Top positive review
Sword is an absolutely wonderful experience: big, bright, playful, and fun!
November 15, 2019
My daughter (age 9) got really into Pokemon about a year ago, leading us to playing Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee. She’s been obsessed with the franchise ever since.
Sword and Shield is a different entry into the series. Instead of a top-down, closed path game, you’re presented with a wide open world to explore, catch pokemon, and take on trainer battles.
It’s big, brightly colored, and just lovely to run around and experience. One of the biggest annoyances with “Let’s Go” was the pace of movement, and just getting around felt like a chore. Travel in Sword/Shield feels much better, and the freedom of movement and not being locked out of paths is great.
Everything else about the game follows the same basic Pokemon gameplay: catch pokemon, train them up, and battle other trainers.
There’s been some controversy about the size the pokedex (the amount of pokemon in-game), but as a more casual fan/player, there’s not really much to say. I’m sure it will be a big deal for hardcore fans, but they will still sink 100+ hours into this game.
Differences from Pokemon Shield:
As with most pokemon games it’s broken up into two difference versions, each with very minor exclusive pokemon included. Honestly, very few people will care which they get. The game is exactly the same with a couple minor differences. According to other sources here they are:
Sword exclusive pokemon:
Deino, Zweilous, Hydreigon, Jangmo-o, Hakamo-o, Kommo-o, Gothita, Gothorita, Gothitelle, Rufflet, Braviary, Mawile, Solrock, Passimian, Turtonator, Galarian Sirfetch’d, Galarian Darmanitan, Galarian Darumaka, Flapple
Shield exclusive pokemon:
Larvitar, Pupitar, Tyranitar, Goomy, Sliggoo, Goodra, Solosis, Duosion, Reuniclus, Vullaby, Mandibuzz, Sableye, Lunatone, Oranguru, Drampa, Galarian Ponyta, Galarian Rapidash, Glaraian Corsola, Cursola, and Appleton
There’s also supposed to be a difference in some of the gym leaders, and potentially in which Legendary Pokemon are featured, but these are minor, and only the most hardcore fans are going to care either way which they get. Obviously I haven’t caught them all, but if the above is important to you, make sure you pick the right version!