Is Pokémon Legends: Arceus Worth It?


PHOTO COURTESY OF Pokemon Official Website: Of the Game

Rebecca Wilson, Staff Reporter

Pokémon Legends: Arceus released on January 12, 2022, a little less than a year after it’s initial announcement last February.

Legends: Arceus takes place in the fictional Hisui Region. Players are tasked with catching and documenting all of the 242 available Pokémon that can be found throughout the region. Unlike the traditional mainline titles, however, there’s no gym battles or random trainer encounters. Instead, there’s a bigger emphasis on exploration and wild Pokemon battles. The bulk of the game’s marketing focused on the different 3D open world environments, new Pokémon regional forms, and the gameplay alterations like crafting and the ability to manipulate turn order that made it stand out from previous entries.

PHOTO COURTESY OF Official Pokemon Website: Promotional Screenshot

 “I think it’s a great game,” said COMPASS junior Mathew Martinez. “The open world nature they decided to take works, but it’s linear in a way that’s understandable to players.”

So far, the game has been generally well received. Players have praised the new gameplay alterations, the more advanced difficulty, and how different the game feels from past mainline games. However, they have also criticized the graphics, recurring bugs and glitches, and lackluster world design that feels somewhat empty at times. 

I personally found the game to be a refreshing break from the series’ norm. It altered or removed most of the problems that I had with past entries and is overall a fun game for those who don’t mind the less than stellar graphics and the occasional bug glitches. I believe that whether or not you’ll personally enjoy this game depends on whether or not you like Pokémon. If you like the idea of an open world game with Pokémon, then Legends: Arceus will probably be satisfactory. If you care more about the open-world aspects than the Pokémon themselves, this game might not live up to you’re expectations.

As of now, Pokémon Legends has sold over 6.5 million copies, making it one of the fastest-selling Pokémon games and the second best-selling Nintendo Switch game in Japan. It’s likely that it will go on to further influence the future of the series, both for better and for worse.

 The game is available at retail stores including Target and Walmart and it can be purchased digitally from the Nintendo eShop for $60. The latest trailer can be watched here.