[REVIEW] : Pokémon Legends: Arceus is already circulating, more than a week before its release.

Copies of Pokémon Legends: Arceus are already in the hands of some lucky people, even before the game’s official release on January 28.

As a result, screenshots, gameplay videos, and juicy reveals about the game started popping up online. If you’re a die-hard fan of the Pokémon franchise and want to avoid spoilers, it’s best to take preventative measures before checking your social media news feeds.

[REVIEW] : Pokémon Legends: Arceus is already circulating, more than a week before its release

According to Nintendo Life, copies are currently being sold on eBay, while some third-party retailers are beginning to ship the game to all corners of the world.

Pokemon before Pokemon

Earlier today, the official Pokémon YouTube channel released an interactive 360° YouTube video showcasing the Hisui region in first-person view. You will evolve in this area throughout the new Pokémon title.

[REVIEW] : Pokémon Legends: Arceus is already circulating, more than a week before its release

It lasts only a few minutes and we can see the character embodied by the player traveling in a small part of the region. This one rides his bike or one of the three “controllable” Pokémon of the title: Cerbyllin, Gueriaigle and Paragruel.

Set in the distant past, Pokémon Legends: Arceus shakes up the licensing formula and tasks players with creating the first-ever Hisui region PokéDex. The game features a vast universe where Pokémon roam freely, which has drawn many comparisons to Capcom’s Monster Hunter episodes.

[REVIEW] : Pokémon Legends: Arceus is already circulating, more than a week before its release

Other than that, very little information about the plot of the game has been shared by the publisher. We only know that a few Pokémon go into a frenzy and attack humans. Arceus’ role has yet to be detailed either – he doesn’t even appear in the title’s promotional content, other than in the original teaser.

Pokémon Legends Arceus: browsing the game in advance is possible!

Via a video posted today on their official Japanese channel, The Pokémon Company showed off a taste of what exploration will look like in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. The two-minute sequence is an interactive video where the viewer can directly interact with the game through it. The latter was recorded at 360°, which allows you to see every detail around the trainer. Traveling on the back of a Cerbyllin, crossing on a Pantagruel or contemplating from above thanks to a Gueriaigle: this short sequence multiplies the points of view within one of the open areas of Hisui, the ancestor region of Sinnoh (Pokémon Diamond/Pearl) that is central to the adventures of Pokémon Legends Arceus

[REVIEW] : Pokémon Legends: Arceus is already circulating, more than a week before its release

A LITTLE TOO EMPTY

If we can salute such an action, this video recorded at 360° risks confirming the doubts that some players have had since the first trailers broadcast around Legends Pokémon Arceus: a technique that seems below certain games also published on Nintendo Switch like Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The technique of the game, poor at first glance, is remarkable due to the certain emptiness of the illustrated area : despite two minutes of travel within this same biome, we see a dozen or so Pokémon.

Weaknesses that can be justified by the demands of Game Freak and the management of a colossal franchise that is Pokémon. It is otherwise normal that Pokémon Legends: Arceus raises fears and fears as a new formula used for the saga. Fears and fears that are also accompanied by expectations and desires, such as the creation of a deeper and more immersive story. In any case, we will have to wait until January 28 with the release of Pokémon Legends: Arceus on Nintendo Switch.

From Pokémon Red to Arceus Legends: release order of all games in the saga

This January 28, 2022, a historic moment occurs for the Pokémon saga, one of the greatest commercial phenomena in the history of modern entertainment, when Pokémon Arceus Legends premieres on Nintendo Switch. Not just because it’s the iconic twenty-fifth anniversary title, but because it will signify the biggest playable change yet in the direction of action and adventure: the creation of the first Pokédex. On the occasion of this event, Nintendo has shared an infographic with the release dates in Spain of all the Pokémon games of the main saga.

