Pokémon Sword Review

On the 15th of November we saw the new release from Game Freak and The Pokémon Company, Pokémon Sword and Shield.

I had the a chance to play Pokémon Sword(need to get Shield as well), and there is a lot of improvement from the Pokémon Ultra Moon. Sword and Shield is based in the Galar Region which is based on Great Britain, it also ads 81 new Pokemon with 13 regional variants of existing Pokémon. I love the new starter Pokémon! I picked Scorbunny, a fire type Pokémon(even got it to evolve…looks almost like a moody teenager, can’t wait to see it’s next evolution). The story is basically the same as all the other Pokémon games that has come out, you set out to conquer the regions Gym Leaders to become the regions new Champion….that’s if you can beat the current champ Leon. Speaking of Gym leaders and Pokémon Gym’s, they make a nice return(as they were not in Sun/Moon/Ultra-Sun/Ultra-Moon) to Pokémon Sword & Shield. Always loved playing against Gym Leaders and their cronies. So far the Gym challenges is a lot better. You get to solve puzzles and even heard wooloo Pokémon!

They also added some new features to Pokémon Sword & Shield, Poké Job’s. You can send out your Pokémon(each job has specific Pokémon requirements) and when your Pokémon comes back they get experience and sometimes even bring back Rare Items! This helps you Pokémon that is in your box get experience so they won’t be the level that you caught them at. Another feature they have added is the new Dynamax and Gigantamax, this is done by getting a wishing star. What it does is increase the physical size of your pokemon and gives them a more devastating attack and from the Gigantamax you can already just imagine how big they do become. The Gigantamax is unfortunately only limited to a select Pokémon in the game.

Pokémon Sword & Shield also features a explorable open world with free camera movement where you can capture all kinds of new and exciting Pokémon! The “Wild Area” even features dynamic weather that and day night cycles that affects the type of Pokémon that you can catch. A feature I can’t wait to get is the new updated Pokémon Home, a replacement of sorts for the Nintendo 3DS’s Pokémon Bank. This would let you transfer Pokémon from your 3DS games to the new Pokémon Sword & Shield. A welcome feature for me is that you can access your PC Box in areas that is normally not a Pokémon Center.

Overall I am really pleased with Pokémon Sword and would recommend this to any Pokémon fan. With lots of improvements to the overall gameplay and new features it is a blast to play. The one thing they should maybe look at doing(and this is me nitpicking) is the animation for the humans. This is your local mad scientist signing out…..when is my Scorbunny getting its next evolve!



Story - 8.5
Graphics - 9
Audio - 8.3
Gameplay - 9.3
Replayability - 9

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