared to other Pokemon games, and the complete lack of any good End Game is problematic for long term players of the game.
    - This was another major problem with the game. Gamefreak said multiple times that they were removing so many Pokemon from the game in order to use that Manpower to improve the Pokemon's models and make them new and better. Once the game leaked out, players found that almost all of the returning Pokemon's models were ripped straight out of Pokemon Sun and Moon and were not changed in the slightest, proving that Gamefreak has lied to their fans to try and calm them down about the National Dex.
    - Nearly 144 moves were removed from the game as well with no plausible reason as to why this was done. Like all the removed Pokemon, some of the removed Moves were ones that had been in every iteration of the game since the move was introduced.

    So far I have been very disappointed in what this game has attempted to sell to its fans, and even more disappointed by how many people are buying into it regardless of these problems. It has now shown Gamefreak that no matter how bad of a job they do on a game, if they put the name Pokemon on it, there will also be people willing to waste money to buy it.
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  7. Dec 17, 2019
    0
    Pokemon, make REAL videogames! This is not what we wan't. Evolve like all that other video games have, you of all companies have the funds toPokemon, make REAL videogames! This is not what we wan't. Evolve like all that other video games have, you of all companies have the funds to make the greatest game EVER. Expand

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