Review of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

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Since Pokémon has been around for over 25 years, it seems counterproductive to explain all the traditional aspects of the series that most of you are probably already familiar with. If you still do not know the strengths and weaknesses of the Pokémon types, you probably lived under a rock, so I’ll try to summarize this review without unnecessary stuffing. As always, Scarlet and Violet are two relatively identical versions of the same game with some tiny differences. You can take a look at these well-furnished articles from serebii.net here and here for a complete list of differences to help you decide which game suits you best Gold or just choose your favorite color.

Your adventure begins after you create your own Pokémon trainer from a variety of customization options. It’s your first day at the Naranja/Uva Academy, and the headmaster, Mr. Clavell, greets you by offering you a starter Pokémon, either Sprigatito (grass type), Fuecoco (fire type) or Quaxly (water type). Then you will be introduced to Nemona, your friendly rival and champion council chairman. If Nemona takes you around the campus, you will discover the secret Pokémon Koraidon / Miraidon, and although at first you will not be able to use them in action, you can use them as a faster transport. Away from spoilers, the story is profound and captivating with a cast of characters that shine with personality. The lack of voice acting makes the dialogue a little lifeless, but I think this is understandable, considering how many lines would have to be recorded, which means additional development costs. Nevertheless, I hope that Nintendo and the Pokémon Company will make the investment for the next generation, as this would add a whole new dimension.

As soon as I started exploring the Paldea region, my expectations were exceeded by the size and breadth of the open world. There are so many huge areas filled to the brim with Pokémon to catch, fight trainers and earn badges, and you can do pretty much anything you want, in any order. There are many Pokémon centers where you can heal your group of six, buy pokémon balls and healing items, or make TMS from materials you collect from Pokémon, all in one place. After visiting a Pokémon center, you can return to it almost immediately by using the “Flying Taxi” service, which is available on your always accessible Rotom phone, a device that contains the world map where waypoints can be set to make traveling easier, as well as your own Pokédex.

There are a total of 400 Pokémon to be found in the Paldea region, 104 of which are brand new. As a collector at heart and the owner of all Super Smash Bros., the mantra “I have to catch them all” has always impressed me. Completing the Pokédex is my favorite part of every new Pokémon generation, and Scarlet and purple make it more fun than ever. The interface of the capture system is very intuitive and the more damage you do in a fight before throwing your Pokéball, the more likely it is that you will succeed. However, of course, this can lead to the fact that your desired Pokémon will accidentally pass out, which is always a tragedy. A fight starts when you throw a Poké ball at a Pokémon or run right into a Pokémon, but sneaking up on them is the best strategy, as it gives you an advantage to let yourself go into action first. If you can’t remember if you’ve ever caught a particular Pokémon, there’s a handy indicator when you lock it that tells you if it’s registered in your Pokédex. I am glad that the days of random encounters are over, because these have always frustrated me.

There are several types of Pokémon actions that you can participate in, the most famous of which are arena actions.Face a leader who is familiar with a certain type of Pokémon. Before you compete against each other, you will have to face a special challenge to prove your worth. Some of these challenges are more difficult than others, but I found each at least enjoyable. When it comes to the arena actions themselves, you should make sure that you are well prepared before entering the arena, as the right team of Pokémon is the key to victory. There are eight gyms in total, and after defeating them all, you will pass a champion rating, which will give you the desired champion rank that you worked so hard for.

A unique type of Pokémon action in scarlet and purple are titanium actions, in which there are five to defeat. In these actions, you will compete against various types of massive Titan Pokémon guarding a lair that contains a special kind of Herba Mystica. Each Titan action you complete will improve your riding Pokémon Koraidon/Miraidon with abilities that will help you move, including but not limited to the dashing and an increase in jump height. There is also a story arc, but I’m in the process of bypassing it to avoid spoilers.

Finally, your task is to eliminate Team Star, a group of troublemakers divided into five crew bases of different types of Pokémon. Before facing the boss of each base, you will have to participate in a flurry of stars, a special kind of Pokémon action that is much less practical. If you only use three of your Pokémon at a time, you will have to defeat a certain number of enemies within a certain period of time by using Automatic action, a mechanics in which you send your Pokémon into action alone, without having to tell him what moves to make. The automatic action can also be used outside of star dams and can be useful during regular explorations.

The way actions work is the one you would expect for Pokémon, but with the introduction of a new feature called Terastallizing, a phenomenon that crystallizes your Pokémon and makes them much more powerful. A Tera-type Pokémon is sometimes different from its usual type, so keep that in mind. Once you’ve installed one of your Pokémon in action, you won’t be able to use the mechanics until you visit a Pokémon center and heal your entire party. Terastallization adds an interesting level of strategy, and although it is not always necessary to use it, it will be important to use its power in some of the tougher Pokémon actions that you will encounter.

Multiplayer features have always been an integral part of Pokémon games, and Scarlet and Violet have enough options to satisfy almost any type of player. Not only can you trade and/or fight Pokémon online or through local communication with other trainers, but sword and shield actions are also returning…but with a twist. With the last generation Dynamix mechanics gone, they are now teaming up with players to defeat terastallized Pokémon instead. In addition, online co-op is available for up to four players, so you can explore the open-world region of Paldea with friends, a first for the Pokémon series.

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