Pokémon Legends: Arceus is an ambitious revamp that successfully revolutionizes the defining Pokemon experiences of catching and battling, but is unfortunately set in a drab, empty, and at times tedious world.
Not enough changes to the formula but enough for me to pick up another Pokémon game after at least a decade (maybe 2) of skipping them.
Lol have u played it? Its basically nothing like normal formula and its for the worse outside of a few good things. Just spent the last 6 hours playing it, initial thoughts are: - graphics are bad all round, when u consider breath of the wild came out years ago, they definitely couldve done better here. - i love being able to catch pokemon out in the wild without having to battle them. The game play loop is basically catch pokemon, battle pokemon to catch them. No real trainer battles gyms or puzzles or dungeons :( Have had 3 trainer battles so far each with 1 pokemon only so there not much of a battle. I kinda miss gym and regular trainer battles already, as i can see another 20-25 hours of just catching pokemon is gonna get stale. Kinda wishing we got a normal pokemon game with the ability to catch pokemon like we can here without having to battle them. Still very early in but so far id agree with the 7 out of 10 score This will keep me occupied until forbidden west is out atleast.
Really it's the battle system that I would've liked to have seen overhauled more. I think Arceus probably would have turned out much better if it was developed by Bandai Namco.
Yea a more real time battle system wouldve been nice. But yea tbh honest i regret buying this and not the diamond remake and i can already see ill tire of this gameplay loop pretty quickly.
I’m just happy that IGN managed to give a AAA game less than an 8/10. That’s rare. I’ve just got the game and am playing it after work. I’ve played the last 3 Switch releases, including Brilliant Diamond. I only had one of those games when I was younger but I’ve grown to appreciate the accessible gameplay style, especially because I can listen to podcasts and make phone calls while I’m playing.
@flawless I can see your point on trainer battles. But to say you rather have the terrible diamond and pearl remake cash grab over this ? Yea you completely lost me there, your points don't make much sense in that context. You just wanted another same formula game basically.
I've put in about 20+ hours, and the game is the same throughout. Pros: The open world of seeing Pokemon act themselves is a plus Taking on wild pokemon in battles is cool, and being able to move around the battlefield is cool, although a little stiff. Crafting on the go is a decent idea Catching Pokemon freely by chucking a ball is alright, as it's optional Large open zones 3rd person camera is a nice change day/night cycle weather effects pokemon elemental types Cons Story is rubbish Not many trainer battles No gym battles Boss battles are weak Random spawns of Pokemon is ok, but the powerful pokemon can be hit or miss Getting into a battle and the wild pokemon takes 1-3 turns before you get to move is unfair Damage in battles seem to high, that your pokemon that has a high imnumity to an element can be killed quite easily Relies heavily on the crafting pokeballs and potions aspect to much that it's a main feature Catching and battle pokemon becomes stale after a while Controls can be easily messed up, throwing an empty ball when you're meant to throw pokemon Catching pokemon in battle can easily be ruined by selecting the correct pokeball and pressing A instead of RT Forced to stick to the village and rank up is an odd choice for this sort of game The pokedex feels a chore after a while I feel the game wasn't designed from the ground up to Pokemon, and that was slapped on later in the developement cycle, it feels very much like a reskin of other games. Where you go to a hub get challenges and a story mission, complete, go back see how you did, rank up > unlock a new feature or zone and repeat. The story is really bad, it's clear it wasn't written for the Western audience as it can make no sense one minute, and be completely childish another. It has a few ideas in the right direction, but feels like another generic Asian sort of game with a new coat of paint. I'm curious if they will make a 2nd legends game and how different it'll be. For their first try, the mechanics are there, but the story is really bad.
I almost asked what Forbidden West was. Hahaha
It just looks so bland in pretty much every area. Gameplay, graphics, so dull.
It’s even worse when other games, even brand new IPs, can be kicked in the teeth for smaller offences and Pokemon get away each time doing the bare minimum
Yep. I'm not surprised games companies are afraid to try anything new anymore. What is the point when your work is going to be labelled mediocre or trash and a series like Pokemon can be much worse and still score high just because it has the name Pokemon on it.
