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Pokemon Sword & Shield Review - Curry Favor

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With each new Pokemon game comes a new set of Pokemon, mechanics, and a region to discover, and Sword and Shield are no exception. The vibrant Galar region is a consistent delight to explore, incentivizing and rewarding collecting and battling in equal measure, and grandiose battles add an exciting dimension to the familiar Gym formula to deliver an engaging adventure beginning to end. But most notably, Sword and Shield cut down on the tedious and protracted elements from previous games in favor of amplifying what makes Pokemon great in the first place. This is the most balanced a Pokemon game has felt in a long time, and with that, Sword and Shield mark the best new generation of Pokemon games in years.

The games waste no time in getting you a starter Pokemon and off on your way to becoming the Champion. You can even skip some of the hand-holding you'd get in previous games, including the "how to catch Pokemon" tutorial, which hasn't been done since 2001's Pokemon Crystal; if you simply catch some Pokemon right away, the character who would have taught you acknowledges that you're already good to go instead. You can reach the new Wild Area, an open-world expanse filled with all kinds of Pokemon of all levels, within an hour or so of starting your adventure.

And the Wild Area is the show-stopping feature of this generation. Pokemon roam the fields and lakes, changing with the day's weather. They pop up as you walk by, and you can even identify Pokemon out of your direct line of vision by their cries. It's all too easy to set out for one destination only to be distracted by a Pokemon you haven't caught yet, an item glittering on the ground in the distance, or even an evolved form of a Pokemon that you didn't realize you could catch in the wild. There's constantly something new to do or discover, and it's there to engage you right out of the gate.

Both in the Wild Area and outside of it, the Galar region is stunning. Locales from industrial city centers to rolling hills in shades of green and gold are vivid and beautiful, and small details, like Wooloo playing in a field, add a lot of charm. The United Kingdom-inspired motif includes both crumbling medieval castles and booming football-inspired stadiums, punk musicians and posh snobs--though Galar is still surprising to explore, not adhering so close to theme as to be totally predictable. I even found myself pushing ahead to the next town hoping to find a boutique with new clothes and accessories, on top of everything else waiting to be discovered in each locale, because the UK-inspired plaids and streetwear looks are cute.

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You're given much more freedom to explore than in previous generations. Sword and Shield go even further than Sun and Moon did in banishing HMs for good; you can fast travel to locations you've visited before from anywhere outside starting quite early in the game, and you have a bike that can later convert to a water vehicle to replace Surf. All other roadblocks, like trees in your path you need to Cut or large stones you need to move with Strength, are relics of the past. There are still hooligans that will artificially block your path at certain points in the story, but the actual hurdles to movement are completely gone.

Random encounters are also gone, and instead, you see Pokemon roaming all of Galar--even in the traditional routes and caves--which helps distinguish one area from the next. There are some Pokemon that remain hidden in the tall grass, denoted by an exclamation point, but you have to run toward the rustling grass to actually initiate the fight, so you're never caught totally by surprise. Some Pokemon can only be found this way; this further encourages you to explore each locale thoroughly while making return trips painless, free of constant interruptions by wild Pokemon or stopping to use Repels to keep them away.

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For wild Pokemon, battles are true to the established formula, but for big battles, Sword and Shield strip out Mega Evolution and Z-moves in favor of a new battle mechanic, Dynamaxing, which is sort of a combination of the two and can only be activated in certain locations. A Dynamaxed Pokemon grows to a massive size and is stronger overall, and its moves convert to superpowered ones based on type. It's much more bombastic than Mega Evolution or even Z-moves, but functionally, it's simpler--and that's refreshing. After years of using both Mega Evolution and Z-moves in high-level battles, Dynamaxing is a welcome reset that also feels like a natural evolution of the increasingly high-octane battle mechanics of recent games. Any Pokemon can Dynamax, too; you're just limited by location rather than an item, so it's a more flexible way to battle that works for relaxed and competitive battles alike.

Dynamaxing is a fixture of the new Max Raids, in which you and three other people or NPCs take on a giant Pokemon at certain locations in the Wild Area. Raid Pokemon can vary from run-of-the-mill, easy-to-catch Pokemon to ones that are incredibly hard to find in the wild, but regardless, the rewards are fantastic; completing a raid, even if the Pokemon escapes and you fail to catch it, nets you tons of rare and important items. Plus, the Pokemon you get from raids are guaranteed to have some perfect stats, so even duplicate Pokemon are worth catching again.

