Review: Pokemon Shield screenshot

Another iteration of Pokémon is upon us, and now it’s time for everyone to get really joyous or mad while cute creatures frolic on-screen.

With the exception of the second generation (which many still herald as the best to date), each entry has provided its own twists and turns while mostly sticking to the same formula that so many have grown out of. I’ve been playing Pokémon since I picked up my copy of Red in 1998 at Toys “R”Us (RIP), and I’ve seen it all before. 

Sword and Shield may take more than it gives, but it still manages to provide some of us a reason to come back: even if this generation might not have that same lasting appeal.

[Read our review of Pokémon Sword here.]

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