Pokémon Scarlet and Violet finally launched last week, and it’s safe to say that the game doesn’t live up to everyone’s expectations. While many of us anticipated the release, dying to get back to catching ‘mons in a truly open environment, others had our reservations, and for good reason.
With that in mind, it’s no surprise that Pokémon Scarlet and Violet now reign supreme as Metacritic’s lowest-rated mainline game for Pokémon. It currently sits at a Metascore of 76, while other major titles don’t go below a score of 80. For example, Sword and Shield has a Metascore of 80, while Sun and Moon sits at 87 , And so on.
The difference in scores between titles was first noted by Destructoid, and it got me thinking. If Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are said to be so nasty, then why do I like them so much? There are players asking for refunds, but I’ve spent thirty hours just perfecting my group and I’m showing no signs of slowing down yet.
While Nintendo and Game Freak probably aren’t desperate for the score, given that Pokémon Scarlet and Violet have been successful in terms of what we can deduce from UK sales, it’s not great for fans who want the seamless Pokémon experience they are used to. .
The main problem with Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is its performance and various technical issues. If you’ve spent any time online this weekend, you’ve probably seen an array of graphical glitches and comic bugs making the rounds on Twitter and Reddit. These shed some light on what is, honestly, an abysmal standard for any Pokémon game’s performance.
We’ve seen The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild nail the open world on the Nintendo Switch, so what’s the deal with Pokémon? These technical issues and glitches can definitely make your experience of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet less wonderful and whimsical; NPCs moving at five FPS if you’re more than a foot away, and mons falling through the ground mid-battle are hilarious, but also disappointing.
Periodically, you are reminded of what Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are capable of… until your game crashes again. I can see why the game wouldn’t be for everyone. The ridiculous pop-in is shocking to most, and let’s not forget those ‘mons you don’t even see until you stand on them. However, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet give players freedom, faster battles, and improved multiplayer, which means I’m going to stick with it for a little longer.
Sword and Shield might have had better graphics, but I’ll take the buggy mess that is Pokémon Scarlet and Violet on the relentless hand of its predecessor every day. Hoping there will be a performance fix soon.
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