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Pokémon Sword and Shield
‘Pokémon Sword and Shield’ is the 8th version among the Pokémon series. This game was awarded as the “Trending Game of the Year (2020)” in the SXSW gaming award contest. It has also been nominated for 6 more awards in the years 2019 and 2020. In this article we will know everything about the Pokémon Sword and Shield version.
Besides winning the ‘Trending game of the year’ award, this game has received “generally favorable reviews” as reported by “review aggregator Metacritic”. Pokémon Sword and Shield is a role-playing video game. This game was officially released on the 15th of November 2019. Soon after finishing the development and release of Pokémon ultra sun and ultra moon is 2017, the developers at The Pokémon started to work with Pokémon sword and Pokémon Shield.
The Pokémon Company has released 18 versions in the Pokémon series till now and this Pokémon Sword and Shield is of the 18th and latest version sofar. Tsunekazu Ishihara is the founder and president of The Pokémon Company. Besides being a video game designer, he is a director, producer, and businessman. Conversely, Satoshi Tajiri is the founder and president of Game Freak. He is also the inventor of Nintendo’s Pokémon franchise.
This is the latest video game that has been released by The Pokémon Company. The developers also said that any date issue for the next release may be distorted due to this pandemic COVID-19.
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A Brief History
Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures together had established “The Pokémon Company” in 1998. The first video game is Pokémon Red and Green, released in 1996, got a very good response. After the wide popularity gained by the release of Pokémon Gold and silver in 2000, the fourth version in Pokémon games, huge demand has made this The Pokemon Company centers at various locations all over the world. Thus the areas of business were expanded and the video game has gained a huge number of fans.
As I have already mentioned earlier about the founders and presidents, Tsunekazu Ishihara is the founder and president of The Pokemon Company. Besides being a video game designer, he is a director, producer, and businessman. Conversely, Satoshi Tajiri is the founder and president of Game Freak. He is also the inventor of Nintendo’s Pokémon franchise.
More about Pokémon Sword and Shield
Sword and Shield version from Pokémon was also nominated as the ‘Best Role-Playing Game’ and ‘Best Nintendo Switch Game’ by the “Gamescom”. Titanium awards, 2019 has nominated this game for the “Best Family/ Social Game” award. This game was also nominated for “Central Park Children’s Zoo Award for Best Kids Game” and “Central Park Children’s Zoo Award for Best Kids Game” by the “New York game wards 2019”
Unlike the other versions, this version supports game-to-game connectivity akin to most other trendy games of 2018 and 2019. Apart from the inherited features this game has interesting features to know about.
Those Pokémon that are native to the current game region can be transmitted to the games in the Pokémon Go, Pikachu!, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Nintendo 3DS app Pokémon Bank and Eevee! Via a feature called Pokémon Home service. This game has added features like cooperative raid encounters, open-world area (fully explorable), dynamic weather, free camera movement, and the wild area.
Previous versions and Pokémon Family
There are a total of 18 versions in the Pokémon series till now. Among them ‘Sword and Shield’ is of the 8th version. Continue to read in-order to set eyes on a list of Pokémon series:
- Pokémon Red and Green Japan <Released in 1996, >
- Pokémon Red and Blue <Released in 1998>
- Pokémon Yellow <Released in 1999>
- Pokémon Gold and Silver <Released in 2000>
- Pokémon Crystal <Released in 2001>
- Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire <Released in 2002>
- Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen <Released in 2004>
- Pokémon Emerald <Released in 2005>
- Pokémon Diamond and pearl <Released in 2007>
- Pokémon Platinum <Released in 2009>
- Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver <Released in 2010>
- Pokémon Black and White <Released in 2011>
- Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 <Released in 2012>
- Pokémon X and Y <Released in 2013>
- Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire <Released in 2014>
- Pokémon Sun and Moon <Released in 2016>
- Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon <Released in 2017>
- Pokémon Sword and Shield <Released in 2019>
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With Game Freak being their video game developer all the time, The Pokémon Company has been introducing all these games since 1996.
