Review Pokemon Legends Arceus

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Pokémon fans have been dreaming of an open-world Pokémon game for decades, and although Pokémon Legends: Arceus is not technically an open world, more resembling Capcom’s Monster Hunter series in having a main hub and several large open areas, the game feels like a much-needed breath of fresh air for the franchise. Sword and Shield teased the idea of a free roaming game by controlling the 360° camera inside the “wild zone”, and Legends: Arceus pushes the concept to new heights. Obvious comparisons can be made with the GOTY 2017 winner The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but Pokémon Legends: Arceus stands out for itself and, despite its flaws, offers an experience that makes the RPG adventure a must for any Nintendo Switch owner.

Aside from the fallout, the Pokémon juggernaut series has remained relatively the same formula for more than 25 years, which makes the unique game style and the different mechanics of Pokémon Legends: Arceus much more exciting and innovative. Although it can be affirmed that Legends: Arceus is itself a spin-off, since there are no two different versions of the game because the Pokémon series is generally known, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have hinted on the official Japanese website that it is in fact a main title. Taking place before the events of Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl, which received timely Nintendo Switch remakes at the end of last year, Legends: Arceus is a prequel from beginning to end, telling the origin story of the much-loved region of Sinnoh.

A Secret space-time rift has opened in the sky above the Hisui region, and you, the player, a 15-year-old teenager with unprecedented abilities to catch and action Pokémon, fell straight out of it, with practically no knowledge or memory about how or why. You don’t wear anything but the “you’re not from here, are you?clothes on the back and a device called an Arc Phone, which is used to display a map of Hisui, with important landmarks, markers, a handy quest/request checklist and the ability to teleport between selected locations. Greeted by Laventon, a Pokémon teacher who dreams of completing the first Pokédex in the region, he takes you to a place known as Jubilee Village. Here, you will become a member of the Survey Corps within the Galaxy Expedition team, an organization that conducts research in the Hisui region and its many species of Pokémon. Laventon will also offer you a first Pokémon, so you can choose between Rowlet (grass /flight type), Cyndaquil (fire type) or Oshawott (water type).

The story of Pokémon Legends: Arceus follows the mission of the Galaxy team to discover the purpose of the rift in the sky and its possible connection with the “almighty Sinnoh”, who would be a god who created the universe in which Hisui is located. Long debates about whether Sinnoh is the ruler of time or the ruler of space have caused the formation of rival groups, the Diamond and Pearl clans, in which the members consist of a leader and guardians, who are responsible for taking care of the nobles; The special Pokémon are descended from those who are supposed to be directly blessed by Sinnoh.

Both clans have independent relations with the Galaxy team, and when a rift lightning suddenly begins to strike the nobles, turning some of them into potentially perilous frenzies, the clan members will be of great help to you on your journey to keep Hisui safe and solve the secret of the rift. Although the plot is not very deep, the many interesting and well-written original characters that you will meet during your game shine with personality, more than compensating for the mostly predictable narrative.

Completing all the scripted missions necessary to see the credits took me a little less than 17 hours of gameplay, with very little routine necessary. New missions are obtained by continuously visiting the headquarters of the Galaxy team located in the Village of Jubilife, the central center of the game filled with citizens, shops, a pasture to trade your Pokémon and much more. Optional side quests, called requests, can be received by talking to Hisui citizens who have a request icon above their head. Others are unlocked as you progress through the main story, and each offers rewards of different quality and importance for completing them. Some people crave chores more than others, but fortunately, they are never necessary. For currently activated missions and requests, a waypoint is easily set on your Arc phone, giving you an easy-to-follow guide marker that tells you where to head next, making it almost impossible to get lost in the large open areas that you will be sent to explore. As with the sword and shield, the inclusion of autosave is a lifesaver (no pun intended), but the feature can be disabled in the settings if desired. There are also a few hours of additional and more challenging content for the post-credits story, not to mention the free time you will have to spend completing the Pokédex to unlock the real ending of the game.

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