Poékmon games have kept the audience captivated for a long time. Interestingly, Poékmon games have completed a dazzling run of 26 years. However, they are equally popular even today. Consistency has always been the main factor behind such an enduring success. In fact, Poékmon animations and cartoons have always been the top favourites with children. Now, these games have captivated people of all age groups.
However, the recent Pokémon Legends: Arceus has become a blockbuster release for Nintendo. In fact, the game went on to secure the highest user score among all the games in the series in years. It has received reviews that are largely positive. However, its graphics have been a point of debate among people. In fact, a week has passed since its release.
Even now, the debates are going on in full swing. There is a note of dissatisfaction among the gamers about the game. While the other sections are excited about it. Read the article to know in detail about the debate about the games.
The Point of Disagreement
The game has been a great hit for Nintendo. It has received mostly positive reviews. However, Arceus is not the type of big-budget console game that many gamers have been dreaming about. This very issue has resulted in dissatisfaction among a section of Poékmon fans.
In fact, they are now questioning the way in which Game Freak has focused its resources over the years. This, in turn, has resulted in a rift between those who are satisfied with Arceus and those who are not satisfied with the game.
The Issue with Pokémon Legends: Arceus Graphics
There has been a section of fans who have been vocal about the visual fidelity of the series after it moved to the Nintendo Switch. Arceus has intensified this bitterness to a great extent. It is an action RPG that takes place across big, open maps. Therefore, the expectations about the gameplay and graphics were running high during the lead-up to release.
Moreover, five years back, Breath of the Wild has been impressive from every angle. Therefore, the Poékmon fans expected that Arceus would be equally impressive, if not more.
This very comparison led the fans to scrutinize every tree minutely in every trailer. The fans also expressed their discontent about the game taking place across various locations. On the contrary, they wanted it to take place within one contiguous map. As a result, one user commented that Google Maps look better than the Arceus map. In fact, the game leaked out a week before the release. At that time, some fans looked for ugly screenshots and gameplay footage.
However, after a week of the game’s release, various users who have played the new Poékmon game completely, claim that the graphics are absolutely fine. Yet some users like YouTuber LonleyGoomba stated that the game’s graphics looked like “shit.” On the contrary, there are some others like KizzityKaito who claim that the graphics of the game look “decent to great”. Follow the link to see the tweet:
The Debate About Poékmon
One main complaint that the dissatisfied users repeatedly sight is that the world of Arceus appears similar to the PS2 games and GameCube games, which are 20 years old. John Linneman of Digital Foundry stated that the fault is not that of the Switch hardware. Rather for him, it is a fault in the design.
He specifically criticised the game’s handling of long-distance rendering. The close-ups and nearer objects appear fine. But the distant landscapes look particularly bad. Follow the link below for Linneman’s tweets:
Similarly, various other players have claimed that though they rarely cared about graphics, the graphics of Arceus are particularly poor. They also suggest that Game Freak should improve the draw distance in its next update.
Apart from this group, there is yet another group. This group acknowledges that the visuals of Pokémon Legends: Arceus come nowhere near to those of Breath of the Wild or Genshin Impact. Yet, at the same time, they also claim that Arceus is a clear improvement upon Pokémon Sword and Shield. In fact, a lot of fans have come out in support of the game.
They mostly claim that the game has given priority to the gameplay and moment-to-moment feel. They also claim that the graphics are not as bad as the others might be claiming. Another point of defense that they use is that the Poékmons in the game display a great personality.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus has been a hot topic of discussion among gamers, right from the time of its release. The gameplay has been widely appreciated by gamers. Even some have claimed that the gameplay of Arceus should be the standard for future Poékmon games.
However, some users are really vocal about the improper graphics of the game. While the others have found nothing wrong with the visuals. Therefore the debate continues, and it remains to be seen where it ends.
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