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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
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  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. Mar 20, 2020
    10
    Es una nueva generación y un nuevo comienzo para la saga que tanto adoro, y debo decir que no me ha decepcionado en lo más mínimo.
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    Es una nueva generación y un nuevo comienzo para la saga que tanto adoro, y debo decir que no me ha decepcionado en lo más mínimo.
    Pokemon Espada/Escudo ha sido un juego que he disfrutado de principio a fin, la región de Galar es hermosa y la representación de Reino Unida es correcta y bien lograda, la historia si bien no es mejor que la de Sol y Luna, no me ha dejado con mal sabor de boca, es decente, el sistema de combate y crianza competitiva nunca había sido tan dinámico y explotable, es todo un paso adelante en la franquicia, el estilo artístico es precioso como Game Freak siempre está acostumbrado a hacer, la exploración es la justa para un juego de la saga principal y el nuevo power-up Dynamax y Gigamax hacen que las batallas sean un espectaculo visual y una delicia para los ojos. Me encanto la narrativa en este juego y los diálogos de npc's y personajes protagónicos me encantaron.
    Debo destacar la Área Salvaje como un aditamento que hace a esta región diferente de las anteriores, al igual que el mejorado y reestructurado sistema online y de clasificaciones.

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    This is a new generation and a new beginning for the saga that I love so much, and I must say that it hasn't disappointed me in the least.
    Pokemon Sword/Shield has been a game that I have enjoyed from the beginning to end, the Galar region is beautiful and the representation of the United Kingdom is correct and well achieved, the story although it's not better than that of Sun and Moon, but has not left me with a bad taste, the combat and competitive breeding system has never been so dynamic and exploitable, it's a big step forward in the franchise, the artstyle is beautiful as Game Freak is always used to do, the exploration is decent for a game of the main saga and the new power-up Dynamax and Gigantamax make the battles a visual spectacle and a delight for the eyes, i love the cinematic narrative in this game and the npc's and character dialogues touch me.

    I must highlight the Wild Area as an attachment that makes this region different from the previous ones in the good way, as well as the improved and restructured online and ranking system.

    Of course, there are bad things, it's not a perfect game and none is, although it doesn't have the remaining half of the national pokedex, the amount of Pokemon that this game has is more than enough to be an enjoyable experience, the graphics are beautiful for a Pokemon game even if they look a little bit sloppy on some occasions, small details that don't make this the best Pokemon, being that my favorite is Platinum, but that doesn't ruin the game or make it bad.
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  2. Nov 18, 2019
    10
    The best game in the series to date. The Wild Area in particular is any Pokémon lovers dream.
  3. Nov 15, 2019
    8
    This is yet another solid entry into the Pokemon franchise. The game looks better than any previous game, yeah not all textures are perfect,This is yet another solid entry into the Pokemon franchise. The game looks better than any previous game, yeah not all textures are perfect, but when you're playing, you barely notice. Some animations are stale, but smooth and expected and the new animations look wonderful. I'm about 20 hours in and it's still really fun and fresh to play. Expand
  4. Nov 15, 2019
    3
    I really wish the games were good. I don't leave this review out of spite, but because I love the series. For the positives, I like some ofI really wish the games were good. I don't leave this review out of spite, but because I love the series. For the positives, I like some of the new designs. On top of that, most Pokemon get additional moves, giving them more variety in combat. Besides that, it's a Pokemon game with serious added flaws. Though it was a trend set in earlier games, the new games are more linear and less secret filled than ever. Dungeons are more akin to hallways instead labyrinths with branching paths and abundant secrets. There are very few routes in the game, and the ones that exist are mostly short and lack complexity. The wild area feels half baked and unfinished. After the short main campaign, all that's left for you is a short side story and a Battle Tower. Besides that, you're entirely reliant on playing online for content.

    As a gimmick, Dynamax against other players is frustrating and poorly balanced. One wrong move and you're down two or even three mons. This is especially devastating in 3v3 matches, it feels even more poorly balanced than the previous battle gimmicks, Mega Evolution and Z-moves.

    It's painful to see the series hit this low. I wanted this to be good, but wading through the major flaws to get to the small nuggets of good simply isn't worth it. The games aren't irredeemable, but it's really hard to recommend it when it drops the ball so hard.
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  5. Nov 15, 2019
    2
    Pokémon Sword and Shield (Sw/Sh) are not bad when it comes to the meta aspect. Many new mechanics were introduced to make team building easierPokémon Sword and Shield (Sw/Sh) are not bad when it comes to the meta aspect. Many new mechanics were introduced to make team building easier and the new mons are interesting. Design wise that could be argued, but that's not the point. I think the Wild Area, while not nearly perfect, is a good starting point for what there is to come. However, how can we get excited for that when GF and TPC have been more and more lazy over the years? From a graphical standpoint the game is inadmissible. Textures are really sub-par and pop-in is a real problem. Animations and models are reused, and they weren't even high quality back in the 3DS Era. Pokémon are not expressive and these animations don't help. Battle backgrounds are are not present in multiple ocassions, which is a huge letdown. This happens more often than I would like to recognize being a massive fan myself. The funny part is that some media related to Nintendo stated that these problems were only present in illegal versions of the game but that has been proven wrong already by the horrendous state of the game. The human models are no better and they are animated like a PS2 game. The scene of the legendaries is tragic when it comes to the animation. The performance of the game is also lacking, which is unexpected due to the huge content cut that we suffered. It's hard to believe that this is the same platform where BoTW and Odyssey were released. Finally, the length of the game does not compensate, being around 12 hours. It is tragic and sad, but we can not let GF go away with it Expand
  6. Nov 17, 2019
    1
    Really expensive and not what I expected for the new pokemon games in a console like the switch, not that good graphics, missing pokemons andReally expensive and not what I expected for the new pokemon games in a console like the switch, not that good graphics, missing pokemons and stupid features like dynamax etc, developers of the game weren't listening. Expand
  7. Jun 22, 2020
    0
    MUCHO PASTO
    POCO POQUEMON
    MUCHO BUG
    MUCHO MICROPAGO
    MUCHO CHARIZAR
    POCA AwA
    MUCHA POKEDEX B)

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