Pokemon is back with its latest set of games, Scarlet and Violet.
This time we are in the Paldea Region where as you walk around you can see all the different monsters move in the grass, sky, and water. As you attend your classes you are told to find your treasure and explore the whole land at your own pace. You will go through three different story paths that will lead you to the big mystery of the crater in the center of Paldea.
This version of Pokémon has a lot of new features that new and returning players will enjoy. Long gone are the days of mystery Pokémon running at you in the grass. You can see the Pokémon moving around you which was the biggest draw for me. It really made the world feel more alive as you traveled across the different environments and saw Pokémon living in their “natural” habitat. I also liked that you had the choice of what order you wanted the story events to take place. Did you want to challenge the hardest Pokémon and gyms first? If you can get there, go ahead! Out of the main line games I feel this one is the easiest to start with if you are someone who has never played a Pokémon game. Pick some monsters you like the look of and explore the area however you want.
For those wondering which version to play, the main difference is the Pokémon you will meet along the way. I really didn’t notice any differences until the last chapter of the story. If you like a prehistoric setting you will want to play Scarlet. If a cyber world of the future is more your speed then Violet is the version for you.
This game is mostly a single player experience and can be played with others who also own either version of the game. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is rated E for Everyone so anyone young or old who is comfortable holding a controller will find this game enjoyable.