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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    The thumbs up Like logo is shown on an indicator at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Facebook has deleted a post by President Donald Trump for the very first time, saying it violated its policy against spreading misinformation concerning the coronavirus. The post involved featured a web link to a Fox News video where Trump says children are “virtually immune” to the herpes virus. Wednesday facebook said, Aug. 5, 2020 that the “video includes false claims a group is immune from COVID-19 that is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation.” (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Several prominent Facebook critics have formed a rival oversight board which will scrutinize the company’s content moderation practices along with other policies. The combined group is named the true Facebook Oversight Board.

    UK-based advocacy group The Citizens announced the committee 1 day after Facebook’s formal Oversight Board said it could start assessing moderation disputes the following month. That body will need to 90 days to create decisions on cases up, and it’s unlikely to get a bearing on what Facebook handles November’s presidential election.

    “That is a crisis response,” Guardian journalist and founder of The Citizens Carole Cadwalladr told NBC News. “We realize there are likely to be a group of incidents before the election and beyond where Facebook is essential. It is a real-time response from an authoritative band of experts to counter the spin Facebook is putting out.”

    The Real Facebook Oversight Board comprises 25 roughly experts from the fields of academia, civil rights, journalism and politics. Among them will be the company’s former head of election integrity operations for political ads Yael Eisenstat and early investor Roger McNamee. Other members include UK Person in Parliament Damian Collins, NAACP president Derrick Marietje and Johnson Schaake, a politician and the international policy director at Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center.

    The group will discuss Facebook platform issues in weekly public Zoom meetings and broadcast those on Facebook Live. Topics shall include political ads, militias organizing themselves through Facebook events and the spread of QAnon conspiracy theories. October 1st the initial meeting is defined to occur on, with a concentrate on election issues such as for example voter misinformation and suppression.

    Facebook announced plans to create its Oversight Board in 2018 and revealed the initial batch of members in-may. Some experts have suggested the board’s mandate is much too limited, as a big section of its work shall focus on content moderation appeals.

    Facebook will follow that panel’s decisions however the company can disregard the Real Facebook Oversight Board’s suggestions entirely. It voiced concerns over that combined group to the investment firm Omidyar Network, which includes provided funding to The Citizens. Facebook spokesman Jeffrey Gelman told NBC News the business tried to convince investors that “we have been ultimately working toward exactly the same goal.”

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