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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    Curse of the Dead Gods welcomes Dead Cells into its Temple


    Curse of the Dead Gods released on PlayStation 4 last, and most of us at Passtech Games have already been glued to your screens watching all of your amazing footage, feedback, and reactions. As thankful once we are for the response, we’re excited showing you new things equally. Today, we’re performing a deep dive into how exactly we crafted the Curse of the Dead Cells Update, a collaboration between us and Dead Cells’ developers, Motion Twin and Evil Empire.

    Death in Curse may be the gift that keeps on giving, and in this new update, we’re excited to provide new ways for you yourself to achieve your unique fate. To that final end, we’ve added new weapons, from Dead Cells originally, the Cursed Chest, and the Prisoner’s head skin for McCallister, Curse of the Dead Gods’ main character. 

    From the game design perspective it had been an extremely interesting challenge since it meant taking components of two similar but additionally different games and mashing them together. This applies to the artistic direction also, where Dead Cells includes a cartoony somewhat, comedic vibe, which isn’t within Curse. In Dead Cells for instance, the Cursed Chest speaks to the ball player, pleading them to open it. This didn’t are well for Curse, so we changed it to something we believe holds true to both global worlds – slightly less comedic, but somewhat alien and quirky still. We were aware that some players don’t like crossovers also, because it can pull them from the global world. That’s why we wished to keep carefully the content lore-friendly and fit the overall vibe of Curse aswell. Each new item and mechanic introduced in this update fits into our universe.

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    Deciding which weapons to take from Dead Cells was a great process. We started with a fairly long set of badass Dead Cells weapons and filtered it down until we’d only probably the most iconic ones that also made probably the most sense for Curse: The Broadsword, the Cursed Sword, and the Explosive Crossbow. The crossbow can be an new weapon in Curse entirely, which managed to get more alluring to us even. The Cursed Sword was essential, for obvious reasons. In Curse, these weapons were called by us the Broadsword of the Knight, the Sword of Conjunctivius, and the Crossbow of the Condemned. Both swords have exactly the same effect as in Dead Cells. The Sword of Conjunctivius (see screenshot below) is really a real devil – get hit once, and you’re toast. Alternatively, it’s very powerful. If that doesn’t fit Curse’s penchant for tempting players with their own doom, we don’t know very well what does!

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    We took some liberties with the Cursed Chest. In Curse, there was previously two methods for getting a cursed item (weapon or relic): get one at a starting altar or buy one at a sanctuary. Now, the Cursed Chest from Dead Cells offers you a third way. In Dead Cells, once you open a cursed chest, you’re inflicted with a curse that lasts and soon you kill a particular amount of enemies. We reinvented this mechanic to match into Curse: to unlock the chest you must kill a particular amount of enemies in the area without getting hit. Fail, and the chest goes poof. Than offer you a cursed item rather, the Cursed Chest presents you with either three items, among that is cursed always.

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    Hopefully you all enjoyed this insight into how exactly we brought a slice of Dead Cells into our very own Curse of the Dead Gods. It had been a pleasure to utilize Motion Evil and Twin Empire, and we can not wait to observe how the update will be received by you, the players!

    Curse of the Dead Gods can be acquired for PlayStation 4 now. On April 14 its free update Curse of the Dead Cells will undoubtedly be available.

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