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Pokemon Sword and Shield Metacritic review finally revealed

Published: 13/Nov/2019 15:27 Updated: 25/Nov/2019 1:40

by Paul Cot


With just days until Pokemon Sword and Shield officially releases, review embargos have been lifted which means Metacritic can share their score on the new Pokemon game.

Metacritic score

With so many different topics of interest surrounding the release of Pokemon Sword and Shield, trainers are especially fascinated as to how good (or bad) reviews for the game will be – waiting particularly for the Metacritic score, a website seen as somewhat of a standard bearer when it comes to review scores.

They have given a score of 84, based on aggregation of multiple of reviews. This is considered a good review.

There will almost certainly be backlash from this as its detractors, especially those who have encouraged others to boycott the game in the absence of a National Pokedex, will be furious with such a high score. The same could have been said had the game received negative reviews, with a portion of fans thrilled they get the opportunity to play an extensive Pokemon game on the Switch.

Pokemon CompanyPokemon Sword and Shield is expected to usher in a new era of Pokemon games…

The ‘good’ score of 84 shouldn’t come as a surprise, though, because despite the concerns surrounding the game, critic scores tend to be higher than user scores. As of the time of writing, there are no user scores available.

A section of the game’s fanbase would have been expecting large publications to reflect on the title more positively than the general player, due to close relationships a lot of them have with Nintendo. However, it’s difficult to say whether or not that’s had any influence on the score.

It should be noted that user scores can often have the opposite effect, whereby players who have never played the game will score it low as well. Clearly, there are many factors in play which could determine the rating it’s been given. 

Notably, the highest score came from IGN, who gave Pokemon Sword and Shield a score of 93. Their review states: “Pokemon Sword and Shield are the best games in the series, streamlining its most tedious traditions without losing any of the charm.”

Conversely, Metro GameCentral were far less complimentary with a mediocre score of 70: “The furore over Dexit may be overblown but even without it this is an underwhelming and unambitious attempt to modernise Pokémon and expand its horizons.”

A debatable topic

There is a lot going for Sword and Shield in that it ushers in a brand new generation of species and it is the first mainline Pokemon game to feature on the Nintendo Switch.


This should, theoretically, take Pokemon to the next level. We already know there are open world elements to the game, but whether it will live up to overall expectations remains to be seen.

However, the build up to its release has been marred in controversy. The removal of the National Pokedex caused uproar throughout the Pokemon community, which even lead to promises of boycotting the game altogether.

Trainers who have been able to get early access to Pokemon Sword and Shield have also complained about graphical glitches, poor quality animations, performance issues and even bugs

Should you buy Sword and Shield?

Review scores alone shouldn’t dictate whether you buy Pokemon Sword and Shield or not. The key will be in the details of the reviews, so make sure you take the time to read them thoroughly if you’re still on the fence.

It will also depend on your view of the National Pokedex controversy and whether the currently revealed lore of the game has peaked your interest.


Pokemon Sword Shield Max Raid event adds GMAX Lapras, Centiskorsh & more

Published: 1/Dec/2020 10:13

by David Purcell


Game Freak have mixed up Max Raid Battles once again in Pokemon Sword and Shield, with an all-new event update that shakes up the species you can find by entering them. Now, there’s Gigantamax Lapras and other GMAX forms to find. 

These updates are very simple and are routine in the Nintendo Switch game, taking the list of Pokemon found in all of the Dens across the Galar Region and shaking things up. By doing so, some Pokemon are made available to catch in them and others are removed.

These Pokemon Dens can be found right across the map and Isle of Armor/Crown Tundra expansions. These can be easily located by checking out the huge beams of light in the air that guide people towards them.

If you would like to know which Pokemon can be found in the monthly update, lucky you, we’ve got the whole list.

Which Pokemon can be found in Max Raids? (December)

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Weavile is among the list of Pokemon added to Max Raid Battles.

The big move around this time is once again based on the type of Pokemon that appear in Max Raids. The outbound Bug and Poison-types added in the spooky Halloween update have been replaced, finally, with ice and fire-types.

Between the dates of December 1-31, which will take us right into the Holiday period with this event, the following species will be available – according to Serebii.net:

  • GMAX Lapras
  • Bergmite
  • Weavile
  • Sizzlipede
  • Turtonator
  • Ponyta
  • GMAX Centiskorch
  • Avalugg
  • Rapidash

The real question now is whether or not Pokemon Sword and Shield will mix things up for a limited time during the weeks running up to Christmas. In previous years we’ve seen limited time events where Delibird and others have been given boosted spawn rates, and that could happen once again.

Keep an eye out for all of the latest changes to the Wild Area, Isle of Armor, and Crown Tundra in December.

Based on this event update, it’s going to be a good one for trainers looking to add rare Pokemon to their collection – and check them off their Pokedex once and for all!