“Pokemon Sword and Shield” will be out in a very short while. Why should players be excited for the new titles?

Game Freak's latest titles, “Pokemon Sword” and “Pokemon Shield,” have been the subject of criticism for a while now, most importantly due to the “National PokeDex” issue that came from the fact that not all Pokemon from earlier titles are included in the new games.

This caused many players to stop wanting the games. Some players who've tried the new titles, however, said that issue shouldn't stop players from getting the new titles. Here's what they said about the new games after spending time with them.

They bring the series back to its roots

At the back of the “Pokemon Sword and Shield” box, there's a quote that says “More than the sum of its parts.” Kotaku's Gita Jackson, who played “Pokemon Shield,” can't agree more. The writer-gamer said the new title “made me feel like I did the first time I played Pokémon Red, all those years ago.”

GameSpot's Kallie Plagge, who also played "Pokemon Shield," echoed the sentiment. “In collecting, battling, and exploring,” Plagge said, “Sword and Shield cut out the bloat and focus on what makes these pillars of the Pokemon games so captivating in the first place. ”

They offer a balanced selection of Pokemon

“Pokemon Sword and Shield” has a limited number of Pokemon. As such, players won't find old favorites like Squirtle, Bulbasaur, and a lot more. The games' producer, Junichi Masuda, said this was intentional, adding that this is a trend that will continue in future “Pokemon” games.

Despite the backlash about this, Plagge said the new Pokemon in the games “are a fantastic set.” Jackson noted that players might miss their favorite Pokemon, but overall the two games are great in their own way.

They introduce a totally new way of playing “Pokemon”

The new titles introduce a free-camera movement. They also introduce the so-called “Wild Area,” which is teeming with Pokemon that vary depending on the weather. They feature new mechanics such as “Dynamaxing,” camping, and many other things. These features, along with everything the games have to offer, make them great titles that could even be better than previous iterations.

As Jackson put it: “The magic of Pokémon is that it lets you tap into a sense of wonder that becomes more and more difficult to access as an adult. Sword and Shield do that more successfully than any Pokémon release has in years.”

Pokémon Sword and Shield - Grookey Grookey is one of the starter Pokémon in the Nintendo Switch titles Pokémon Sword and Shield. Photo: Nintendo