When Pokémon Sword & Shield were first announced, I was excited – I’ve been a fan of the Pokémon series for years, after all – but as we know, Sword & Shield have been the subject of scrutiny for some time now. I’ve played Pokémon Sword for 800 hours, give or take, and I think it’s finally time for me to write out my complete thoughts on the entirety of the game. And believe me, we are going to be covering all of it.
Most players have already formed an opinion on Sword & Shield, and most of them are understandably negative. If you’re somehow still on the fence regarding these games, my goal is to change that. Buckle up and put on your reading glasses, because today’s review is going to be our longest yet. Let’s get started!
Continue reading Pokémon Sword & Shield – A Step in the Wrong Direction
We’ve all heard (or experienced) how middling and divisive Pokémon Sword and Shield’s base game is. Enough of that. Its second (and supposedly final) expansion, The Crown Tundra, was recently released! As you can imagine, it adds the titular Crown Tundra – a large, mostly-snowy valley with mountains and caves – to the bottom portion of the Galar map. The DLC promises fun multiplayer co-op, lots and lots of Legendary Pokémon, and a large new world to explore. Does it deliver on that promise? Actually, it kind of does! Today, we’re going to discuss The Crown Tundra in greater depth and why I think it’s breathed new life into Sword and Shield.
Continue reading Pokémon Sword & Shield: The Crown Tundra – A Marked Improvement
Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Crown Tundra DLC – in addition to bringing you to a huge land to explore – brings back a whole bunch of previously-seen Legendary Pokémon. Among these Pokémon are Regirock, Regice, and Registeel — also known as the Legendary Pokémon nobody cares about. That’s fast-changing, though, because the Crown Tundra has added Regieleki and Regidrago to the mix! Today, we’re going to go over how to catch each Legendary giant. Unfortunately, you have to choose between Regieleki or Regidrago. Isn’t that lame?!
Continue reading Pokemon Sword & Shield – Legendary Giants Capture Guide
By now, you’ve probably heard all about Pokémon Sword and Shield. When the games were first announced back in 2019, fans were excited! We were going to receive our first high-definition main series Pokémon game. And then the folks over at Nintendo Treehouse streamed Sword and Shield for a while, and after that… Let’s just say things were never the same. When the game’s developers revealed that over 400 Pokémon would be excluded from Sword and Shield, the world was set ablaze with fury. After this revelation, the Twitter mob set out to raid every official Pokémon-related tweet with the aptly-named #BringBackNationalDex “movement”. Though, at the time of writing, the movement hasn’t been as impactful as fans had hoped, because the decision to eliminate Pokémon has not been reversed — and may never be.
And the controversy doesn’t end there. Have you heard of the random tree that looks like it’s from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time? Well, those trees were famous for a while — and for good reason. Like such trees, much of Sword and Shield’s contents are… kind of sad. But as if that weren’t enough, it wasn’t just Pokémon that were cut. The developers, generally speaking, cut almost every corner they could. Alas, everything that can be said about Pokémon Sword and Shield has probably already been said somewhere, somehow. In other words, we’re just going to say it all again. Let’s get started, then.
Thanks to Andro for writing out this elaborate Pokémon Sword and Shield review! We’re releasing this in celebration of the recent Crown Tundra DLC. With that in mind, do note that this review only covers the base game. We’ll have more Sword and Shield reviews and content coming up in the future, so stay tuned!
Continue reading Pokémon Sword and Shield – An Expected Step Backwards
Surely I’ve mentioned this before, but Spiritomb is my absolute favorite Pokémon, and seeing it return in Sword and Shield’s Crown Tundra DLC was a pleasant surprise! Not only did Spiritomb return, but it has an entire side quest that eventually allows you to encounter and capture it. It’s just the slightest bit cryptic, so today we’re here to talk about how to capture Spiritomb! Also known as the coolest Pokémon in existence.
Continue reading Pokemon Sword & Shield – Spiritomb Capture Guide