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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    Star Kyle Gallner Talks Punk Comedy Dinner in America

    CS Interview: Star Kyle Gallner Talks Punk Comedy Dinner in America

    CS Interview: Star Kyle Gallner talks punk comedy Dinner in America

    Just in time for the coming-of-age dark comedy’s debut at the virtual film festival Nightstream, got the opportunity to chat with star Kyle Gallner (Scream 5) to discuss his work in the highly-acclaimed Dinner in America!

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    Gallner’s connection to Dinner in America is a “weird, long story” that goes back at least four years, with the 33-year-old actor having originally read the script years prior to actually signing on for the film but feeling he wasn’t quite right for the project at the time and letting the script sit for a while until reuniting with two collaborators involved reminded him of the project.

    “I was in the middle of filming a TV show and I had a brand new baby and everything was so crazy that I actually only read the first couple pages, and then, like, I had to stop and then forgot about it,” Gallner recalled. “Then cut to a couple years later, I’m in Romania filming another movie with J-P, the guy who shot Dinner in America, and he started talking about this movie that fell apart, and when he was describing it, it sounded really familiar. He told me the name, and I was like, ‘I think I got sent that script like two years ago or three years ago.’ I looked at my email and sure enough, I actually still had it, so I finally read the script and I fell in love with the script and I ended up asking my reps to set up a Skype with Adam. We ended up talking for two or three hours and kind of high fives over FaceTime, then, you know, two or three months later, I was in Detroit, but it was like a four-year journey or something like that [laughs].”

    In getting to the heart of his punk rocker Simon, Gallner found some of his biggest creative challenges came from trying to figure out the “physicality” of Simon and “the way he walks and the way he moves and the way he talks,” having a few key inspirations for his performance.

    “My goal physically was I kind of wanted like old school, like young Henry Rollins type of thing, that like beat, lean and mean kind of — and even his mentality, I mean, Rollins’s mentality is, you know, very forward and aggressive,” Gallner described. “I listened to a lot of like Dead Kennedys and like Agent Orange and Bad Brains, and I pretty much just made a big punk playlist and would just listen to that on repeat. You know, watch old punk videos and hardcore videos and see just how the way these people moves, especially when they perform. What I got really lucky with was the band Disco Assault, who did the music for PSYOPS, they’re a punk band out of Windsor. They actually played a show in Detroit while we were there and they invited me up to perform with them. So I was able to actually play live before we did, and seeing where my band actually performs, and that was really helpful, too. Then just sort of having that turned-up-to-11 mentality for the entire time was really exhausting. It was it was hard to keep that going. So as it was just remembering, you know, kind of who he was and always staying in that in that mindset and always pushing it and pushing it and pushing it, like Simon’s kind of like a shark. He never stops moving forwards, you know, so he can’t really slow down, so it was really just kind of coming up with that stuff. You know, the punk world and the hardcore world and stuff isn’t something I’m unfamiliar with that’s kind of like a scene that I grew up in, so I knew those people, I knew that world. So I at least had a good foundation to start from, but, you know, it was just kind of fine tuning it from there.”

    The Veronica Mars alum chuckled as he looks back at the show with Disco Assault, revealing he doesn’t have any experience with the instruments Simon plays in the film, having “kind of picked up guitar” but wouldn’t call himself “an accomplished musician by any means.”

    “All I had to do was sing man, all I had to do was shout it out,” Gallner laughed. “It was a lot of fun. Seventeen year old me was psyched. I mean, shit man, 33-year-old me was psyched.”

    Though turning to the punk world for inspirations for his character, Gallner noted that writer/director Adam Rehmeier’s script was “incredibly specific” for what he wanted from his characters scene to scene, not allowing for much “real improv” or “veering away from the script,” but found it to be really nice.

    “It gave us a really solid foundation to, you know, start from,” Gallner expressed. “Then Adam just really trusted us, you know, we did the work, we got on phone calls and talked about character and, you know, discussed sort of our ideas, and Adam would send us playlists of music. We actually got to go out there about two weeks early and we recorded all the music and we hung out all the time and had all these conversations about the movie and character and things like that. So by the time we got there, we were really just ready to go.”

    One of the brightest points of the production for Gallner came in developing the rapport with co-star Emily Skeggs (The Miseducation of Cameron Post), finding her to be a “really special” and “incredibly talented” person who was “so open and welcoming” to work with that made every scene smoother for the duo.

    “We really made a point to spend a lot of time together, you know, get to know each other, but also we built this trust where we have to do a lot of kind of strange and intimate stuff and there’s things all over the board that we build a trust that we knew we could push it with each other,” Gallner explained. “We didn’t have to sit there and ask a million questions or, you know, we got to the point where we didn’t have to be like, ‘Is this OK, is this ok, is this ok?’ It was more just we would look at each other and be like, ‘Do your thing.’ So being able to have that trust in another person and then have that trust in you really allows you to take it to where you need to go. This movie operates at a really bizarre, elevated, you know, place. It’s a strange world that Adam has built, so you can’t play it at 90 percent. You really have to be in it 110 percent or a film like this doesn’t work. So I was really fortunate to have a partner like Emily to allow me to really just go as far as I needed to go and then push it even further, you know, and we allowed each other to do that for each other. I mean, it was it was pretty special in that way.”

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    Written and directed by Adam Rehmeier (Jonas), the film follows an on-the-lam punk rocker and a young woman obsessed with his band as they unexpectedly fall in love and go on an epic journey together through America’s decaying Midwestern suburbs.

    Alongside Gallner and Skeggs, the cast for the film includes Brittany Sheets, Pat Healy (The Pale Door), Griffin Gluck (Locke & Key), Mary Lynn Rajskub (The Tomorrow War), Lea Thompson (Back to the Future) and Hannah Marks (Daniel Isn’t Real).

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