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Pokémon Legends: Arceus – Zero Punctuation


This week in Zero Punctuation, Yahtzee reviews Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

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There’s a genre of anime called “Isekai” that some fat nerd told me about while I was porking his mum, in which some regular dweeb from contemporary reality gets transported to a fantasy or video game world where their regular contemporary dweebiness makes them rare and special and a hero to a bunch of polythene big titty anime babes who all want him to accidentally perv on them in the bathhouse episode. And it’s become weirdly popular among anime nerds. Oh sorry, I misread that. And it’s become totally understandably popular among anime nerds in recent years, although the genre goes back all the way to 1889 with A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain. Who I never took for a massive weeb, but there you go. I bring this up because Pokemon Legends: Arceus is basically Pokemon as an Isekai. Just the thing for all you Pokemon fans who were concerned that Pokemon Go had made the franchise marginally less embarrassing to talk about in grown-up conversations. The premise is, you are generic contemporary gender to be determined Pokemon trainer who I guess fell off the stage in Smash Brothers Brawl or something and wakes up in the olden days of the Pokemon world when Pokemon training has only just become a thing.

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Yahtzee Croshaw
Yahtzee is the Escapist’s longest standing talent, having been writing and producing its award winning flagship series, Zero Punctuation, since 2007. Before that he had a smattering of writing credits on various sites and print magazines, and has almost two decades of experience in game journalism as well as a lifelong interest in video games as an artistic medium, especially narrative-focused. He also has a foot in solo game development - he was a big figure in the indie adventure game scene in the early 2000s - and writes novels. He has six novels published at time of writing with a seventh on the way, all in the genres of comedic sci-fi and urban fantasy. He was born in the UK, emigrated to Australia in 2003, and emigrated again to California in 2016, where he lives with his wife and daughters. His hobbies include walking the dog and emigrating to places.