After 26 years of following the same structure and format for all of its games, Pokémon has left its fans craving for something new. Luckily for them, Pokémon Legends: Arceus acts as a breath of fresh air by stepping away from the typical structure and immersing its players into an entirely different world.
Taking inspiration from games such as Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the game follows an open-world format, taking place in the Sinnoh region a few hundred years before the events of Pokémon Diamond & Pearl. According to IGN, they removed the recurring gyms, the Elite Four, annoying trainer battles and the generic “evil organization bent on world domination.” By focusing on something simpler, players can finally relive the long-lost excitement they experienced at younger ages when exploring the Hisui region.
One particular aspect in which Pokémon Legends: Arceus succeeded where its predecessors had failed was allowing players to learn everything on their own. Usually, the game would hold your hand through every single obstacle, either putting the solutions in plain sight or outright telling you. This latest game, however, holds back on this. According to Destructoid, players are expected to “discover the nuances of the city” on their own, which is a refreshing change of pace compared to being ordered around by an obnoxious NPC every 5 seconds.
Being a well-loved franchise with millions of fans around the globe, it’s nice to see that Game Freak is stepping up its development game. Pokémon Legends: Arceus is a revolutionary addition to the franchise as it improves the outdated progression system and battle mechanics with small, yet ground-breaking changes.