Every good JRPG usually ends with the player killing God. But never has a game made me want to defeat an almighty god more Pokemon Legend: Arceus Yes.
That’s because the protagonist of Pokemon Legends: Arceus, aka Pokemon God, is far from a benevolent, benevolent creature that cares about their creation. Instead, Arceus is a giant villain who doesn’t care about the world one bit, and conjures up the most tragic story a Pokemon game has ever told.
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In this game’s ending breakdown, I’ll look at the ways Arceus proves himself throughout Pokemon Legends as not merely neutral chaos, but outright evil. Its crimes include abducting children, causing permanent amnesia in train conductors, trapping benevolent demigods in horribly upside down dimensions, ignoring the plight of those they meet wanted to protect, put all the responsibility on others less equipped to handle them, and relinquished his godly responsibility to play collectibles and hang out around the country. You know, for the fun.
And unlike the great tragedies of other Pokemon games, Pokemon Legends: Arceus doesn’t get a happy ending for those Arceus who suffered the most. Unless, of course, DLC is coming, in which case we have to pay extra to have a happy ending to these divine tragedies.
In the end, Pokemon Legends: Arceus doesn’t let us kill God, but Pokemon God has certainly proven that they’ll deserve it if it happens.
Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.
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