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  • Summary: A new generation of Pokémon has come to the Nintendo Switch system. Become a Pokémon Trainer, embark on a new journey in the new Galar region, and unravel the mystery behind the Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta! Explore the Wild Area, a vast expanse of land where the player can freelyA new generation of Pokémon has come to the Nintendo Switch system. Become a Pokémon Trainer, embark on a new journey in the new Galar region, and unravel the mystery behind the Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta! Explore the Wild Area, a vast expanse of land where the player can freely control the camera. And participate in Max Raid Battles** in which players will face off against gigantic and super-strong Pokémon known as Dynamax Pokémon. Begin your adventure by choosing one of three new partner Pokémon: Grookey, Scorbunny, or Sobble and encounter new and familiar Pokémon as you catch, battle, and trade. Players can control the camera and explore the vast areas around them in the Wild Area. Team up with other players locally or online in the new multiplayer co-op Max Raid Battles. Trainers who possess the special item Dynamax Band can Dynamax their own Pokémon. Get ready for the next Pokémon adventure in the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games.

    * Catch, battle, and trade Pokémon on an all-new adventure in the Galar region
    * Choose from three new partner Pokémon and encounter never-before-seen Pokémon
    * Unravel the mystery behind the Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta!
    * Players can control the camera in the vast Wild Area
    * Team up with other Trainers to participate in Max Raid Battles**!
    * Battle wild Dynamax Pokémon in Max Raid Battles and try catching them**

    ** Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online play. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply. nintendo.com/switch-online **
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 86
  2. Negative: 0 out of 86
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Feb 28, 2020
    100
    Another great game in the Pokémon series. It holds back when it comes to technical design and it doesn´t offer the opportunity to catch the old familiar faces, but fortunately most of the new additions are more than satisfactory for many hours of gameplay. [Issue#300]
  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
    Pokemon Sword and Shield are a lot of fun, even if the series is experiencing growing pains with the transition to home consoles.
  7. CD-Action
    Jan 10, 2020
    50
    Everything in the game is unpolished and once again there is absolutely nothing interesting storywise; no mystery and no lead concept that would let the players explore the world by themselves. It’s the same level design, same designers’ tricks and the same sub-par balance which I know all too well form the previous games. [01/2020, p.76]

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  1. Positive: 24 out of 124
  2. Negative: 92 out of 124
  1. Nov 15, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. So much unjust hate for the best Pokemon game in the entire series, there is no other Pokemon game that even comes 10% close to this one, it's everything you'd want for both competitive and casual, no need to breed or do monotonous things anymore, you can change personalities with discs, find a Pokemon you like with great IVs but horrible personality? Hold onto it and change it with a disc, and you never have to give up your hard earned Pokemon.

    The Wild Area is the best thing to ever be done in a Pokemon game, with online co-op play and changing biomes rotating what you can catch, along with a bunch of special things to do and see, there's literally nothing I can find wrong with this game when compared to my last favorite game which was White. The Gym leader battles are fun and exciting, with minigames before each one, or during them in some cases...

    You actually feel like a Pokemon trainer in this game, from the anime, and there's so much detail in every little part of this game... Yes half the Pokemon are missing, but there's more than enough to make up for it in the actual GAMEPLAY and what is there is great and all competitively viable.
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  2. Jun 22, 2020
    10
    Very nice game
    Good gameplay
    Plenty of new Pokemon
    Interesting story
    Will recommend
  3. Dec 5, 2019
    5
    Un juego bastante regular, la historia es algo predecible, no innova en nada, excepto que por fin no hay muchos tutoriales cada 5 min, fueraUn juego bastante regular, la historia es algo predecible, no innova en nada, excepto que por fin no hay muchos tutoriales cada 5 min, fuera de esos los movimientos como doble patada, azote, bola sombra o un simple chorro de agua no estan a la altura, la zona salvaje esta llena de lag y popping, los gimnasios me parecieron bueno, comparten emocion y buena seleccion musical, pero no justifica que quiten a muchos pokemon con los que creci por segun meter calidad en los que metieran que algunos si tienen movimientos muy trabajados, pero otros se ven muy genericos... Expand
  4. Nov 15, 2019
    1
    My friend I am advise please avoid bad game. Not allow purchase support Game Freak Masuda insect bottom coomer.
  5. Nov 17, 2019
    0
    Now THIS generation is DEFINITELY not worth getting both games for. PLEASE save your money!!
  6. Nov 15, 2019
    0
    While other games are taking huge leaps forward on the Nintendo Switch, Pokemon Sword/Shield are barely even moving. in fact, in the oppositeWhile other games are taking huge leaps forward on the Nintendo Switch, Pokemon Sword/Shield are barely even moving. in fact, in the opposite direction. The Wii era graphics, over half of the Pokemon cut, and constant lies, this is the worst Pokemon game in series history. By buying this game you are supporting these practices and Gamefreak won't improve the games. Don't buy these games. Expand
  7. Nov 15, 2019
    0
    Overall not worth it excepically for only 400 out of the 890 pokemon and the removal of core features

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