The three years that separate the eighth generation from Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, marked by an important spin-off that defines the present and future of the main series, has led to a game that finally sheds the fear of development. Over the 26 years of its existence, the franchise Nintendo never stopped updating his formula from generation to generation, but always proceeded with caution, without abandoning characteristic linearity and limited research. Fortunately, this has changed.
Taking advantage of some of the elements that proved successful in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Scarlet, and Violet take the adventure of young trainers into a rich open world capable of providing unprecedented freedom.
Once you’ve left the university walls after a long and fun prologue, the player can choose one of three main missions – or play them all at the same time – and discover their true passion in the vast region of Paldea. You can focus your efforts on collecting badges and become a Pokémon Master in the Victory Road campaign, take on a Pokémon Titan in Path of Legends, or thwart the plans of Team Star, Team Rocket’s generational equivalent, in Starfall Street.
Even with three main quests, Pokémon Scarlet & Violet keeps progress organically without imposing too many conditions. While the developers have created some challenges for those who want uncompromising exploration, such as leveling up Pokémon according to regions, this never means a lack of freedom.
Freedom, which is also felt in the absence of obligatory opponents on the way. Although there are many other trainers scattered around the map, fighting them is now just an option. However, defeating them all in the same zone grants promotional rewards that go beyond experience.
Pokémon Scarlet & Violet is also permanently phasing out random encounters. As in Legends: Arceus, all the little monsters walk around the stage, and seeing them on the loose adds to the immersion and nostalgic feeling of discovery in the game, especially with a new generation that is still so unknown. This makes the Pokédex playthrough enjoyable and rewarding, even if it no longer has the depth that Legends: Arceus once gave it.
Exploration is facilitated by two legendaries that churn out covers. Miraidon and Coraidon initially serve as ground vehicles, but gain abilities that allow them to climb mountains and even hover in the air after the player completes certain tasks. On a map as vast – and with diverse biomes that make up the continent in a very natural way – like Paldea, having this mechanic is absolutely essential. In addition, the stories told by these two are rich and help make the game’s storytelling even more fun.
Speaking of storytelling, Pokémon Scarlet & Violet is the most mature of the entire franchise, and probably the best. The characters are easy to get attached to, they are all full of personality and well developed, and the results of the three main campaigns are really impressive.
Combat, for the most part, follows the classic turn-based mechanics of the first games in the franchise, which helps break the hectic pace of exploration a bit. While they are a bit tedious after long hours of play, they are highly nostalgic and have beautiful animations for an almost endless variety of skills.
The novelty is due to the mechanics of Terastal. This allows Pokémon to change types during combat, giving it a strategic depth that goes far beyond the transformations seen in other generations, which almost guaranteed victory upon activation. Only one Pokémon can be transformed per battle, and it will always be necessary to visit a Pokémon Center to be able to use the resource again, requiring the player to know how to recognize the right moment to do so, or may unexpectedly be at a disadvantage.
Throughout the scenario, many Terastalized Pokémon can be found. In addition to walking around, you can usually find some crystals that are visible from afar and marked on a very useful in-game map and enter Tera Raids. These are battles in which four players, online or offline, face off against a Pokémon in its terastrial form and slightly stronger than usual for the region. In addition, these battles take place in their own, more dynamic rhythm, and by defeating Pokémon and “breaking” the transformation effect, you can easily catch a small monster.
However, in a game so rich in content and freedom, some technical flaws persistently interfere with work: for example, FPS drops are so common that they force the player to get used to them; Internet resources, on the other hand, seem to be much more powerful, although they point to an even more promising future. While it seems entirely possible to fix some of these issues in future updates, this is not a very common practice in Game Freak.
Even with some technical issues quickly becoming minor, Pokémon Scarlet & Violet is the most complete experience in Pokémon history.
The consolidated RPG formula has finally adopted the open world as its setting, and has done so in nothing short of amazing, heightening the sense of discovery without ever losing – and even returning – the nostalgic appeal of such a solid series.
It was hard to imagine that Game Freak would go any further, but Legends: Arceus served as a laboratory for introducing the franchise to its future.
after one extremely difficult startCD Projekt Red looks ok now satisfied with the results Cyberpunk 2077, especially after the release of the anime based on the series, released by Netflix. So much so that the producer intends to repeat the feat with more transmedia releases in future. Information taken from Video Games Chronicle.
This intention of the Polish company was disclosed this Monday (28) during the last meeting regarding its financial report. During the conversation it was commented how the success of Netflix animation helped boost game sales.
