Monday, January 17, 2022

New Pokémon Legends: Arceus Gameplay Preview Offers Best Look Yet At What This Game Actually Is

Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have released a new gameplay preview trailer for Pokémon Legends: Arceus and it’s a 13-minute look at what we’ll actually be doing in the game when it launches on January 28.  It offers the best look yet at this new take on the Pokémon formula, which is especially exciting because as of late, Nintendo has been churning out trailer after trailer showcasing essentially the same content. Not to mention, no official public hands-on previews have happened for this game so we don’t even know what playing Arceus feels like. However, today’s gameplay preview video provides some answers to a lot of the questions we had.  Click here to watch embedded media Exploration The trailer doubles down on the open-hub nature of the Hisui region, citing that each biome has different Pokémon to catch, terrain to traverse, and raw materials to gather. These raw materials can be used to craft items such as healing items, lures, smoke bombs, Poké Balls, and more, and the narrator says your Pokémon can help you find these materials too.  Wild Pokémon Different Pokémon appear based on the time of the day and weather conditions. Plus, different species have different temperaments. Some are skittish and might run away. Others are aggressive. If a Pokémon detects you, it will be in an alert state and it will deflect all Poké Balls you throw at it. In order to catch an alert Pokémon, you’ll need to battle it with one of your own.  You can distract Pokémon with things like food, too. Also, if you encounter aggressive Pokémon, they might immediately attack you and if you take too much damage, you’ll blackout and lose some of the items you were carrying.  Pokédex  As part of the Survey Corps, your job is to fill out the Pokédex. This doesn’t just consist of catching Pokémon – that will only get some of the survey report filled out. You’ll need to witness them doing certain moves or observe them at different parts of the day to learn more about the species and ultimately, complete their Pokédex entry.  Traversing The Hisui Region Because of how large the Hisui region is, you’ll have access to special “blessed” Pokémon that you can ride on. For example, you can ride Wyrdeer to navigate land faster, but you can also immediately hop onto the back of a Hisuian Braviary to fly through the skies, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire-style. Basculegion lets you skim through the rivers and seas of the Hisui region, too.  Jubilife Village Jubilife Village is the center of operations for the Galaxy Expeditions Team, which is a group of people who have set up camp in the Hisui region to learn about it and the Pokémon within. They’re made up of the Survey Corps, Security Corps, and Medical Corps. Jubilife is your home base and it’s here you’ll collect tasks and turn in completed ones. You can also purchase crafted items and clothes here, and trade Pokémon with other players here, too.  Missions and Requests Part of the gameplay loop of Arceus is completing missions and requests. The latter are small tasks to help the people of Hisui while the former is how you progress through Arceus’ story. You can use your Arc Phone in a very Sheikah Slate-way to set waypoints, map out the region, and more as well.  Battle As expected, battling in Pokémon Legends: Arceus is turn-based, like the traditional Pokémon games. However, there’s a twist in the form of different move styles. If you use an Agile-Style move, it raises the user’s action speed, which means their next move might happen sooner but the move will be weaker. Strong-Style moves, on the other hand, cause your Pokémon to sit out for a move and in return, hit stronger the next time they attack.  Alpha Pokémon will be tough to battle but easily spotted thanks to their large size and glowing red eyes. Catching them will be tough, but it will be worth it.  Customization You can customize your character with a variety of clothing items at the Clothier in Jubilife Village. As you progress through the journey of Arceus, you’ll unlock more and more items including hairstyles, shirts, pants, and more.  Noble Pokémon Noble Pokémon are special frenzied creatures that rampage across the Hisui region. They’re easy to spot, too, as they glow gold. These are essentially boss battles. Depleting their health won’t end the fight. Instead, you’ll need to throw special balms at them made of their favorite food. In between throwing balms, you’ll need to dodge its attacks to survive. At some point during the fight, the Pokémon will reveal an opening and then you can attack. Now, you have to actually defeat it in battle before you can finally catch it. The narrator promises that these will be some of the toughest battles in the entire game.  And that’s where the video ends. Pokémon Legends: Arceus will hit the Switch on January 28. While waiting for its release, catch up on some of the recently-released trailers, starting with this Pokémon Legends: Arceus trailer that introduces the Diamond and Pearl clans to the game. Watch this trailer for a better look at the environments, NPCs, and Pokémon we’ll be catching after that, and then watch this one for a better look at the crafting in the game.  Are you excited for Pokémon Legends: Arceus? Let us know in the comments below!