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At the lower levels, the raids are pretty easy, and you'll likely have no trouble taking them on with only NPCs in tow. But the four- and five-star raids are challenging to the point where I couldn't even complete some of them without the help of other human players. This is a welcome level of difficulty in the post-game, and communicating locally to get a raid group together is seamless--all you have to do is put out a call for raid partners (or people to trade or battle with in general), and nearby players will get a notification and have the option to join you from the social menu. It's a great alternative to traditional competitive play after you've beaten the game, and while it does feed into competitive battling in both the item rewards and the caliber of Pokemon you're catching, it's satisfying just to overcome the challenge with friends.

The new Pokemon themselves are fantastic as a set. Quite a few of them seem geared for competitive play, with abilities and moves that inspire interesting strategies. Galarian Weezing, for example, has an ability that neutralizes opponents' abilities; because many battle strategies involve use of abilities like Intimidate or Sand Stream to set up the battlefield to your advantage, Weezing could be a serious threat. There are also the aesthetically-inclined Pokemon, like the incredibly goth Corviknight or the adorable electric corgi Yamper, to inspire collectors. Throughout my journey, I was consistently delighted to discover each new Gen 8 Pokemon and the Galarian forms of older ones.

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The starters, sadly, are among the worst of the new Pokemon; while they're cute at first, their final evolutions are all not great. Each fits the British theme in a clever way and has a unique move to go with it, but on a purely visual level, all three are awkward with no clear winner among them. I still feel guilty confining my starter to the Pokemon Box, but it at least freed up a spot in my party to try out the new Pokemon I do like.

The Pokedex features a healthy mix of old Pokemon from each previous generation as well. There are certainly surprising omissions, but like with the new Pokemon, the list includes both fun Pokemon and competitive ones, plus an even spread of types. Sword and Shield might not have every Pokemon in existence, but what's here is balanced exquisitely for battle, cuteness factor, and type. And because there are items that give Pokemon experience points now--and because you can access your Pokemon boxes almost anywhere--you can easily change up your team on the fly without having to stop and grind just to get a new Pokemon caught up in level. I experimented with different Pokemon more during Shield's main story than I ever did in a previous Pokemon game, and it made me appreciate the Gen 8 Pokemon even more.

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It also makes for a more digestible experience. The Wild Area is expansive, and because the available Pokemon change with the weather, it can look very different from one day to the next. There are enough Pokemon to keep things dynamic and surprising as you explore each day, but with some consistency across each biome so you know at least what kinds of Pokemon to expect. Even after 55 hours, there are still Pokemon I have no idea how to find, and uncovering the Wild Area's secrets bit by bit has been a treat.

If anything, the constant draw of the Wild Area made the pacing of the story a bit choppy. I wandered and explored for five hours before challenging my first Gym, then defeated the next two in quick succession before breaking again to revisit the Wild Area. That said, I also was never too over- or underpowered for each Gym, and I was eager to explore in between them regardless. You can also do more in the Wild Area than just battle and catch Pokemon--you can camp out and make curry with your Pokemon, and that ended up being a lovely distraction. Making curry and playing with my Pokemon was a great way to break up longer excursions, plus a convenient way to heal everybody at once, and it's really just an adorable way to spend a few minutes.

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The Gyms themselves are a refinement on the longstanding formula in which you would have to go through a maze or solve a little puzzle to reach the Gym Leader. Similarly, each has a Gym Challenge, but they vary from herding Wooloo to competing with NPC trainers to catch a Pokemon, and this keeps things from getting stale. Dynamaxing combines with anime-style drama to make the Gym battles themselves appropriately exciting, too, as your opponents tend to put on quite the show when they enter the stadium. While the Gym and other story battles are largely pretty simple, some of the later ones do take more thought (and a few revives, in my case).

