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  • Summary: A Bold New Direction. The Pokémon Legends: Arceus game honors past Pokémon games' core gameplay while infusing new action and RPG elements. You'll need to catch, survey, and research wild Pokémon in a long-gone era of the Sinnoh region to create and complete the region's first Pokédex.A Bold New Direction. The Pokémon Legends: Arceus game honors past Pokémon games' core gameplay while infusing new action and RPG elements. You'll need to catch, survey, and research wild Pokémon in a long-gone era of the Sinnoh region to create and complete the region's first Pokédex.
    -Catch Pokémon-
    To catch Pokémon in the Pokémon Legends: Arceus game, you can observe them to learn their behavior, then carefully sneak up, aim your Poké Ball, and let fly!

    You can also have your ally Pokémon battle wild Pokémon that you hope to catch. Just throw the Poké Ball holding your ally Pokémon near a wild Pokémon, and you'll seamlessly enter battle and command your Pokémon by choosing from moves it knows.

    -An Adventure in the Sinnoh of Days Gone By-
    You'll be brought to the Sinnoh region, the setting for the Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl games. But this story unfolds in a long-gone era, before ideas such as being a Pokémon Trainer or having a Pokémon League even existed.

    All around, you'll find Pokémon living wild in harsh environments that make for a Sinnoh unlike the region you may remember from the days of the Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl games.

    The Poké Balls of old were apparently built a little differently from the ones we know so well. They were made mostly of wood, and steam puffed from their tops when Pokémon were caught.
    -Meet Your First Partner Pokémon-
    As you start off on your adventure to create the region's first Pokédex, you'll be able to choose Rowlet, Cyndaquil, or Oshawott as a partner.

    These three Pokémon arrived with a Pokémon Professor, who encountered them on research excursions to various regions.
    Rowlet
    Category: Grass Quill Pokémon
    Type: Grass/Flying
    Height: 1'
    Weight: 3.3 lbs.

    Rowlet is a Pokémon from the Alola region. It uses photosynthesis to store up energy during the day, while becoming active at night. Silently it glides, drawing near its targets. Before they even notice it, it begins to pelt them with vicious kicks.

    Cyndaquil
    Category: Fire Mouse Pokémon
    Type: Fire
    Height: 1'8"
    Weight: 17.4 lbs.

    Cyndaquil is a Pokémon from the Johto region. It is timid and always curls itself up in a ball. When it's surprised, the flames on its back flare up stronger. When it is attacked, it uses its flames to protect itself.

    Oshawott
    Category: Sea Otter Pokémon
    Type: Water
    Height: 1'8"
    Weight: 13 lbs.

    Oshawott is a Pokémon from the Unova region. With the scalchop on its stomach, it blocks opponents' attacks, then retaliates immediately by slashing. Its scalchop can be used to break open hard Berries as well.

    Arceus
    Holding the key to this tale is the Pokémon known as Arceus. Arceus is said to have shaped all there is in this world. Just how is this mighty Pokémon connected to your journey?

