On January 28, Nintendo released a new Pokemon game called “Pokémon Legends: Arceus”, which gives players mixed feelings. There will always be issues when a game is first released, but too many issues can make a game not worth the time or money. So, do the pros outweigh the cons in this new game?
The main story follows players as they are teleported across a space-time rift into the unknown region of Hisui, also known as the Sinnoh region. Players are then taken to the Jubilife Village where they receive their first mission. Diehard fans of the franchise might recognize the Jubilife Village, which is now Jubilife City in “Pokémon Diamond” and “Pokémon Pearl.”
The game’s graphics are decent looking for a new installment of Pokemon, although it’s a bit difficult for Nintendo to top a game like “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”, which is known for its graphics. innovative, realistic and breathtaking. for the Nintendo Switch. As Legends: Arceus develops the graphics for its predecessor, “Pokémon Sword and Shield”, it looks like Nintendo and Game Freak will gradually improve the graphics over a long period of time. This, unfortunately, creates unfavorable graphical moments for many users. Personally, I like the art style chosen by the developers, because it gives a whole new feel to an already beloved and over-the-top art style. Buildings and terrain are influenced by the current Japanese island of Hokkaido but set in the “Pokémon version” of feudal Japan.
Game graphics can always be improved, but what can really make or break a game is its gameplay. The first major change that users will notice is the lack of trainers to fight with which are usually scattered throughout the region. While I understand the frustration caused by this unusual change, I believe the developers have given it some thought. Due to Legends: Arceus’ placement in the Pokémon timeline, the game is one of the earliest, so there wouldn’t be as many trainers during that time. For players who enjoy battling, this isn’t great news, but it does make it more accessible to players looking to complete their Pokédex, as they won’t have the endless interruption of meeting trainers.
The gameplay centers around users performing investigation missions in order to increase their Pokédex rank so they can obtain and use more powerful items. There are none of the classic Gyms, which makes completing the user’s Pokédex the focus of the game. Players will have to sneak up on a Pokemon so as not to put it on high alert, which which triggers the classic turn-based battles.
Battles also added new mechanics with two different attack moves: strong style and nimble style. The strong style is used when a player wants to increase the power of a move, making attacks stronger with increased effects, although this results in the opponent having two turns before the player’s next turn. The agile style has the opposite effect, making the player’s attack moves less effective, but users get two attacks in one turn. These aren’t groundbreaking, but are a fun addition to try and introduce new combat mechanics.
Legends: Arceus isn’t much of an upgrade for the Pokemon franchise, but I recommend it to fans and new players. It’s a fun and relaxing game that lets users explore the world freely without the distraction of a trainer battle every 10 minutes. Yes, the graphics are the game’s biggest flaws, but it’s not the worst graphics out there and the game is still enjoyable to play. This take on Pokemon games is for a more relaxed style with a higher quality of game life, meaning players can enjoy the game for longer without burning out, so if that’s what you’re looking for, this is what you’re looking for. is exactly what you need.