With the ninth generation of Pokemon in just a few months, the eighth generation is rapidly coming to an end. The Pokémon Company and Game Freak have stated that Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will take place in an open world, the most ambitious feat for a new game in the main series to date. The new games will be the second pair of games that introduce a new generation of Pokémon to the Nintendo Switch.
Even before the release date of Pokémon Sword and Shield, the games proved divisive, with the Dexxit controversy meaning not all existing Pokémon were included in the game, and the inclusion of the Wild Area being two prominent examples. As these are the second games to introduce a new generation, Game Freak could learn from its mistakes. Here is what Pokémon Scarlet and Violet shouldn’t take Pokémon Sword and Shield.
Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Wild Area Had Major Issues
The Wild Area featured many great concepts, such as roaming Pokemon, including fully evolved forms, moving freely around the outside world. Max Raid Battles were also a nice and easy way to bring players together. However, it is remarkable how empty and barren the earth can sometimes seem. Online gameplay is full of glitches and weather conditions don’t make much sense. There isn’t much room to explore any interesting terrain or new areas or dungeons. The camp feature is also a huge step up from Pokémon Refresh, where players can pet, feed, and clean up their party of Pokémon after battles. There are only two types of toys to use to entertain Pokémon, and curry cooking can also be quite repetitive. Since the entire Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will be an open world, hopefully there will be meaningful mini-games and routes of exploration.
Pokémon Sword and Shield graphics and animations were lacking
It’s no secret that for a long time Pokemon fans, especially online, were unhappy with the inconsistency of Pokémon Sword and Shieldgraphics and animations. Many of the game’s textures look sloppy and unpleasant, and this is increasingly noticeable in the Wild Area. These poor quality animations also extend to the combat animations, which seem to have been pulled from previous games on 3DS and DS. In order to really sell the vast open world in new games, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet should accompany the new gameplay with stunning visuals and animations never before seen by Pokemon front fans.
Pokémon Sword and Shield has a simple story
One of the worst aspects of Pokémon Sword and Shield must be his story. Right off the bat, the Pokémon Company played it safe and had the player take a standard eight-badge journey until they got to the Pokemon League. However, the games include an intense and potentially deadly battle sequence towards the end of the game, which doesn’t make much sense and hasn’t been accumulated in the last hours of play. The game even has one of the main conversations between the evil President Rose and the champion Leon in the form of scrolling text on a still image. It’s a huge step back from the well-animated and moving story of Pokemon Sun and Moon. In order to Pokémon Scarlet and Violet to truly be one of the best in the series, they need a well-thought-out story to engage players and make them remember the experience.
It’s been three years since the release of Pokémon Sword and Shieldand it’s up in the air what The Pokémon Company and Game Freak learned from the answers to games. Pokemon Legends: Arceus proved that Game Freak could create a whole new style of gameplay while retaining that charm for which Pokemon is known. Hopefully the company has learned from the past and Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will go down in history for being one of the franchise’s best mainline games.