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Trainers complain about Pokemon Sword and Shield story length

Published: 24/Nov/2019 21:52

by Paul Cot


Pokemon Sword and Shield is more than a week old which means some trainers have already completed the main game. A lot of trainers are complaining about the game’s length being too short, though.

Playtimes vary massively from player to player as trainers have different methods of playing the game. Some go straight through the story while others will take the time to build up their Pokedex, and explore what the region has to offer.

How long does Pokemon Sword and Shield take to complete?

This means the length of Pokemon Sword and Shield will be very different for each player. We asked how long it took to go through the main storyline in Pokemon Sword and Shield on a Twitter poll. Predictably the results were split.

The results showed that the average was around 20 hours. It also showed that a sizeable numbers of trainers took less than 10 hours while a similar number took more than 40 — proving the earlier point there are different ways to go through the game.

Sword Shield Speedrun

Regardless, it does show that if you’re an efficient trainer and just want to play through the story only, that it can be done in less than 10 hours. Some will argue that for such a build up this is too short.

One trainer has already completed a speed run of Sword and Shield with a time of 4 hours 30 minutes. Five trainers have completed it in five hours or less. Given it’s still so soon after the release, this will likely be beaten quite comfortably in the upcoming weeks and months.

Too short

Opinions on Pokemon Sword and Shield have also varied, with some of the negative feedback perhaps influenced by the National Pokedex saga. Joseph on Twitter enjoyed the game but felt it was too short: “I really liked Pokemon Sword/Shield but one problem it’s too short. I beat the game fully and all the post game in 20 hours or less. With that much play time in the game I personally don’t think it’s worth 60$. I would give it a 6/10.”

Another Twitter user had a similar opinion: “Pokemon Sword and Shield has so much potential but Game Freak literally launched a short fused game. I would’ve gladly waited another year for more content than this.”

However, if you want to enjoy all what Pokemon Sword and Shield has to offer then you can get a lot of playtime out of it. Other trainers are quite surprised by the less than 10 hour playtime with Twitter user Meg being one of them: “Don’t understand why people are saying Pokemon Sword & Shield are too short. I beat the main story in 35 hours, and have still been playing afterwards for another 25.”

The game is also being criticized for the ease in which you can complete the game. This has led to trainers finding ways to make the game harder. We shared three ways to make Pokemon Sword and Shield more challenging ourselves.

Did Game Freak drop the ball by making it too short and easy? Much like everything else in the build up to Pokemon Sword and Shield, opinions will likely be split.


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.