Gen 1 IMO. Nostalgia aside I think it had the best starter Pokemon and it was as fresh as it ever has been.
Generation II. Nostialgia & very very happy memories dictate this decision.
Generation III recieves a lot of hate, and with a lot of good reason.
But it does have its good points - Pokemon like Milotic, Masquerain & Gardevoir were introduced so I think it's a forgivable time. That, and Latios + Latias are some of the best pokedex additions yet. Also, it had the best contests. Gen IV RUINED contests for me. RUINED. And that was unforgiveable. That, and Generation IV had a good few truly horrendous Pokedex additions; Infernape springing to mind. A Blaziken CLONE. III had a few lame ones, but overall there were some interesting additions made.
Gen II > Gen I > Gen III > Gen IV
For me, anyway.
Wow, I'm sticking up for Gen III. This is rare. XD
Generation IV has to be my favorite. Wi-fi especially pushed above the rest for me.
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Simply put, I still think I prefer Gen II the most. The remakes in IV are GOOD, but not good enough to shot it to the top spot. That said, Gen. IV is my favorite because of those, I think. ;)
Need more Dragon-types? Heck yeah!
Ummm first one because that's when the story mode was simple and the rival was cocky (and cute) lol
Generation III for me. Gen I had the best memories, but Gen 3 gave me the Hoenn saga, perfect remakes of the Gen I games, AND the Orre saga, not to mention my favorite spin-off game: Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Red/Blue Rescue Team.
I loved the Pokemon, the new features, lack of Day/Night, the berry growing system, the secret bases, the e-Reader battles in R/S, the Emerald Battle Frontier... not sure there's much I DIDN'T like in Gen III.
I like all Generations one way or another, but so far, Generation 3 takes the cake. For one, it came after the weakest Generation in my opinion, and was bold enough to take on a fresh start, instead of building up from the previous games. Any features it removed were for good reason, whatever people say. Many of them were severely overhyped when they were nothing special (Radio, two Regions), and others were held back until they could be implemented right (Real time, better known as "time of the day" or Day/Night).
Yes, the 3rd Generation cut all ties with previous games (With good reason, though), but that was for the better in every way. Ruby and Sapphire were much better games where Gold, Silver and Crystal utterly failed: introducing new Pokémon the right way. Focusing extensively on them instead of giving us 1st Generation crap yet again. Whether people liked them or not, this is how Pokémon games were meant to be done. What's the point of adding new Pokémon if you're going to completely ignore them or make them so rare or become available so late you can't even get to know them? As much as the 3rd Generation went to an extreme in this regard, I'm very happy they did, as not only they had an entire roster of new Pokémon (Compared to Gen 2's 20% of Pokémon related to old ones), but the games allowed you to get to use them and know them much better than the previous Generation did.
Likewise, the plot changed for the better. Not only we got the Remakes of Red and Green, which heavily expanded on the original storyline and tied it with GSC, as well as explaining many plot points GSC didn't even bother with (neither HGSS did lol), but the games set in Hoenn treated us to not one, but two new organizations that were a breath of fresh air and presented an interesting rivalry between themselves, and even used the Legendary Pokémon of the games, making them involved more in the plot too. It also gave more weight to NPCs, which led us to a better storytelling as a whole. Though a bit lacking in mythos when compared with GSC, they didn't disappoint at all.
Then we have the overhaul of the battle system with the changes in the IV and EV mechanics, and the addition of Natures and Abilities, which add much more to the game and gave Pokémon as a whole more of an individual feeling. This is the main reason why I enjoy these games so much.
Even the spin-offs were great, and I enjoyed them. Both Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD brought a very refreshing deviation from the then-tired mainstream plot, and I heavily enjoyed both games both for that, and the focus on Pokémon that had been ignored up to that point.
Finally we have the Battle Frontier, which added a great layer of challenge to the otherwise simplistic difficulty of Pokémon, and also gave us more characters to appreciate, and new ways to play. Emerald also treated us to the first instance of Gym Leader rematches, which was a feature I always wanted to see.
In any way I see it, the 3rd Generation was the boldest of all the series, and in taking such huge risk, it managed to improve in several areas. When compared with the previous two Generations, it's a huge improvement in both aesthetics, system and focus. Even the 4th Generation fell short to it, and if I liked the 4th Generation at all, is because Platinum brought back all the features Diamond and Pearl removed from Emerald (Let alone the dumbed down gameplay in DP), even though it isn't without merits of its own. But as far as I go, the 3rd Generation has been the best, and one that changed Pokémon for the better.
