Developer : Game Freak
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Even though I love Pokemon Sword and Shield, I feel like the series has needed a big shakeup for years now. Even the most traditional of old-school RPG series have left Pokemon in the dust. Pokemon needs its own Dragon Quest XI. Pokemon Legends Arceus is that game, but it's a little rough around the edges.
Pokemon Legends Arceus takes place in the Hisui Region, which is ancient Sinnoh, the region Pokemon Diamond and Pearl take place in. They never say how long before Diamond and Pearl, but I'd guess it's around 200 years prior since the most advanced piece of technology there is a camera. People in Hisui treat Pokemon like dangerous monsters. And they're right, especially about Drifloon and Mr Mime. A lot of wild Pokemon will attack Humans on sight in this region. The only people who will have anything to do with Pokemon in ancient Jubilife City are the Galaxy Expedition Team, who are apparently the first version of Team Galactic, the evil organization in Diamond and Pearl. So of course, you join them to help with any Pokemon related matters and spread the good word about Pokemon in Jubilife Village.
It doesn't help that trainers regularly throw out 2 or 3 Pokemon at once. No, there are no double battles in this game. You never get to throw out more than 1 Pokemon. Enemy trainers are just cheating. That's how this game handles difficulty, it just makes everything unfair.
Not everything about this game is great, but it is a lot of fun and I like this direction for the Pokemon series. A 3rd person Pokemon game like this is something I’ve been dreaming about since the GBC days. I hope a lot of this makes it into the mainline games, but I’d like to see a more interconnected, Zelda-like world in a Pokemon RPG. I don’t think the Monster Hunter style world layout really fits with what Pokemon RPGs are. It doesn’t have to be “Open World”, but I think it should be more like Zelda and DQXI than MH. The real-time Pokemon catching style is also something I’d like them to keep. It’s just so much more fun than the usual battle and apply status effect method. I can do without human VS Pokemon battles and the Agile and Strong styles. Regular Pokemon battles should remain the focus, and the battle system doesn't need any more gimmicks.