Pokémon Sword and Shield

Nintendo, Game Freak

Strong Man
OpenCritic Rating
80
Top Critic Average
65%
Critics Recommend
Based on 120 critic reviews
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Pokémon Sword and Shield

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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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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Audience Reviews

5 / 10.0
This game is very mixed for me. It is the same formula as the previous Pokemon games with a few nice additions but a lot of flaws with it. I would give this game a 6 or 7 / 10 but because of it's price (£40 or more at current) I'm lowering it to 5/10. - This is the first and only Pokemon game I've played where I've abandoned my starter at the start of the game. All 3 starters

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OpenCritic Coverage

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Trailers

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

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

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Pokémon Direct 6.5.2019

Screenshots

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