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Japanese media share their hands-on impressions of Pokemon Legends: Arceus

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Pokemon Legends: Arceus looks set to shake up the long-running Pokemon formula slightly and today we have heard impressions from a number of Japanese sites which have recently had the chance to get some hands on time with the latest Pokemon game. Each of the three gaming sites have published positive first impressions which you can read excerpts from below, thanks to VGC. However, if you want the definitive opinion you will need to wait for the reviews to arrive next week. Pokemon Legends: Arceus is out next Friday, 28th January.

Famitsu:

“The first thing that impressed me when I started playing was the exhilarating feeling of moving around freely in the vast field.”

“It feels great just to be able to fly freely in the sky, but it’s especially fun to look for Pokémon that look small below you,” it said.

Game Watch:

The ability to ride Pokémon “strongly matches the world view, making you feel more like you are adventuring in the Pokémon world, which I personally found to be an excellent system.”

“This system, which successfully combines the action of this title with traditional Pokémon battles, is highly accomplished, and I especially appreciate the fact that Pokémon battles are ‘a means to a different end’, which fits the worldview of the game”, it said.

“In addition, since you are directly attacked by Pokémon in this game, you will feel a great sense of tension when you discover a tough Pokémon.”

It concluded: “What was particularly impressive in this experience was the construction of the world. I was impressed by the way the same old Pokémon battles were blended into the new and innovative action without any sense of discomfort.

“It’s a game experience like no other in the series, and I have high hopes for it as a completely new form of Pokémon game.”

4Gamer:

“The Pokémon that appear in the game seem to change depending on the time in the game, and at night we saw Drifloon and other Pokémon,” it said.

“One thing that struck me was that Drifloon was very belligerent and attacked as soon as it noticed us. Even if we weren’t engaged in a Pokémon battle, they would charge at the main character without mercy.

“You get the feeling this was the way things were before Pokémon and humans got along.”

“There are many new elements in this game, such as the vast world and action, but the game is not difficult to play, and I was impressed by the fact that the best parts of Pokémon, such as completing the Pokédex and enjoying battles, are still included.”

“I also felt that the game portrayed a Pokémon-inhabited world more realistically, as you can throw a Pokéball and start a battle seamlessly, or you can devise ways to catch Pokémon without battling.”

It concludes: “If you’ve played Pokémon Diamond & Pearl and have explored the Sinnoh region, you’ll enjoy this first adventure into the past. I can’t wait for its release.”

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7 thoughts on “Japanese media share their hands-on impressions of Pokemon Legends: Arceus”

      1. “The first thing that impressed me when I started playing was the exhilarating feeling of moving around freely in the vast field.”

        That this sentence was said about just moving around in a 3D environment was said in 2022, not 1996, gives me the impression of bias as well. At the very least, it makes me a bit skeptical of using that person as a way to critical examine the work.

      2. Well… for one, Famitsu named Pokemon Sword and Shield GOTY 2019 even though that game was unremarkable and had issues. Then we get one here saying: “If you’ve played Pokémon Diamond & Pearl and have explored the Sinnoh region, you’ll enjoy this first adventure into the past.”

        It’s likely they are reviewing Arceus compared to other Pokemon games rather than compared to other video games… so yeah… that’s kind of a bias.

    1. I’ve been playing it for the last three days, it’s really good. Much better than Swsh, there’s so much to do!

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