Pokémon Sword & Shield Nintendo Switch Review - Are They Worth It?

  • Am 13 Nov 2019 veröffentlicht
  • Pokémon Sword & Shield have caused quite a stir in the Pokémon fanbase, but what it comes down to are these two games.
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  • Hunter G
    Hunter G Vor 2 Tage

    I liked the game. It wasn’t my favorite but I liked it. My two biggest complaints are that it’s a little too easy and the story mode is too short. In spite of that, I thought the plot and character development was really good. I also thought there was a good balance between encountering older Pokémon and newer Pokémon (although I would’ve liked to see a little more older generation Pokémon). I’m glad I made the purchase but there’s definitely room for improvement.

  • Ridly Lupin
    Ridly Lupin Vor 4 Tage

    The story is very lackluster and it holds your hands through the entire thing and at the beginning of the game there are so many cut scenes I wish they let you figure things out instead of an npc telling you where to go like back in Pokémon ruby or fire red. Also the forced exp share makes the game super easy at leveling up your Pokémon as well as the candies you get from raid battles. I even beat the entire game without dynamaxing or giganticmaxing once. The lack of voice acting also makes the cutscenes really awkward. The story is also very short being only 15 hours. The post game is also very lacking because the cities are very narrow and their are less Pokémon to catch and train. The wild area was fun it is about the size of 2 regions in breath of the wild which is nice but it starts to feel small when you explore it for a while. The new dynamaxing feature is very lame it only makes the Pokémon bigger and even the giganticmaxing is also lame it hardly even changes the Pokémon. It is basically just a Mega Pokémon with every attack as a zmove. It is a Op gimmic it basically makes the Pokémon indestructible for 3 turns and all your moves one shot everything. Luckily though you can’t use this gimmic when every you want unlike megas and z moves because of how broken it is which is good. But not being able to use the gimmic when ever feel restrictive. Around 60 percent of Pokémon were taken out of the game which runs n the competitive more because it restricts the variety of Pokémon you can use and mix up your team it limits you to the Pokémon that is available in the game. Which doesn’t help give a chance for other Pokémon to shine because no one is going to use a Pokémon just because their is less to pick from there are just going to use their favorite. The lack of Pokémon also shortens the post game because there is less Pokémon to catch. They said they did it to improve the graphics but the graphics are nearly the same just more polished up what they should have done was redone the animations like the double kick move they should have at least made the Pokémon move to the Pokémon and actually kick instead of showing to feet on the enemy Pokémon. The Pokémon in the wild area animations are also bad I see them spinning in circles t posing. Also the battle backgrounds make no sense like sometimes when you are near a bridge and battle a trainer the battle background is the wild and Pokémon let’s go pikachu and evee didn’t even have this problem the backgrounds in a battle made sense like when you fought an traine in the cerulean gym the background would be the creulian gym.Removing the Pokémon to balance out the competitive is also dumb because we can just ban the Pokémon from use or only let certain Pokémon be used in tornment like ubers only or RU Pokémon only. Not only that megas and z moves were removed from the game which is a much better, more balanced, and cooler gimmic. The enemy team is just a remake of team skull but worse. Instead of being a bunch of gang kids with Guzma as their leader now it’s just some Fans of Marnie. Also all team yell does is basically block the way so you can’t skip a gym or cut scene Another problem is this game is now worth 20 dollars extra and the online is no longer free meaning you can’t trade or battle people for a game that just removed good features from older games or replaced features that some are arguably worse
    Playing without online is horrible because the cpu they provide you for raid battles are absolutely horrible they always have low level and first evolved Pokémon that get one shoted by any of the boss attacks
    The online is also very laggy
    My biggest issue was the no megas because if they had mega evolution when I beat the game I could mega evolve my Pokémon where ever I want. And I really miss it megas was the man reason why so lower tier Pokémon back better and even already good Pokémon became better and improved my strategy in double battles and bowing when to use them. Unlike dynamaxing which is too op. I hope they add megas back in the game at least

  • Shao Mark
    Shao Mark Vor 8 Tage

    I'm glad I bought the dragon quest x instead of this junk

  • Seraph O. Storms
    Seraph O. Storms Vor 8 Tage

    8/10 sounds about right. Super fun. Personally the graphics and dex are less of an issue to me than everything in the wild area jumping up to level 60 after the league cup is finished.