For competitive battles, small but significant quality-of-life tweaks greatly reduce the remaining barriers to entry. There are now items that allow you to change a Pokemon's nature, which was the main missing piece in getting Pokemon battle-ready without hours and hours of tedious breeding and soft-resetting. You can also leave two Pokemon of the same species in the Daycare together, and one can pass Egg Moves to the other, meaning you don't have to re-breed a Pokemon just because you forgot to put one Egg Move on it or changed your strategy a bit. The post-game Battle Tower also includes rental teams right off the bat to introduce you to some basic strategies, which also means you can start climbing the ranks without scrambling to prepare a slipshod team of your own first. All of this gets you battling at a competitive level much more quickly than was possible before, which is the whole point.

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In collecting, battling, and exploring, Sword and Shield cut out the bloat and focus on what makes these pillars of the Pokemon games so captivating in the first place. You're not held back by overly complicated back-end systems or hoops to jump through; from the outset, you can start wandering the Galar region, seeing its new Pokemon, and trying out its new battle strategies with very little in your way. This leaves you free to enjoy what Pokemon is all about, and that makes for an incredibly strong showing for the series' proper debut on Switch.

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The Good
You're given the freedom to explore the vibrant Galar region from the outset, and each new discovery is delightful
The new Pokemon are great as a whole, and the Pokedex at large strikes an excellent balance of cute, cool-looking, and battle-ready monsters
Dynamaxing is a refreshing replacement for Mega Evolution and Z-moves and makes for bombastic battles
Raids are consistently rewarding and provide a welcome challenge as you progress
The last big barriers to entry for competitive play are eliminated with quality-of-life tweaks
The Bad
The starters' evolutions are among the weakest designs of the bunch
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About the Author

Kallie finished Pokemon Shield's main story in 40 hours, spending plenty of time exploring the Wild Area. She then spent another 15 hours doing post-game activities, including more raids. Alcremie is one of her favorite new Pokemon. Copies of Sword and Shield were provided by Nintendo.
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No matter what the reviews say people are going to buy it (like myself) and it's going to sell millions. Pokémon is a series that you can't take seriously. It's enjoyable no matter what. People hates the design change of X and Y and ate it up anyway. I think people are being too nitpicky because they can. If this was released on 3DS no one would give it a second thought.

There are also people criticizing a game they never even played yet which drives me nuts. If you post a wall of text for a game you haven't touched. Take a hike.

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@ivory_soul: I can criticize whatever the hell I want. I've given them enough of my money over the years to earn that right, and when they promise a true pokemon experience on a console for the first time in 20 years, and deliver a watered down, half-assed mess with half the content we expected, people are allowed to be bothered by that.

I'm not paying them $60 for the "privilege" of calling their game out on what it is. I'm also not "taking a hike" anywhere. Been a fan of the series since Red. 90% of the "new fans" who are eating this game up won't last a month past christmas. Would rather just wait for the fair weather "fans" to f off and move on to the next trend, thanks.

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@ivory_soul: "No matter what the reviews say people are going to buy it (like myself) and it's going to sell millions"

I'm glad you enjoy it, but you are exactly what is wrong with AAA gaming these days.

Just consume product and get excited for next product.

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@storjohan_: Actually you're what's wrong with AAA - telling someone else they're a problem for buying and enjoying a game. God forbid someone gets excited about things.

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@ninnymugginz: just ignore them, do what I do. dont log on social media for LONG / extended periods of time, occasionally pop up, voice your opinion, make 1-2 large posts, and log off, nobody cares...all of social media = random opinions, there is no FACT here (not 1 post I've read from ANY random-user = facts) you are whats wrong, he is whats wrong, I am whats wrong...lol..whats wrong ? and who says its wrong ? ...my god...it makes my head dizzy. Random people with too much time on their hands (I know I'm guilty of that right here, right now) but...generally speaking, usually I dont read review scores, this review I read cause I was mildly curious of what kind of crap-show would be in the comments, and sure enough - y'all didnt let me down. I laughed cause everytime I do log into FB..once a month or so, I see in my news-feed nothing but pokemon & Game-Freak debates....and it doesnt matter which side of the fence i'm on (cause I dont even care about Pokemon since the GBA was a new device LOL) but...in truth, Its semi-entertaining to see a bunch of 18-24 year olds debating over this like its Big Tobacco vs Medicare health system some HUGE thing that affects billions across the world, basically what I'm saying is = everyone is making an "issue" in AAA gaming = sound like a HUGE real-life, real-world issue, its not...its a rather insignificant issue...to me gaming has been (since I started in the early 1990s) a mere hobby, it was in 1991, and it is in 2019...a mere hobby...toys, animation, hours spent...dont get me wrong I STILL enjoy gaming...but who has a right to tell me what I am part of (the right or wrong, the problem or the solution) cause in reality...there isnt a solution, and if there is - NONE OF US can make that solution happen...it would take a MASSIVE societal shift for that to happen, IE 1 billion humans would have to disappear immediately in a click of a finger, and all habits/gaming habits would have to drastically shift, and all these "greedy AAA" corporations would have to die, be reborn, with new management...and...guess what ? lol that isnt happening

