Wow, I Should Not Have Overlooked the Pokepark Games
by, 28th March 2013 at 12:37 PM (574 Views)
All right, so lately I've been thinking about what kind of spinoffs I'd like to see in 6th gen (in response to a thread on Pokebeach discussing the matter). And there's several older spinoffs I'd love to see return (Mystery Dungeon, Ranger, and Colosseum/XD primarily), but there's also some introduced in recent years that I haven't yet played. Among those are Conquest, Rumble, and Pokepark. Now, when I first heard about the idea for the series, I blew it off. I was under the impression that it was too kiddy and casual for focusing on mini games, but recently my interest in mini games has been rekindled. So seeing as I had time to kill, I started watching playthroughs of both games just to see if they were any good or not.
And how wrong I was to write this game off so quickly. Turns out, that despite the mini game theme, the actual gameplay resembles more of an action RPG sort of. You spend more time exploring huge hub worlds and doing various challenges to befriend Pokemon than any sort of mini games. Which is just plain awesome. And the battling... I knew it was there honestly, but again, I did not expect as much of it as I've seen in playthroughs. At any rate, it's exactly what I've always wanted in a spinoff series, action packed battles unrestricted by the traditional turn based combat present in the main games. And I especially like how 2 added multiple characters with their own abilities (Oshawott can swim, Snivy can use Leaf Tornado to jump higher, and Tepig can use Heat Crash to break rocks).
Now the lack of emphasis on mini games does concern me a bit, and anyone who knows me well enough (from other forums) will tell you that typically, I do not look favorably upon games that lack consistency either within the game itself or compared to the franchise as a whole (examples: Sonic games such as Sonic Adventure 1, Sonic Adventure 2, and Sonic Unleashed). But the gameplay here actually seems to work pretty well despite that, although I do think future Pokepark games should put a bit more emphasis on the mini games than either game seems to. Other than that, the only other issues I'm worried about are length (both games appear to be fairly short without completing all of the Skill Games and befriending every Pokemon) and the controls (there seems to be too much emphasis on the motion controls with this).
But anyway, these games actually look pretty cool. I'm certainly adding them to my wish list, although I'm going to try and get them cheap (as in, no more than $20-$30). I have a feeling I'm going to enjoy them, and I'm interested in seeing what they do with this series in 6th gen (Pokepark U anyone?). But if you've played the game, I'd like to know what your thoughts are on it. Is my analysis of this game accurate? Is it worth buying?
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