Pokémon Legends: Arceus arrives on Nintendo Switch on January 28, but the embargo for press outlets who receive game code ahead of release lifts today–and so far, these assessments are raving about the latest monster collector. Many are calling it the best in the series.
Taking place in the past, in the bygone era of the Sinnoh region, Pokémon Legends: Arceus sees you exploring the unexplored Hisui area. You do familiar Pokémon things, like battle and catch monsters, but in a more open-world structure that’s closer to Capcom’s Monster Hunter Stories. The goal here? It’s simple: fill out Hisui’s first Pokédex. Oh, and the legendary creature Arceus will make an appearance or two. So, be on the lookout.
You might have already seen gameplay, though. There were a lot of mostly smaller Twitch streamers who got their hands on alleged emulated versions of the game, if not early release copies, and we learned all kinds of things about Arceus alongside the leaks. Like the new Pokémon types hanging out in the Hisui region, or how the monsters are giants and everyone wants to be stepped on by them, Lady Dimitrescu style. Video games are weird, but so are players, and that’s what makes them great.
Putting the leaks aside, Pokémon Legends: Arceus is still receiving glowing praise from the press. Sites like GameSpot and The Verge echo the same sentiment, agreeing that though this new entry is a bit messy at times, the gameplay and design is the most ambitious Pokémon has been in years. That’s really something for a franchise that’s been around since the ‘90s.