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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    Amblin TV’s Rashomon Series Acquired by HBO Max

    Amblin TV's Rashomon Series Acquired by HBO Max

    Amblin TV’s Rashomon Series Acquired by HBO Max

    It’s been 2 yrs since word first broke that Amblin TV was creating a series adaptation of Akira Kurosawa’s acclaimed drama Rashomon and now it really is partnering with HBO Max for the forthcoming project.

    “I’m delighted to utilize Amblin Partners and HBO Max to reimagine Rashomon for today’s audience,” Hisao Kurosawa, son of the iconic director, said in a statement. “I’m excited to see my dad’s vision through this inspirational story kept alive and made accessible to a fresh generation.”

    The series, that is being penned by Oscar nominees Billy Ray (The Comey Rule) and Virgil Williams (Mudbound), will never be a primary adaptation of the 1950 classic but instead will retain its key plot device of a drama centering a grisly sexual assault and murder and unraveling the mystery through the characters’ competing narratives during the period of a ten-episode series occur the present day day.

    “Truth is becoming increasingly fractured in this age of cable news and social media’s “say it and it’s true” culture,” Darryl Justin and Frank Falvey, Amblin Partners’ Co-Presidents, said in a statement. “Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece had not been a murder mystery just; it had been a revolution in storytelling, as cinema’s most influential and impactful early exploration of subjective points of view and flawed narration. Seventy years following the film’s release, the legacy of Rashomon is indisputable and its own central themes more relevant than ever before. Our series will honor the impact of the initial work and explore the age-old idea of objective truth versus subjective perspective inside our contemporary times.”

    Frank and Falvey (The Americans, The Haunting of Hill House) are mounted on executive produce the series alongside Mark Canton (Power) of Atmosphere Entertainment, Leigh Ann Burton of Opus7 Entertainment and David Hopwood (Den of Thieves), with SVP of Television Development Todd Cohen set to oversee the day-to-day development of the project.

    “It requires plenty of effort to help make the stars align and I consider myself incredibly fortunate to really have the possibility to create a genuine undertake Rashomona masterpiece from the true genius of cinema-for new audiences, with the entire blessing and support of the Kurosawa family,” Canton said in a statement. only that “Not, but to be doing this together with my colleagues and friends at Amblin Television, and also the talented Billy Ray and Virgil Williams brilliantly, is actually the convergence of effort and fortune that each producer hopes for.”

    The original film, co-written by Shinobu and Kurosawa Hasimoto and directed by the former, revolves round the rape of a bride and the murder of her samurai husband and sees the story told from four different perspectives, that of a bandit, the bride, a woodcutter and the ghost of the samurai.

    It received rave reviews from critics worldwide aside from those from its country of origin and is widely regarded as the first ever to put Japanese filmmaking onto the planet stage, winning several awards including an Academy Honorary Award at the 24th Academy Awards in 1952 and consistently appears on numerous lists to find the best films ever.

    Kurosawa’s previous work has been before adapted for international audiences, with Seven Samurai becoming the 1960 western classic The Magnificent Seven and Yojimbo acting as both an inspiration and source material for numerous works, like the official remakes A Fistful of Dollars, which spawned its trilogy starring Clint Eastwood (The Mule) in the lead role, and Last Man Standing starring Bruce Willis (Death Wish), along with influencing an bout of the acclaimed animated series Samurai Jack.

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