If this had trainer battles, cities, and more of a traditional Pokemon game experience, I'd be immediately sold.
This however... I'm still not sure. The missions and requests seem like they're going to range from tedious to offensively easy. Is there even things to find out in the world? Or is it all just big areas with nothing but Pokemon? Part of the charm of having a big map in literally any open world game is... places to go and things to do and discover? This doesn't seem to have that and i'm not sure it's visually appealing enough to me to be enamored by walking through nature alone.
I really want to like this, because it's finally utilizing 3D in a way that I think is more interesting than they have before. But outside of how well designed I think Pokemon are, how good I think the battle animations look or the character designs for the main NPCs... I just don't know if i'm going to find this game enjoyable to play, because it seems rather shallow. I will watch some live streams when it comes out and see what it's like. It's just giving me a "This is fun for a couple hours" type game rather than a game I can see myself spending hours and hours in.
Pokemon Snap was just so bloody good and rich with detail, I really do wish they'd just like... borrowed the Zelda team assets or something so we can get a fully immersive world too because we know they're just not really capable of it. We've been spoiled with BoTW really and this is clearly so inspired.
I feel like Legends can deviate a bit and be that iteration of the franchise that takes longer to develop and be more experimental and caters to other people from now on though, since I think it's not tied to the anime (they're doing just a 4-episode special for Legends Arceus) / TCG etc...
Folklore was actually the first PS3 game I played! I do see some similarities too.
I've seen so many people complain about it, but I don't see how the Arceus Phone is any worse than The Sheikah Slate?
It really does look like a silicon novelty case but SCREAM!Honestly it's just a matter of execution. If they made it look more like ancient tech we would have ate it up, but it's looks like it came right from T-mobile in a novelty silicon case.
That being said, I'm pretty sure the explanation for its presence goes as far as 'Arceus gave it to you, with unlimited texts and data.'
Because worldbuilding dd. The Sheikah Slate can exist because of an established advanced ancient technology that is integral to the story of the game and permeates the entire world you explore. The Arc Phone exists because...? I'm sure we are about to find out the very good reason soon enough. Gamefreak seem dead set on being secretive after putting out yet another trailer we've basically already seen, so let's hope the payoff for the mystery is worth it. Who's ready for Ultra Wormholes 2? Celesteela and Kartana are behind the scenes discussing how best to maximize their joint slay.I've seen so many people complain about it, but I don't see how the Arceus Phone is any worse than The Sheikah Slate?
Also, I just realized this is ANOTHER game with no following Pokémon. Why can't this just be a default feature already oh my fucking god.
Y’all need to raise your standards nn.It would be a bit iconic if the game is truly just one village and a bunch of empty, flavourless wild areas to catch Pokėmon in ngl. Reminds me of when I played Tomb Raider for the first time and I was too scared to progress further into the game so I spent hours in the forest hunting animals and doing pointless tasks