So whatever issues / problems there is in this community/industry....they arent changing, not now, not 5 years from now, years from now, when these comments are all multiple-years-old, and long-forgotten (cause soon as you type something, and post it...usually within an hour or two...its old, and forgotten) do you remember the crap you typed 2 years ago ? I didnt, and I type rarely to people online.

My one buddy says to me (awhile back) hes like 40...and been a gamer for almost 30 years like myself - and he says to me "dude...why do you even go online...like social aspect...social media, facebook, youtube, gaming site reviews, and the corresponding comments...why do you even do that to yourself...its a waste of time, what do you care what a bunch of random douche-nuggets you dont even know..think ? who cares about random opinions...its a hobby ...too much talk about a random hobby...SJWs, and gaming journalism, and politics in gaming, all that stuff is meaningless to me...its a hobby, nothing more..like paintball, or magic: the gathering, im sure there are "issues" in the magic: the gathering community, but these arent real-world issues, like FAMINE in China...or war in the middle east...these are small red-button issues....white-washing....this is for people who are bored, and young care about. Oh my GAWD the newest Call of Duty is copy n paste, and too many teenaged idiots are buying it day 1, cause their mommies are getting it for them for christmas...oh my GAWD, they are what is wrong with this industry..

LOL and by you pointing it out ? makes you ...what ? the ambassador of change ? the arbiter of good taste ? look at the endless debates about dark souls, or "tier lists" or "change my mind" memes on facebook....or huge multi-paragraph (far larger then my posts) about the PROS / CONS to any 1 franchise.....this is for people who are bored...

so ninny relax, let them say what they want, cause when you log off here...ask yourself this...does any of that change your entertainment ? me ? personally no...I wont even remember this topic in 8 minutes after posting this 2nd comment, I'm done...logging off, its already 12:34 at night, I couldnt sleep....phone keeps beeping with pop ups, I need to change the sound, or turn it down. lol - so I read an article link on gamespot, and somehow I got here to Pokemon review. I guess even the best of us...get mildly curious from time to time. But seriously, so your part of the problem...(even if thats true, which I dont think it is) but lets say it is....follow through...what does it matter ? you log off you go back TO those games YOUR consuming, and enjoying...and...so what ? nothing changes, days turn into weeks, turn into months, these comments disappear, and are all but forgotten, we never cross paths again (prob never will) and we continue gaming

thats the thing about social media = it has no real impact, it makes no real change, random users, spouting random opinion = and none of it changes anything

so just go game, go play whatever you want

I think imma go play Leisure Suit Larry or something stupid lol

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@oinklust: xD what? I can't even read half of that. I'm just here to troll trolls.

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@ninnymugginz: what part of "I'm glad you enjoy it" was confusing?

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@storjohan_: What part of telling someone they're part of the problem of big studio video games is okay? GTFO with your backhanded compliment.

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@ninnymugginz: I really don't care that much if you think it's ok or not.

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@ninnymugginz: Go hug a therapy Dog and get over it.

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@Utnayan: That's the best you got? lmao - I can see you're also on the 12 year old rage train from your post above. It's good to note - the vast majority of all the kids throwing up 1 user scores on meta or anywhere else haven't even played the game. Talk about becoming a sheep and voiding yourself of critical thinking and going off review bombing xD. YAWN.

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@ninnymugginz: Your desperate attempts to shill this game are highly entertaining. I look forward to reading more.