Ya I was just about to buy it, saw this and changed my mind🤦🏾♂️
That's exactly the score I'd give it. The changes really surprised me, everything is much faster, and stylish, and honestly it doesn't look so bad either. But those hubs are lifeless, the pokedex is a chore, the "missions" are just fetch quests. They basically cramped in all the good stuff that jrpgs have done in the last 20 years which works well in Pokemon but also decided to to add in all the tedious stuff about modern games.
I know Switch is a weak piece of hardware, but damn!!! This game is ugly for 2022! I mean, even some PS360 games look way better than this! Put your shit together Game Freak! You guys can do better than this ugly, empity and dated game! Pokemon deserves better!
It’s not ugly. It’s not a Series X game, but it’s nice enough. The music is nice too,
What are you blind? Those textures look like they're straight up pulled from a PS1/2 game.
If the Switch can run Witcher 3 decently and doing so looking better than a lot of 360/ PS3 games, its got the juice. Blame GF who clearly are not comfortable yet the Switch hardware, hoping Generation 9 shows better results
It's not that they're not "comfortable" with the Switch hardware. It's that they've always settled for the bare minimum effort when it comes to their games. They know millions will buy them anyway, so they don't care to actually put out something that requires care and attention to detail.
Finally IGN grew balls Who’s have thought It looks so outdated and barebones like SW&SH
yea i think this score is pretty accurate. while the game is fun, it gets super repetitive real fast. compared to other switch open world games, this one in particular looks .. not all too great. you also dont do a whole lot in the game. its pkmn, but it lacks alot of pkmn things ha. like battling other trainers or gyms etc.
I think 7/10 is perfect. It definitely can improve. I'm just happy they did something different so I don't care. Pokémon is so boring with its gym battles and elite four crap over and over and over again every time so I'm supporting this game over the garbage d&p cash grab. I hope it sells well so they can see there's demand for change. Otherwise, they'll keep churning out the same rehashed thing that so many ppl apparently love, like COD. Pokémon has so much unused potential.
I feel this had so much potential but got wasted in the bland open world. Really wish for new Switch hardware and a 'next gen' exclusive Pokemon that doesn't have to cut corners due to the hardware. The age has been showing for years now and this shit just makes it so much apparent. Also maybe Gamefreaks has to hire better artists or borrow some from the Zelda team because those shitty textures remind me of a PS1.
Holy shit this looks bad. I love Nintendo but this is looking average at best. And this is Pokemon, with the amount of money those games bring in you would think this new 3D Pokemon would come out swinging. I bet it will sell regardless though.
A 7? Critics have been too kind to Pokemon games for far too long. Imagine if a man review the game it won't get no more high 5. Unfortunately what the team did with Arceus seemed lazy and low effort even Indie devs nowadays can put out better game than Pokemon company can.
You think because a woman reviewed this, it got higher marks? Not sure I follow you there. The score on Metacritic right now is 86, an average taken from 42 different reviews. Those are not 42 reviews done by women lol. In fact, the first review is a perfect score from The Telgraph by Jack Rear. But still, can't help but agree with the fact critics are being far too kind with Pokemon games.
Never understood Pokemon. I got X for free on my 3DS with a promotion (I think for buying Mario Kart?), and I gave up on it incredibly fast. It felt like - no disrespect to those that like it - but a game aimed squarely at children. It was written as such, and it felt pretty simple & boring to me. I had hoped maybe this open world one would shake things up, make for more interesting exploration, capture, and battling than the nearly carbon-copy Pokemon games that came before it. Looks like this series may simply never appeal to me. Not everything will appeal to everyone, of course, but for a brief moment I thought this might be the one to get me to try again. An entry that showed the series was finally growing up alongside its audience. Not quite, it seems. Maybe next time...
People review of this game is so hilarious: this game is cool in that it tries something new, but where are the gym battles and Elite 4....lmao do y;all even read the sh*t you post. Having played it for the last 3-4 hours, the game is a breath of fresh air and Pokemon needed this, by no means is it a good game, absolutely not, but to shoot down points because it doesn't contain the same tired mechanics of mainline game is just dumb
Literally, the latest Pokemon games are based only on the brandname to sell. Gamefreak should pass it on to another company which will make a proper Pokemon game
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