Above: The previews are for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Above: The previews are for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
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Pokemon Scarlet & Violet
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The next major Pokémon entry Pokemon Scarlet & Violet will be on Switch next month, and as you can see previews, including our Nintendo Life, are now live.

Although we are a bit worried about the performance of the game, the gameplay and the new features are actually quite exciting. If you haven’t already seen our preview by Alex Olney, here it is again:

In addition to our Nintendo Life experience, many other outlets have shared their thoughts. So here’s a selection of some other ideas:

GoNintendo Editor Kevin Cassidy said that the game flew in his hands, which is probably a good thing:

“I’ve only scratched the surface with Pokémon Scarlet & Violet, and to be honest, that’s what I’m most excited about. I haven’t seen anything that bothers me or upsets me. I’ve only encountered features that I want to try, areas that I want to dive into and new Pokémon to catch. Zelda Like: Breath of the Wild, it’s pretty hard to grasp the scope and scale of Pokémon Scarlet & Violet in a short demo session. I’ve spent time with the game, that’s obvious. It’s a good sign for the future. If 2 hours can fly by in the blink of an eye, we’re getting real Imagine how time flies when you’re playing the deal!”

IGN said that there is enough new content to shake up the series:

“Overall, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet shakes up the traditional Pokemon formula in more ways than one, with an open world to explore freely, three stories that can be resolved on your own terms, four-player co-op, and smaller details than we can handle. It probably hasn’t surfaced yet like the removal of forced NPC battles. new Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are here to make me look forward to a new Pokemon journey once they’re released on November 18th.”

Our friends Eurogamer they also voiced concerns about the game’s performance in the pre-launch build:

“Menus are slow and noticeably laggy, and NPCs move like flickering book illustrations even at very close range, and city buildings load as you walk through their streets. Again, we’re working on pre-launch here, and anything can happen. Change of course, but I’ve played previews of a few Pokémon games now, and Scarlet and Violet are definitely the roughest of them all.”

Polygon comparing the level of freedom, he said the new entries felt like a “legitimate open world”. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild:

“Pokémon games have always told you where to go, what to do, and sometimes even how to do it, retaining some of the esoteric aspects (cough, IV exercise) is hidden to all but the strongest players. They are generally controlled experiments and rarely, at least not large. What did I play? Scarlett it was the other way around: He explained everything to me, then let me go. You know, like Breath of the Wild.”

And last but not least are the ideas webmaster Joe Merrick – who provides a thorough breakdown of his own game. He thinks the new entries could potentially be a “huge” step forward for the series:

“Overall, the first game Pokémon Scarlet & Violet feels like it has the potential to be a huge step forward for the franchise that some have hoped for. There are still a lot of surprises that have yet to be revealed, and whether or not the potential for the game continues, Pokémon may have reached a new peak.” We’re really looking forward to playing more, seeing what else Paldea has in store, and if the full game lives up to what the little snippet we’ve been playing shows, it’s a really exciting time for Pokemon fans. Roll on November 18th.”

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch next month. Are you looking forward to these games? Comment below.

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