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@fedor: Your desperate attempts at trying to be cool aren’t working lol

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@ivory_soul: For many ppl 60$ for a game is plenty of money and the last thing they want is a failpurchase.
If here are ppl among us who played the game,they are welcome to share their experience.
Right now i didnt saw any post from an actual owner of that game.
And,yeah,most ppl here who complain didnt played the game but all of the ppl who critisize them ALSO didnt played the game...just saying

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This is the same person that did the "too much water" review way back when, right?

I'm all for differing opinion, I'm sure there's stuff to like in this game, but there are some things that are just objectively wrong. Been a Pokémon fan since Gen 2, and I'm still shiny hunting in Let's Go to this day, and there's a complete lack of addressing the biggest concern to competitive play: not just Dexit, but the deletion of a LOT of moves. Some of which define the viability of certain Pokémon to begin with competitively, so not only do most of previous transfer victims and current catchables suffer from not being included at all, the ones that are left have reduced movesets. Removing one barrier of competitive play, only to introduce another MASSIVE one in its place by reducing viability of some Pokémon altogether.

Praise the good parts, sure, but it's dishonest to gloss over big issues like that. Here's a couple of other issues that haven't been mentioned here that have been reported elsewhere:

- The forced EXP Share situation and complete lack of difficulty this creates. These quality of life improvements are great if they're optional, they reduce the game to an uninteresting chore when forced, allowing you to easily one shot Gym leaders even if you skip trainer battles.

- The serious handholding of free forced heals, and a complete lack of dungeon crawling or puzzle solving, nothing passing the level of complexity of Red & Blue's Viridian Forest, as reported elsewhere.

- Dynamaxing is restricted to Gym Battles and Raids only, whereas you could use a Mega or Z move anywhere in any battle previously. That isn't a refreshing replacement at all, it's a complete step backward that shows Game Freak are willing to take away stuff you got excited about before, leaving little to get excited about a new feature if they're just going to remove it later. But that's a matter of opinion as to whether you liked a huge amount of Pokémon getting cool redesigns or not.

- The graphics issue is nitpicky, and the only reason people care is that a focus on graphic and animation quality was used as a justification for the removed Pokémon. No one would care otherwise, but because it's been highlighted, the shoddiness of it as a result speaks volumes. It just doesn't make any sense.

This game is not worth an extra 20 in the price hike, when it's a substandard version of what's been released before. I respect your ability to be able to enjoy it, but it objectively does NOT deserve a 9 with the creative decisions that have been put into place with this generation. Do NOT support this game and these choices with your wallet.

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@longlostlamp said:

This is the same person that did the "too much water" review way back when, right?

That was indeed the bulletpoint in the summary at the bottom of her review of Omega Ruby/Sapphire, but if you read the actual text of her review, you would see she was talking about the game being overbalanced in favor of water types, not the presence of H2O. She wasn't the only person to express that sentiment about that game.

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@longlostlamp: Cool story bro.

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So far this game has been getting a ton of good reviews. I am super excited to buy it! I think I will purchase it tonight on the switch store. Along with the new star wars game coming out. there is a lot of hate in this comment section because people are still salty about the game not having the national pokedex.

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"You're given the freedom to explore the vibrant Galar region from the outset, and each new discovery is delightful"

Actually don't buy this game if that excites you. There is not much to explore in this game at all. The world is small and boring. The story is underwhelming. Get this game only if you like battling with stats, this is a glorified battle game with dressing. Not much of an RPG at all.

The original Ni no Kuni is a lot more like what I'd want out of this game, this is not for me.

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hmmm some consistency in how reviews are given would be nice. What is the mindset of as a game journalist doing a review? Serious question

Of course you have some games as a personal gamer, you're very fond of. For me it would be shooters, so I can understand I'd probably review a shooter higher than say a JRPG or some other genre I'm just not interested in, but I feel that's contrary to what's needed of a game journalist giving a review of a game. The feelings toward a genre, inherent biases and anything else that could cloud a solid review should be removed entirely.

Idk, I just feel when you reviewers start becoming predictable, there's something up, so again I ask, what's the standard? Mindset? Maybe do a segment on that for all the reviewers at GameSpot where you take each one and sort of breakdown what they're looking for when playing and reviewing a game (of course, if it hasn't already been done). I've been on GS for years now and I guess not only as I get up in actual age, but gaming age, I get more critical of the industry and all the nuances surrounding it. You game reviewers are a huge driving force in the mix.