Besides these Pokémon video games, The Pokémon Company also runs the Pokémon Stadium series, Trading Card Gaming series, Pinball games, Mystery Dungeon games, Ranger series, Rumble series, and other spin-offs. But these Pokémon video game has a separate fan base. Also, the gaming market always has an eye on the updates issued by The Pokémon Company regarding the upcoming series.
This Sword and Shield version are separately known for special features and even new features that aren’t present with the previous versions. For example, new features like Dynamaxing, Gigantamaxing, Poke jobs, Pokémon Gyms, camp mode and etc. are added to the version. In a similar way some characteristics that Pokémon games could posses are absent from this version. Such examples are features like Mega evaluation and Z-moves.
Features of Pokémon Sword and shield
The features of this game are outstanding and are elevated by new elements like streamlined battle encounters, Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing.
Dynamax mechanism: This accord with the power to disturb or disrupt the flow of whichever battle in the Sword and Shield version. This will not factor into for the most part of the encounters but can be used only in select other situations and even in Gym battles.
Gigatnamaxing: Akin dynamaxing this allows the Pokémon to extend i.e. grow larger.
New features: This game has added features like cooperative raid encounters, open-world area (fully explorable), dynamic weather, free camera movement, and the wild area.
Pokémon Homeservice: Apart from the above said, Those Pokémon that are native to the current game region can be transmitted to the games in the Pokémon Go, Pikachu!, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Nintendo 3DS app Pokémon Bank and Eevee! Via a feature called Pokémon Homeservice.
Some features that exist in the previous games are absent from this version. Those features include Mega Evolution and Z-moves. Similarly, being absent in the previous versions Pokémon Gyms make a return directly to Sword and Shield from Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire which was released in 2014.
Similar to this, Camp mode is a new feature that allows the player to work together (interact) with their Pokémon. It also accords to cook a different type of curries, which provides bonuses for Pokémon. The player character can be customized with the new customization options. The customizations include outerwear and other accessories. In addition to this, the player can access the PC outside the Pokémon Centres. But that is not possible inside Gyms.
Poke Jobs, a new mechanic that errands the Pokémon player’s in completing the requests that include gaining experience, assisting in cooking, is assisting in the construction or rare items.
Overall new features
So, let us take an overlook over features that make a difference with the other versions.
- Cooperative raid encounters.
- The wild area
- Open world area with free camera orientation.
- Dynamic weather.
- Poke jobs.
- Pokémon Gyms.
- Gym leaders.
- Camp mode.
- New customization options.
- Pokémon Homeservice.
Response and Reviews
Chris Taspell commented that the game had lacked substance and moreover the game did not reach the previous titles. Many gamers have also criticized that ‘This game has interesting new elements like Dynamaxing and streamlined battle encounters, but few of them like Pokédex is not up to the mark’. The game potential is comparatively high with actual utilization by developers.
On the other hand, the Dynamaxing feature has elevated the game and is strategically stimulating by not being overexploited. Unlike the other video game, this is not monotonous, and users praised this game for the same.
Not only awarded as “Trending Game of the Year” but also has been nominated by several other awards in few categories. You can download the game from the official website.
They nominated sword and Shield as the ‘Best Role-Playing Game’ and ‘Best Family/ Social Game’ by the “Game Critics Award”. It was also nominated as the ‘Best Role-Playing Game’ and ‘Best Nintendo Switch Game’ by the “Gamescom”.
Titanium awards, 2019 has nominated this game for the “Best Family/ Social Game” award. It was also nominated for “Central Park Children’s Zoo Award for the Best Kids Game 2019” and “Central Park Children’s Zoo Award for the Best Kids Game 2019” by the “New York game wards 2019”
Recent Updates: This is the latest video game that has been released by The Pokémon Company. The developers also said that any date issue for the next release may be distorted due to this pandemic COVID-19.
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