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Where will Pokemon Sword/Shield metacritic be?

Between 0-50. 2 2.44%
Between 51-70. 2 2.44%
Between 71-79. 13 15.85%
Between 80 6 7.32%
Between 81-82 20 24.39%
Between 83-84 21 25.61%
Between 85-86 10 12.20%
Between 87-88 4 4.88%
Between 89-90 0 0%
Above 90. 4 4.88%

** Betting is CLOSED - all winnings have been paid out by Machina **


Where will Pokemon Sword/Shield metacritic be?

Between 0-50. 0 $0.00 0%
Between 51-70. 0 $0.00 0%
Between 71-79. 4 $1,150.00 15.38%
Between 80 1 $1,000.00 3.85%
Between 81-82 9 $5,080.00 34.62%
Between 83-84 7 $2,470.00 26.92%
Between 85-86 1 $0.00 3.85%
Between 87-88 3 $160.00 11.54%
Between 89-90 0 $0.00 0%
Above 90. 1 $100.00 3.85%
Totals: 26 $9,960.00  
Game closed: 12/31/2019
Lonely_Dolphin said:
padib said:

I get a feeling like you think I expect you to behave like a blind fanboy. I don't, I expect you to spend your money how YOU want to.

But from an objective point of view, you are not allowed to compare Sonic '06 to Sw/Sh because while one might be missing some value, the other is just broken!

I made it clear I'm speaking my opinion, that's what disappointment is. You can be disappointed in anything for any reason regardless of it's objective quality and value. I.e., I don't like the Mario Galaxy series, but I still acknowledge the facts that make them quality games.

lol we're allowed to compare whatever we want. Two things don't need to be exactly the same rather than share similarities to draw comparisons, that's the whole point.

You can compare apples and oranges if you really want to. But you know, you are comparing apples and oranges.

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Lol, destructoid gave 75 to shield, and 70 to Sword, how does that make sense lol

Bet with Intrinsic:

The Switch will outsell 3DS (based on VGchartz numbers), according to me, while Intrinsic thinks the opposite will hold true. One month avatar control for the loser's avatar.

flashfire926 said:
Lol, destructoid gave 75 to shield, and 70 to Sword, how does that make sense lol

One reviewer for each version of the game. Destructoid only give out scores in 0.5 increments, so both reviewers pretty much agreed on the game's overall quality. 

Slowly making my way through the game. I don't think it is as bad a some people are making it out to be, but I feel that it is definitely one of the weaker entries in the series so far. Just seems to be a surprising lack of depth to it.

Also Team Yell are starting to annoy me. Well, sorry not annoy, I mean bore. They just don't really do anything or feel threatening in the slightest. I get that with the British theme that they're meant to be a parody of football hooligans, but they just come across as silly.

KLXVER said:

Yeah, it only took me about 18

I will play it some more though.

I'm taking my sweet-assed time. 20 hours in, haven't even gotten to the second gym. However, I HAVE been capturing, breeding, and evolving as many 'mons as I can, since i'm loving the return to "gotta catch em all" Mentality. Like I said before, this is the first time since Gen V I've felt I needed to start from scratch. 

I tried getting every Pokemon in Black and White, failed. I started X/Y and Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire and then I actually managed to completely fill the national dex, like 400 hours later. I carried all that over to Sun and Moon, then Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, and all I'm missing is Volcanion, Zeroara, and Meltan/Melmetal. I've decided to house all my Pokemon in Ultra Moon, and now I'm starting from scratch again in Sword and Shield. And you know what? doing so has really made me happy. Sure, it's a lot of tediousness, but you get so many small rewards (Capturing, breeding, or evolving Pokemon) so frequently that I always enjoy playing it. 

Pokemon has always been about that. Catching 'em all has always been the focus from the tagline to the game design. Graphics, story, combat depth, all of that has come second. Sure, it's not as deep as a Final Fantasy or Dark Souls in terms of story or mechanics, but Pokemon has always known what it wanted to be and I think that Sword and Shield might do this better than the series has done it for a while now. Dexit mixed with the lack of any ability to carry old Pokemon over through Pokemon Home/Bank has put me in a position where the only way forward is to start over at th ebeginning with a whole new dex. 