    Category: Alpha Pokémon
    Type: Normal
    Height: 10'6"
    Weight: 705.5 lbs.
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  1. 100
    Every time I think I'm losing interest in Pokémon, Game Freak does something to reinvigorate me. The Pokémon Pearl and Diamond remakes last year were fine, though I ended up spending more time just playing the original Pokémon Pearl again. I needed something like Arceus, I think, to get me to once again drop dozens of hours into a single game. This is a brave, bold game into new frontiers for Game Freak, and it confidently promises a new and revitalised future for the series.
  2. Jan 26, 2022
    90
    I’ve dragged myself through Pokémon games in recent years, but not with this one. Pokémon Arceus Legends is the future of Pokémon games. It’s the game we’ve all been waiting for for years, with a new and fun way to catch Pokemon, a story that adds to and pulls from Pokemon lore and a region you can genuinely get lost in. Pokemon Legend Arceus is Pokémon, evolved.
  3. Feb 25, 2022
    90
    Pokemon Legends: Arceus's gameplay is simple but incredibly rewarding, stripping away much of the tediousness that has plagued recent entries in the series to focus on what's fun. Those who grew up with Pokemon should like it especially, as while it makes dramatic changes to the core formula, it somehow feels truer to the spirit of Pokemon than the older releases.
  4. Feb 3, 2022
    83
    Arceus is one of the big games of the year. Perhaps not the best or the most polished, but one of the most fun and relevant to the industry, which is no small thing. The philosophical and mechanical change that it can trigger in the saga is one of its letters of introduction, despite the more than improvable technical section.
  5. Feb 10, 2022
    80
    While Arceus may be a sight that leads to sore eyes, this ambitious reboot sets Pokémon on an exciting new trajectory, finally recapturing a lost sense of adventure. What made those initial Pokémon games special was the way that they embodied a childlike spirit of discovery. The problem was that its creators struck gold on the first attempt – and spent decades repeating the same trick. Now, 26 years after I caught my very first Pokémon, the franchise is new again, and that gleeful sense of excitement is back.
  6. Jan 26, 2022
    80
    There’s still a lot of room for improvement but this is easily the best Pokémon game for several years and a positive new direction that the mainline games would be wise to follow.
  7. Jan 26, 2022
    50
    Pokémon Legends Arceus should have been the next new step for the franchise but it turned out to be a disappointing experience.

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  1. Feb 3, 2022
    10
    I don't want to write a big review, but this is one of my favourite games ever. Yeah it doesn't have the best graphics but if ur a pokemon fanI don't want to write a big review, but this is one of my favourite games ever. Yeah it doesn't have the best graphics but if ur a pokemon fan u honestly won't care at all its a 10/10 for me I could play it all day. If u just want to play it just to find any flaws then go for it but if you've played it for quite a bit you'll know its a sick game and really enjoyable. Expand
  2. Jan 30, 2022
    10
    It is very close to the Pokemon game that everyone has dreamed of for years. It is a rather innovative game compared to the usual main series,It is very close to the Pokemon game that everyone has dreamed of for years. It is a rather innovative game compared to the usual main series, in which the company acts boldly. The quality of the animations this time and the fact that it offers a very fluid game experience in the open area were the aspects I liked the most. I really liked this game. Expand
  3. Jan 29, 2022
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Pokémon Legends Arceus is a great game amazing open world feels like a true RPG catching Pokémon is better than ever Pokémon models are great the Pokémon battles are amazing This game is a new positive direction to the Pokémon franchise also the Exploration is amazing and is very rewarding the ranks are nice. Arceus is a great visual game with the mechanics of the game not being repetitive at all. The story is great and the unique pokemon to the game are the most coolest things you ever saw Overall Pokémon Legends Arceus is one of the best Pokémon games ever that I recommend buying. Expand
  4. Feb 2, 2022
    9
    So we finally have a game that Gamefreak have put some effort in, however does it actually work? Minor spoilers if you haven't watchedSo we finally have a game that Gamefreak have put some effort in, however does it actually work? Minor spoilers if you haven't watched trailers so be warned.

    So my first sitting I sat there for 9 hours straight giving this an honest go so I can put together a fair review. I played it all on stream and said my pros and cons there but here they are in text for others to read and decide on if they want to purchase. I have now put in 35 hours I can put together a fair review.

    Overall, Yes this game is worth and I am very impressed Gamefreak took this risk and I hope future games use this type of system. There are some things they could have done better which I'll go into first Pokémon at night could have more of a variety, every map has 80% of the same Pokémon at night except a few that are exclusive to that map at night. It's most driffloons you find which is annoying, but during the day there's a variety on each map. It's only at night it's lacking.

    Some side quests need some work, they need to be more descriptive or give you the maps name at least. Some of them give you a quest where you have to go an area but that name isn't on any map at all, someone would have mentioned the name but you'd have to remember.

    The map needs more little towns for immersivness, you have people coming from other existing places to your town. However you never actually find those towns, instead of having random quests on the maps to pick up you could have little towns you go pick them up from and then you could learn a little more of how those places operate at the same time. Except you just hear of all the places and never get to see them which is a shame.

