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Pokemon Sword and Shield review scores roundup

Published: 14/Nov/2019 18:02

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Sword and Shield review scores are in the wild and we’re going to look at how fondly, or not so in some cases, various publications have scored the game.

Since Pokemon’s introduction to Gen 8 was first revealed all the way back in February, you could be forgiven for having alternating feelings about it. Depending on who you listen to, it is going to be the greatest Pokemon experience ever or a glitched mess, not worthy of the Nintendo Switch hardware.

It’s a game which, despite not being officially released at the time of writing, has divided the Pokemon community perhaps more than any other before it. This has largely been due to the National Pokedex removal, among other talking points.

The National Pokedex removal will likely have a big effect on user scores…

Differing opinions on the Galar region

So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that review scores have varied wildly. This might leave some confusion as to whether Pokemon Sword and Shield is for you.

OpenCritic gave the games an average score of 80, which was based on 22 reviews. Among them 76% of the critics recommended it.

Fellow review aggregation website, Metacritic, gave the game a similar score of 81, based on 19 reviews this time. Still though, we await the score of the user reviews, which many consider a more accurate score. These won’t be available until November 15, however.

Here are some of the more prominent reviews and their respective scores. IGN provided the most favorable review with a score of 93/100. Their comments on the game were as follows: “Pokemon Sword and Shield are the best games in the series, streamlining its most tedious traditions without losing any of the charm.”

DailyStar, on the other hand, gave the lowest score among publications with 60. They say Pokemon Sword and Shield starts off great but slowly falters.

“New-fanged gimmicks (such as making your Pokémon massive for three turns at a time, the Dynamax mechanic that the entire game is built around) reveal themselves to be shallow imitations of past games’ features, and the allure of the new ‘open world’ Wild Area starts to dim, and show itself for what it really is – a level-gated Safari Zone.”

Elsewhere, Vandal shared a short, yet succinct review, which perhaps sums up a lot of how the Pokemon fan base feels about the game. “Sword and Shield are a lot of fun and, at the same time, it’s also a disappointing evolution of the series. The core gameplay still works great, but Game Freak needs to listen to the constructive feedback and live up to the expectations of the franchise.”

List of review scores

A list of scores from other publications can be found below:

  • GameSpot: 90
  • GamesRadar: 90
  • Game Informer: 88
  • Areajugones: 88
  • Vandal: 80
  • Jeuxvideo: 80
  • Nintendo Life: 80
  • EGM: 80
  • Metro GameCentral: 70
  • VG247: 60
  • Daily Star: 60

Clearly, Pokemon games are very subjective but hopefully this roundup will help you make a decision as to whether you should buy Pokemon Sword and Shield, if you’re still sitting on the fence of course. 


Pokemon community stunned after card collection worth millions surfaces

Published: 27/Nov/2020 21:06

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Trading Card Game hobby was rocked in November when a man rediscovered his mind-blowing complete collection of the rare 1999 Base Set. The fan has stacks of every character, including hundreds of Charizards.

Despite releasing decades ago, the Pokemon TCG has seen a major explosion in value in 2020. Cards once traded on playgrounds and stuffed into 90s children’s binders are now selling for as much as a sports car. 

A man went viral after discovering their collection may be one of the most complete sets to ever exist. The fan’s unfathomable amount of rare collectibles could actually have an impact on the future of the hobby’s prices.

Screenshot of Pokemon Trading Card Game collection worth millions.
YouTube: PokeMans Alex
A jaw-dropping Pokemon card collection surfaced on YouTube.

Pokemon fan discovers TCG collection is worth millions

Pokemon cards have never been more popular this year as the collectible hobby has now even taken over platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. Celebrities such as former rapper Logic are dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars to scoop up the rare Nintendo items. 

On November 22, a video went viral online of a man showing off his mind-blowing collection that has many collectors turning their heads. “Literally got all of my Pokemons stuff out of the loft from my recent move,” YouTuber PokeMans Alex explained before showing off his astonishing collection.

Holding up a stack of rare holographic cards from the 1999 base set, the fan exclaimed, “As you can see they are mint, and have not been touched for so long.” The TCG collector then revealed his unprecedented number of Charizards. “I don’t know if you are ready for this,” he warned, before holding up a stack of 111 cards of the rare starter ‘mon.

(Charizard cards start at 07:56)

To put that into perspective, in October a PSA graded 10 of the same item is now selling for $30k alone. The content creator emptied over seven binders on his table to reveal a 1999 base set that was not only complete, but also had stacks of over 50 of the same card for every single character.“I’m ready to put all of these away back in the safe where they are now gonna stay,” he said.

Veteran Pokemon card YouTuber PokeRev reacted to the video on November 26 and exclaimed, “Did you open all these packs as a kid? It’s just an insane amount of holo cards. When we were kids, just to get a couple holos from the base set was really good. But to have thousands is insane!”

Other famous collectors such as British rapper Randolph commented, “Unreal mate.” Gaming YouTuber Ali A wrote, “How did you originally collect SO many cards!? Are you looking to sell any of them?”

Screenshot of YouTube comments reacting to million dollar Pokemon card collection.
Other famous Pokemon collectors took notice of the insane set.

At the time of writing, it’s unclear just how much the YouTuber’s incredible Pokemon haul is worth. None of the collectibles have actually been looked at by professional grading companies PSA or Beckett. And the majority of its value revolves around its condition and score.

A set of this magnitude is unprecedented and could have a severe impact on what TCG cards are worth in the future. A big factor in an item’s selling price hinges on it having a low population. PokeMans Alex’s collection could soon flood the market should he decide to get things graded.