I played a sneak peek of ‘Pokémon Scarlet,’ the franchise’s first open world game

The ninth installment in the iconic franchise’s main series games, “Pokémon Scarlet & Violet” melds the best parts of “Pokémon Legends: Arceus” and “Pokémon Sword & Shield” to debut Pokémon’s first open world game, out November 18.

I know what you’re thinking. “Legends: Arceus,” which came out earlier this year, was often described as an open world game despite not quite resembling hits like “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.” But from the hour-and-change that I got to play “Pokémon Scarlet,” the open world claims seem legit. That is, you can run around and you don’t hit any invisible barriers — but then again, Nintendo designated a very specific corner of the map for these early playthroughs, and I was too busy trying to sniff out brand…

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