After much anticipation, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are finally available to acquire and play by gamers. However, the audience seems to have a negative initial reaction to the game, possibly the worst the franchise has ever seen.
The earlier iterations of the series have been criticized a lot for things like lack of National Pokedex, reuse of assets, and more. Scarlet and Violet, however, is said to be a hotspot of glitches, performance issues, and everything in between – let alone the saddening music.
It’s Fun but Runs Like Garbage
As usual, the games were leaked way ahead of its launch, and fans couldn’t help but worry about whether Scarlet and Violet would improve on its foundational ground or not, unlike Pokémon Legends: Arceus, which was launched earlier this year.
Everyone had their stakes high on the day one patch, but that didn’t seem to be working at all. Now, the internet is full of screenshots, experiences, and clips touting how poor of a job Gamefreak has done in optimizing the game.
The situation became so bad that fans started working on their own unofficial fixes in the hope of making the game somewhat stable. Some even marked what’s possibly the root cause of the issue while also listing the potential fixes for the same.
Fans Continue to Rave Despite Performance Issues
Surprisingly, a large number of Pokémon fans seem to be adjusting to the ongoing issues. While the titles are being called out as “The worst performing games Game Freak has ever released,” many are actually praising the developers for bringing the Pokémon experience to a truly open world.
Taking a look at the complaints clearly reveals that most of the criticism is focused primarily on the Gen IX runtime instead of highlighting the shortcomings in the gameplay system itself. Moving forward, this might actually be a good signal for the franchise.
The Titles Attain All-Time High Viewership on Twitch and YouTube
Regardless of how poorly the game performs, content creation is still on the verge for both of these titles. As a matter of fact, the diverse open-world setting has only made the game more engaging for the audience, allowing creators to amass millions of views with streams and videos.
Pokemon has already surpassed games like Overwatch 2, League of Legends, and Fortnite on platforms like Twitch – that too before it was released globally. In terms of overall viewership, it only trails past the Just Chatting category and Grand Theft Auto V on Twitch.
The Online TCG Game Released This Week Too
Amidst all the hype for Scarlet and Violet, you might have missed the launch of the new online platformer Pokemon Trading Card Game, abbreviated as TCG, that went global as a beta launch earlier this week.
This version is reported to replace the earlier TCG Online App that will allow the players to accumulate and complete their collection of Pokemon TCG digitally. It can be downloaded right away from Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Mac OS, and Windows devices.
Ash Ketchum Finally Becomes the Best Pokémon Trainer
Across all the segments of the Pokémon Fandom, this week was certainly a huge one as Ash Ketchum finally conquered his mutilate dream to become the best Pokémon trainer in the world by surpassing multiple champions.
It’s a prestigious moment in the Pokémon meta as it has finally put an end to Ash’s 25 -year career as a Pokémon trainer, despite never aging a bit. He’s now the Monarch of the Pokémon World Coronation and the worthy holder of the “Alola Champion’ title.