[REVIEW] : Pokémon Legends: Arceus is already circulating, more than a week before its release

1999-2022: eight generations, eight regions, hundreds of Pokémon

While it’s true that Pokémon Green and Red, the first Game Boy editions, were originally released on February 27, 1996 in Japan, it wasn’t until September 1998 that Blue and Red (based on the Japanese blue edition , released in late 1996 in Japan) landed in the United States; November 1999 in Spain. Since then, many firsts and a total of eight generations.

Despite what some players may think, Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Eevee! (2018, Nintendo Switch) belong to the main saga although they are quite different in their approach from the series’ traditional JRPGs. Similarly, even though it’s an action-RPG with crafting, live-action, stealth, and adventure elements of Pokémon Arceus Legends (2022, Nintendo Switch), the latter is also from the main saga.

This is the release order of all the main Pokémon games in Spain so far. In other words, derivative titles such as Pokémon Ranger, Colosseum, XD, Mysterious World, etc., which have enriched the universe of the saga towards other horizons, are left out.

[REVIEW] : Pokémon Legends: Arceus is already circulating, more than a week before its release

Order of release of all Pokémon games in Spain

Generation I

  • Pokémon Red and Blue—1999, Game Boy
  • Pokémon Jaune — 2000, Game Boy

Generation II

  • Pokémon Or et Argent — 2001, Game Boy
  • Pokémon Cristal — 2001, Game Boy Color

Generation III

  • Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire — 2003, Game Boy Advance
  • Pokémon FireRed et LeafGreen – 2004, Game Boy Advance
  • Pokémon Émeraude — 2005, Game Boy Advance

Generation IV

  • Pokémon Pearl and Diamond — 2007, Nintendo DS
  • Pokémon Platinum—2009, Nintendo DS
  • Pokémon HeartGold et SoulSilver — 2010, Nintendo DS

Generation V

  • Pokémon Black and White—2011, Nintendo DS
  • Pokémon White 2 and Black 2—2012, Nintendo DS

Generation VI

  • Pokémon X and Y—2013, Nintendo 3DS
  • Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire — 2014, Nintendo 3DS

Generation VII

  • Pokémon Sun and Moon — 2016, Nintendo 3DS
  • Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon — 2017, Nintendo 3DS
  • Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu!/Eevee! —2018, Nintendo Switch

Generation VIII

  • Pokémon Sword and Shield — 2019, Nintendo Switch
  • Pokémon Shiny Diamond and Glittering Pearl — 2021, Nintendo Switch
  • Pokémon Legends Arceus — 2022, Nintendo Switch

All ancestors of Pokémon Legends characters: Arceus

As the first spin-off of its kind, Pokémon Legends: Arceus tells the story of the world hundreds of years before the main games. Arceus, in particular, focuses on ancient Sinnoh, known as the Hisui region in-game.

However, it is not just Sinnoh that will have its history revealed, but also the people who live there. Notable Sinnoh characters such as Cynthia, Lucas, and Dawn, whose families have lived in Sinnoh forever, have roots that can be traced back to Hisui.

Rei et Akari

Rei and Akari are Lucas and Dawn’s ancestors, and it’s hard not to see the similarities. The two sport the same hairstyle, eye color, and even the same fashion choice.

Fly

If Champion Cynthia had an older brother, he would most definitely look like Volo. Volo shares many of Cynthia’s traits, from her penchant for travel to her endless curiosity. Volo is one of the merchants in the Ginkgo guild, so you’ll see him often in the game.

[REVIEW] : Pokémon Legends: Arceus is already circulating, more than a week before its release

Commander Kamado

Commander Kamado is undoubtedly Professor Rowan if he were a little younger. The mustache and stern demeanor check out, after all. Additionally, not only is Kamado the respected leader of the Galaxy Expedition Team, but he is also locally known for his research into Pokémon evolution. Sound familiar?

Captain Cylene

The Galaxy Expedition Team is divided into three teams: the Survey Corps, the Security Corps, and the Medical Corps. Captain Cyllene leads the Survey Corps, which is tasked with discovering new Pokémon in hopes of creating a complete Pokédex.