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Pokémon Legends Arceus: Is it the prequel of prequels?

Pokémon Legends Arceus predates the Pokémon games you have come to know. (Photo: Pokemon Legends’s website)
Pokémon Legends Arceus has been highly anticipated by almost every Pokémon fan out there. But, to those who have not been keeping up with the news, this title wants to change the typical Pokémon formula. So, what exactly is Pokémon Legends Arceus (PLA)?اضافة اعلان

PLA seems to predate the Pokémon games you have come to know; think of it as the ultimate prequel. You play as a researcher who is out to build the very first Pokédex, and your duty is to go around catching every Pokémon in sight.

With the open-world element, interesting premise, and what seems like interesting multiplayer mechanics, is PLA a game that’s worthy of being picked up?

Here’s what we know:

Reinventing the wheel

The developers, Game Freak, are going out of their way to break new ground with this latest release. As mentioned earlier, this is no ordinary Pokémon game; you won’t be going out and curating a team to take on various gym leaders. There is no Elite 4, and you aren’t limited to walking in four directions either. This is an open-world discovery bonanza and what seems to be a pleasant one at that.

(Photo: Pokemon Legends’s website)

So, what should you expect?

In terms of gameplay and open-world, the news might be a bit disappointing to some people. PLA isn’t exactly a true open-world experience, but it should provide enough content to scratch that open-world itch.

Basically, you will be based in Jubilife Village, which will serve as your home base as you travel the world on research assignments. From there, you explore the wilderness in a plethora of regions before returning to Jubilife to record your new data. This rinse and repeat process is what you should be expecting, maybe paired with a bit of random map generation for said wild areas.

(Photo: Pokemon Legends’s website)

Eventually, as you progress through the game, the areas you can explore will also expand, ranging from oceans to mountainous areas and more.

Mechanically different?

Let’s talk about the main expected difference — combat. Although it appears to be similar to its Gameboy and Switch counterparts, there are key differences to look out for in PLA that will make it stand out from the rest of the Poké-collection. When you join combat, you will be able to pick between strong and agile methods, with the former increasing power while decreasing speed and the latter doing the opposite.

Depending on your stats, you can also move against an enemy Pokémon numerous times every round. All of this points to greater strategy and more intricate battles in the game, something certain segments of the Pokémon community have been yearning for a long time.

This indeed sounds like something to look forward to, but that’s not all! This time around, a crafting option has also been included. There isn’t a lot of clarity regarding this just yet, but PLA places a strong emphasis on creating. In one of the latest teasers released, a narrator states that “gathering resources and creating will be vital to success” in this new experience.

(Photo: Pokemon Legends’s website)

During the trailer, a camera draws onto a crafting bench, implying that looking for items and utilizing your concoctions to restrain or entice Pokémon will be a big element of the game. Will we be able to make our own Pokéballs, or will things be less intricate? We’ll soon be finding out with the game’s release less than two weeks away.

With all that said, PLA seems to be a different type of Pokémon experience that might be worth picking up.

If you’re unsure about whether or not this new formula will be to your liking, or you’re just too impatient to see some solid gameplay, the game has already been data-mined and leaked a bit early, so looking at this now leaked gameplay could help you make your decision. But, it’s clear that this new direction seems to be well thought out and could be the next step to evolving the Pokémon experience.

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