Review scores are rolling in for the latest mainline Pokemon installment on the Switch, the duo of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. And so far, ratings are… fine, but slightly lower than most previous offerings of the famed series.
Currently, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet sit at a 78 on Metacritic, one day before release. You can see how that compares to the Metascores of the past few main episodes of the series:
- Pokémon Scarlet and Violet – 78
- Pokemon Sword and Shield – 80
- Pokemon Sun and Moon – 87
- Pokémon X and Y – 87
- Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire – 82
- Pokemon Diamond and Pearl – 85
- Pokemon Black and White – 87
So again, those scores could go up over time as more ratings come in, as it stands now, this is the lowest rated mainline release for the series right now. It’s unlikely this will have a major impact on sales, as Pokemon games will sell like crazy anyway, but you might be curious to see what critics are saying and why these scores are somewhat mediocre and lower than any of the previous installments, on at least with a few points.
Among the critiques:
Guardian 6/10 – “Here, Game Freak is drafting an exciting new open-world blueprint for the Pokémon franchise, but it seems he doesn’t have the time and know-how to deliver it to spec. Compare this to June’s gorgeous Xenoblade Chronicles 3, which runs on the same console, and it’s hard to shake the feeling that you’re beta testing an open-world Pokémon. With more time in the oven this could have been really exciting. As it stands, this fun-filled adventure asks you to put up with a lot more rough than smooth.
GamesRadar 6/10 – “Pokemon’s basic mechanics remain largely untouched – it’s still catching, battling and training as you remember – and while that may be enough for many devotees, Generation 9 is a tougher sell for those who need more reason to participate take on the series, which is affected by technical problems, mechanical errors and a lack of vision. Pokemon Scarlet and Violet should have been a bright and bold entry that prepares the series for future expansion, but an attempt to modernize while staying true to the past hasn’t really succeeded in doing either – and the headache doesn’t help, start up.”
IGN assessment is in progress – “I wish this region was the beautiful, sprawling, Pokémon-filled Paldea that the artists and designers clearly envisioned and tried to present, and not the slow-moving, jumbled, strangely lit Paldea I’ve been working my way through. for the past week.”
The common theme here is undoubtedly that GameFreak has failed to produce a good-looking, technically proficient game on the Nintendo Switch here, just as other titles such as Xenoblade and Zelda have produced nicer open worlds on the same technology. A review says we’ve probably reached the limit of what the Switch is capable of, and yet it remains that other games have found ways to look and perform better on the console than Pokemon and GameFreak here, even if the core gameplay remains enjoyable.
We’ll see what players say when the game hits stores this weekend. But this may end up being one of the low points of the series, if players agree with most of the critics here.
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