And you know what? I haven't had this much fun playing pokemon since Gens 1 or 5, the two times everything felt super fresh and new. Gen 1 introduced us to the games and it was unlike anything I'd played again. Gen 5 started us over with 150 new Pokemon so it felt almost like a reboot. Now, Gen 8 - though technically comprised of over 300 returning pokemon and less than 100 new ones - feels fresh again. And this is coming from someone who just finished getting 100% on Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon a few months ago. 

It's still early to rank them, but of the eight gens, this is definitely in my top half. In order from favourite to least favourite (and keep in mind Nostalgia plays a huge part): 

1 - Generation V (Black, White, Black 2, White 2)
2 - Generation I (Red, Blue, Yellow, Green)

3 - Generation VIII (Sword/Shield)
4 - Generation VI (X, Y, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire)

5 - Generation III (Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Fire Red, Leaf Green)
6 - Generation II (Gold, Silver, Crystal)

7 - Generation IV (Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, SoulSilver)
8 - Generation VII (Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon.)

And keep in mind this is just a personal list. The only generation I kinda disliked was VII, I didn't like the island trials replacing the gyms. and I kinda didn't play generations 2-4 until later. I basically played 1, dappled a bit in 2, came back with 4 but didn't take it seriously, and only really got into the series with 5 going forward. That's when I started getting both/all games and actually trying. I caught em all in gen 1, I felt overwhelmed with Gen 2, mostly skipped gen 3, played and beat gen 4 but never tried for completion. 

I'm rambling. I'm just really happy with Sword and Shield. the gameplay and quality of life improvements mixed with the nostalgic delight of starting from scratch makes me happy and overrides the negatives for me by a wide margin. I'd never get away with giving Pokemon Sword and Shield my personal score of 9.6 on a review website, which is why I'm kinda glad I don't do reviews anymore. I don't believe in 'objective' reviews, and subjectively, I'm in Love. 

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My son just started played about 2 hours. This is his first Pokémon game. He got little annoyed at how long it took before he could catch Pokémon. But other than that he seems to enjoy it and really likes fighting and catching wild Pokémon. I'll start my own file later once the kids are sleeping

Haven't played a Pokemon game since Red 20 years ago. About 10.5 hours in and about to hit the first gym. I like the wild area, has me thinking it'd be cool for the next pokemon game to be another non-core game where its a BotW type huge wild area with town and gyms you can freely go into to explore and compete at, with the entire list of pokemon out in the wilds to find.
Liking the game so far, tho since I'm older now i think i do wish it was a bit harder and had more depth to it, but its a kids game afterall.
Don't see how some people are beating it in 20 hours or whatever unless they're just trying to quickly go through the game without really exploring and experiencing it.

So i'm over 10 hours in now and just got done with the second badge and i have to say, maybe it's cause i had low expectations from the bad PR online but... i love the game so far. I didn't play since S/M and this one has a lot of improvements. First of all, i love how they manage to make semi-open world game with the wild areas. Feel like this is a big step in the right direction. It's really uselful to train or lvl up low lvl pokemon cause you have a variety of levels and types in the same area. Also, i'm overwhelmed with how many pokemons i like currently i have like 2 and a half team in which i rotate some pokemons for when they just become too strong or wathever, so i keep the game exciting and challenging enough. Cause yea, i can imagine that if you are only going in with 4-6 same pokemon the majority of the game you will probably find it way too easy.

Anyway, i for once in a pkmn game like to take time to catch the most ones possible. Also i looooove the new designs in majority, think the only few i don't like are the water turtle and the early game normal type pokemon but i just never was interested in those and now they are really useless without the CS.

So yea, love it a lot, probably one of my favorite so far in a long time. Thing i would improve is a difficulty mode right from the start (really tho that's easy to make i don't understand why they aren't doing this since it was a feature in the 5th gen). And maybe a more interesting story, nothing is happening rn and i read that it is going to pretty much stay the same so i'm not hoping for anything. Hopefully they take in some criticism and improve some of that stuff, cause yea the game is good but it can be a lot more.

Roll the bet profits baby, I won!

Ok, the Metacritic for both Pokemon Sword and Shield are 80 (why are they counted as separate games?). Thus, whoever voted 80 for the betting, congratulations.

Also, no idea on how to give away the betting profits, any help from the team?

You know it deserves the GOTY.

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