Pokemon Scarlet and Violet review roundup: here’s what critics are saying about the new Pokemon game

Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet reviews are out and here's what you need to know before buying the game.

Pokemon is one of the greatest and longest-running franchises in gaming. It has its own massive fan base that grows from strength to strength with each subsequent release. Speaking of which, we recently saw the release of a new Pokemon title. As is the case, the game launched in two parts, Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet. Both the games are pretty much similar, but each features certain exclusive pokemon. Both these games have a very respectable score of 76 with 63 critic reviews. However, the audience score is wildly different, with Scarlet and Violet scoring 2.9 and 3.9 respectively.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet reviews

IGN: Reviewer, Rebekah Valentine, gave the game a score of six out of ten and said, “I truly believe that the bold new ideas of Scarlet and Violet are fantastic, if unrefined – a belief I also held about Pokémon Legends: Arceus. But in both cases, so many of the pillars holding up those shining concepts – visual quality, open-world details, customization, and technical soundness – are seemingly unfinished or actively crumbling. It is completely impossible to play Scarlet and Violet and not notice at least some of its performance issues.”

Polygon: Reviewer, Kenneth Shepard, was also quite critical of the game. “I do leave Scarlet and Violet with a lot of excitement for the future, but even still: It’s a strange phenomenon to watch a series enter a new generation while still grappling with its identity as a whole. Pokémon Legends: Arceus, for all of its strengths, was a piece of sand in the microchip of Pokémon’s near-annual machine. But it showed so much promise in its fluid exploration, intuitive capturing, and unified systems. To see Scarlet and Violet fall behind, 10 months later, is more than a little disappointing.”

Gamespot: Reviewer, Jake Dekker, was relatively more positive and gave the game a respectable eight out of 10. “While undercooked presentation and visual issues hold the games back, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are still the best mainline Pokemon games in years. They build off Pokemon Legends: Arceus’s open-ended design in some thoughtful and surprising ways, and retain that same level of depth that the mainline series is known for.”

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: Gameplay

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

The basic premise of a Pokemon game is still present in Scarlet and Violet, namely the focus on collecting wild animals. These can be collected via catching or trading. Once caught, the player can explore the world and battle other Pokemon trainers. Speaking of which, the game features an open world that includes urban as well as wilderness. Further, there are three progression routes available to players. This includes Path of Legends, Victory Road and Starfall Street. Each route covers a different storyline. The game also includes a new phenomenon called Terastal, which gives Pokemon a gem-like look. Thai also changes a Pokemon to Tera Type, which in turn unlocks new moves.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: Price in India

Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet are only available for the Nintendo Switch. This means that they do not have a dedicated online store in India. However, you can still purchase the digital edition of the game by paying in the currency of whichever region your Switch account is set in. For this article, we will be looking at the US version of the game.

Digital Edition

Pokemon Scarlet: $59.99 (Check it out)

Pokemon Violet: $59.99 (Check it out)

Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet Double Pack: $119.99 (Check it out)

Physical Edition

Pokemon Scarlet: Rs 5,200 (Check it out)

Pokemon Violet: Rs 5,299 (Check it out)