Pokémon Sword and Shield

Nintendo, Game Freak

Strong Man
OpenCritic Rating
80
Top Critic Average
66%
Critics Recommend
Based on 119 critic reviews
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Pokémon Sword and Shield

Rating Summary

Based on 119 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

66%

Critics Recommend

Based on 119 critic reviews
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Pokémon Sword and Shield Reviews Summary

Summary: Despite some alleged controversy, Pokemon Sword and Shield is a highly appreciated entry for the series. Making its home console debut on Nintendo Switch, the series maybe could've taken a bigger step forward, but it's still the best entry in years according to most.

New Ways to Catch 'Em All

Wild Areas and Dynamax creatures are a fun new twist on the formula.

Complex Combat

Game Freak has modernized the battle system for the better.

Plays It Safe

Not without new features, some were expecting a bigger leap for the series' first home console entry.

General Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchNov 15, 2019

Developer: Game Freak

Publisher: Nintendo

Genres: RPG, Turn-Based Strategy

A new generation of Pokemon is coming to the Nintendo Switch system. Become a Pokemon Trainer and embark on a new journey in the new Galar region! Choose from one of three new partner Pokemon: Grookey, Scorbunny, or Sobble. In this all new adventure, you'll encounter new and familiar Pokemon as you catch, battle, and trade Pokemon while exploring new areas and uncovering an all-new story. Get ready for the next Pokemon adventure in the Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield games. - A new generation of Pokemon is coming to the Nintendo Switch system. - Become a Pokemon Trainer and embark on a new journey in the new Galar region! - Choose from one of three new partner Pokemon: Grookey, Scorbunny, or Sobble. - In this all new adventure, you'll encounter new and familiar Pokemon as you catch, battle, and trade Pokemon while exploring new areas and uncovering an all-new story. - Get ready for the next Pokemon adventure in the Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield games.

Pokémon Sword and Shield Critic Reviews

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Eurogamer

No Recommendation / Blank
Eurogamer

Pok'mon Sword and Shield add some brilliant new creatures, but like their gargantuan Dynamax forms, the games feel like a hollow projection.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield are the best games in the series, streamlining its most tedious traditions without losing any of the charm.

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Metro GameCentral

Unknown Author
7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

The furore over Dexit may be overblown but even without it this is an underwhelming and unambitious attempt to modernise Pokémon and expand its horizons.

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Gameplay tweaks and attention to detail make Pokemon Sword and Shield the most compelling Pokemon world to date.

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Pokémon Sword and Shield's Next Expansion, The Crown Tundra, Releases Next Month

Pokémon Sword and Shield's Next Expansion, The Crown Tundra, Releases Next Month

The Pokémon Company has revealed that Pokémon Sword and Shield's next expansion will release in October

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New Information on Pokémon Sword and Shield's Next DLC Expansion Will Drop Tomorrow

New Information on Pokémon Sword and Shield's Next DLC Expansion Will Drop Tomorrow

Information on Pokemon Sword and Shield's next expansion, The Crown Tundra, will be released tomorrow

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Pokemon Sword and Shield's Isle of Armor Expansion Launches Later This Month

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Isle of Armor Expansion Launches Later This Month

Nintendo has announced that the first expansion for Pokemon Sword and Shield, Isle of Armor, will release later this month

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Pokemon Sword and Shield is Giving Away Free Galarian Form Pokemon For a Short Time

Pokemon Sword and Shield is Giving Away Free Galarian Form Pokemon For a Short Time

Four Galarian form Pokemon are being given away in Pokemon Sword and Shield for a limited time

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Trailers

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Nintendo Switch – Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield – The Next Big Pokémon Adventure! thumbnail

Nintendo Switch – Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield – The Next Big Pokémon Adventure!

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Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield - Nintendo Direct 9.4.2019 - Nintendo Switch

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Gameplay - Nintendo Treehouse: Live | E3 2019 thumbnail

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Gameplay - Nintendo Treehouse: Live | E3 2019

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