Pokémon Legends is the true future of the franchise

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Pokémon Legends is the true future of the franchise

Let’s get something out of the way. I absolutely love Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Despite their multiple technical shortcomings, I’ve completed the gen nine titles, I’m working towards finishing the Pokédex, and I’m also taking breaks to take part in raids or do some shiny hunting. Exploring Paldea is the most fun I’ve had with a mainline Pokémon game since Black 2 and White 2, and it’s the shot in the arm the franchise needed.

Cool, so feature over, right? Well, not quite. You see, another Pokémon game came out this year back in January called Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Set in the region of Hisui and centuries before the modern Pokémon era, you learn how people used early Poké balls, how people first explored the world, and even how Hisui would becomes the region of Sinnoh.

PLA marks a huge shift for the previously rigid franchise, ditching many of its traditional features in favour of an action-packed title that focuses on freedom and fluidity. There’s a wide-open world to explore, and you can use the power of Pokémon to climb, glide, and sail to each and every corner. Luckily, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet do bring over a lot of these features, most notably one large open world to explore. But I just can’t stop thinking about Pokémon Legends: Arceus…

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