The game that I’ll be featuring here takes us back into the past, shaking up a franchise that has existed for more than two decades now. I also have an honourable mention.
First, my only honourable mention for this post is MAGLAM LORD, in which you play the role of a male or female Demon Lord trying to regain their power. An action RPG where you embark on quests, forge weapons and can even romance one of your companions – regardless of gender.
With that out of the way, we turn back the clock for my main feature.In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, your player character is thrown back in time to the Hisui region – the place present-day folk know as Sinnoh. Through various circumstances, they join the Galaxy Expedition Team as part of the Survey Corps. Their mission is to compile a list of every species of Pokémon in the Hisui region – therefore creating the region’s first Pokédex.
As such, Pokémon Legends puts a heavier focus on capturing Pokémon. There are still battles to be had, but most of the time you’ll be sneaking up on wild Pokémon and lobbing Poké Balls at them. Besides catching them all, witnessing them use certain moves or feeding them berries also contributes to your research. It’s not as simple as one and done; you are creating Hisui’s first Pokédex, and somebody has to take note of all their different behaviours.
Although this entry of the series is quite the departure from the usual style of mainline games, one thing does stay the same: you’ll set out on your adventure with one of three starter Pokémon by your side. The choices here are Rowlet, Cyndaquil and Oshawott. I’ll always choose the Water starter, so of course I embarked upon my journey with Oshawott.
Although considering the aim of the game is to catch every Pokémon in the Hisui region, you might just have the opportunity to add the other two starters to your team at some point.
Your quest to fill out that Pokédex will have you encountering some absurdly strong Pokémon along the way. There are the giant Alpha Pokémon, that have red glowing eyes – powerful allies to have if you’re brave enough to attempt to capture them. Then there are the Nobles, who preside over the various areas of Hisui. Something has enraged them, and it falls to you to calm them.
There are some friendlier Pokémon too, willing to help you traverse the land. They’ll help you get around land, sea, and air so you can seek out every last Pokémon.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus is so much fun. It makes for an excellent addition to the franchise, and is a game that I will happily recommend.