  • Crystal Sugar
    Crystal Sugar Vor 9 Tage

    Nintendo life: *talks about a lot of cons to the game that ruins the experience and brand*
    Also Nintendo life: *Gives an 8 out of 10*
    Me: Wtf.....

  • ghazi hussain
    ghazi hussain Vor 9 Tage

    Problem with pokemon is all we wanted was open world game with gta graphics and thats all. But they alway fuck up pokemon . Best example is pokemon go. It has more potential than maria but they dont they the benefit out of it

  • jacksputrid
    jacksputrid Vor 9 Tage

    This game should literally be ridiculed and boycotted. They built a huge franchise off the back bones of the fans and when it came to deliver with the chance to make something great on great hardware that's portable could have been a masterpiece but took corporate cobras route and shat on all the fans for mainstream and money. Anyone saying anything less is apart of the problem their never going to learn

  • Sebastian Sacilotto
    Sebastian Sacilotto Vor 9 Tage

    large boring world

  • Viknoban Ravendran
    Viknoban Ravendran Vor 9 Tage

    Nobody will probably agree but every cent I spent on this game is worth it

  • JustReSpawning
    JustReSpawning Vor 10 Tage

    I love how he doesn’t address the pokedex issue. He brings it up and goes right over it. I played sword and i rate it 5-10 its not great or good. Its just average.

  • boogz9000
    boogz9000 Vor 12 Tage

    p s&s is the worst game I’ve ever played.
    pokemon colosseum: i told game freak to reboot me
    me: wow smh

  • davey Konijnenberg
    davey Konijnenberg Vor 13 Tage

    Why would anyone buy this rushed ugly lazy game

  • Hotshot 14380
    Hotshot 14380 Vor 13 Tage

    I think he meant, he took 8 out of 10 points away, so it’s a 2 out of 10.
    I mean come on, trying to review this game without acknowledging all the outside controversy that has revolved around it as well as it being the first official triple A console Pokémon game is impossible. You can’t just judge this as a game, the standard that it should have met were absolutely underachieved. It’s still like 3 generations behind in gaming.

  • Vincent Hellfire
    Vincent Hellfire Vor 13 Tage

    It was a mediocre game overall, the designs of pokemon from previous gens were reused, were some few glitches, the routes were *TOO SMALL*, wild area was a new introduction which was overall great but can be improved, wish they can have unique gigantimax moves like if it was a Z move than moves depending on the type (ex. Fire type etc.) which shows laziness, the pokemon let's go exp mechanic was a good touch, I will just wait for Gen 4 remake...6/10 btw

  • Gunj Chowwiwat
    Gunj Chowwiwat Vor 14 Tage


  • Dragoonsoul7878
    Dragoonsoul7878 Vor 14 Tage +1

    People defending the game, please be aware the attackers want the game IMPROVED to be better and have things taken away restored so the game is better for YOU. Defending someone from criticizers doesn't help... defending someone from a knife does. If they draw attention to the flaws, the flaws get fixed and YOU enjoy the game more.

  • Nathan James
    Nathan James Vor 14 Tage

    I do not take it personally at all.

  • sly sir
    sly sir Vor 15 Tage

    am i the ONLY one who thought about Nezuko when I saw that wooden box on the trainer's back? LOL

  • JaviFuego93
    JaviFuego93 Vor 15 Tage

    Hmmmm I haven’t touched Pokémon since emerald what have I missed because this game looks amazing to me.

    VICTAL Vor 15 Tage

    "We recently caught up with Masuda to talk about the Pokemon series, and we asked him for his thoughts regarding why recent games have made things easier for players."
    "Rather than any actual feedback from players, it's more accepting the realities of modern life," he said. "Kids these days or even people who grew up playing Pokemon--everyone is a lot more busy. There are a lot more things competing for a person's time than there were back then. For example, there are so many free games you can play on your phone now, there's so many entertainment options, so making it a little easier to play is the reason for that."
    "Back when I was younger, someone would buy us a game and that was the only game we had, so we had to play it," he added. "I don't think that's really the case for many people these days."

  • Guardian Gibbs
    Guardian Gibbs Vor 16 Tage

    Absolute Stinker = Ice Gym

  • Austin Snyder
    Austin Snyder Vor 16 Tage

    I wonder what the anime is gonna be like.

  • mmario120130
    mmario120130 Vor 16 Tage

    Forgot how quickly you get to fast travel.

