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Pokemon Sword and Shield: The Isle of Armor

Game Freak, The Pokémon Company, Nintendo
Jun 17, 2020 - Nintendo Switch
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

67

Top Critic Average

33%

Critics Recommend

Eurogamer
No Recommendation
IGN
7 / 10
Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
GameSpot
8 / 10
Destructoid
7 / 10
TheSixthAxis
6 / 10
Hobby Consolas
65 / 100
IGN Spain
7.6 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Pokemon Sword and Shield: The Isle of Armor

Eurogamer

No Recommendation / Blank
Eurogamer

Pok'mon's first ever expansion offers sunny vibes and another, more open world, but is still lacking the substance to do much with it.

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As Pokémon's first-ever DLC, The Isle of Armor is an entertaining but shallow return to the Galar region.

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Metro GameCentral

Unknown Author
6 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Reasonably good value for money and a better open world environment than the original but with very little story or structure, Pokémon's first expansion feels disappointingly hollow.

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The Isle of Armor capitalizes on Pokemon Sword and Shield's strengths with an even better area to explore, though its story offering is modest.

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Surprise: Isle of Armor does not completely shake up the Pokemon formula. You're getting a very small narrative and another big interconnected Wild Area: that's pretty much the gist of it. With those expectations in check, you'll have a blast if you've been looking for an excuse to get back into the swing of chilling out with Sword and Shield.

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There are definitely some much-needed additions that come with the Isle of Armor, but it still feels as though it's the least amount of content possible. I love Pokémon, but this expansion has left me feeling a little bit cold on the whole thing. There's fun to be had, but unless you're committed to catching 'em all or grinding every Pokémon up to a competitive standard, it won't last very long.

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Isle of Armor is a small good step for Pokémon, but we can only recommend it to players who want to continue capturing and fighting.

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IGN Spain

Unknown Author
7.6 / 10.0
IGN Spain

Despite not being the primary DLC for the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass, The Isle of Armor has enough quality content to bring us back to the eighth generation. Even if its history is short and shallow.

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