Tue, 07 January 2020
Pokémon Sword and Shield
Verdict: Another fun entry in the long-standing series.
What is it?
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield chronicle the journey of a young Pokémon trainer, with these games taking place in the Galar region – based on Great Britain – with the objective being to dethrone the Pokémon League Champion, Leon, in a tournament the various gym leaders also take part in. Sword and Shield introduce 81 new Pokémon alongside 13 regional variants of pre-existing Pokémon. Several new features have been added such as Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing, which increase the size of certain Pokémon and the latter changes their forms.
Sword and Shield are extremely familiar and comfortable thanks to a pretty traditional setup: you pick one of three starter Pokémon and then head off across the Galar region to capture and train more, defeat eight unique and exciting gym challenges, and become a Pokémon master over the course of about 40 hours. As always, the deep turn-based combat benefits from the crazy variety of these elemental Pokémon, from their vastly different and shamelessly bizarre appearances to the huge selection of moves they learn and the stats they inherently have.
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