SundayTalk#20 Disregard of Importance
by, 21st October 2013 at 12:26 AM (4456 Views)
Disregard for important features to be more clear.
Every game has features, some new and others old, but every single one has something in common. And that is a feature, usually multiple, left out for no real reason. Perfect example: Black and White, which removed everything on the excuse of a "fresh start for the franchise." Of all of the features we've come to love and then see wiped from exitance, some stand up more than others.
The first of which is perhaps one of the most useful features in any game, rematches. While present in some way, rematches are too commonly swept aside to the static Elite Four, which then makes you sit through the credits to add insult to injury. Occasionally you'll get to fight the not static Gym Leaders, and if you're lucky, random trainers across the region. Of our total six generations, the only time we've gotten all three in a usable amount is Emerald and Platinum. Rematches are such a useful feature in so many ways, but is tossed aside in favor of petty distractions called Pokéstar Studios. EV training becomes quicker, grinding becomes less tedious, and hours of gameplay are added. It's simply a loss when not present. A complete and utter loss.
Remember when I said hours of gameplay about two sentences ago? Well that's nothing compared to what these can add. Next up we have the popular and missing since Generation IV Contests and Pokéathlon! And not the mediocre Super Contests of Sinnoh. A brilliant side quest to the story, contests, and to a lesser extent the Pokémon Olympics, provide a whole new dynamic to training. Instead of mowing down ten-year olds and taking their money, you can build teams specifically designed to achieve fame and glory in ways other than battling. These two features breathe new air into the franchise and Contests were expected to be a staple of the series, but both were dropped off for a "fresh start to the franchise" once again, and haven't made a return, despite popular demand.
Finally, we have what was an actual staple of the series, the Safari Zone. Although the biggest rage machine in gaming history, we all know that feeling of finally catching those elusive Chansey and Kangashkhan. Well, hopefully you do. I don't :'( . The Safari Zone has changed in each Gnerations, every time better than the last. From an actual safari to a swamp to a park of your own design, this has always been an arguably good way to get Pokémon, especially rare ones. Sadly however, the "fresh start for the franchise" plague struck even this too, and has only returned as a shell of its former self in X and Y. (Sigh...did Gen V do anything right?) Nowadays you can just catch Chansey and Kanghaskhan in the wild like everyone else. How boring and not rage inducing.
Although Gen VI is the current high point of the series, even it can't being back any of these fully. Looks like we'll just have to wait and see like so many other things. Oh and speaking of return, how about them Hoenn?
In other news, I would have to give Pokémon X and Y a 1/10. Why? Because Wailord isn't full size.
Thanks for readin'.
...is it a sign I spend too much time here when I get the urge to write fanfiction?
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