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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. 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
    It is more Pokemon. They added enough new things to make it sufficiently better to me.
  3. Jul 23, 2020
    8
    Juego bastante disfrutable para los fans de pokémon presenta los fallos que tiene la saga hace bastante tiempo, como una historia bastanteJuego bastante disfrutable para los fans de pokémon presenta los fallos que tiene la saga hace bastante tiempo, como una historia bastante infantil y sin sentido, no incorpora todos los pokémon con la excusa de realizar mejores animaciones, pero se puede observar que por ejemplo los movimientos y animaciones del rival son las mismas del juego anterior. Lo positivo es que mejora el sistema de crianza para jugar competitivo haciendo que sea más fácil y rápido que en generaciones anteriores, los combates finales son interesantes y con un buen nivel y el diseño de los pokémon es muy bueno, junto a que a pesar de sus defectos el juego se siente liviana y no se hace aburrido jugarlo. Expand
  4. Nov 15, 2019
    3
    The theme of Pokémon Sword and Shield is: limit.
    They limit your selection of Pokémon to catch
    They limit the pool of moves Pokémon can
    The theme of Pokémon Sword and Shield is: limit.
    They limit your selection of Pokémon to catch
    They limit the pool of moves Pokémon can learn from, including some moves signature to Pokémon, like Heal Order to Vespiquen
    They limit where and when you can catch Pokémon in the open area
    They limit when you can use Dynamax and Gigantamax, the games signature battle mechanic.
    They limit your ability to explore a world with the series's now signature heavily railroaded storytelling techniques
    They limit the difficulty setting of the game by forcing Exp Share to always be on
    They limit your ability to change the sound settings by forcing you to first find and interact with the right NPC.
    Pokémon Sword and Shield takes two steps back for every step it takes forward. If you're okay with a subpar experience that irritates at every corner, and don't mind being limited in your ability to play the game, then I'm sure Sword and Shield will be as enjoyable as a summer popcorn flick.
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  5. Nov 17, 2019
    2
    It plays like a mobile game and you can most likely have fun with friends on it with the raids but otherwise the content seems to be lackingIt plays like a mobile game and you can most likely have fun with friends on it with the raids but otherwise the content seems to be lacking and definitely not worth the 60 dollars price tag, buy BoTW instead, you'll get more playtime and have more fun. Expand
  6. Nov 17, 2019
    1
    Classe 1988. Pokemon mania presa in pieno. Gamefreak ha sempre dimostrato involuzione nei suoi giochi al contrario delle sue creature. IlClasse 1988. Pokemon mania presa in pieno. Gamefreak ha sempre dimostrato involuzione nei suoi giochi al contrario delle sue creature. Il brand più redditizio al mondo che sfida la fiducia cieca di tanti appassionati. Forse questo gioco andava bene se fosse uscito per GameCube e sottolineo il forse. Assolutamente sconsigliabile finanziare questo tipo di strada intrapreso da gamefreak praticamente da pokemon cristallo in poi Expand
  7. Jun 27, 2020
    0
    I've bought this game because I was hyped for a new generation. However, I can't get an egg shiny. It depress me that this game is so bad thatI've bought this game because I was hyped for a new generation. However, I can't get an egg shiny. It depress me that this game is so bad that it can't let me get a shiny. Gamefreak pls fix ur game. #BringBackNationalDex Expand

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