Video Game Review: Pokemon Sword and Shield: The Isle of Armor

Details: Played through it in about five hours. Official site is https://swordshield.pokemon.com/en-us/

Score: 6.8/10

When Pokemon Sword and Shield were first released, there was some fan backlash because unlike past games, hundreds of Pokemon were left out. Now that I’ve played Isle of Armor, it seems clear to me that these Pokemon were deliberately left out so that Nintendo could charge players extra for them through these extra bits of downloadable content.

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Video Game Review: Fire Emblem: Three Houses (The Fourth Path or “Secret” Ending)

Details: There are three paths in this game and four endings, with the fourth ending being a “secret.” In my first play through, I ended up taking this fourth ending, which is part of one of the three paths. I spent about thirty-five hours playing through the game. Official site is https://fireemblem.nintendo.com/three-houses/

Score: 7.3/10

Fire Emblem: Three Houses goes full on Persona 5. It deviates from the trend of less social gameplay elements and dives headfirst into the social/school system popularized by games like Persona 5.

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Video Game Review: Pokemon Sword

Details: Spent about twenty-five hours playing through it. More information can be found at https://swordshield.pokemon.com/en-us/

Score: 7/10

Pokemon Sword and Shield are the newest games in the Pokemon franchise. I’ve been a long time fan of the franchise and was hoping that this game would be a huge leap forward since it is the first time the game has graced a Nintendo home console. While not a bad game, Pokemon Sword is mostly more of the same. It makes many, minor improvements to the overall franchise (and some mistakes) while introducing some new ideas that mostly feel incomplete, redundant and half assed.

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Video Game Review: Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!

Details: Played for about twenty hours. More information can be found at https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/pokemon-lets-go-pikachu-switch/

Score: 6/10

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! is a remake of the first generation of Pokemon games. It offers almost nothing new or progressive to the franchise, at least in any meaningful way.

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Video Game Review: Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Details: This review includes the downloadable content. Spent about twenty-six hours playing the game. More information can be found at https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/fire-emblem-echoes-shadows-of-valentia-3ds/

Score: 7.2/10

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is a modernized remake of a very old game. Story heavy games rely much on a good presentation. Fortunately, Echoes’ presentation is fantastic.

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