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Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Nintendo, GAME FREAK Inc.
Jan 28, 2022 - Nintendo Switch

OpenCritic Rating

83

Top Critic Average

87%

Critics Recommend

Eurogamer
Recommended
IGN
7 / 10
Easy Allies
8 / 10
GamesRadar+
4.5 / 5
Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Game Informer
8.8 / 10
GameSpot
8 / 10
Game Revolution
7 / 10

Review Summary

StrongCritic Consensus

While Pokémon Legends: Arceus has its flaws - notably on the technical and graphical side - most critics agree that it's just the shakeup the franchise needed, resulting in one of the best Pokémon games in years.


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Critic Reviews for Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Inspired as much by Pok'mon Go as it is Breath of the Wild, Pok'mon Legends: Arceus is flimsy and compulsive - and exhilaratingly new.

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Pokémon Legends: Arceus is an ambitious revamp that successfully revolutionizes the defining Pokemon experiences of catching and battling, but is unfortunately set in a drab, empty, and at times tedious world.

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Pokemon Legends: Arceus is a refreshing take on the Pokemon formula, stripping back the game to focus on the titular creatures with such great success. It's just let down by the graphics.

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Metro GameCentral

GameCentral
8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

There's still a lot of room for improvement but this is easily the best Pokémon game for several years and a positive new direction that the mainline games would be wise to follow.

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Pokémon Legends: Arceus charts an exciting new direction for the series, while still maintaining many of the core tenants that made Game Freak's franchise so beloved in the first place.

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Pokemon Legends: Arceus is a significant reimagining of what makes a Pokemon game, with an exciting level of flexibility that's only slightly hampered by a slow early-game grind.

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For its flaws, Pokemon Legends: Arceus does have a decent gameplay loop, even if it is a bit too tight. I hope that with Nintendo’s next console, we can maybe see a game that doesn’t have to make such significant compromises when it comes to graphics vs. performance. For now, let’s just clap our hands and try to forget that any other studio would be roasted alive for releasing a game like this in 2022.

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OpenCritic Coverage

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