  • Mr Niceguy
    Mr Niceguy Vor 16 Tage

    Game freak should update the game frequently to make the game better

  • Zergia
    Zergia Vor 16 Tage +1

    The game don`t feel like pokemon at all, the new pokemon just look like some bad drawing of a 8year old, the music is wrong, people don `t look like people from the series, horrible graphics, and you can actually see what spells that is effective and not, what a joke! but worst of all, DYNAMAXING! it`s like they are trying to ruin pokemon

  • Christian Terada
    Christian Terada Vor 16 Tage +1

    This game is shit and I feel bad for buying it. I wanted to like this game so much but the fact that not only does it look, sound and play like shit but the fact that only 400 pokemon made it into the game is a ripoff. There is nothing so impressive about Sword and Shield that I though "oh yeah no way 800 other sprites couldn't of made it in" especially after recently getting around to playing Breath of the Wild which runs on the same fucking system. If the Wild Area was half the region or even looked half as good as Breath of the Wild I wouldn't hate myself for buying the game but it looks like I stumbled onto a golf course with trees made out of some weird transparent mesh. Yeah the gyms are fun, yes the wild area is good in concept but everything from Raid Battles to story to characters to animations to the fucking music is either boring or horrible. This is the worst main series game to date, even a game as lackluster as X & Y at least had the capacity for all Pokemon up to that point and had the best gimmick in Mega Evolutions.

  • silverstrings gia
    silverstrings gia Vor 17 Tage

    I wished they added voice overs

  • Vulpix Heat
    Vulpix Heat Vor 17 Tage +1

    This game has less content then even gameboy advance games. 20 bucks would be fair in its current state ( and don’t argue that because it is better quality when the game can brick your switch with its autosave feature ( granted you can turn off the autosaves but the point is it is almost as glitchy as gen 1))

  • My name Spelled backwards is Disney

    It's a decent game but overall it's disappointing. It's weird how it's getting near perfect scores when there's so much wrong with it.

  • Austin Katz
    Austin Katz Vor 17 Tage

    Honestly if they don't have the capability to have ALL the Pokemon like every other Pokemon game then I ain't gonna buy it. I'll take crappy move animations, but I can't believe there's a giant chunk of pokemon MIA.

  • VerzideGF
    VerzideGF Vor 17 Tage

    1280x720 best res

  • Dane Kjerulf
    Dane Kjerulf Vor 17 Tage

    I think it is 10/10 Major step forward for Pokémon games and was great I would probably say it’s the best so far only gripe I had about the games Is they haven’t made it easy to trade online with people like they do in ultra sun and moon

  • Veteran Nintenerd
    Veteran Nintenerd Vor 18 Tage

    Pokemon is the McDonald's of video game franchises; people know it's a lot of trash, but a lot of people are buying it anyways. A lotta larger personalities are married to this damn franchise to where they'll eat this shit up just for it being Pokemon. The games do nothing to innovate the current formula, and the story can be chalked down to a mix of the most cliche tropes from the stories of X&Y and USUM put into a blender for a relatively predictable, lukewarm experience.The sense of freedom is a mere illusion, granting as much freedom to the player as someone who is under house arrest. And should the rumors of the National Dex actually never returning actually become a reality, your Pokemon will be joining you in house arrest too... in Pokemon -HOME- *_Prison._*
    If we keep going down this path, things are only going to get worse before they get better. I do not support the direction they went in (and might continue to follow), thus I refused to buy these games. The excuse "because it's Pokemon" is *NOT* a good enough excuse for being content with these games NEVER improving--yeah, they make a few QoL improvements, but they are mere drops in an OCEAN of problems. Money talks; do NOT support mediocrity. If you are that person who buys/bought these games because "it's Pokemon," you're only proving that their mediocrity prints money, dishing out a new game every year with a passable amount of polish required for the average reviewer to consider a "good" game. *PLEASE* stop settling for average. You deserve better. I deserve better. Everyone deserves better. Sword & Shield is far from "better."

  • Pokémon Shield is OP
    Pokémon Shield is OP Vor 18 Tage

    I’m so excited to get this game for New Years! I’m also getting a switch lite and I can’t wait! December 31st! Yay! So excited

  • Bruno Trindade
    Bruno Trindade Vor 18 Tage +1

    pokemon was with me since childhood, through red/blue/yellow. could not play ( in consoles ) since crystal, pick up on X/Y ( and completed the DEX for the first time ever ) , and hoped for a MEGA for Typhlosion, my favorite pokemon. did not come on S/M or US/UM so i did not buy it . let's go did not appetize me, neither does Sword and Shield. The lack of National Dex, the lack of a Mega's, and with the (from what i feel ) disrespect launching gigantamax and whatnot, i shall not buy a Switch, neither another Pokemon game for a time. have fun, guys.

