HGSS wrapup: Fun but ultimately unsatisfying
by, 15th June 2011 at 09:58 PM (189 Views)
So I just grabbed my 16th badge and HM08 today. I know there's a bit more of the game to be played, but I was fundamentally disappointed by HGSS. There was this weird time in Kanto where I was at this tipping point where I didn't have the power to beat Sabrina, because Espeon just Calm Minded and then roasted me. So I had to re-run the E4 twice and took on Erika and I think one other gym to level up. Then I beat Sabrina and just absolutely ran over the entire rest of Kanto in about an hour. Sabrina, Misty, Brock, Blaine, and Blue all fell SO quickly. There was no challenge, and while my team is balanced and I'm a competent battler there was really no challenge; my team methodically dismantled everybody.
Probably my biggest gripe about the game is its speed and the lack of any real challenges. Especially in Kanto--as I said, Sabrina was the only real wall/impediment. And it didn't seem like anything else was even really trying to stop you. Erika's entire gym could've been handled by my Arcanine. Misty could've been rolled by Meganium alone. Same with Brock. Blaine was owned by Slowbro. Blue was just a matter of tactical switching a few times. Victory was methodical and complete, but unsatisfying.
Is Black and White better? I really hope so, because I remember how awesome I felt Gold was when I first played nearly a decade ago. And I feel pretty empty playing HeartGold now. So, what gives? Am I getting old, or is the franchise easy and uninventive?
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