It makes no sense to compare Pokemon Legends Arceus to the main series
Pokemon Legends Arceus is slated for release this month, and Nintendo has announced its launch with more trailers. While Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl have been a colossal disappointment for me, having a Pokemon game that I’m passionate about is a good band-aid to place on that wound. But there is a problem.
If you’re on the internet and read Pokemon occasionally, you’ll know what I’m talking about. You probably see a lot of targeted posts on social media that all say the same thing about Pokemon Legends Arceus. Titles like “Pokemon Legends Arceus Removes Fan Favorite Feature” or something like “Pokemon Fans Disappointed With Change In Last Game”. Well, this article exists for one reason and only one, to remind you that it’s okay to ignore this mess.
Watch the latest trailer. I watched it with my six year old, who kept saying how wonderful they found the game to be. We keep forgetting that these games are for young players. And sometimes we get lucky and can enjoy it as adults too.
Pokemon Legends Arceus is not just a new Pokemon game as most of these articles indicate. This is a new TYPE of Pokémon game. This isn’t a main game where your character goes into a Pokemon obsessed world and collects gym badges, sometimes stopping for a brief moment to stop a goofy criminal family from fundamentally altering the properties of space and space. time. This is a game where, if you want to compare it to anything, it would be almost more like a Monster Hunter type game where only your pets can fight.
So why did we decide that Pokemon Legends Arceus should be compared to the main games? Of course, the game will not have any abilities. There will be no random encounters. It won’t have a large card connected and rather small cards relating to the quest you are on. But these are things that work for this particular game. These are necessary steps to create the different type of game that Game Freak is looking for. It almost makes sense to complain that Pokemon Legends Arceus doesn’t have any hidden abilities as it does to complain that Pokemon Snap didn’t have traditional battles. I don’t know why we started doing this with games. It scares the evolution of titles.
Imagine a world where Donkey Kong Country came out and people got mad that you didn’t play as Mario anymore, so people avoided it. Where Ocarina of Time was swept away because it removed the top-down method from previous Legend of Zelda games. Where Metroid Prime was avoided to be played in first person.
Let’s face it. Game Freak really got into a corner. There are so many Pokémon that it’s hard to include them all now. And honestly, while you and I and anyone could probably sit down for ten minutes and imagine at least a couple of new achievable Pokémon, it doesn’t make sense to add a lot of new ones because there are some. too much.
One of the only ways the Pokemon series can really last is by coming up with something new that works and I think it could. We can’t just have eight gyms game after game and a global threat. It’s dead.
Even Sword and Shield, a game I really enjoyed, felt trapped having to adhere to the traditional gym badge setup. It was almost as if the characters themselves were confused because they had to stick to the same thing, with some of the gym leaders almost absolutely irrelevant to the plot and only there to make sure. that there were eight leaders of the gymnasium.
So how about complaining that your meatloaf is not good because it doesn’t taste like an orange, maybe accept that meatloaf as its own thing and judge it? on its merits. Look at what it is instead of comparing it to something that it clearly isn’t. Give things a chance and stop comparing them to past experiences. In play and in life. You will be happier.