  • Valeera
    Valeera Vor 18 Tage +1

    1984 is waiting in the tall grass and you was being led like a carrot on a stick right to it by big brother and chinese ai , The only thing you face at the end in form of the elite four is death by communism

  • Tirsoph Chaistern
    Tirsoph Chaistern Vor 18 Tage

    People exaggerate the bad so much it annoys me.

  • Miclone92
    Miclone92 Vor 18 Tage

    I feel like a reboot of the series with a variation on mechanics would have been a lot better received. Like instead if they made gen one but you had to track some rare pokemon, and made battles in the world rather than the "battle scene". I just want the pokemon game series to be able to evolve a bit. Sorry for the pun but it's true.

  • Grand Dad!
    Grand Dad! Vor 18 Tage +1

    It was lazily made... they could have done better

    • Pokémon Shield is OP
      Pokémon Shield is OP Vor 18 Tage

      Grand Dad! I’m so excited to get this game for New Years! I’m also getting a switch lite and I can’t wait! December 31st! Yay! So excited

  • Mike Pittman
    Mike Pittman Vor 18 Tage +2

    Plot twist: The curry is all the pokemon that got cut

  • GuppyG
    GuppyG Vor 19 Tage +1

    They arent worth $60.

  • Soblings
    Soblings Vor 19 Tage +1

    Spoiler alert

    Theres only 2 legendaries in the whole game.
    Depending on which version you use and you can get an extra mew but you need the pokeball plus ball. Theres no national dex. The game is very short. Its extremely easy, and the graphics are disappointing compared to games like Zelda BOTW and Dragon Quest. The wild area makes no sense, and post game is very short. You cant use dinamaxing in all the areas

  • Arth
    Arth Vor 19 Tage

    This kinda similar to Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core which is very old game from PSP... I just wonder, why battles are still static?

  • Let Tice
    Let Tice Vor 19 Tage

    says spoiler free, shows new pokemon .5 secs after.

  • Vmar98
    Vmar98 Vor 19 Tage

    The thing that saddens me about the game is that it sounds like it has the features to make an open world game but it doesnt use them.
    You can cook meals that restore HP and PP and can get Pokemon from your pc on the go so you are able to go on for a while without a Pokemon center, and they've shown the potential of it with the wild area. It looks like they had everything in place but didn't dare to go all the way with it.

  • No bot gaming
    No bot gaming Vor 19 Tage +1

    skip to 1 minute

  • Rail
    Rail Vor 19 Tage

    how can something that shows gameplay you've never seen before be spoiler free? :P

    • Pokémon Shield is OP
      Pokémon Shield is OP Vor 18 Tage

      Rail I’m so excited to get this game for New Years! I’m also getting a switch lite and I can’t wait! December 31st! Yay! So excited

  • triple466
    triple466 Vor 19 Tage

    The problem is its too easy i was always stronger than anybody and mabe lost once or twice

    • Tirsoph Chaistern
      Tirsoph Chaistern Vor 18 Tage

      Well, that's good then; I don't remember ever loosing in any other Pokemon game.

  • Orion3G
    Orion3G Vor 19 Tage

    Dude every time I fall for this new pokemon game hype, I play it for 2 weeks and then the hype dies and I die a little inside.

  • Justin Kluesner
    Justin Kluesner Vor 19 Tage +1

    I was really worried when I learned that the exp share couldn't be turned off. I thought for sure that would make the game way too easy like it did in previous games. I have to say though that with the gym leaders increased levels and the higher levels of wild Pokemon, I actually didn't end up overleveled. They actually spaced it out pretty well so that you could just keep moving through the game without having to grind.

  • Madi
    Madi Vor 19 Tage +2

    I think SW/SH is insanely fun and really cute. It brings a lot to the table but no, it probably not wasnt ready to come out. I think SW/SH is the botw of the pokemon franchise. It’s really fun and cute and a good way to pass time but if you want the real experience of loz/pokemon you’ll have to go back and pick an older game.
    Still, theres issues within the company itself that need to be addressed more than if the grass looks okay :/

    • MisterSureShot
      MisterSureShot Vor 15 Tage

      Why would you say its the BOTW of the pokemon franchise?

