With less than a week until the release of Pokémon Legends: Arceus, fans of the franchise have reached new levels of excitement. Leaked videos and screenshots surfaced, displaying some of the new mechanics and gameplay, giving Redditors a taste of what’s to come on the 28th.
Reddit user kupo0929 started a thread prompting users with the question of which leaks had them most hyped for the new game. The conversation steered between quality of life improvements, new Pokémon variations, and general anticipation for the open world, immersive experience that is expected of the new game.
One of the main comparisons Legends: Arceus has received since its first look is that the game design seems similar to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Though the game will allow for players to forge their own adventures at times, there will still be a central narrative. Linear narratives were one of the overused clichés fans disliked about Pokémon games. Leaks revealed some of the new story content, and fans are on board.
Redditor herbal_screams responds to the thread’s prompt with “The story itself, I’ve only seen bits and pieces of it and I am super excited to see the full thing.” Though the spoilers are out, many fans are trying desperately to avoid them, in hopes of enjoying the content with some surprise for the first time.
Pokémon Sun and Moon were the first games in the franchise to incorporate alternate versions of beloved Pokémon, Alolan Raichu, for example. Hisuian Typhlosion received some backlash at first, but after a video leaked of its majestic purple flames, fans buzzed with excitement for the variation. Players have already been vocal over Pokémon they believe deserve Hisuian Versions, so getting to see the realities of these iterations has been thrilling.
Reddit user sixtherangerdanger expresses his excitement for Typhlosion. “The video of Typhlosion with flames active. Hugely reassuring after seeing the stationary images” he says, referring to previous backlash. The hype for variants also includes the new Alpha Pokémon.
Hang Out With Your Pokémon
A beloved feature of the previous Johto region games, Heart Gold & Soul Silver in particular, was that players could summon one Pokémon to walk behind them as their traveling companion. Sword and Shield allowed for players to release their Pokémon to play with and feed in contained camp areas. Legends: Arceus will allow players to release their Pokémon into the world as they please.
Appreciators of the Pokémon’s designs will love this feature. According to user Glory2Snowstar, who says they are “hyped for this feature”, describing themselves as a player “who loves getting immersed into the world of a game.”
No More Trade Evolutions
A feature of Pokémon that has existed since the very early stages is trade evolutions. A handful of very popular Pokémon, such as Machamp and Gengar, have always required a trade between players in order to be evolved. This will no longer be a feature. Some described trade evolutions as an aspect of Pokémon that has aged poorly.
In the comments, user BaronKlatz expresses their joy for this change, and recounts a previous misfortune with this mechanic. They say “I’ve hated that since Pokemon Red and I found out why my level 99 Graveler still wouldn’t evolve.” Older fans of the game may still be bitter, recounting the time when wanting to have a Gengar meant either having a friend with the game or buying two consoles and two games.
Quest Based Exploration
Unlike the linear story mode of previous Pokémon games, Legends: Arceus adapts to the modern RPG style of games with an open world of exploration and adventures that don’t follow the main storyline. The leaks revealed that quests would be a main source of in-world travels.
Reddit user shauni55, who says they “enjoy feeling like a joe-schmoe in games,” made the comment to voice their appreciation for the idea of menial tasks and exploring being key aspects of the game. Users chimed in to agree, feeling like previous games in the franchise forced the player to a point of importance too quickly, without it feeling earned.
Swapping Moves On The Go
A quality of life change that players are fond of is that, in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, players will no longer have to find an NPC to help their Pokémon change its moves. The Move Tutor, who was once responsible for this action, now sells Pokémon their moves for in-game currency.
Redditor MasterRedx describes this as an “insane quality of life change.” This is a smaller change among the new features, but fans will likely appreciate the time saved.
Though animations have been an area that has consistently improved throughout the Pokémon franchise with new gaming technology, fans have marveled over the quality of what they’ve seen in gameplay leaks and trailers. The animations of the Pokémon movement as well as the look of their abilities has received praise.
The original post describes a clip of a Flamethrower ability animation as “most realistic”. Original poster kupo0929 says “Idk why but these tiny details have really made me feel ‘damn, I’ve been waiting for this.'”
New Combat System
The famous jingle of a Pokémon battle beginning has been stuck in the minds of players for many years, as has the locked-in stance of two trainers facing one another in a turn-based mechanic. In Legends: Arceus, the player is able to move their character around as they face off against Pokémon in the wild.
Reddit user tjkun comments “The combat system, how you can move freely the camera and the avatar, and the new animations.” The reply received hefty support as fans look forward to the new combat system that has received more comparisons to RPGs such as Final Fantasy and The Legend of Zelda.
Pokémon Size Variations
The idea of size variations isn’t a new idea in the larger fanbase of the Pokémon world, as games like Pokémon GO have shown. In the mainline of Pokémon games, however, this is the first fans have experienced it. This will seamlessly tie into the open-world aspect, and the feature of players being able to release their Pokémon to hang out beside them.
Reddit users upvoted this comment by sir151 heavily who, in response to the gameplay videos revealing Pokémon of the same species at different sizes, said “Size differences! That big Machop looks great!” Further comments buzzed with the idea of further evolved and more powerful Pokémon being enlarged.
New Evolution Cutscenes
The excitement of an evolving Pokémon isn’t new to fans who’ve been loyal to the franchise, but the cutscenes that were shown in the game’s leaks will be. The evolution cutscene has remained fairly consistent over 8 generations, but in Legends: Arceus, the cutscene has been revamped to a more dramatic cinematic.
According to Redditor bluepanda5, “They’re needlessly edgy looking and I love them.” The comment received the most upvotes on the thread, as users replied further to reinforce this sentiment.
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