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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 19, 2019
    10
    Tendrá muchas decadencias eso no lo discuto, pero esta muy bueno este juego, hasta ahora lo que e jugado me encanta y no me arrepiento deTendrá muchas decadencias eso no lo discuto, pero esta muy bueno este juego, hasta ahora lo que e jugado me encanta y no me arrepiento de averlo comprado. Expand
  3. Nov 17, 2019
    8
    I have not finished the game, but I'll tell you this -- the fact I can make an account, post an influential review to a game that took 2+I have not finished the game, but I'll tell you this -- the fact I can make an account, post an influential review to a game that took 2+ years to make is absurd.

    The gameplay, graphics and music are on-point. Dont believe the hype that game freak lied, or cut corners. Thia game stays true to the original pokemon games while adding in a bit of flare with dynamax and other great additions. So what if theres only 400 pokemon?
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  4. Nov 15, 2019
    3
    The amount of reused content, technical issues and blatant incompetence that this game shows are by far the objective demonstration that thisThe amount of reused content, technical issues and blatant incompetence that this game shows are by far the objective demonstration that this is the worst game in the series thus far.
    Having been a long time fan of the series i can't help but feel incredibly disapponited with its direction and decisions, from the removal of fan favourite pokémons (more then half of them) or the removal of important moves for the competitive side of the game, like Hidden Power or Return, to the introduction of mechanics that are unoriginal and uninspired like Dynamax and Gigamax, this game feel like a cheap copy and paste of Sun and Moon ported to the Switch with even less content and rushed to meet the holiday season time frame.
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  5. Nov 19, 2019
    2
    I was really disappointed with the animations, the music and the length of the game. For a $80 game I don't see the amount of polish as itI was really disappointed with the animations, the music and the length of the game. For a $80 game I don't see the amount of polish as it should be.

    I am not even annoyed by the culling of pokemon.
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  6. Nov 16, 2019
    1
    No puedo mas que darle un 1 debido a la falta de respeto de ofrecer un producto con afan de engaño...ni en graficas, musica, voces, historia,No puedo mas que darle un 1 debido a la falta de respeto de ofrecer un producto con afan de engaño...ni en graficas, musica, voces, historia, jugabilidad, ni batallas esta en 2019. Parece.de generaciones pasadas. Ademas esto de sacar dos versiones iguales no es mas que un timo de venderte un juego incompleto en dos partes a precio full ambos Expand
  7. Jun 21, 2020
    0
    nintendo masssss de lo mismoooo... necesita aires nuevos... ya me tienen hasta la recha¿¿ con sus pokemin

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