  • Rick Romney
    Rick Romney Vor 19 Tage

    I'm gonna show some love to the Pokemon Game Freak team: I appreciate the effort! Enjoying mine right now. :-) I like exchanging league cards and sending and resending bunnies for trading. Reminds me of regifting. Lol

  • TheDubstepDoge #TeamTrees

    I am going to pick this up soon

  • Queen Furret
    Queen Furret Vor 20 Tage

    Honestly though, I don't see why this game gets so much hate. Yeah, it might've cut my favourite Pokémon and others too, but the new Pokémon are just as amazing. Plus, it has a great storyline in my opinion. The Wild Area is a little bland but the cities make up for that. Each one of them is relatively expansive and overall beautiful. If you'd all buy the game and give it a chance then you'd be positively surprised.

    • Pokémon Shield is OP
      Pokémon Shield is OP Vor 18 Tage

      Queen Furret I’m so excited to get this game for New Years! I’m also getting a switch lite and I can’t wait! December 31st! Yay! So excited

  • Roman
    Roman Vor 20 Tage

    Can you transfer Pokémon from Sword & Shield to Pokémon Go??

  • Arnaud Robillart
    Arnaud Robillart Vor 20 Tage

    Is pokemon vegan? 🌱

  • ThisIsAChannel
    ThisIsAChannel Vor 20 Tage

    What makes Pokemon sword and shield any worse than previous games in the franchise?

  • EonHSD
    EonHSD Vor 20 Tage

    So we're not gonna talk about the fact that this is by far the easiest game and it holds your Hand the entire time and it lacks content?
    Alright then

    • triple466
      triple466 Vor 19 Tage

      EonHSD yep ig was too easy

  • K P
    K P Vor 20 Tage +2

    I’m just going to give my opinion of the new games having played them with other people and being a Pokémon fan since the OG Pokémon games.
    I had high hopes for the new games with all our currently technology and the switch gaming system. I kept thinking of what was promised, a game geared towards old fans but new will also like. Overall I am Not happy with the new games. Here’s my reasons:
    - Removing the National Dex.
    Dude, I want my old Pokémon in my new games ever since pokebank made that possible. I don’t care if I have the advantage over those that don’t, I spent a lot of time and money to keep them and if I must pay $300 for a switch plus $60 for your game PLUS you want me to buy Pokémon home it had better include every Pokémon or the promise of that capability in the near future or you waste my money and time. I don’t want to start new rather blend old WITH new.
    - Removing over 150 Pokémon moves? Um really? First game to cut moves which is like half the point of the game. At least up until Us/Um you could get old moves by transfer or breeding so they technically weren’t cut just hard to get. But this is madness!
    - The pokemon for the most part seem unoriginal or duplicated. This gen seems meh, very forgettable Pokémon. With the exception of a few I don’t like this gen, too many overused Pokémon themes meaning living things that are already a Pokémon, and that galar Meowth turning into something other than Persian which doesn’t even look cat like seems terrible and just weird it might as well been a seperate pokemon species to begin with.
    - No dual type for our starters final evolution. Very disappointing and boring. I expected better, sobbles final could have been water/ghost, scorbunnys Fire/electric or fire/ground, and Grookys grass/fighting.
    I’ve had kids play the game and veteran players, kids don’t seem to mind the game and I think it’s because they don’t know what they are missing out from past games. This seems exactly like a Let’s Go continuation rather than continuation of prior games. Pokémon forgot veteran players as they cut many things we know and love about the games.
    From mega evolution to national dex to moves to no shiny starters to no wondertrade to a boring post game and we all expected better graphics and gameplay and this game seems childish like Let’s go games.
    Pokken tournament, now that’s the look and feel I was hoping for new Pokémon games.
    I could go on but these are what bother me most and what make me not want to buy the game. The only saving grace for future Pokémon would be allow the National dex and all moves, and either apply updates to S/Sh or the next new game fix these issues now that Nintendo has heard the outcry of fans.
    I’m a huge Pokémon fan, and that’s why this bothers me so much, I feel like this new game has ruined too much where I no longer am interested in the game and that’s never happened before.

  • Gazeth Sonica
    Gazeth Sonica Vor 20 Tage

    It has ludicolo, so every pokemon that really counts is in it. Everything is fine.