Pokémon Legends: Arceus is already proving to be a sales success, with plenty of positive buzz from fans that have made the jump. However, an ongoing debate around the game has related to its performance, especially its graphics and the quality of Game Freak’s engine. Even a number of fans that love the game itself have shared disappointment with the visuals, especially when compared to other major games on the Switch.
Now Digital Foundry has given an interesting analysis of the game’s technical aspects, which seems pretty fair and balanced to us. In the video above the team goes through resolution, framerate, and various aspects of the game’s technical performance. It makes some comparisons, too, notably with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Monster Hunter Rise.
In terms of resolution, DF outlines that it’s 900p-1080p when docked, while it sticks quite well to 720p in portable. In terms of performance the results match this writer’s eye test – the game is more consistently smooth and a solid 30fps in portable mode, with docked performance having more hitches and drops. As for the detail on the technical aspects of the game engine, like asset quality and pop-in, Digital Foundry gives some interesting detail.
Overall, the conclusion likely matches the thoughts of many that own it – the game is a lot of fun, but the performance and visuals could (and perhaps should) be better.
Be sure to give the video a watch and let us know what you think.