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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I'd give it less than 3 stars but its narrative ended up being a redeeming quality by the end of it. The Pokemon designs were cool this gen too, but otherwise the game was just not good.

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Had a really fun time riding around and catching Pokémon. I finished up until the last stretch of the game when the three storylines end and that's when I already kinda shelfed it but I finally finished the final part of the story but the latter part of the game was more enjoyable the ending was kinda meh. But considering I finished the main story I've had my fill with the game for now might go back at a later date to finish the after game content.

C'est mauvais.
Niveau graphismes on est sur une bonne blague d'un premier avril.
Niveau zone à explorer, c'est chiant, c'est vide (BaH nOn yA pLeIn dE pOkEmOn)
D'ailleurs ya archi trop de pokemons, dont bcp trop d'anciens.
Bref un mauvais jeu encore, qui n'a même pas le mérite de s'écarter des sentiers battus, mais au moins on reste sur un gameplay correct.
Bref à fuir

Apesar dos bugs em seu lançamento e dos gráficos nada surpreendentes e as vezes até cômicos, esse jogo é muito divertido, tudo nele me faz verdadeiramente feliz, a exploração do mapa, a história e o seu desenrolar, caçar os Pokémon mais raros e completar a Pokédex, até mesmo caçar Shinies se tornou uma tarefa mais divertida e empolgante. Definitivamente um dos melhores títulos de Pokémon já lançados.

This game could have been one of the greatest Pokemon games ever released, and in some aspects it truly is great. having an open world to explore at your leisure, with each of the different bosses you can face in any order you wish, a story that expands as you explore the world and so many new and old Pokemon to catch, train, and master throughout your journey. All of this sounds amazing on paper, and in practice, it does work however there are both minor and major flaws that hold this back from being truly great.
Let's get this out of the way first, this game is ugly and runs very poorly. The art style doesn't fit with the series' usually cutesy anime-like style, the textures are rough and jagged, the environments look completely muddy, barren, and lifeless, and the performance is just horrendous with framerates dipping incredibly low, and the game outright crashing in many instances. This is fully unacceptable and I wouldn't blame anyone for not playing these games due to this.
Other than that though, the game has a focus of freedom, with you able to take on any of the 18 bosses in whatever order you'd like. This is refreshing since it allows you to discover the locals and areas naturally... if the game design trusted you with that. You can see the map as soon as you start your adventure so there was no mystery as to what was being discovered next, outside of the species that lived in the area. Also, each boss was a set level for fighting them, which meant that there was always a definitive order to play this game, so if you went out of order you'd be punished which is straight-up bad game design.
The story was very good though, and felt incredibly fleshed out at least compared to other Pokemon stories in the past. Each character was likable, and the ending to this game was very memorable. The gameplay was the same as always, but I liked the new additions to this game like Terastallizing and the sandwiches, even if the latter looked ugly and stupid.
The new creatures are a highlight, all of which have very strong designs and lore behind them. I personally liked the Wattrel and the Smoliv line the most. To be fair, this is one area that this franchise does very well in my opinion.
In short, this game has so many flaws but does take steps to make a better gaming experience. Of course, Pokemon has been taking steps for over 10 years at this point so I don't blame anyone for being disappointed with this release. That said, I had an enjoyable time with this game and found it to be better than some of the other outings in this franchise on the Switch.