The Pokémon games may be different, but they all have one thing in common: getting backlash.
New Game New Play
After the franchise released Pokémon Scarlet and Violet this month, avid Pokemon fans have wasted no time in trying to get their hands on a copy.
The highly anticipated new entry of the main series continues to bring forward the recent innovations within the previous games series; customizable characters, open-world gameplay concept, and special region-specific evolutions.
In the latest one, it boasts a novel method of gameplay, where the player is free to explore at their own leisure, without any dictation by the story. To add on, there are three story paths to choose from, each heavily varying from the other.
With other new features in the game, it naturally created a big buzz and excitement prior to its release.
Backlash As Usual
But no matter what game the franchise puts out, the reception is always the same: backlash, players get over it, and players eventually enjoy and appreciate the games.
The backlash this time particularly attacked the series’ bizarre technical difficulties.
On Twitter, many users post short videos of weird glitches during their gameplay
I hope Pokémon Scarlet and Violet never gets patched. It’s highbrow camp pic.twitter.com/HYwPX98Aqr
— Christian Zamora (@Christian_Zamo) November 19, 2022
— RHG/カム子の生足美脚ドリル！🐥 (@namaashibikyaku) November 17, 2022
I don’t care what anyone says these Pokémon scarlet and violet glitches I’m seeing all over Twitter have only made me wanna buy it more pic.twitter.com/aNXgxaGqo8
— Tome Aristeia 📚Library Vtuber💫 (@TomeAristeia) November 19, 2022
These glitches aren’t minor, but rather pretty outrageous, to the point that it’s actually considered more funny than problematic.
Overlooking how hilarious some of these glitches are, it is understandably annoying when you’re trying to get something done but your game simply just says adiós.
The online backlash of the game is pretty much on every platform you can think of. On Reddit, some threads have been created, ranting about how one of the world’s largest franchises is unable to develop and optimize the game’s performance, especially as compared to Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Even though the latter had its set of technical issues, it was comparably not as bad as the new games.
Honestly, the fanbase will definitely move on from this. After all, history does repeat. In Pokémon’s case, it happens multiple times.
When Pokémon X and Y were first released in 2013, the game combined a top-down 2D perspective with a 3D viewpoint. Critics back then berated the murky colors and jagged textures.
Soon after that, Game Freak switched to full 3D for Sun and Moon and enhanced the world’s general color scheme.
However, several Pokémon attack animations had ridiculous crude amination, and the murky quality still persisted.
Cleary Game Freak and The Pokémon Company are not being the very best right now, but if Ash Ketchum only succeeded in being a World Champion after 20+ years, then maybe one day the possibility of a high-quality Pokémon game being produced will come through.
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