developer: Game Freak
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet, players: 1-8
game language: English
game release date for Switch:
Pokemon Shield is the next installment of the iconic series of jRPGs, initiated in the 1990s by Game Freak. In accordance with the tradition of the series, the title made its launch with a twin game, Pokemon Sword, as a debut game from the eighth generation of the Pokemon game series. Both games are also the first full-fledged installments of the series released on the Nintendo Switch, after the release of Pokemon: Letís Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee! spin-offs a year earlier.
The story in Pokemon Shield traditionally revolves around a beginner pokemon trainer who starts their adventure with a chosen creature. Together with them, the protagonist will visit the Galar region, where industry flourishes thanks to the cooperation of people and pokemon.
The gameplay in Pokemon Shield does not differ much from the formula developed in previous installments of the series. During the game, we explore new locations, where we can find numerous species of pokemon to catch. Each monster has unique statistics, available attacks, and abilities that affect its potential in battles against the creatures of other trainers. The battles are played in a turn-based system, and teams consisting of several creatures take part in them.
The main attraction of the game is the new region, offering diverse landscapes and challenges, as well as previously unknown species of pokemon. During our adventure, we will come across both common creatures and rare specimens, including unique legendary monsters. In addition, after a short absence in Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, Pokegyms returned, where we will find unusual challenges and specialized trainers.
Visuals of Pokemon Shield do not differ in style from the previous installments of the series. However, the devs used the capabilities of Nintendo Switch, so the game looks much better than its predecessors developed on portable Nintendo 3DS.
Game score 7.2 / 10 calculated out of 60 players' votes.
Expectations before the premiere: 7.4 / 10 calculated out of 18 players' votes.