Pokemon Sword and Shield

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a game by Game Freak
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Editor Rating: 8.5/10, based on 1 review
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Pokemon Sword and Shield
Pokemon Sword and Shield
Pokemon Sword and Shield

Pokemon Sword and Shield are the eighth-generation of Pokemon games and the first fully-fledged Pokemon RPG on a modern home console. Featuring a large list of Pokemon pals, these two lengthy single-player journeys are great for both fans of the franchise and complete newcomers. Like most other Pokemon titles, Sword and Shield are both very similar in nature, with only a few notable differences between them. For example, a few dozen Pokemon creatures are only available in Sword, while others are exclusive to Shield. Despite these small discrepancies, both Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield are excellent sequels in this massively popular franchise.

Main Game Features

  • Expansive single-player adventure
  • Unique “DynaMax” Pokemon
  • Nearly 400 collectible creatures

Story

Your adventure in Pokemon Sword and Shield takes place in the Galar Region, a lovely and varied land bustling with joy and excitement. Citizens in the Galar Region are enamored with Pokemon battling, treating it like a massive sport. Prominent Pokemon trainers are recognized across the land, with many children hoping to one day become Pokemon Champion. Your journey starts in the small town of Postwick, where you, a bright-eyed child with dreams of becoming a star Pokemon trainer, prepares to leave home. Along with your best friend Hop, you'll travel across the Galar Region competing in the Gym Challenge, a prestigious set of Pokemon battles that take place in giant arenas. In addition to the Gym Challenge, a mysterious and powerful Pokemon lurks in the forest, beckoning to be discovered and tamed.

Gameplay

Much like the rest of the Pokemon franchise, Sword and Shield are a mixture of open-world exploration and turn-based combat gameplay. After customizing your character and choosing one of the three elemental “starter” Pokemon, you'll set out into the Galar Region to capture new Pokemon and build up your battle team. Along the way, you'll meet a cast of memorable characters, including the seven respected Gym Leaders. You'll travel through luminous forests, open plains, and icy tundras, discovering new species of Pokemon and leveling up their abilities. There are various Gym challenges that mark your progress throughout the adventure, each one themed around a different type of Pokemon. The classic battle system revolves around elemental strengths and weaknesses, so recognizing enemy weak points becomes crucial as you advance.

While a large chunk of Sword and Shield is similar to other Pokemon games, there are a handful of new additions that help spice up the gameplay. Large, open-ended “wild” areas break up the otherwise linear paths throughout the Galar Region. In these expansive areas, you're able to freely roam about, battling and capturing wild Pokemon in order to strengthen your team. You can also discover various Pokemon trainers who will engage you in battle, as well as challenging “DynaMax” dens where you battle gigantic Pokemon for big rewards. When the battling gets too exhaustive, the new Pokemon Camp feature lets you blow off some steam. You can relax around the campfire with your Pokemon pals, brew up some stews and curries using scavenged food items, and generally relax. These additions, along with other battle tweaks and quality-of-life improvements make Sword and Shield endlessly replayable.

8.5

Whether you're a seasoned Pokemon fan or looking to jump into your first Pokemon adventure, both Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield are excellent choices. The differences between the two are minimal, so pick whichever one seems the coolest to you and enjoy! Although the lack of combat difficulty might annoy more skilled players, the easier adventure is great for new Pokemon players. The new features such as DynaMax Pokemon and Pokemon Camp keep the experience fresh and fun, ensuring the game doesn't get too repetitive. This is a good thing, since you'll likely want to capture and collect the nearly 400 unique Pokemon in the game, completing your Pokedex and becoming a true Pokemon Champion. Not only are Pokemon Sword and Shield excellent RPGs, but they're also relaxing games that are satisfying to play and keep you coming back for more.

Pros

  • Cool new Pokemon designs
  • Exploration and battling is addictive
  • Fun mini-games and side activities

Cons

  • Does not contain complete Pokedex
  • Very little challenge

Download Pokemon Sword and Shield

Nintendo Switch

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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