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  • Writer's pictureBenjamin Gunst

Honest Review: Pokémon Legends Arceus

Released the last week of January, the Pokémon Legends Arceus is one of the best Pokémon games I have ever played in my whole life.

The game starts with these three Pokémon: Rowlet, a grass-type Pokémon originally from the Alola region; Cyndaquil, a fire-type Pokémon from the Johto region; and Oshawott, a water-type Pokémon from the Unova region. This starting line-up marks the first game featuring all starting Pokémons from the different areas.

The catching system improved a lot in comparison with other sagas. It is easier to add new Pokémons to the team while exploring the open world that the Hisui region brings for us. There is no pause for level-ups and learning moves when a battle is over. Instead, you can go straight to sneaking, catching, battling, and exploring.

The game is a prequel to 2006's successful Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.

As it is common in the Pokémon franchise, you will be able to capture the rarest Pokémons after finishing the primary history mode. Dialga and Palkia will be available for catching based on whether you joined the Pearl or Diamond clan.

To catch Uxie, Mesprit and Azelf, you must head to the Survey HQ and follow "The Researcher of Myths" mission. You can find these rare Pokémons in Lake Acuity North, Lake Verity West and Lake Valor North.

You can also follow this method to catch Shaymin, Darkrai, Manaphy, Phione, Tornadus, Thundurus, Landorus and Enamorus.

It is also possible to catch Arceus, but it is the most difficult. To do so, you need to complete 100% of the Pokédex. After that, Professor Laventon will send you to the Temple of Sinnoh. At the top of the temple, you have to play the Azure flute. The battle will start. But it is not that easy. After three weeks now, I haven't captured it.

The game obeys a real quick sequence. It didn't take me more than a week to finish the history part. I played for around three to four hours a day. My father was super excited since he played the Pokémon Pearl edition in Nintendo DS in 2007. Even though he has no time to play now, he is interested in the game. He came to my room occasionally to have an update on the history and to give me clues about the whereabouts of the rare Pokémons.

I didn't play Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, which are the 2021's remakes of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. However, I am eager to do so since my father is taking part in this path.

Even Xanaphia thinks it is a good idea. She hasn't met my parents yet. But she says that I speak a lot about them. I am thinking in many ways to introduce Xanaphia to my parents, but I don't know if she is ready yet. Maybe I should do it after Batman's premiere. Since she is a DC fan (and a Marvel hater), I believe watching that movie would be a milestone in our geek relationship. I hope more green flags will arrive.

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