Farewell Gen 5...
by, 30th September 2013 at 08:32 PM (345 Views)
I think, with Gen 6 pretty much here and everything, we should take a look at what the Gen 5 main series games gave to the franchise and the Pokémon fandom. I'll try to keep it brief and condensed. I'm not much for writing my thoughts down extemporaneously so bear with me.
-Gen 5 helped solidify the small boom of popularity the franchise received in the late 2000's/early 2010's with nostalgic 20 year-olds that began with the English release of HG/SS. Of course, it also strengthened people's criticism/apathy toward the new Pokémon.
-The new Pokémon were well-received although some fans (like myself) gradually warmed up to a few of them (it did introduce Chandelure, my 2nd favorite Pokémon in the franchise after Starmie). In the competitive battling world, some older Pokémon were either out-ranked or went up a tier and new Hidden Abilities and held items (like the Eviolite) helped redefine competitive battling.
-It gave us characters like N, the Gym Leaders, and the rivals who all had unique personalities, occupations, and goals. The Striaton waiter trio and Subway Masters specifically were fan-favorites.
-Both BW and BW2's plot was especially profound as it delve deeper and questioned the relationship Pokémon have with humans, specifically Trainers.
-The music continued to get more complex and realistic sounding.
-Finally, the post-Champion events were very fun as BW gave us the eastern half of Unova to explore while BW2 had the Pokémon World Tournament to enjoy, which I spent a lot of hours playing.
There's a lot to say about the Gen 5 games and, if you have more or disagree with what I had listed above, kindly share your thoughts in the comments below.
Gen 5 was a really good generation, IMO, and I think it will be remembered as the generation that broke a lot of molds the franchise had when it came to gameplay and storytelling. I'm really excited to see what the Kalos region (and Gen 7+) has in store for the franchise and the Pokémon fandom! Off to new exciting adventures!
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