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Improving Pogemans: Neosquid's Opinion

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by , 12th November 2012 at 06:25 PM (308 Views)
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Imma rant about how Pokemon, mah favorite series, should be improved. ^_^

They need to make the damn main series formula better. Yes, each main series game is different, but the general formula tends to stay the same for the most part:

  • Start as some random guy from a town with like 4 houses (exception is BW2; town has more houses)

  • Have a rival (BW has 2 at least)

  • Try to get all 8 gym badges to get to the elite four

  • Fight a villainous team

  • Beat the villainous team a bit before the elite four (Exception is BW)

  • Crapload of broken bridges

  • No plot except for said broken bridges and the villainous team


And etc. There's more, of course, but those are a lot of the big ones.

Here's how I think they could improve.

As to how to solve the gym problem, here's my proposal; make the gyms a sidequest in some games, and nonexistant in others. Let's face it, Gyms are too important to the Pokemon series to scrap completely. But I'm tired of the main goal of every single main series game to be "beat all 8 gyms, become the champion". I want another goal. Of course, there are multiple ways to go about this. For one, we could kill two Pidgey's with one stone and just give the games a good plot. Maybe have another villainous team, but make them more interesting for the most part. Have them be like threatening the region or something, and make them more involved in the plot. It could be different for some of the games, of course. Maybe in some games you're trying to capture all the legendaries so you can get access to an ancient castle, and another guy is competing with you. Maybe in one game you're a ship captain, and you have to sail the seas while trying to stop an alien from taking over the world. The options are endless, really. I stand by my opinion that Pokemon needs to have at least one game with a really, really good plot. After all, it is an RPG series.

The gameplay of the main series games I find to be really good, I think they can keep this style for the most part. But I'd like to see a game with 3D gameplay, similar to Kingdom Hearts, Xenoblade, etc. Xenoblade is the only "3D RPG" I've played (dunno if there's a better term for it), and it was wonderful. Big world, great plot.....a bigger world is another thing I think Pokemon could use. The routes and cities in Pokemon are too small in my opinion, especially the cities. Some of them literally consist of like four houses. I want to be able to explore a really big, beautiful world. Xenoblade like gameplay would also be fun. It would be more fast paced and stuff. While the normal gameplay is fine, I would love a few games with this style of gameplay, it would be great.

Another thing is the overreliance of making new Pokemon. Here's a disclaimer; I love new Pokemon. Generation 5 is one of my favorites. But the fact is, eventually they'll make enough generations where it will just be stupid. I personally think 6 is the perfect generation to stop with, and if not, then 7 for sure. I don't think I would even play a game after a generation 7. I think that new Pokemon are pretty cool, but the way to go about introducing them, in my opinion, is to introduce a maximum of like 10 per game. Probably less. Maybe they'd introduce a main series game that added like 6 normal Pokemon and 1 legendary. It wouldn't be overkill, and it would be sorta cool. I think GF is most likely to make a generation 6, but after that, I hope they do it that way. And instead of them just adding new Pokemon and a new region for main series games, I say that like I said before, they make a good plot. New regions could be added, of course, but each one would have a different plot.

As for the side series....Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, Ranger, etc.....I dunno, I don't have a lot of complaints. Mystery Dungeon is great, Ranger is okay, I liked Conquest.....I think the main series, although arguably the best Pokemon games, are the ones that need the most improving.

Also, f-cking nerf Stealth Rock.
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  1. Sunburn's Avatar
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    Regardless of what the development team does, I think it will be interesting to see how they handle the problem of new generations introducing more and more Pokemon to the point of over-saturation. Your proposal is intriguing and would solve the overpopulation problem for the most part, but I just wonder what they would do about the 3 lines of starters every new generation. I don't think there's an easy fix but I hope that GF is looking into this, and will hopefully be kicking speculation into high gear after Gen 6 is released.
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  2. Shiny Celebi's Avatar
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    I would agree they need to cut back on the Pokemon, are we really going to get to the point where there are 1000 Pokemon in the National Dex? Unless I get a really nice reward for doing so, I wouldnt even bother trying to fill the national dex if that were the case. That number of Pokemon is pushing it, IMO. I think Gen 6 should have 100 Pokemon at most, a more managable number than like 150. Also they really need to cut down on the legendaries. 2 legendary trios I think is the most that is needed( masoct trio and one other trio un related to them is all I believe nessesary) and maybe 1 or 2 standalone legends/event Pokemon because I think they would be way more appreciated if there were fewer introduced and they dont all need second formes. I say give more normal Pokemon new formes if you want to include those.
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  3. Karamazov's Avatar
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    I heavily disagree with cutting back on new Pokemon. The world is supposed to be an ever-changing world absolutely brimming with new life, like our world. What appeals most of this series to me is that there's a never-ending world of fun, amazing creatures on new lands that I, myself, get to discover and learn about. If I could, I'd spend my real life just travelling the planet and studying all the animals I come across. And it's not like you have to catch more than a couple of Pokemon each game, or fill the Dex.
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  4. crystallineEntropy's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karamazov
    I heavily disagree with cutting back on new Pokemon. The world is supposed to be an ever-changing world absolutely brimming with new life, like our world. What appeals most of this series to me is that there's a never-ending world of fun, amazing creatures on new lands that I, myself, get to discover and learn about. If I could, I'd spend my real life just travelling the planet and studying all the animals I come across. And it's not like you have to catch more than a couple of Pokemon each game, or fill the Dex.
    Good point. However, I disagree to an extent. While it's always great to see new Pokemon, eventually I do think it will just get old; it's gotten old for a lot of people already, sadly. I think new Pokemon should continue to be introduced, just at a slower pace.

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