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After drip-feeding us Pokemon Scarlet and Violet reveals for the past few months, today saw the release of the newest ScarVi trailer (yes, that’s what we’re calling it, sometimes in our best pirate voice), which promised to be packed full of new information to get us pumped and ready to explore Paldea.
While it certainly stuffed a lot in, we couldn’t help but feel a bit like we were watching a person speak with their mouth full for three minutes. We finished the trailer feeling a little less AH! and a little more EH?
We think it’s fair to say that a lot of this came down to how the trailer was edited. Come on, whose idea was it to put those cantered dialogue boxes so large and on the screen and for such a short time? Even the fastest readers among us struggled to keep up with what felt like a barrage of info.
That conveniently segues into the second editing issue we had regarding the amount of information being given to us without the opportunity to savour it. The three-path structure of Scarlet and Violet looked very interesting indeed, however, keeping these new ideas in our heads became difficult when the trailer was keen to move on to the next point.
Short and snappy is better than bloated and boring, sure, but we would have appreciated a little more time to absorb the information here. Our thought process, desperate to keep up with all the new details, became frazzled by the speed at which it was delivered. Ooo, storylines! Ok, Victory Road is still here. Wait, who’s that big crab boy? You can send your Pokémon away now? Ok, really big crab boy. Baddy team on cars. Mega Man? Was that a whip on his belt? Ooo shiny diamonds!
To be clear, we’re not saying that these features don’t look good — there’s a lot to be excited about here — but it has taken a good amount of extra research to get to a place where we now feel like we have a grip on what is going on. Doesn’t that defeat the point of the trailer a little, though?
But hey, don’t just take it from us. Maybe we got too distracted by the big crab boy. Perhaps the novelty of riding your Pokémon still hasn’t worn off on us. What did you make of the games’ newest trailer? A great round-up or a tad too rapid(ash) for your liking? Cast your vote in the poll below and let’s find out whether that trailer really was confusing or if it’s just us!
Once you’ve cast your vote, why not take to the comments with your thoughts on the new trailer? What are you excited for, what passed you by? Let it all out below.