Man, Legends Arceus is such a good game. I've only played one of pokemon game before this, that being Sword and Shield, and I can safely say that Legends Arceus is a miracle compared to that game. The new exploration and collection heavy gameplay works almost too well with pokemon and is ridiculously fun, the boss fights, while simple, are incredibly fun, game balance is generally very good, almost all of the new Pokemon and forms are fantastic, alphas are such a simple but incredible inclusion, shiny hunting is actually kinda fun this time, and the story was better than most pokemon games. I really hope this is where the franchise continues to go. While the game is great, so much more can still be done with it.
My biggest complaint of the game is the poor combat. The combat seems fine until you make it to the last three/four trainer battles, where it's flaws are incredibly prominent. While the combat still works generally well with the fights against wild pokemon, the lack of combat variety and options in the game also has it's affects on the game's general collecting/explorative gameplay, as there isn't typically much to do with a pokemon after you collect it. Thankfully, collecting and finding new pokemon is still incredibly enjoyable despite this.
There is also the graphics, which are horrible, but the gameplay makes up for it if you can tolerate the graphics. Tbh they actually look fairly decent about half the time.
I've also have a bit of a problem with shiny hunting, and by that I meant I've spent over 40 hours shiny hunting and I have over two pastures of shinies and I can't stop please help