Pokemon continues to tiptoe into the world of modern gaming. With Pokemon Legends: Arceus, new quality of life mechanics were introduced and we got a slightly open world. Now scarlet and violet pokemon drop players into a completely open world. you do it very well scarlet and violet pokemon adapt to this new format, and what pitfalls have you encountered along the way?
The story of scarlet and violet pokemon revolves around three adventures. For returning fans, the path to becoming the “best” is filled with challenges in the gym, as well as the challenge that is Elite 4 and the final fight against the Pokémon Champion. A new twist on these challenges is that each gym challenge isn’t preceded by some trainer battles, but rather random challenges that can include hide-and-seek with Sunflora, or a game of Where is Wally with the Director of the Academy. It’s a good idea of familiarity for those who have grown up in Pokemonwhile also doubling down on where Gym challenges have been shown to be about more than just fighting in other Pokemon media.
Other parts of the story are divided into the investigation of the presence of Titan Pokemon and Herba Mystic which helps them grow and the Team Star bases which have players quell the antagonistic force of the game by defeating waves of Pokemon by Auto. Battling. The new Auto Battle allows you to skip the battle scene entirely, allowing you to point to a Pokemon you want yours to battle and it will do so. The Auto Battle system is easy to use while roaming as a way to clear some of the extra Pokemon off your screen, but the experience gained from them is greatly reduced, making the time tradeoff negligible. Each story helps teach the player more about the world, the history of Area Zero, and some of the history of the Academy.
The story of scarlet and violet in its entirety it is a well-composed story that introduces each of the three deuteragonists; Nemona, Arven and Penny. Not only do these characters get a full arc, but the end game combines the arcs to form a fantastic conclusion. The story of scarlet and violet handles the most climactic conclusion that a Pokemon has had the game since the snowtop battle with Red in Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal. While the story nails the landing, it’s on the journey where it can feel disjointed. Without a clear way to anticipate where and when the player character will arrive at any given moment, the game cannot offer slow, gradual progression through NPC encounters. Instead, you’ll be given large chunks of the story at each of the marked locations on your map, which can leave everything in between light stories.
With the open world approach to scarlet and violet pokemon, the traditional formula has been completely reversed. In the past, players have made their way through linear paths with little to no reason to deviate from the intended path, and while those aspects of gaming have slowly expanded over time, it’s with scarlet and violet that the floodgates are open to explore to your heart’s content. Unlike previous titles, where overzealousness got in the way of exploration and adventure, you get a few “that’s how you do x and y” moments, but within two hours you have your Pokemon journey, all the points of interest are on your map, and you are ready to embark on your own adventure.
While interacting with people may not be the most satisfying, the interaction with Pokémon is amazing in scarlet and violet. The variety and density of Pokemon that appear really make the world feel inhabited by Pokemon. At any given time, you can turn around and find 5-6 different species of Pokemon all enjoying the world around them. Grafaiai could be jumping around on the ground with a group of friends, while Pineco is swinging on the branches and Psyduck and Marill are sunbathing next to an open body of water.
For an open world, the deadly sin is always a massive world that’s empty, but with generous spawning and unique environments, the world always has something for you to stop and look at. Routes 1 are normally cursed to have a bug, bird, and maybe some other land mammal Pokémon as catch options, instead scarlet and violet Before entering the huge city of Mesagoza, you have a chance to catch more than 30 Pokémon.
Catching Pokémon and fighting trainers is an extremely satisfying aspect of scarlet and violet. Just as exploration and story have been enhanced by the open world, so have battles and catching new Pokémon. While each battle will entertain fans with the battles they are used to, it is given an extra touch by taking place in the overworld. As you dominate your opponents with a type advantage or a large level advantage by taking place in the overworld, you can see not only the world around you, but Pokémon as well. This adds a level of realism as other wild Pokemon or trainers will watch as you catch new Pokemon to your heart’s content.
For how great the world looks, and how densely packed it is, it would be wrong not to mention the 5fps Donphan in the room. As with the previous 3D Pokemon titles, this one also experiences fairly consistent frame rate issues. Running around the world or engaging in a Pokemon battle, it’s hard not to notice that there are times when frames plummet. While it’s not common for it to go all the way down to 10fps, the feeling of 26-28fps more regularly makes the game feel sluggish.
Things look worse during cinematics or when you’re looking into the distance, where you’ll see humans and Pokémon moving with a reduced frame walk cycle or even jerking around in a classroom where distance isn’t the issue, they just aren’t. important enough to be allowed to move fluidly. While it’s understandable that this could be a cheat used to save other aspects of the game, it’s not a good cheat when it’s so frequently in the player’s face.
Multiplayer is probably where scarlet and violet pokemon They have taken the biggest step forward. Players finally have a way to connect with one or three of their friends and just travel the world of Pokemon together. Just getting to see another player fulfills a lifelong Pokémon dream that my inner 10 year old would be so excited to see. What is more impressive is the lack of limitations in this game mode. Players can explore the world together, or head to opposite ends of Paldea and continue on their own adventure finding all kinds of Pokémon, sharing victories, and meeting randomly in the world.
Another added benefit of Pokémon multiplayer is that players can also continue their own story without impacting each other. If you’re playing near a friend, but not adventuring together, there’s no reason not to want to group up. An added benefit of playing multiplayer with players who own the opposite version is that you’ll also be able to catch exclusive versions more easily, which reduces the difficulty of catching them all.
scarlet and violet pokemon Review | final thoughts
Once again, Gamefreak has created an amazing Pokemon game with a wide variety of new and expanded features. They have gone further than before by creating an open world for players to explore at their leisure and setting a non-linear set of objectives for players to investigate and complete. An open world, excellent Pokemon density, and true multiplayer are things fans have been longing for and have finally received. This is a dream Pokemon game for those who have been fans of the franchise, but unfortunately, Gamefreak has also continued its worrying pattern of lack of polish. With embarrassing animation drops for characters more than 10 feet away, the inability to lock at 30fps that makes me feel like I’m playing a PAL edition of the game, and random stutters, it shows that Gamefreak needs to take more time on these creations, or that it’s time for Nintendo to look to move on from the Switch.
Tech Raptor revised pokemon purple on Nintendo Switch using a copy purchased by the reviewer.