After months and months of anticipation, we can all finally explore the luscious land of Paldea in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Quite honestly, since the initial announcement of generation nine in January this year, the suspense of what to expect in this Spanish-inspired world has been killing me. As a lifelong Pokémon fan, it’s fair to say that this is my event of the year, especially after my journey through Pokémon Legends: Arceus left me hungry for more.
Before I dive into what I consider to be a tale of two halves, I need to stress that this is a review in progress due to not having had enough time with the game to reach a part in which I’m satisfied with giving my complete definitive thoughts. Instead, this is from the opening hours, which frankly are so eye-opening that I can’t see my opinion changing too drastically in a short space of time.
Okay, let me start with the positives. Without a doubt, when it comes to gameplay, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is the revitalisation that the series sorely needs. For years now, the lack of innovation in mechanics and general gameplay has made the series rather stale, though Arceus certainly took huge strides in the right direction earlier this year, a trend that generation nine manages to maintain.