Gen 3 that's like the only generation I didn't mess-up
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I don't know. I love the four generations. Maybe I have a little more love towards the first two because that's when the games did surprise me, and because they're the only ones with a sense of continuity, like a real series instead of just a franchise with unrelated games.
But gameplay-wise, gens IV and III sweep the floor with the other two. Abilities, natures and the physical/special split made the battle system both deeper and more realistic.
I'd go for Gens II and III as they are the ones that introduced the most (both in terms of quantity and creativity) additions to the franchise.
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We need a poll.
Conceptually, it lead the way for every other pokemon game, and for me was the 'true' pokemon game.
One I didn't like was Generation 3, even though it had good points like Diving and whatnot.
Mmmm...If we talk about Pokemon, I Gen of course :3 They're the most original and good-loking Pokemon ever!!! =D The designs were totally amazing and we hadn't overcharging of legendaries xDU
But if we talk about games, I choose IV Gen without any doubt :3 Each generation is improved respecting the previous one, IV Gen has the best graphics, the animation is totally awesome and a lot of new options like games, wifi battles and treadings, and a really amazing storyline :3
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They DID ruin the appeal set though; it's so easy to win the appeal portions it's ridiculous. Not to mention the complete removal of jamming, which I think was one of the things that made contests great [either raise your appeal or screw over the others].
Hmmm, let's see.
I won't consider generation 1, because it's the start of the series, there's nothing we can really compare with. It could be the best gen because "It started this all", but in my opinion that's not enough to give it "the best gen award".
Now, gen II. I give it props for introducing the Night and Day system, the berries (apricorns were a cool feature too, but not a standard to the series), hold items, BREEDING, shinies, some sort of physical/special shift, limited but existing colours, animations (with Crystal), new types and some sort of primitive weather conditions. Pretty cool stuff, right? It's also less glitchy, but glitches still exist. The sound is too screechy. Region wise, it still couldn't get ride of Kanto, maybe to avoid nerdrage from some fans, and that's also the reason for the Time Capsule. Hum.
Gen III. First of all, I give it props for having courage to reboot the series. Some people hate it simply for that reason, but c'mon. Drastic changes like NATURES, ABILITIES, the new EV training system, the revamp of the Pokémon Storage system, the addiction of a new side quest mini-game, the contests, a new, independent region (probably also one of the reasons that cause Hoenn bias), field weather, a more complex storyline (for me, the only gen where it's plausible to buy all the versions, with Team Magma being the foe in Ruby, Team Aqua in Sapphire and both in Esmerald), DOUBLE BATTLES, a whole new way to battle, planting berries, BATTLE FRONTIER, a great advance from the Battle Tower. The amazing music, so much better than the screechy one. For people who prefer nostalgia, there's FRLG to show a less screechy gen I, and with the brand new VS Seeker. Dive! And how could I forget secret bases? My main problems with this gen is that they kept the screechy Pokémon cries and they removed the Night and Day system. Also, while not being essential, some sort of way to connect with Gen II games would be interesting. Oh, and a bit of excess of legendaries, still not too bad.
Gen IV... the total Physical/Special shift was something I can't ignore even if I wanted. One of the most important changes of the series. The ONLINE options, never seen before, take the series to a whole new level of interaction. The underground is a fun and intriguing off-quest. Without much of a need, contest got upgraded and with them they brought the new dressup feature. Poffins, a great change from Pokéblocks, offer another fun mini-game to bake them. The Pal Park was neat to transfer our old buddies from Gen III. A new Battle Frontier, although it doesn't feel as great as the one from gen III because of the lack of surprise factor. With HGSS they brought back something for nostalgia people (and Kanto is still there!), Pokémon following you (not needed for core gameplay, but a nice touch), the fresh new Pokéathlon and the POKÉWALKER. My main problem with this gen is that the Gotta Catch 'Em All was dropped for Gotta See 'Em All. Fortunately, it came back in HGSS.
Also, there were some rather useless evolutions added as well as more useless pre-evolutions, especially chingling (I can see a reason for the others, but not this one). And there were too many legendaries, seriously.
Looking at this there is, in my opinion, no best generation. Every single one of them brought essential parameters to the series' standards, each of them brings a different taste. None should be the worst either, because if you hate and wished any of the generations didn't exist, some of these features would be missing, making the game less richer.
Personally, my favourite is Gen III, because I loved the region, storyline and, although the Pokémon seemed weird at first, after I got used I felt in love with most of them. My least favourite is gen IV, but for the single reason I'm not a big fan of Sinnoh and its Myths, as well as some Pokémon. I don't dislike it, its taste isn't my favourite, if you understand what I mean.
Phew, this was a big post.