SundayTalk#15 Overuse of Forms
by, 2nd September 2013 at 01:01 AM (259 Views)
Or Formes, since Game Freak can't make up its mind.
We all know the deal and have heard the complaints. Forms are overused as of Generation V. But how did it come to this? Let's take a look around and see.
Forms originated in Gen III with Deoxys, the first, last, and only until next generation. Deoxys' form changes made it unique and stand out from other legendaries. Fans liked it, and it gave a kind of customization that allowed for players to use Deoxys to their liking. Except for the fact the form depended on what game it was in of course...
On came Gen IV, and a number of Pokémon were given forms, even non-legendaries. The idea of Forms was still interesting and new, and people were eager to see them in action. This is also where pointless Forms started appearing unfortunately. Shaymin was given an unusual and out-of-character form that turned a bush into a reindeer. While others like Giratina and Rotom had actual reasons and mostly different effects, Shaymin felt pointless. Then Arceus was stricken with the same fate, with one of the largest gimmicks in the franchise. While changing his type may be useful, the reasoning is simply that he's a god that does what he wants. While that might not be too bad compared to Shaymin, Arceus had no changes whatsoever other than type and a feeble palette swap. They couldn't have even added a different yet recognizable design for each type.
Now there's two bad forms in a pretty good pool, so there's room to mess up right? Yes, but messing up almost every single time is pushing it. Gen V treated forms poorly. Almost every legendary had some kind of Form, and most were created to get people to buy a game, whether it be the sequels or the Dream Radar. Keldeo's form had no effects whatsoever, and the design difference is laughable. Meloetta changes to a type that doesn't fit it. And the Kai Trio forms are just to get people to but the Dream Radar. Not to mention the forms are what should've been their normal look. But let's not forget the worst of them all, Kyurem. This guy may have a decent story tied to him, but everything else goes wrong. The designs look insane, even for a Pokémon, and he doesn't even change type to get STAB from the moves he gets. But the most dreadful, absolutely maddening thing about this is that he can only be fused to one member of the trio of the time. Remember that Dragon from the legends that split into the members of the trio? Wouldn't it be awesome to put the three together and see this legendary creation? Well too bad! You can't have anything redeeming about Kyurem's forms!
And now Gen VI comes to us. We've seen nothing about forms so far (no, Mega Evolutions don't count), and that may be a good thing. If Game Freak does plan to use forms, let's hope it recaptures the excitement Deoxys brought us.
In other news, we have the 2DS. It has caused quite the uproar. I personally don't care. Nintendo simply created an inferior product that's cheaper and for a different age group. It's simply a business strategy that could pay off.
Thanks for reading.
...seriously, is it Form or Forme?
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