Pokémon Legends: Arceus

released on Jan 28, 2022

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.

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A promising new direction for Pokémon.
The new stealth-action Pokémon catching system is a breath of fresh air, in what is one of the most sluggish turn-based game series I can think of.
I want to be clear: I love Pokémon dearly, but I think the games have grown stale.
The boss battles are a little weird, but otherwise I love the various zones you can wander around in.
The game is like a bunch of mini open worlds, in the style of Mario Odyssey. Being able to see Pokémon on the map, and even get into 1v2 or 1v3 battles is incredibly exciting.
This game does a lot to shake up the formula, and most of it lands.
I don't really care for the feudal Japan isekai setting, but it's mostly ignorable.
The fashion is still pretty good in this game, and collecting monsters is better than ever.

Definitely my favorite modern Pokemon title, though I guess that's not saying much.

This game has a lot of potential, but I feel like Pokémon may never see that potential. Game Freak needs to outsource or hire other people to really push this franchise forward. This game is a step in the right direction, but you get the feeling it's the best they can do and that's unfortunate.

O jogo mais satisfatório da franquia de longe, mesmo depois de Scarlet/Violet

It's a showing of what the future of this franchise could be, and nothing else. the gameplay loop is fun, but the visuals are extremely poor, the story is mediocre at best, and the maps are really unisteresting. Boss battles are cool, but the battles go from really easy to absurdly difficult (even tho the final challenge is pretty fun).