Pokémon Sword and Shield

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.

Rating Summary

Based on 120 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

65%

Critics Recommend

Based on 120 critic reviews
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Nov 26, 2019

Pokémon Sword and Shield is not only a worthy start for the series on mainline consoles, but is quite possibly the best entry in the series. With the new Pokémon, Dynamax raids, gyms, and the expansive Wild Area, Pokémon Sword and Shield filled me with a joy I rarely feel playing games.

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Nov 19, 2019

The series needed that soft reset, and now Game Freak has the same outstanding basis and core to build on anew. Just as it did back when Pokemon Blue & Red so effectively captured my imagination 21 years ago.

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Nov 24, 2019

Awesome.

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9.5 / 10.0
Nov 25, 2019

There are some aspects of Pokémon Sword and Shield that feel like they'll reach their full potential in the next generation, but overall the game is fun, pretty and has a universality to its appeal that is genuinely impressive.

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Geeks Under Grace
Karen Kennedy
9.5 / 10.0
Dec 9, 2019

No matter if you are a returning veteran or newcomer to Pokemon, you will find a lot of quality time playing alone or with friends; a must-have for your Switch game collection.

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4.7 / 5.0
Nov 19, 2019

While it sounds like a lot of changes are present here, and a lot is new, Pokemon Sword and Shield doesn’t really feel all that different. The Wild Area does change things up quite a bit, but it isn’t completely revolutionary just yet.

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9.3 / 10.0
Nov 13, 2019

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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GamePro

Top Critic

91 / 100
Nov 13, 2019

Pokémon Sword & Shield is the best game in the series to date thanks to more complex combat and attention to detail.

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Nov 13, 2019

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

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9 / 10
Nov 13, 2019

Pokemon Sword and Shield scale down the bloated elements of the series while improving what really matters, making for the best new generation in years.

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