Please keep in mind that this blog post is My Initial Thoughts On Pokémon Scarlet/Violet.
Yesterday, the 18th of November 2022, I started playing the latest Pokémon game to grace our consoles. That being Pokémon Scarlet/Violet. So everything I write about the game is from my experience playing the Scarlet version and from playing for around 3 hours.
Upon beginning into the game, it greets me with a familiar introduction to it, with someone explaining the world of Pokémon and the region that will be my playground. From the initial view of the Paldea region, it’s vast, especially if compared to older entries within the series.
Enter my character, sitting at his desk reading a magazine. The room layout is identical to older games, with a TV, some books, a bed and a console of the game’s generation.
Going downstairs, I meet my character’s Mom. I learned I am a local school student after transferring to the region. However, I am told I must wait at home until some items come that I need before going to school. *DING DONG* The doorbell goes right on cue!
The school director entered with the relevant items required for me to start school. But, of course, the one thing I care about here is my starter Pokémon. After some deliberation, I chose the fire-type Fuecoco because while they’re all adorable in their own ways, Fuecoco is just that extra level of derpy.
I meet this game’s rival, Nemona. She seems pretty cool, and I like her more than Hop from the previous main series games. She’s just looking to endlessly improve her battle prowess rather than Hop, who was just an annoying little twerp who assumed he was best because he had a champion of a brother.
The introduction to the game is over quite quickly after some events involving a legendary Pokémon and a pack of Houndour led by a Houndoom. After this, you go to a school, and after that part of the game, it splits off into three completable story paths. I’ll leave that for a full write-up/video, but the world is open to you after the school section.
The open world is large, but a little empty, and the game is a laggy mess at times and very buggy. It needed an extra few months in the oven to finish it off. I have yet to come across anything game-breaking.
I do not subscribe to the idea that the switch cannot handle this game, it looks like a game from the Nintendo 64 era, and Sword and Shield looked and ran better. Furthermore, the switch can handle games like Breath of the Wild without significant issues.
In conclusion, I am enjoying my time playing Pokémon Scarlet. However, I would like to see them fix the game up and make it run better, as I know for a fact that they can make it a smoother experience. I enjoy it more than Pokémon Sword/Shield, primarily due to the faster pacing and less hand-holding.
Thus ends My Initial Thoughts On Pokémon Scarlet/Violet.