Pokémon Sword and Shield

Nintendo, Game Freak

Strong Man
OpenCritic Rating
80
Top Critic Average
64%
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

64%

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

8.5 / 10.0
Sword and Shield are a bit of a controversial title in the series, however there is still a very enjoyable time to be had. For the first Switch entry the graphics have been notably improved over previous entries, the world feels more alive with Pokemon encounters coming both on the overworld and in shaking grass. Though some of this feels a bit shakey in execution, overall
8 / 10.0
I just want to start with a simple fact, I'm not the biggest Pokemon fan. I grew up with Pokemon in the late 90's-early 2000s and stopped caring around Gen 3 when I was about 12-13 years old. I followed Pokemon afterward, but the card collecting and anime watching had pretty much stopped. My wife, on the other hand, continues to be a huge Pokemon fan to this day. This is actually
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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Pokémon Sword and Shield Manga English Adaptation Will Release This Summer

Pokémon Sword and Shield Manga English Adaptation Will Release This Summer

It has been announced that the English adaptation of the Pokémon Sword and Shield manga will release this summer

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Two Pokemon Sword and Shield Events are Taking Place Right Now

Two Pokemon Sword and Shield Events are Taking Place Right Now

Two events are taking place in Pokémon Sword and Shield right now

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Pokémon Sword and Shield Max Raid Event Celebrates Spring

Pokémon Sword and Shield Max Raid Event Celebrates Spring

A Max Raid event in Pokémon Sword and Shield features flower themed Pokémon this weekend

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Pokémon Sword and Shield's Valentine's Day Max Raid Event is Going On Now

Pokémon Sword and Shield's Valentine's Day Max Raid Event is Going On Now

Pokémon Sword and Shield's Valentine's Day Max Raid event is going on now, and features Milcery

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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

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