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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
    I’ve been a fan of Pokémon and have been playing since the red and blue versions. I think this is an excellent addition to the series and it’sI’ve been a fan of Pokémon and have been playing since the red and blue versions. I think this is an excellent addition to the series and it’s pretty upsetting to hear all the negative feedback. I believe gamefreak did the best they could to deliver a brand new, quality Pokémon experience despite the negativity surrounding it. Consumers have become more and more demanding of video game producers without thinking about the amount of work that it takes to create games of this caliber. Be appreciative for what they have done, not angry for what you expected them to do.

    So thank you gamefreak, for creating a Pokémon game I’ve been the most excited for since the game boy Versions
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  3. Jun 21, 2020
    8
    Pokemon SW/SH is great in innovation, with the wild area, Pokemon have introduced a excelent and very fun experience when is about catchingPokemon SW/SH is great in innovation, with the wild area, Pokemon have introduced a excelent and very fun experience when is about catching pokemon, maybe we´re missing the national pokedex, but in fact, is something that you forget when you´re enjoying the adventure. Althought the fact of seeing Pokemon appearing of no-where is something that kills the immersion, is something that should be improved in next titles. In my opinion this titles are a good begining for the franchise on home consoles. Probably not the best titles, but are fun and they have a lot of innovation that should be enjoyed. Expand
  4. Nov 26, 2019
    4
    This is a below average game. it's fun and has nice art, but everything else is lackluster. The pop in is hilarious, most of the towns areThis is a below average game. it's fun and has nice art, but everything else is lackluster. The pop in is hilarious, most of the towns are tiny. There is a lack of meaningful exploration, and it has one of the worst stories in the history of the franchise. Online is almost unplayable, especially when trying to max raid with others. I do enjoy most of the new pokemon designs and think it might be the strongest group of new pokemon since gen 5 or maybe even 3. This isn't even getting into dexit and the things the game is lacking, because I need only talk about what's there to note why the game is so behind the times. It's immature in a way that I haven't seen in years from such a major studio, especially when put next to their Nintendo peers. Game Freak needs to do better than capitalize on "fun," because this series' ceiling can reach so much higher.

    By the way, 5 is an average game on my scale. Most people will find it playable and entertaining, but very few will think it innovates or is a must play game experience. Pokemon is fun and entertaining for sure, but its technical faults are as laughable as flat-earthers in 2019, and the storytelling and overall presentation shouldn't even be permissable on a handheld system. The game is certainly below average technically, has a below average story, and below average turn based gameplay, when compared to its peers. 4 out of 10 might be generous.
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  5. Jan 7, 2020
    2
    a game title which almost guaranteed million of sales number. I don't understand why they don't invest more money to improve their coding anda game title which almost guaranteed million of sales number. I don't understand why they don't invest more money to improve their coding and graphic.
    in the beginning GameFreak said because there are too many pokemon have to made. so they need to make a compromise to remove some of them to guarantee the quality.
    but the fact is, most of the pokemons are the same model from the mobile pokemon game. which means they should had more time to improve other stuffs.
    THEY DIDN'T. the game is overrated.
    The background story should be very attractive, don't know how they screwed this up to tell players the story so badly.
    Pokemons animation is so so lazy, fire not even shot by my Charizard' mouth.
    The stupid competitor ( the champion's brother) is kind of forcing player to do tutorial. sometime even force you to fight against him. why can't I choose to fight him or not?
    in the 2/3 of game, everything became so rush. I don't even know what's my next challenge and is almost over.
    Everything, Everything should had make better experience for players, but it just screwed up.

    But the bgm is good though, that's why I gave 2/10.
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  6. Nov 17, 2019
    1
    Withdrawing more than half of the pokemons to improve performance and make the game more polished, gamefreak lied.
  7. Dec 3, 2019
    0
    Baja calidad de animaciones, no tiene todos los pokemon, historia corta y mala. Simplemente no vale la pena el juego es un ultrasol oBaja calidad de animaciones, no tiene todos los pokemon, historia corta y mala. Simplemente no vale la pena el juego es un ultrasol o ultraluna recortado. Expand

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