Pokémon Sword and Shield | Review Thread (READ STAFF POST)

predict the metascore

  • 95-100

    Votes: 7 1.0%
  • 90-94

    Votes: 48 7.0%
  • 85-89

    Votes: 203 29.8%
  • 80-84

    Votes: 266 39.1%
  • 75-79

    Votes: 107 15.7%
  • 70-74

    Votes: 27 4.0%
  • under 70

    Votes: 23 3.4%

  • Total voters
    681
  • Poll closed .

HavakPkmn

Member
Feb 13, 2019
79
Manchester
I think it'll eventually sit at an 81~ from the reviews, as a lot of the heavy Nintendo sites and things like Famitsu will give it 9+. However, the user scores will be massively negative IMO (mostly because they'll be done by people who have been against the games from the start and people who like them will post less reviews etc).
 
Oct 25, 2017
1,950
I'm clocking a 92. I high key think reviewers are only going to talk about what Pokemon does right right now and not I'm context of what it's done before.
 

NotLiquid

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Oct 25, 2017
17,361
I'm expecting a high 70. I think reviewers will finally start calling out these games on their issues instead of going "well it's pokemon alright, 8.5".
The preview impressions from the other month were predominantly positive, and at the end of the day, Pokémon is still an inherently tried and tested formula that's hard to screw up. There's no doubt in my mind that the game is probably fun.

Imo the scores will likely depend on how good the Wild Area is, as well as the regular routes. I don't see it getting knocked too hard for shoddy tech, both Three Houses and Link's Awakening got away with fairly minimal marks against them for all of their poor technical showings (even if the latter is most certainly enough of a looker to offset that).
 

giapel

Banned
Oct 28, 2017
888
Solid 85. Reviews will be based on what’s actually in the game, not what the “fans” wished was in the game.
 

Camjo-Z

Member
Oct 25, 2017
3,778
I expect good scores because all the objectively bad things hardcore fans have been going nuts over (Dexit, cut moves, no GTS, mediocre post-game) are things reviewers won't care about. They'll blast through the main story and give it a solid 8.5 - 9.
 

Galkinator

Member
Oct 27, 2017
4,237
What's controversial to a certain group of people isn't necessarily controversial to others. This still sounds like it's demanding reviewers see things the same way you do.
I don't know why you're trying to act as if I'm the sole person voicing criticism for known issues that have been talked about for months, while more are coming up daily. Obviously those things are big enough for reviewers to at least mention. If I was the only person talking about it I'd agree with you but that is clearly not the case.
 

abellwillring

Member
Oct 25, 2017
2,742
Austin, TX
If critics aren't biased, these games should get 70 at best. Expecting 79-84 though cause it's Pokemon.
*Decides score should be decidedly lower than what it will receive before having played a game*
*Expresses concern about others’ bias*
Insert this is ResetEra gif here

Voted 85-89. I think reviewers are going to be impressed with the open world feel and appreciate the new gym battle style.
 

SuperSah

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Oct 26, 2017
2,392
User Banned (5 days): Ignoring staff post and antagonizing other users; accumulated infractions
From all leaks and streams, etc. - it deserves around a 70.

It is a total mess and the visuals are atrocious.

Will still get high 80s cos Pokemon and delirious fans will still support the shitshow that it is.
 

Joedev

Member
Apr 24, 2018
190
I'm thinking these can potentially be the highest rated pokemon games at around a 90. I think they look great, the previews were universally glowing, and seems to a be good direction for pokemon to go in. Either way, I'm gonna have a great time playing the game with my son. He's a huge pokemon fan and these games are going to blow his mind!
 

lexony

Member
Oct 25, 2017
235
Europe
I expect it to have a score around 75 to 80. Unless there is a missing feautre which isn't already discovered by leaks
 

KillstealWolf

Avenger
Oct 27, 2017
6,368
Well this will be a fun watch.



Gonna go with 85 here.

Mind you, I was the guy that said Let's Go would be in the high 60s, low 70s. So take that for what you will.
 

Dachhase

Banned
Oct 26, 2017
7,466
the higher the score the more entertaining it will be. 90+ would be a dream but anything above 80 is good enough for weeks of entertainment.
 

Xaszatm

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Oct 25, 2017
9,139
I see we're full in "If this scores well and if you buy the game, you're garbage" mode for some of you.
 

Big One

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Oct 25, 2017
3,823
If you ask my opinion I also agree these games are going to rate highly.

However most of the issues with the game don't affect hardcore Pokemon fans, they effect casual Pokemon fans. So itll be interesting to see if there's
 

NotLiquid

Member
Oct 25, 2017
17,361
dumb fans who want sound settings not hidden behind an optional random ingame item, screw the haters!
Even I agree there's no justifying this in terms of "why would you even do this" but if you think most people will take it as a knock to the overall experience, well buddy I've got a bridge to sell you.
 

Shugga

Banned
Oct 25, 2017
20,362
Will they ignore all cut features entirely or just mention them but score 9 either way?
Can't wait to find out.