Another Pokemon game upon us, and it’s going to be a little different than folks expect. Taking what it learned from Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are going to be a bit different. You’ll have different main “storylines” you can follow. It’s more of an open-world game, allowing you to choose what you do and where you go whenever you like. The battle system is also more like Pokemon Legends: Arceus, as things happen in the moment instead of in a specific battle screen. But it might leave you wondering if you should buy Pokemon Scarlet or Violet, or if another entry would be better for you.
Do You Want a More Traditional Pokemon Experience?
I’d say go with Pokemon Sword or Shield. these are the traditional Pokemon games on the Switch. You’re a young adult again! You head out to challenge the Pokemon league! The battle system is the same as usual! The multiplayer is limited to raids, trading, and regular competitive fights. It should work out for you.
Is Your Only Pokemon Experience with Pokemon GO?
Pick up Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Eevee!. This is a reimagining of Pokemon Yellow, one of the original Game Boy games. You won’t have to worry about a ton of Pokemon. Capturing will be like you remember in Pokemon GO, tossing balls until you get what you want. You can even bring your characters from Pokemon GO into it. It’s a very relaxed experience.
Do You Want a Pokemon Scarlet or Violet-like Experience, but Different?
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet seems like an experimental pair of games. If you want to continue that trend and play something that is Pokemon, but not like Pokemon, get Pokemon Legends: Arceus or New Pokemon Snap. The former is a more freeform game with missions, specific areas to explore, Pokemon to catch and fight, and a more action-RPG vibe. The latter is an on-rails “shooter,” except you’re essentially a Pokemon paparazzi snapping pictures of characters as you travel through different areas.
Should You Buy Pokemon Scarlet or Violet?
I mean, if you want! If you’re on the fence, it’s probably best to wait until reviews are live and other people you know and trust played it. That way, you can get some expressions from other players to see if it is something you’d like.
As to which version, both will be equally good! There are a few minor exclusives in each one. But in general, you’re getting a new Pokemon experience either way.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will come to the Nintendo Switch on November 18, 2022.