Pokemon holds a special place in the heart of many gamers. For decades, we have been trying to catch all of these pocket monsters, from the early days of Pokemon Red on the Game Boy to Pokemon Legends Arceus on the Nintendo Switch. The latest entry to the series brings a new spin to the usual “gotta catch’em all” formula, introducing a semi-open world where Pokemon live peacefully. If you are tired of roaming around Hisui or don’t own a Nintendo Switch yet, here are some other great games like Pokemon Legends Arceus.
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
Have you ever dreamed of exploiting your Pokemon for more than just breaking a few rocks? Palworld is a mix between Pokemon, Valheim, and a poaching simulator. This multiplayer open-world survival game lets your collect creatures called Pal to make them fight, farm materials, craft buildings, or even work in a factory. To be clear, the tone of Palworld is a lot more malevolent than Pokemon.
Just like Pokemon Legends Arceus, Palworld is an open-world game where you can roam around and see the little creatures live their lives. You can catch new friends and ride some of them to explore the map. But you can also force them into labor so they would build a pyramid for you or work in an ammo factory before you head to a dungeon. If you like Pokemon but wish you could be more of a tyrant, then Palworld was made for you.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows
DokeV is an upcoming creature-collecting open-world RPG developed by Pearl Abyss, the company behind Black Desert Online. The goal of this game is to befriend Dokebi, creatures that get strength from and empower people’s dreams.
The environment of DokeV is more urban than in Pokemon Legends Arceus. You can go ride a bike or skateboard, surf, or even paraglide. But the main goal of the game is to collect Dokebi and make them fight. DokeV is colorful, packed with action, and puts emphasis on social interactions.
Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows
Temtem is largely inspired by Pokemon but is a way more social game. The six islands of the Airborne Archipelago are filled with monsters for you to capture. And unlike Pokemon games, you can share your adventures with friends as Temtem is an MMORPG.
Temtem is basically Pokemon with friends. There are plenty of Temtem for you to catch and train. If you like the solo aspect of Pokemon, you can ignore everyone and go battle the eight dojos leaders. But Temtem takes another dimension if you play with friends. As it is an MMORPG, there will often be someone else fighting with Temtem near you. You can join forces with another Temtem tamer or fight against other players in a competitive mode.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows
One of the most popular alternatives to Pokemon is Digimon. These digital monsters first appeared in 1997, one year after the pocket monsters. If Digimon was originally meant as a more masculine version of Tamagochi, it quickly competed with Pokemon to conquer the heart of monsters collectors. Both licenses have their own anime series, films, and video games.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Digimon anime, Bandai Namco announced Digimon Survive, a brand new RPG coming out in 2022. Just like in Pokemon Legends Arceus, the main character is transported to a strange new world filled with monsters to catch and battle.
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin is a spin-off title in the Monster Hunter series. Unlike the core games, you don’t have to slaughter every monster you meet. Instead, you collect eggs and grow the monsters as your friends. You can even ride them to explore the world.
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin is essentially the love child between Monster Hunter and Pokemon. There are plenty of monsters to collect, a cool story to discover, and a large world to explore.
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