So much hate for the Battle Tower
by, 11th April 2009 at 12:31 AM (3919 Views)
Seriously, is it just me, or is the Hax Tower actually about 130581081 times worse in Platinum than it was in DP?
The AI's use of hax is just as bad as ever, and I wasn't really expecting that to change (even though it SHOULD). What has changed though are the possible Pokemon that you may encounter. Their move sets have been significantly upgraded to reflect the addition of move tutors; they are more versatile and get better coverage. That and the combination of hax prove that I was wrong when I thought the Battle Tower couldn't get any worse!
I wouldn't complain about the new move sets without the hax. I'd think it was cool that Game Freak was legitimately making the Tower more challenging. So WHY do they have to insist on all the hax? Not only does the computer exploit every cheap thing possible that is frowned upon in competitive play, but there is no way that Game Freak didn't increase these chances. The amount of times that very low probability situations happen to everyone who plays this can't be a coincidence. I wonder if there is anything in the coding to actually prove this though? You know, I could even live with the fact that the computer knows things like your ability and move set. Just stop with the hax!
Game Freak's crap doesn't make the Tower an actual test of skill, rather than a test of how long it takes you before you get annoyed and give up. Still, maybe I just really suck. No matter what I do, no matter how much breeding and training I do, no matter what team I put together thinking it can at LEAST live to see Palmer's second team, it never does. And I know many people have done that, and some have even gotten the trainer card upgrade for a 100 win streak.
There are times where I can admit that it was my own fault that I lost, and I'm okay with that. Sometimes it's tough to say, but in those cases, I can think of something that I probably should have done better. On my first run, at battle 38, I lost when I went up against a Kingdra. Not knowing its set, but fearing the new physical set, I left my Starmie in to scout. Looking back, I shouldn't have done that. I should have switched out regardless, as Starmie wouldn't really be able to touch it. I can't remember what the second Pokemon was, but eventually it was down to my Tyranitar and his Starmie. I thought "great, Sandstream will save me and I'll make the KO with Crunch." Nope. Starmie scores a critical hit with Surf, go figure. While that's extremely irritating, I can't really be mad. Critical hits do happen, and that's one thing that doesn't seem to be weighed in the computer's favor. I could have also prevented the whole thing by playing better. Without a doubt, I should have sent in Tyranitar to scout that Kingdra, and maybe my Starmie would have still been alive to help Thunderbolt the other one.
However, too much of the time it's something stupid that shouldn't have happened. And it's almost always in the 36-42 run. Just now, I lost to a Quick Claw Machamp, despite the fact that I was winning 3-1. Quick Claw activated EVERY TIME and Machamp raped my whole team in four turns. It's just beyond aggravating to lose to something like that, and it's definitely not the first time.
There was a time in the Battle Castle where it could have gone either way. I faced a Focus Sash, Guillotine spamming Gliscor. However, I forgot that my Focus Sash Lucario had a small dent in him, and didn't heal him. So if it wasn't for that, my Lucario would have survived the Earthquake (OHKO spammers will use a SE move against you, if they have one, before OHKO spamming... at least in my experience) and would have knocked that 1 HP off of Gliscor. But still, if the computer didn't excel at landing OHKO moves (or use them at all), I would have been fine. Then the Ninja Kid had the audacity to tell me "You lack conviction." I lack conviction? No, I lack an AR to help me land OHKOs about 70% of the time!
I really thought that in Platinum I'd give it another try, and that this would be the game where I went for that black trainer card. But with the combination of better move sets that can easily hurt a 3 member team trying to pack in all the resistances and coverage that it can and all the remaining hax, I doubt it's going to happen. I'll just settle for the gold print, IF that. I guess it's finally time that I stop trying to play fairly, and start devising a plan to abuse the AI. I think the beautiful little Chansey that was just traded to me from Drake should help with that. <3
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