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Games Like 'Pokémon Scarlet and Violet' to Play Next

Because although the Paldea region is absolutely brimming with interesting content to explore, at some point, your Pokémon journey will come to an end.

Jon Bitner
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Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

The Pokémon Company

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet bring players to the Paldea region for an epic, open-world adventure. Along with everything that a new generation of Pokémon typically offers (such as new monsters to catch and new locations to explore) Scarlet and Violet are changing things up by giving you free rein to tackle its Gym Battles as you see fit.

The expansive world of Paldea is integral to the Scarlet and Violet experience. Unlike past Pokémon games, you aren't corralled in any specific direction — instead, the game lets you decide where you want to explore, what activity you want to enjoy, and lets you navigate the story on your own terms. There's still the usual assortment of Gym Battles and Pokémon training, but the free-flowing format is breath of fresh air for the long-running series.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet also make liberal use of several new multiplayer systems, giving you the opportunity to explore the great unknown with a few friends by your side. There have even been some significant changes to how battles take place, as you'll now have the option to have your Pokémon fight battles automatically without the need to dive into turn-based combat. Not only does this reduce the grind often associated with preparing for a Gym Battle, but it's a great way to earn valuable items and quickly fill your bag with useful gear.

The Paldea region is absolutely brimming with interesting content to explore, but at some point, your Pokémon journey will come to an end. However, there are plenty of similar games that are up to the challenge of replacing it in your gaming lineup.

Here are 10 games like Pokémon Scarlet and Violet to play next, listed by Metascore.


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Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition

Square Enix

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition (Switch)

Metascore: 91
Best for: Fans of expansive, turn-based RPGs
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Also available on: PC, PS4, Stadia, XB1

Look past its unwieldy name, and Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition has a lot to offer. Aside from charming graphics and an incredible level of polish, you'll get to set out on a twisting adventure with a large cast of memorable characters. Combat is of the turn-based variety, and there's even an option to automate battles, which makes it easy to grind out a few levels before tackling a difficult boss. You won't be collecting any monsters, but if you enjoyed the combat and world-building of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, you should feel right at home with Dragon Quest XI.

"This game is a masterpiece, and it sets a new high standard for not only the series, but console RPGs in general." — RPGamer


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Pokémon Legends: Arceus

The Pokémon Company

Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Switch)

Metascore: 83
Best for: Fans seeking an open-world Pokémon game
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Also available on: N/A

Pokémon Legends: Arceus isn't your typical Pokémon game. Instead of having you battle Gym Leaders, you'll be catching monsters and helping to build the very first Pokédex. You'll do this by exploring a variety of large areas that play out as open-world experiences, letting you roam around as you see fit. It's also possible to catch Pokémon without entering turn-based combat, which streamlines the process of filling up your roster. Throughout your journey, you'll uncover a variety of new regional Pokémon forms, tame monsters that give you new travel options (such as flying), and unravel a mystery surrounding the eponymous Arceus.

"This is a brave, bold game into new frontiers for Game Freak, and it confidently promises a new and revitalized future for the series." — Digitally Downloaded


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Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin

Capcom

Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin (Switch)

Metascore: 81
Best for: Fans of JRPGs
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Also available on: PC

Don't confuse Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin for your typical Monster Hunter experience. Instead of teaming up to take down gigantic monsters in real-time, Wings of Ruin is a turn-based RPG that has you befriending adorable creatures (known as Monsties) as you head out on a journey to save the world. Its gameplay loop of collecting and battling Monsties should feel immediately familiar to Pokémon fans, and the availability of cooperative and competitive play gives you something to do when you're not out questing. There's also plenty of the usual Monster Hunter charm, which keeps the action lighthearted and fun for the whole family.

"The perfect JRPG for Monster Hunter fans and those looking to dive into a memorable adventure with gorgeous visuals." — The Mako Reactor


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Slime Rancher

Monomi Park

Slime Rancher (PC)

Metascore: 81
Best for: Fans of quirky farming sims
Where to buy: Steam
Also available on: PS4, Switch, XB1

If you're looking for a monster catching game that's a bit off the beaten path, consider picking up Slime Rancher. It tasks you with finding, catching, and taming a wide variety of Slimes, which in turn generate items that can be sold to upgrade your ranch. It plays as a cross between farming game and Pokémon game, meaning you should be prepared to manage resources just as often as you go out to catch new Slimes — and it's an interesting combination that works surprising well. A sequel, Slime Rancher 2, is now available in Early Access, giving you a chance to keep the journey going.