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    Mod Corner: Best Batman Mods For PC Games To Celebrate Batman Day 2020

    Sure, you could play an actual Batman game but wouldn’t you rather see a Batman who could join the Brotherhood instead? Batman Day has arrived and instead of the usual “here are the Batman games you should scope out” piece, we decided to dive back into the world of mods since that’s been an area of interest lately. 

    From the Dark Knight taking over the Wasteland in Fallout to Batman hyut-ing his way through Hyrule in Breath of the Wild, here are our top picks for getting that sweet, sweet justice on. 

    Batman in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

    Surprisingly enough, Breath of the Wild actually has some pretty awesome mods out there, though most of them are jokes like Shrek taking over as Ganon. Still, today is an appropriate day to celebrate one Legend of Zelda mod in particular, one created by YouTuber ‘WilianZilv. 

    Not only does this mod let you become Batman, but it also gives you a Bat Glider and the Batarang to replace the Lizal Boomerang. Don’t lie, you know this is dope: 

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    You can learn more about this mod right here. 

    Fallout: New Vegas

    This Batman Fallout: New Vegas mod just isn’t about the caped crusader, it also offers other retextures such as Wonder Woman, Superman, Aquaman, Hawkgirl, Flash, Martian Manhunter, and even Green Lantern. 

    This mod is super easy to implement, as long as you’re on PC. You can download this creation right here. There is also a highly recommended Knightmare Batman mod for Fallout 4 if kicking the crap out of the Brotherhood is more your style. 

    Doom II

    Batman Doom is a total conversion mod that was created by ACE Team Software. It’s been a huge hit since 1999, and for good reason. It comes bringing with the ability to play as Batman himself while hunting different villains throughout Gotham City. 

    This mod is far more detailed than it appears at first glance and has gone through several versions to make sure it’s perfect. 

    To try out the new levels and take on Doom II in a different way, you’re going to want to learn more right here. 

    The Sims 

    This Sims mod was created back in 2009, but there are a ton of mods for the latest entry into the Sims franchise. Most of them are Batman-themed shirts and small tweaks, no full-on suit that actually functions (at least that I’ve found and tested), but this one has been a faithful one to me for years. 

    Since this mod requires a ton of different meshes in order to work, as seen with the various textures and shading in the image below, there are a few more complicated steps to making this function. Luckily, the mod creator offered some stellar walkthrough advice over on the Mod the Sims forums.

    Learn more. 

    Grand Theft Auto V

    This pick isn’t just one mod, but numerous ways to bring Gotham into a new world. From Injustice 2’s Harley Quinn to various Batman-inspired vehicles, there are tons to choose from when taking to Los Santos. 

    There are several high-resolution Batman armor mods as well, in addition to heaven adding a little Batman vs. Superman flair for those that fancy that particular experience. 

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    Prepare for the rabbit hole, because this library has a ton of options to choose from right here. 


    Come on, did you really expect us to leave Skyrim off of a modding list? Be real, Bethesda may have a reputation for some buggier experiences, but they’ve been a treasure trove of inspiration for those that love to mod. 

    My favorite Gotham-esque mod for Tamriel is the ‘Batman in Skyrim’ experience that adds Batman himself, two new player homes based off of the comics, a new race, Batman armor, new enemies, new NPCs, new spells, and a new mount. 

    This is easily my favorite and a really easy one to add to your game. Download here. 

    Honorary mention 

    If fighting games are your style, there is a pretty nifty Batman mod right here for Street Fighter x Tekken, but be warned: this is the one mod I haven’t tested out yet personally. If you want to play an actual Batman game with extra flair, the Batman: Arkham City Nexus community is really solid with a ton of options to choose from. 

    There is also this hilarious Batman fusion mod with Vegeta in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2! You can check out the video below and download this little gem here to get started. 

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    And those are some Batman mods that I’ve tested out myself that I can’t recommend enough to ring in this celebratory occasion! Think I missed a good one? Have a game you’d like a recommendation for to bring in those Gotham vibes? Drop a comment in the section below and tell us what you think! 

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