If anything it would be an interesting read.

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@cejay0813: Lmao what? This isn't philosophy class. Take reviews with a grain of salt, you know what you like. Boom, done.

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@ninnymugginz: Ninny you never disappoint. Lol its actually far from philosophical so interesting it came off that way to you... but yeah, boom, done I guess lol

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@cejay0813: xD Sorry I don't know you, but glad I never disappoint. You go on asking those deep concerning questions on Gamespot reviews.

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@ninnymugginz: You sure I have your sign off...? Lol thanks man... means the world to me

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@cejay0813: And yes I know there's small blips at the end of the reviews and also each reviewer has their own page with an "about" tab. Kallie's literally says "Kallie Plagge is GameSpot's Reviews Editor. She loves Pokemon, inventory management, and Grunt Birthday Party"

That's it. Cute but yeah just looking for a bit more behind the scenes substance. I could care less who you guys and gals are personally, but who are you as gamers and how do play and critique games? It's what I visit this site for

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So hyped for this game. It's a shame I have to wait for the mail to come tomorrow :(

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@usmovers_02: Yeah, never order games through the mail if you want them on day one. I made that mistake pre-ordering Halo: Reach. The mail and the game company are on different schedules.

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I'm surprised of this score. I'm a huge Pokémon fan, I own every main line Pokemon game and I have every Pokémon in every form in my Pokebank (aside of shinies of course). This is thze first game I won't get, at least not at launch. USUM was bad, but this is even worse. They got rid of over 400 Pokemon and almost 100 attacks. It is short and simple. Skipping most trainers while rushing through the game still allows you to one shot gym leaders ace Pokémon. It looks MUCH worse than lets Go Pikachu Eeve. It still uses the same models from the 3DS despite saying their better models is the reason for the lack of Pokemon. It is 14 hours long. Its animations look really bad, the meeting with the legendary boy Pokemon looked worse than your average fan video. He just turned around using the forward moving animation xD Hesck the entire world freezes when you interact with it like climb up a ladder. The performance is horrible despite the bad graphics, it lags on so many spots. Postgame is almost non-existent. This is by far the worst Pokemon game. And this at a 20 bucks higher price. How does this deserve a 9? You seriously think this is on par with DQ11 and Persona 5? lolz

The worlds biggest IP, Pokemon, deserves better. We fans deserve better. The game shouldn't be made by Gamefreaks that care more about their own IPs like Town hero than Pokémon. Give it to a dev that cares!

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@ArchoNils2: You're complaining about the game when you skipped all the trainers and content? Okay. lol fan boys are funny. Game looks fantastic. Also how did you already play through the whole game if it launches tomorrow? Early Access copy for a super fan or are you just making stuff up?

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@ninnymugginz: How about you inform yourself about the game before making yourself look like a fool. There are dozents that streamed the entire game for days. Reviewers, people that got the game early because their retailer didn't wait for street dates and so on. Those are experiences gathered by several real people that did play the game. You can watch many full playthroughs

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@ArchoNils2: LOL why are you so angry? I don't normally watch full playthroughs of games I want to enjoy. How are you supposed to have fun after that? You've based your entire experience, and are so mad while doing so, off someone else's early access play through. Also the word dozen doesn't have a t in it. WHO'S THE FOOL NOW. Just kidding, but seriously proofread dude ;)

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Also most, if not all, of the playthrough/walkthrough footage has only come out within the past 24 hours xD

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@ArchoNils2 said:

I'm surprised of this score. I'm a huge Pokémon fan, I own every main line Pokemon game and I have every Pokémon in every form in my Pokebank (aside of shinies of course). This is thze first game I won't get, at least not at launch. USUM was bad, but this is even worse. They got rid of over 400 Pokemon and almost 100 attacks. It is short and simple. Skipping most trainers while rushing through the game still allows you to one shot gym leaders ace Pokémon. It looks MUCH worse than lets Go Pikachu Eeve. It still uses the same models from the 3DS despite saying their better models is the reason for the lack of Pokemon. It is 14 hours long. Its animations look really bad, the meeting with the legendary boy Pokemon looked worse than your average fan video. He just turned around using the forward moving animation xD Hesck the entire world freezes when you interact with it like climb up a ladder. The performance is horrible despite the bad graphics, it lags on so many spots. Postgame is almost non-existent. This is by far the worst Pokemon game. And this at a 20 bucks higher price. How does this deserve a 9? You seriously think this is on par with DQ11 and Persona 5? lolz

The worlds biggest IP, Pokemon, deserves better. We fans deserve better. The game shouldn't be made by Gamefreaks that care more about their own IPs like Town hero than Pokémon. Give it to a dev that cares!

