Rounding Up: Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Preview

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet
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Next Mainstream Pokémon Entry Pokémon Scarlet & Violet will launch on Switch next month, and as you may have seen the previews – including our Nintendo Life one – are out now online.

While we’re a bit worried about the game’s performance, the gameplay and new features are actually pretty cool. If you haven’t seen Alex Olney’s preview yet, here it is again:

In addition to our Nintendo Life hands-on, many other stores have also shared their thoughts. So here’s a selection of some other thoughts:

GoNintendo Editor Kevin Cassidy says his game practice is over, which is probably a good thing:

“I’ve only just scratched the surface with Pokémon Scarlet & Violet, and to be honest, that’s what excites me the most. I don’t see anything that worries me or upsets me. I’ve just had these features I want to try, areas I want to learn and catch new Pokémon Like Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it’s hard to capture the scope and scale of Pokémon Scarlet & Violet in a quick demo session. My time with the game has passed, which is clearly a good sign of what’s to come.If 2 hours can go by in the blink of an eye, imagine how quickly time flies when we’re playing real trading!”

IGN says there’s enough new content to rock the series:

“Overall, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet seem to alter the traditional Pokemon formula in more ways than one, with an open world to explore freely, three stories to tackle on your own terms, co- op four player and even the smaller details we probably haven’t even discovered yet like the handling of the required NPC battles. New here to make me super looking forward to a new Pokemon journey after Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is released on November 18th.”

Our friends at Eurogamer also expressed their concerns about the game’s performance in the pre-launch build:

“The menus are slow and laggy, and the animations are wildly variable, with NPCs moving like book drawings flickering even at very close distances, and town buildings loading when you Once again, we’re pre-launching here and things can of course change, but I’ve played a few Pokémon game previews, and Scarlet and Violet are for sure. is the most difficult of them all.”

Polygon says the new entries feel like a “legitimate open world” – compare degrees of freedom with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild:

“Pokémon games always tell you where to go, what to do, and sometimes even how to do it, while keeping some esoteric aspects (cough, training IV) hidden from everyone but the most stubborn players. They are often guided experiences and are rarely, if ever, overwhelming. What I Played scarlet the opposite: It explained everything to me, then released me. You know, like Breath of the Wild. “

And last but not least are thoughts from webmaster Joe Merrick – who provided thorough analysis of his own play. He suggested that the new entries could be a “big” step forward for the series:

“Overall, playing Pokémon Scarlet & Violet for the first time feels like it has the potential to be a huge step forward for the franchise that some had hoped for. There are a lot of surprises yet to be revealed and whether there’s potential throughout the game, Pokémon may have reached a new peak.We’d love to play more, to see what else is in Paldea and if the whole game continues to follow what the small excerpt is. that we’ve been playing show, it’s really been an exciting time for Pokémon fans. Releasing November 18th.”

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet will arrive exclusively on Nintendo Switch next month. Are you looking forward to these games? Comment below.

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