A group of actors has unofficially given Pokemon Scarlet and Violet's NPCs voices and it adds so much to the game.
Voice actor and YouTuber Joe Goffeney (aka Dr. Bonehead) has shared a video showing what Pokemon Scarlet and Violet would be like if it had full voice acting. The channel's owner - along with a few other voice actor friends - took it upon themselves to dub over cutscenes and gameplay footage of the Gen 9 Pokemon game to see how much of a difference voice acting would make.
After just a few seconds of the video, it's immediately apparent how much Pokemon Scarlet and Violet could be improved with just a few voice-acted scenes. Characters such as Nemona, Arven, Penny, and Clavell are given so much more personality with their unofficial voices, which gives the entire game more depth.
Clips of Goffeney's video also made their way onto Twitter (opens in new tab), resulting in a bigger conversation about whether voice acting belongs in Pokemon games going forward. Reactions were mixed, with many fans excited at the prospect but just as many unhappy about how it would change the long-running series.
"I want Pokemon to have voice acting, but I only want it in pre-rendered cutscenes, not in the regular 'press a to continue' scenes," one user (opens in new tab) shares. "I don't think the frame rate in this game would suit voice acting," another one (opens in new tab) adds, before going on to say that Pokemon Scarlet and Violet would feel really "disjointed" with voice acting in its current state.
Many fans, however, have pointed out a potential logistical reason why the mainline Pokemon games don't feature voice acting. Since we're usually treated to a brand new Pokemon game every year - and in this year's case, two - it's unlikely that developers will have the time to incorporate full voice acting into its Pokemon games. Not to mention that translations would also require a lot of time and effort to create.
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