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Monday, 28 February 2022 21:08

Pokemon Scarlet / Violet

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This is the announcement we wanted but didn't expect. This even with certainties that one could only hope for.

Pokémon returns with a new game. After a very successful Diamond / Pearl remake. After an opus of a different style with Legends: Arceus, in my opinion close to perfection.

So what can we expect from this game? A certain return to basics compared to the last game mentioned, that goes without saying. The return of arenas and trainers who are just waiting to meet our eyes, that seems quite clear.

A criticism that I read and reread in relation to Legends: Arceus was precisely that the game was a little "empty", a lack of challenge in combat in particular. This is due to the fact that we have no trainers standing in our way. For my part, I do not agree at all. For one simple reason. The story the game tells. For my part it was clear from the first minutes that it was about something other than being able to / having to fight incessantly.

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Scarlet / Violet has to go somewhere else though. History, its environment, its purpose is quite different from that of the last released game. So it seems logical that the fights are much more frequent. We will certainly be able to take advantage of all the new features of the latest games released. All the best aspects of Sword / Shield as well as Legends: Arceus will be blended into this newcomer.

On the official site and visible on the presentation video, the Pokémon are not shy and do not hesitate to be out of the high grass. Perfect. One of the best points of the latest Pokémon released for me is precisely the multiple options we have for catching the small monsters. On the other hand, will we be entitled to Pokémon Gigantamax of Sword / Shield or will we be entitled to alpha Pokémon of Legends: Arceus? Who knows, we might even be entitled to both? The alphas when you play alone and if you play with an internet connection you may be entitled to the Gigamax phenomenon?

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I loved the intentions and mechanics of the Gigamax Pokemon and would like to see it again with new monsters. I also look forward to knowing if the story will be more or less banal or if we will be entitled to some novelties compared to what leads us to go on an adventure. Know if there will be arenas and if so how many? Will a league always be what will represent the best of trainers? Will the story be richer and more poetic than for other games? Will our rivals, whether good or bad, be more useful or present in our quests?

All these questions remain unanswered and we can't wait to find out. I for one hope to see a more standard TM / HM system back in fashion. Not for a homecoming or nostalgia. I simply find that this mechanism in itself is really good and brings something more, even freedom of movement finally. I still remember exploring the seabed with my Pokemon in Sapphire/Ruby. If not, why not add vehicles instead? A little in the same vein as in the Final Fantasy games in which throughout the story we got a car or raft, boat, small plane, aircraft and so on.

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The lands seem to be vast, much larger than any other Pokémon game. We can therefore hope for new developments in terms of freedom of movement. We can also see on some images how much space we will have. The coming months will certainly bring us a lot of crisp information.

As for starters, I'm already a fan of Fuecoco. Its design is superb and I can already imagine the crazy developments to expect and its name and a superb word game worthy of a great Pokémon (in french, Chochodile "cho" which means hot but written differently). For Sprigatito, I'm not really a fan of the design. For the pun I like it because it makes me think of Sacha, the first trainer (again in french the name is Poussacha). As for Quaxly, I don't know what to think of its design. It's far from the worst but I don't find it special. The pun, on the other hand, is superb again (Coiffeton in french, coiff which is the beginning of haircut and -eton which is the end of the word for duckling).

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What is certain, the end of the year will be beautiful. A nice Christmas gift is coming!

See you soon and good game!

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