Pokemon Sword and Shield: The Isle of Armor Reviews

Pokemon Sword and Shield: The Isle of Armor is ranked in the 31st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Unscored
Jun 23, 2020

Nonetheless, we would still like to recommend the Mysterious Isle of Armor to all those who have enjoyed Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield , and we are confident that this new type of content will replace the now obsolete improved versions, offering a faster way and direct (and even cheaper) to access new content.

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4 / 100
Aug 6, 2020

As an experience, the Isle of Armor DLC feels insufficient and seems to be having many issues.

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Jul 15, 2020

Being able to now Gigantamax Pokemon that previously couldn’t, teach your Pokemon new moves and the ability to find rarer items in the wild area are just a few new quality of life improvements Game Freak deem are worthy enough for audiences to pay for.

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GameMAG
Top Critic
5 / 10
Jun 27, 2020

A tiny boring plot, four new monsters for the series, and optimization of some game mechanics are clearly not enough for fans of the franchise, nor for ordinary players. The overall impression of the Expansion Pass, of course, can be formed only after the release of the final part - The Crown of Tundra. Now we can only say with complete confidence that The Isle of Armor is not worth the money.

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5.5 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2020

The first Pokémon DLC expands the area and Pokédex, and will put us to the test with the equipment we have.

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5.5 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2020

If you loved Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield, then this is a worthy addition. If you had any doubt, and aren’t fussed about catching Pokes and beating blokes, then this island should be deserted.

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6 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2020

The unquestionable fact here is that the first DLC in Pokémon history could have been something much more grand, or at least memorable. It is possible to have fun, enjoy a few quick moments and you can certainly kill some time. Pokémon fans will feel compelled to buy the expansion, and if they want to extend the Sword / Shield experience, there really is no other option. It is a pity, however, that we fans always have to be content with so little on the part of Game Freak.

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Jun 20, 2020

In the end, Isle of Armor builds on the foundation of Pokemon Shield’s Wild Area, but there simply isn’t enough to it.

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6 / 10.0
Jul 4, 2020

The Isle of Armor is an expansion that does things right, but in the end it feels like an underwhelming experience. The main story leaves a lot to be desired and I can't help but think that some of its improvements should be on the base game.

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Jun 26, 2020

Isle of Armor is an enjoyable expansion to Pokemon Sword and Shield and brings the franchise one step closer to embracing a cohesive open-world, but it isn’t enough to detract from an experience that is far too brief for its own good.

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3 / 5.0
Jun 23, 2020

If you picked up the expansion pass hoping for a lengthy and interesting story, or some new gameplay then you’ll probably find Isle of Armor a little lacking as I did.

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Dave Aubrey
Top Critic
6 / 10.0
Jun 19, 2020

Pokémon Sword and Shield's Isle of Armor Expansion gives the game the best environment and world design Pokémon has had in any 3D game, mainline, or spin-off, but very little else. If you're a Pokémaniac who is dead-set on completing another Pokédex, you'll love this, but if you want to do something other than filling out a list, this is not for you. This is not the whimsical world-traveling adventure mainline Pokémon games are, this is just boring.

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6 / 10
Jun 25, 2020

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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Metro GameCentral
Top Critic
6 / 10
Jun 23, 2020

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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6.5 / 10.0
Jun 27, 2020

Even though the Isle of Armor reintroduces 210 new Pokémon and provides a new and easier way to get certain items and upgrades, its story is too short and not entertaining to really prove itself worthy. However you are a big Pokémon fan and just want to capture more of them, this DLC will probably do the job for you.

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6.5 / 10.0
Jun 18, 2020

The Isle of Armor pales in comparison to previous post-game campaigns included in older Pokémon titles released throughout the years, and you didn’t have to pay extra in order to access them.

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Video Chums
Top Critic
6.5 / 10.0
Jun 23, 2020

With few summer Switch games this year, The Isle of Armor is a breath of fresh air and its vibe will make you feel like you're on vacation. Plus, exploring the beautiful island while catching new Pokemon has definitely made me re-experience some of Pokemon Sword's magic.

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65 / 100
Jun 18, 2020

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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Jul 2, 2020

The Isle of Armor compellingly builds on top of Pokemon Sword and Shield's experience, even if the main story scenario is rather brief. The new areas are diverse and fun to explore, and they will enthrall anybody who thoroughly enjoyed the base game's Wild Area.

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3.5 / 5.0
Jun 23, 2020

I would have enjoyed this DLC much more if it was longer than it was.

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