The next generation of Pokémon is finally here! All-new 3D graphics, new monsters, new evolutions, new online social features, and a brand-new adventure is all packed nicely and tightly in the latest entry in the mega-hit franchise. And what do you know, the critics seem to love it, too!
I played Y for 2 hours today and set my 3DS down at my cousin's house in sleep mode. When I picked it back up a couple hours later, my 3DS was at the home menu and my game hadn't saved, so I lost that progress. I guess someone picked it up and tried to play one of my downloaded games or something.
And now it's time for everything HoH dilikes about Pokemon
I think I'm done with Pokémon Y for now. Trying to finish pokemon games has become kind of boring to me. They're usually fun at first, but the games quickly lose their fun factor around the 2/3rds finished mark. They lose my attention when the focus of the game shifts from forming and evolving your team to battling 100s of repetitive enemies with that finalized team. The growth and progression of your Pokemon becomes painfully slow and the amount of random trainers and dungeon areas seems to increase. At this point you're usually fighting a ton of team ____ members and the non-boss fights become incredibly thoughtless. I try to read the dialogue, but it's so dull and bland that I end up mashing A before the person is done talking. Even the monologues of the main villains had me spacing out. You just keep going forward through the terrain, being stopped to systematically counter your opponent's Pokémon with their weaknesses.
Walk, stop, send super effective type, attack, switch to other super effective type, attack, walk, repeat umpteen times.
Eventually the repetition of this cycle wears on me until I'm no longer having fun. I dread coming across caves or villainous hideouts because they increase both the length and density of this cycle. I had to force myself to finish Fire Red and Black 2 because I had nothing else to do on the car ride to vacation. I was going to just put up with it and finish Y, but the thought of having to redo the trainer-heavy route leading to the 8th gym and subsequent forest maze really has me turned off.
EDIT IN BRACKETS [I also feel very unmotivated to progress once my team is in its final state. After 6 generations plus remakes, "being the best" has lost its appeal. I don't feel invested in stopping the evil organization of the week either. Oh no, is Team Flare really going to accomplish their goals? I wonder what will happen.]
All the designers would have to do to alleviate this problem is add something unexpected or creative to the world- a reason to keep pressing forward. I'm not saying I want this game to be like Earthbound or Final Fantasy, but some quirky or humorous text and varied locales would go a long way. More than just grass, water, rocks, and snow. At the very least, they could cut out some of the random trainers and make Pokémon level up a bit faster.
Ultimately I think the core and cause of my complaints is the fact that I've become tired of the series.
And that's just about everything I dislike about Pokémon. I don't like being this negative, but these things have been bothering me for the past couple of years. When it comes to Pokémon, the things I like about the series more than double the things I dislike in number, but I feel that these issues need to be brought up and discussed. Do these things bother anyone else?
TLDR: Walk, stop, send super effective type, attack, switch to other super effective type, attack, walk, repeat umpteen times.
Disclaimer: Pokémon Y is probably the best game in the series.
@Hero_Of_Hyrule I can see where you're coming from in terms of the repetition, but I'm not going to play this game straight through with no breaks, the way I always play grind heavy JRPGs is to play in like 30 minutes sessions and then also squeeze in some other games at the same time. Right now when I get bored with Pokemon battles I play a round of Spelunky or do a contract in Killzone Mercenary, it works out pretty well even if it takes me months to finish X I'm okay with that.
That's certainly a good way to go about it, but I find that that approach doesn't work for me. I'm the kind of person who either gets through an RPG in less than a month, or not at all. That even applies to my favorite RPGs. It's not a choice, that's just the way I am.
I would like to do this as well, with you and others, but I have no idea how to get it to work. I have tons of 3DS friends already who have this game but yet nobody shows up on my lower screen, but also I am not at the Friend Safari yet I don't think.
In other news, here's a map showing where you can find all the pokemon in the game apparently. This is great for people trying to catch em all.