Title: Pokemon Sword and Shield
Developer: Game Freak
Publisher: The Pokemon Company, Nintendo
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Release date: November 15, 2019
Game rating: 8.3/10 (IGN)
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- Galar Region: The game is set in the Galar region, which is based on the United Kingdom.
- New Pokemon: The game features new Pokemon, including the starter Pokemon Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble.
- Dynamax and Gigantamax: A new gameplay mechanic allows players to Dynamax their Pokemon, making them giant-sized and more powerful. Some Pokemon have Gigantamax forms, which are even more powerful.
- Max Raids: Players can team up with other trainers to battle giant Dynamax Pokemon in Max Raids and have a chance to catch them.
- Gym Battles: The game includes Gym battles against powerful Gym Leaders, each with their own specialty and type of Pokemon.
- Wild Area: A large open area between cities that allows for free exploration and wild Pokemon encounters.
- Multiplayer Options: Players can connect with other trainers to battle, trade, and participate in Max Raids together.
- New Characters: Sword and Shield introduces new characters, including the player character’s rival Hop and the Galar region’s champion Leon.
- Customization: The game allows players to customize their character’s appearance and style.
- Expansion Pass: The game has received two expansion passes, The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra, which add new areas, Pokemon, and story content to the game.
Pokemon Sword and Shield is developed by Game Freak and published by The Pokemon Company and Nintendo, the game was released worldwide in November 2019 exclusively for the Nintendo Switch platform.
Set in the fictional Galar region, which is loosely based on the United Kingdom, the game sees players taking on the role of a young Pokemon trainer as they embark on a journey to become the Galar region’s Champion. Along the way, they will encounter and battle a variety of Pokemon, including new ones unique to the Galar region.
One of the key features of Pokemon Sword and Shield is the introduction of Dynamax and Gigantamax forms, which allow players to temporarily increase the size and power of their Pokemon during battles. The game also includes new multiplayer features, such as the ability to join other players in Max Raid Battles against powerful Dynamaxed Pokemon.
Overall, Pokemon Sword and Shield received generally positive reviews from critics, with praise being given to the game’s new features and improved graphics, while some criticism was directed towards its limited Pokemon selection and lack of difficulty. Nonetheless, the game remains a popular choice among Pokemon fans and Nintendo Switch players alike.