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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: 66 out of 87
  2. Negative: 0 out of 87
  1. 100
    I can’t remember the last time I felt this much joy when playing a video game.
  2. Nov 25, 2019
    90
    Pokémon Sword and Shield are not without their problems. But beyond the rubbish online play and uninspired late-game routes, and beyond the controversy surrounding them, they’re simply the most fun I’ve ever had with Pokémon. The story is wonderful, the creatures themselves are all fantastic and adorable, and Max Raids will absolutely never not be great fun. And if you can overlook the fact that these games aren’t the generational leap that some expected, you’re sure to find something special in them.
  3. Nov 13, 2019
    88
    Pokémon Sword & Shield are strong first attempts for the series’ full transition to consoles. While some frustrations hold it back from true legendary status, this new generation proves the Pokémon franchise is still great more than two decades after its debut.
  4. Nov 13, 2019
    80
    Sword and Shield are a lot of fun and, at the same time, it’s also a disappointing evolution of the series. The core gameplay still works great, but Game Freak needs to listen to the constructive feedback and live up to the expectations of the franchise.
  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
    Some aspects of Pokemon Sword do stand out as only being possible on a home console, but the general look and feel still seems stuck in the 3DS era of the series.
  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
    BEST. POKEMON. GAME. EVER!!!!!!!!!!

    Very few things in life can make me as happy as a great Pokemon RPG, and Sword and Shield repeatedly
    BEST. POKEMON. GAME. EVER!!!!!!!!!!

    Very few things in life can make me as happy as a great Pokemon RPG, and Sword and Shield repeatedly left me in a state of pure, child-like joy. The elated surprise of not knowing what’s coming is something this series does extremely well if you can manage to play it relatively unspoiled (fear not, this review won’t deprive you of that), and I’m glad that sense of wonder is still alive and kicking in Sword and Shield. With every new game in this 23-year-old series, changes big and small are always made, but I’ve never been willing to declare the latest entry the new gold standard for Pokemon because they’ve consistently been a balance of better and worse. But the first mainline game on the Switch has changed that: though there is still no “perfect Pokemon game,” the 40-plus hours I’ve spent with Sword and Shield have left me comfortable with calling them the best Pokemon games I have ever played – and I’ve played ‘em all.

    WHEN I SAW CHARIZARD I CLAPPED!!!!!!!!!!!
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  2. Nov 18, 2019
    10
    This is the best Pokemon game to date. The Galar region is absolutely stunning and the music to go along with it is truly some of the best inThis is the best Pokemon game to date. The Galar region is absolutely stunning and the music to go along with it is truly some of the best in the series. The Pokemon designs are some of the most unique I’ve seen since generation 3. The series took a much needed Pokédex cut and too be honest I think they should have removed even more to make way for these better designs and just for a breath of fresh air. The customization has been improved and I can make my trainer look how I would look in the world of Pokemon. I look forward to what comes next now that GameFreak has their first home console Pokemon game under their belt Expand
  3. Aug 7, 2020
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The game is amazing, it has a great Lore (who thinks that is too fast to finish, please, read the dialogue)
    -the story isn't that bad, although it doesn't have side quests or too many events, but the few events are epic
    -is a pokemon game with a mental change of the "main" rival (Hop), as opposed to previous games such as Lets Go ... Marnie who fights against injustices towards her city and her brother, as well as gym leader, makes you empathize with the character understanding him ...
    Beed takes on the role of the "bad" rival as were the rivals of the GS and Red and Blue games, which intrigues the player into wanting to defeat him (although the rival will still remain of his opinion, with a few small changes from time to time)
    -the music sector is one of the best ever created
    -the technical sector, unfortunately, is not uniform (just think of the animation of Zacian and Zamazenta in the post-league, but, also looking at the positive sides, of Zacian and Zamazenta against Eternatus)
    -the wild areas are, unfortunately, scarce in content, but the dynamax raids to do with friends make you have fun (moreover those of the dlc are much more detailed and more beautiful)
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  4. Nov 17, 2019
    4
    The game is regular, some scenarios are fine, but, it feels like if game freak did the game fast. The story... meh.
    There's no GTS, i couldn't
    The game is regular, some scenarios are fine, but, it feels like if game freak did the game fast. The story... meh.
    There's no GTS, i couldn't even have a trade whith a friend. We couldn't understand the interface of the "y connection"" I uses yo love Pokemon ganes, but, i can't love this:(
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  5. Nov 15, 2019
    2
    Easy to the point of extreme boredom. Amazing to see all the people waiting in line for their games in many places with no children inEasy to the point of extreme boredom. Amazing to see all the people waiting in line for their games in many places with no children in sight....and the game easy as can be for a bunch of adults.... people have been asking to be able to set difficulty for years and nothing. Gamefreak just doesn’t care, they don’t know their audience....they don’t want to know their audience....their only goal is children children children, news flash KIDS DONT CARE ABOUT POKEMON! Also A Pokemon game without all the Pokemon. Sad excuses. Gamefreak is Indeed doing the least possible. Erasing Pokemon to then release them as new as Go is doing. Erased features like megas (loved by people) couldn’t not care less about Z moves. Pokemon Amie gone. Your pokemon feel farther than ever. Not even “touch animation” on pokemon summary. Sad postgame. Out of place third legendary in BEN 10 style... Expand
  6. Nov 17, 2019
    1
    um jogo entregue incompleto,completamente baseado só no nome da franquia,para cada mecânica, nova no jogo ,3 antigas foram retiradas,sem nemum jogo entregue incompleto,completamente baseado só no nome da franquia,para cada mecânica, nova no jogo ,3 antigas foram retiradas,sem nem contar os pokemon retirados por pura preguiça e comodidade na game freak , Expand
  7. Jan 28, 2021
    0
    No good story
    No good visual
    No challenge No new good features No all pokemon Need Nintendo Online Need DLC Need Pokemon Home Why this
    No good story
    No good visual
    No challenge
    No new good features
    No all pokemon
    Need Nintendo Online
    Need DLC
    Need Pokemon Home
    Why this game even existe.
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