    Pokémon in the wild could have behaviour characteristics, get too close to another Pokémon they could argue with each other or even fight, Have bidoofs collecting wood to make dams, Beatifly landing on trees and sucking the nectar. Just things to give the Pokémon more life, they do go to sleep at night (If they don't despawn and get replaced with night Pokémon which does happen).

    Now on to why it's such a great game.

    System.. The open world style really suits this game and it's a huge step forwards for the franchise. Being able to choose to try and catch a Pokémon right away or battle it is great.. what's even better is being able to move while battling. This doesn't do anything but it lets you look around and if you annoy more than one Pokémon you can end up battling as many enemies that are around you.

    Crafting.. Now this actually lets you do something with the open world style. Collect materials which you can find on the ground or get as rewards for catching/fainting pokemon. You might think it's a tedious thing but you don't need to craft you can just smash through the content however crafting does add a little more to do for those that like this type of thing. Collecting recipes and crafting those new recipe's to make fights easier in the future.

    Mounts.. You can run fast, break stuff, swim or fly and you can switch between them whenever you want with the D-Pad and if your currently on your running mount and go into water it will automatically switch to your swimming mount. Great addition Gamefreak, well done. However I wish you could actually fly around and fight flying Pokémon in the sky.

    Danger.. Now you can actually faint from Pokémon attacking you. This could do with being harder though it is very easy to dodge Pokémon attacks or get away from them. However the fear of you actually fainting and loosing items you went out and crafted/bought is a cool addition to the game. Alpha Pokémon are a great addition too. You can litterally throw your Pokémon out anywhere and call them back, so you catch an alpha Pokémon you can compare it's size to a regular one. You have a choice to either fight the wild Pokémon or catch them right off the bat. Even aggressive Pokémon can be approached with the correct items, I've caught about 10 Alpha Pokémon without battling them.

    The side quests are both great and have their flaws at the same time. Most of the side quests have different styles quests, have a little story too them too but then around 1/5th side quests are just 'Fill X Pokemons Dex entry'. Which is too many in my opinion, your planning to finish all Dex entries anyway if you want the reward.

    Overall this game is a hard 9/10 I love that Gamefreak went for a risk and put so much effort into a new game rather than us getting a new 3DS game that's slightly bigger in map size. This is a great direction for new Pokémon games, I see this as the BoTW of the series. This is a test to see if the audience enjoy this style of game and then in future we will get more immersive maps, maps will towns we are going to end up having a truly flawless game if they continue in this direction and don't just use this style of spin off games in the future.
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  5. Feb 2, 2022
    8
    Alexelcapo se que tengo problemas cerebrales, pero a mi me ha gustado el juego.
  6. Jun 4, 2022
    6
    I'm going to stay on the middle ish ground.... as much as excited as I am for this game, really enjoying it overall - there are a few thingsI'm going to stay on the middle ish ground.... as much as excited as I am for this game, really enjoying it overall - there are a few things that make my blood boil. Namely the difficulty... and don't bring up the "Alphas" because putting a lv 60 pokemon into a lv 7 area is ARTIFICIAL difficulty. The fact that EVERYTHING levels every time you fart is one of my biggest gripe. I have constantly had to switch out over levelled pokemon if i wanted any semblance of a challenge (again Alphas do not count, they're cheap and stupid).
    but the biggest baffle of all............ why no trainer battles? I get it, this is "time skip back to the past" where they still just getting their toes wet dipping into the goodness that is the world of pokemon etc etc.... but the game HAS trainer battles in it, so why not make them good?
    at any popint someone asks "wanna try and battle?" I'd be like yea i've a roster of 6 *insert random pokemon here" aaaaaaaaand my enemy is....: a SINGLE UNDERLEVELED Literally impossible to lose.

    It's a dope concept underdeveloped
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  7. Apr 22, 2022
    0
    Última review que hago sobre pokémon, o que hago, en general. Bueno, ni review voy a hacer, que pereza. Probablemente me crearé cuenta deÚltima review que hago sobre pokémon, o que hago, en general. Bueno, ni review voy a hacer, que pereza. Probablemente me crearé cuenta de backloggd, que es el tipo de web que estaba buscando. No perdáis tiempo en mediocridades como pokémon, ni en metacritic. Chao. Expand

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