Launched in September Cyberpunk Edgerunners (Cyberpunk: The Expendables in Brazil) is considered the story intertwines with the gameCyberpunk 2077, which was a huge success for both the streaming platform and the Polish developer. Furthermore, animated series revived public interest in the gamewhich no longer suffered from the myriad problems revealed in its release.
Throughout the meeting, CD Projekt Red management was asked about the possibility of a second season of the popular anime🇧🇷 “We are not confirming any concrete plans for the second season of the series. Edgerunners and nothing special,” explained Michal Nowakowski, senior vice president of business development at the production company, before moving on to the interesting part of the comment.
“We want to do more in the transmedia spacewhether it’s linear visual animation or live actors, and those plans haven’t changed,” Nowakowski added. “When we’re ready, you expect to see more announcements from us in this regard“, he concluded.
Taking into account not only Edgerunnerswhich revived interest in Cyberpunk 2077 e led the company to record revenue for the periodbut also games and cartoons Witcher (also on Netflix), it’s to be expected that CD Projekt Red really intends to continue with this strategy.
One of the premier franchises in the history of the gaming industry, Grand Theft Auto (GTA) has not always been unanimous among game makers. In an interview given to BBC 5 to talk about the show’s 25-year history, Colin Macdonald revealed that Rockstar did not believe that the title would become and achieve such success as it is today.
GTA 2 producer McDonald says that many employees and producers working for the company at the time pointed out that the game was on the list of the most discredited games. At the time, Rockstar was working on seven different projects, and Grand Theft Auto was considered by many to be the least successful.
“Least likely to succeed, I called Grand Theft Auto. This is because in May the direction of the game was unclear. It had a lot of bugs that meant you couldn’t play for a few minutes without everything crashing,” Colin McDonald said during an interview, recalling the Rockstar days.
Bugs and problems in GTA development
All of these issues, in addition to the development he described as “problematic,” led virtually no one at Rockstar to believe in the success that the game would become. However, as development progressed, the game began to win favor with the team, who were itching to think of a sequel.
“GTA went through many different iterations and was quite a problematic development. Most of the time it was in production, it failed. By the time I got in, she was almost done and the team was very happy. They were excited to sit down, plan the right sequence, redo what they didn’t like and look forward to seeing where else they could go.”
Twenty-five years after the release of the first game in the franchise, GTA has become one of the biggest hits in the gaming industry. Having one of the best-selling games in history in GTA 5, he saw the latest title as a recipe for success. He single-handedly managed to raise over $1 billion for Rockstar. The cost corresponds to approximately 5.3 billion reais at the current exchange rate.
Inside a huge meteorite in Somalia, two minerals have been discovered that have never been found on Earth before. They may contain important clues about how asteroids formed.
Two new minerals were found inside a single 2.5 ounce (70 gram) shard taken from a 16.5-tonne (15-tonne) Altissimo meteorite that shattered into pieces. Earth In 2020, scientists named the mineral elaliite meteor And Elkinstantonite Lindy Elkins Tanton (Opens in a new tab)Managing Director of the Interplanetary Initiative at Arizona State University and Principal Investigator of NASA’s upcoming Psyche mission, which will send a probe to explore the mineral-rich Psyche. asteroid For guidance on how we work solar systemPlanets have formed.
“When you find a new mineral, it means that the actual geological conditions, the chemical composition of the rock, were different from what was found before,” he said. Chris Hurd (Opens in a new tab)Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta. declaration (Opens in a new tab)🇧🇷 “Here’s what makes it exciting: in this particular meteorite, you have two officially described minerals that are new to science.”
The researchers classified Al Ali as an IAB-iron complex meteorite, a type consisting of meteoric iron with small pieces of silicate. When studying a piece of a meteorite, the attention of scientists was attracted by new mineral details. By comparing the minerals with their counterparts previously synthesized in the laboratory, they were able to quickly identify them as newly recorded in nature.
The researchers plan to continue studying meteorites to understand the conditions under which the original asteroid formed. “That’s my specialty, how to unravel the geologic processes and geologic history of the asteroid this rock was a part of,” Hurd said. “I never thought that I would be involved in the description of completely new minerals working in a meteorite.”
The team is also considering the use of metals in materials science.
However, future scientific findings from the Al-Ali meteorite may be in jeopardy. Currently, the meteorite has been transported to China in search of a potential buyer, which may limit the access of researchers to the space rock for research.