"While it moves at a frantic pace at times, it is quite relaxing and cathartic. Slime Rancher is an utter, charming delight to play." — Destructoid


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Pokkén Tournament DX

Bandai Namco Entertainment

Pokkén Tournament DX (Switch)

Metascore: 79
Best for: Fans of fighting games
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Also available on: N/A

If you're looking for a fast-paced Pokémon game, they don't get much better than this. Pokkén Tournament DX is a fighting game that lets you duke it out with more than 20 different Pokémon. You'll get to call in supporting characters to help in combat, utilize special attacks to swing the tide of battle, and take part in both competitive multiplayer and a solo campaign. The game is an enhanced version of the original Pokkén Tournament, offering improved graphics and introducing new characters to the battlefield. The game is a great fit for folks who love fighting games, although all Pokémon fans should find something to like about the quirky title.

"The game impressed on every level; the core fighting gameplay is superb…the customization options are truly staggering, and the attention to detail is abundantly clear." — Switch Player


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TemTem

Humble Bundle

TemTem (Switch)

Metascore: 76
Best for: Fans of intricate battle systems
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Also available on: PC, PS5, XBX

TemTem is essentially the Pokémon MMORPG fans have wanted for more than a decade. You'll set out on a monster-collecting journey that has you building up a team to challenge the eight Dojo Leaders and put a stop to the nefarious Clan Belsoto. It's a rather standard setup for the genre, but what elevates it is a nuanced combat system and impressive PvP. Not only will you get to challenge other adventurers to a duel, but you'll get to team up with friends for a bit of cooperative action, buy and customize your own house, and explore a gigantic world filled with mystical creatures.

"Temtem may look like Pokémon on the surface, but a deep battle system and engaging PvP elements make up for the similarities." — GameSkinny


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Monster Sanctuary

Team17

Monster Sanctuary (Switch)

Metascore: 74
Best for: Fans of unique twists to the monster-collecting formula
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Also available on: PC, PS4, XB1

Monster Sanctuary is a wild mash-up of monster-collecting and platforming. You'll get to explore a quirky world brought to life with minimalistic, pixel art graphics as you tame monsters and challenge enemies in turn-based battles. When you're not in combat, you'll be tasked with mastering tricky platforming segments and solving a bunch of mind-bending puzzles. Monster Sanctuary offers a variety of secondary game modes (such as Randomizer and Permadeath), meaning you can sink hundreds of hours into the adventure before discovering everything it has to offer.

"While clearly inspired by other similar titles, Monster Sanctuary takes that inspiration and runs with it, carving out its own spot in the gaming world." — The Digital Fix


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Coromon

Freedom Games

Coromon (PC)

Metascore: 73
Best for: Fans of gorgeous pixel art
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Also available on: Switch

One of the best parts of Coromon is its striking art style. Offering a modern, updated take on the monster catching games of long ago, you'll be treated to a top-down adventure that features vivid, pixelated graphics. Fans of the retro art style won't need another reason to check out the adventure, but thankfully Coromon delivers a well-rounded experience. You'll slowly build up a stable of Coromon, investigate an enigmatic force, and take part in stamina-based combat that offers an impressive level of strategizing. Collectors will love that there are more than 100 creatures to train, giving you plenty of reasons to keep coming back for more.

"A renewal of the monster-collection genre, Coromon takes the well-loved gameplay formulas of its genre predecessors and polishes them for the modern era." — Checkpoint Gaming


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Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory

Bandai Namco Entertainment

Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory (PS4)

Metascore: 73
Best for: Fans of intriguing storylines
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Also available on: PS Vita

Digimon may not be as popular as Pokémon, but don't let that push you away from this thrilling RPG. This third-person adventure has you playing as Keisuke Amasawa as you lead your party of digital monsters into turn-based battles. There's a surprisingly great story pushing the action forward, and it's best to have played its predecessor (Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth) before diving into the adventure. But even if you haven't played the 2015 game, you'll enjoy its tactical battle system, wild character designs, and a long list of catchable Digimon.

"The story is engaging from the first minute of gameplay, and I personally found it difficult to turn the game off to go to bed." — COGconnected


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Pokémon GO

Niantic

Pokémon GO (iOS)

Metascore: 69
Best for: Fans of mobile Pokémon action
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Also available on: N/A

Pokémon GO turns your world into a living adventure. Played on your smartphone, it monitors your GPS location and uses augmented reality to let you catch Pokémon in your surroundings. That means you'll need to head outdoors and explore local points of interest (such as parks, popular stores, and other tourist attractions) if you're looking to get the most out of the game. Aside from that wrinkle, it's largely still a Pokémon game. Battles, leveling up, and collecting new gear are all part of the fun, and since the game has been around for years, there's tons of impressive content to explore.

"Pokémon GO is unlike anything else I've ever played, and for that reason alone I implore you to play it." — Wccftech