Pokémon Scarlet

released on Nov 18, 2022

The Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet games, the newest chapters in the Pokémon series, are coming to Nintendo Switch later this year. With these new titles, the Pokémon series takes a new evolutionary step, allowing you to explore freely in a richly expressed open world.

Various towns blend seamlessly into the wilderness with no borders. You’ll be able to see the Pokémon of this region in the skies, in the seas, in the forests, on the streets—all over! You’ll be able to experience the true joy of the Pokémon series—battling against wild Pokémon in order to catch them—now in an open-world game that players of any age can enjoy.​

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This is a great pokemon entry but it is unfortunately unfinished. If the game had less bugs and could keep a consistent 30fps then itd easily be an 8/10 from me. The gameplay is really fun and the story is pretty good. The new degree of openness really adds a lot although its too easy to go into an area thats too high level and then rinse through all the early areas.

Pokemon Scarlet is one of the best Pokemon games from a gameplay side that I've enjoyed in a while. Sadly, it's at constant odds with the downright terrible performance and graphics of the game. Hopefully some patching occurs, there is a great game here with some technical improvements.

There's just so much to say about this game.
Is it fun? Yes. Is it a breath of fresh air for Pokemon? Absolutely. Does it run like shit? Also yes. It's kind of annoying that this is their second mainline game made for the switch and it's so unoptimized. I'm sorry, but there is literally no excuse for my game to crash for simply walking to an area too fast, especially from the highest grossing media franchise of all time.
But despite ALL of this, despite EVERYTHING I said, the game is pretty decent. I like that this game isn't nearly as railroaded as most Pokemon games are but I also just like don't think that this is an improvement compared to Legends Arceus. That game was everything this game was and more, and I can't help but wish they added more of that games DNA to this.
The Pokemon designs are the best the series has had in a while imo. If you're someone who complains about Flamigo being just a flamingo, you need to touch grass. It's almost like you forget that there's a seal pokemon named Seel that evolves into a dugong pokemon named Dewgong.
This game could've been so much more and if Game Freak/Nintendo/The Pokemon Company could've held off another year to polish out all the performance issues and glitches, this game could've been one of the best in the series. If your performance issues are nonintrusive, I ENVY you.
I don't think Backloggd will let me tag this as Ten Paragraph Andy but this review definitely is.

This game is pretty frustrating. It is definitely better then Sword/Shield, the Let's Go games, or Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl but it is dragged down by very in your face performance issues and bugs to a greater extent then any of those. I actually feel a bit sick after every session playing this it's so bad. It's a shame because this is definitely the direction I've wanted these games to go in, which is why I still enjoyed it more then those other games, but I can't bring myself to recommend it.

The game feels very unpolished and a bit jank, but similar to Legends Arceus, it's some of the most fun I've had with Pokemon in a long time.
The gameplay loop and the co-op are just a blast. Open world really suits this series. I do wish all the objectives scaled though, because even if you do a higher level challenge first, you gotta go back and do the lower level ones and they are too easy.
I do wish stealth catching was brought back but I've caught 340 of them and haven't had too much of an issue with it.
I didn't encounter too many issues besides framedrops. Apparently the game plays better off a physical copy or the system memory, so if you're playing off an SD card and getting a literal slideshow I recommend changing it.
I really wish Gamefreak would get more time with these games. There's clearly a hint that this could be something amazing, but sadly you can tell how unpolished it is every time you play. I don't really think the game is unfinished though. There's 4 stories and they all feel as complete as they will get. It just needs an iron to get the wrinkles out.