I intended to wait until the DLC or at least until the Home connectivity was available before buying Scarlet, but due to unforeseen circumstances I was home-bound for nearly two weeks so I just said fuck it and bought it.
And, what do you know, I REALLY liked it! I don't know if it was because everyone and their mom already made such a huge deal of the graphical glitches and performance problems, but when it was actually time to face them all it really seemed something really inconsequential. I mean, the framerate problem is notable whenever you are inside a city and I don't think I ever saw something like that in a game, but still nothing that compromised the experience. The only real problem I had was whenever I had a battle in the water the game would become slowmotion.
But anyways, I really enjoyed the hell out of it. The first hours not so much, as I was too worried about not sticking to the planned path and end up overleveled, but once I let go of it (after the second gym) and decided to just freely explore the region, the game instantly became a real pleasure.
It really seems like everything I disliked about SwordShield was corrected here. The entire game actually seems properly designed and all the design choices work with each other... I couldn't even believe it, but even EXP Share - the one thing I hated the most in the recent games - this time actually didn't bother me because the game was properly designed around it and, unlike in SS, this time it was actually enjoyable to just switch pokémon on the fly and use everything the game offered you (there were times when I training over 20 pokémon at the same time and not a single pokémon from my actual team went active for hours).
Sure, I still made some conscious decisions to make the game more challenging and "long" (I pretended Set mode was still there and ignored the "free switch turns", avoided having more than one pokémon from my main team on hand at the same time during exploration/training so I would still need to train them individually, never used the picnic/sandwich feature until the post-game, etc.), but I think at this point it is a given that the difficulty on pokémon games are up to you and how much you want to artificially handicap yourself, anyways...
As I kept trying new stuff, I ended up liking SO many of the new pokémon that at the end of the day my final team had 13 fix members on rotation (even more than my already huge team of 10 in Sun). Definitely the most pleasing pokémon experience I had since as an adult, behind only Sun.
Too bad the post-game content is barely existent, so regardless of how engaged I was, as soon as I finished the game it was like there was nothing left to do.