Parents' Guide to

Pokemon Legends: Arceus

By Angelica Guarino, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Deep lore and new objectives refresh this series' formula.

Game Nintendo Switch 2022
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 9+

Is Pokémon Legends: Arceus worth it?

This game is absolutely amazing. The graphics are kinda crap but they still look gorgeous. This game has amped up the difficulty from the past games and might be harder and frustrating for children under the age of 8. If your child has played a Pokémon game and they enjoy a good challenge then go ahead and buy them this game. Pokémon Legends: Arceus has improved on almost everything from past Pokémon games. I personally enjoyed the game and had a lot of fun with it so have others I know. The game is $60 and that might lead some parents away but let me just tell you it is worth the price! Also some parents have bought this game for kids that have a 3ds or an older system. For the parents that own older systems this game is only available for the Nintendo Switch. If you think the $300 price tag on the switch is a bit too much go ahead and get the Nintendo Switch Lite which is $100 cheaper. Thank you for reading this review and have an amazing day!
age 7+

Fun Pokémon Adventure for Kids

It’s good! Wouldn’t mind letting the kiddos play this one. Some discussion of death and Pokémon being violent towards humans that might frighten 4-5 year olds, but I think the game might not be their speed anyway. 7+.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (12 ):

All of the main titles in the Pokemon universe have made use of the same formula over 20+ iterations since the mid-1990’s. Though many players have asked for innovations beyond the ability to change a character’s hairstyle or the introduction of new Pokemon to catch, Pokemon Legends: Arceus is really the first main installment to deliver on fans’ requests for a totally new way to experience the in-game world. In this way, changing anything at all could be seen as a risk for Nintendo, but Pokemon Legends: Arceus succeeds in delivering enough twists and refreshed gameplay to keep long-time fans invested. In conjunction with its new objectives, this title offers brand new mechanics such as using the Switch joysticks to aim Pokeballs at unsuspecting Pokemon, the option to catch Pokemon without battling, a slew of side quests to break up the monotony of going after one goal, a crafting system, and extended “boss”-type battles which can be surprisingly challenging at times.

Pretty much all of the changes made to the Pokemon formula in Legends add to the experience, but it should be noted that some of the same issues that players have experienced in past titles do unfortunately carry over. Even with the addition of side quests and more goals to complete within the Pokedex, some mid-game tasks can begin to feel repetitive. In addition, the world can sometimes feel a bit empty. With an effort to make other gameplay in Legends feel more like an open-world RPG (role-playing game), the downside to this is that it’s hard not to compare with similar titles that have much more developed and unique towns and spaces, such as Breath of the Wild. Not every game should be expected to reinvent the wheel, but it's hard to overlook feeling like something's missing. All in all, though, Legends lives up to Nintendo’s promise of a new kind of Pokemon adventure.

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