Game Freak are the creators of the franchise! You want the Fallout situation to happen to Pokemon?

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@ArchoNils2: USUM were both great pokemon games.

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Videogamers have gone out of control with this endless hate over the flimsiest of contexts. Too much free time and too little to do I guess. This is supposed to be a recreational activity, that you do not have to pay for if you do not want to, and you have thousands of choices. Get out of the basement and do something productive with your life, instead of wallowing in hate over an inconsequential video game opinion just because it does not match some hateful bile you have filled your brains with.

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@Orontes13: No. Gamers are getting railroaded with less and less content for the same price under the guise of getting the rest of the game in shady DLC practices and this is one of those times. Fans of the IP have every right to be pissed off, and complain, and warn others who may not know not to buy it. You also have every right to sit there and throw stones from your glass house. What we need to do as gamers is come collectively together and send strong messages with our wallets. This industry is the most pampered entitled industry full of babies (And I am talking about the publishers and some of the workers in it) where they actually have the gaul to think we should be just happy they made a product to play. Bullshit. It also doesn't help when major media corporations are in bed with publishers to stream out promotional reviews. (In this case, CBS and Nintendo ties) So let's cut the crap and get down to the real nitty gritty. Nintendo fans are even disgusted with the game, and that takes a hell of a lot. 3.6 user score in metacritic, reddit up in arms (Which it should be) and mainstream gaming press coddling Nintendo for their own "reasons" rather than get people who can actively tell the truth about the game without CBS breathing down their neck.

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@Orontes13: Not just gamers my friend. Social media and widgets like these have given people a voice, unleashing our inner critics. Toxicity runs rampant pretty much everywhere with most people unable to enjoy anything anymore and not only that, tear apart any creative work WITHOUT CONSUMING IT FIRST.

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@consolehaven: it’s how the world works. Better get used to it.

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@aaronalbana: Never will I accept such low standards of existence.

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Uh-uh?

This game is buggy and glitchy,the big amount of Pokemons is absent,assets are reused,battle animations anyone?,the dev was not honest...some say he lied.

The open world is welcome and raids motivating but honestly,this is the weakest Pokemon game since years.

The Pokemon franchise is one of the biggest in the world,Nintendo made tons of money with it and still the first big Pokemon game for the Switch feels lazy and halfassed.

Imagine Pokemon gone Zelda BotW path!

I aknowledge that reviewers have their own taste but here it reads like its from a big Pokemon fan who can easily overlook the downsides of the game.

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@sladakrobot: jesus christ dude. Do you even have your own opinions or do you just copy and paste what the circlejerk says?

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@kyloren95: I didnt read comments below before i posted mine.
If all the complains i had was mentioned before mutliple times then of course my post was just many of the same.

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@sladakrobot: Yeah... we should disregard the opinions of big Pokemon fans when it comes to a Pokemon game, and instead listen to the angry internet guy who has not even played the game.

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@Orontes13: heads up. Not everyone who disagrees with an opinion is angry. Sladakrobot expressed an opinion on a reasonable manner. Please avoid going after users in the future.

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@Orontes13: Let big Madden and WW2K fans review each game and let them say its all perfect...you got my point?

If you mean me with "angry internet guy" then you are mistaken...i am perfectly calm.
BTW,have you played the game?

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I haven't been following this game, and thus I didn't know about the furore about it.

Having checked the furore out, I have this to say:

It's very petty shit all around.

P.S. I know more than a few Ninty-loving dudes on YouTube (such as MageKnight404 and his clique) who have long acknowledged that Ninty's devs have had the habit of reusing assets and they know that Ninty's devs have terrible understanding of what does "reused" means - or "new" for that matter.

P.P.S. I should include this image here.

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    • Nintendo Switch
    Pokemon Sword / Shield
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