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So little known fact about me, I've not been the biggest fan of Generation 6 historically. I distinctly remember my first experience with it; I got it after months of intense anticipation, I loaded it into my 3ds, and then quit like an hour in because I didn't like it at all. It was was one of the only times I remember being disappointed by a video game, and even though I didn't know what I hated about the game, there was something.
About a year later, I gave the game a proper chance. I did indeed make it farther than the 3rd town, and managed to slog my way up to the snow area. But again, I lost interest and decided I hated the game. This was, coincidentally, around the same time my mad childhood love for Pokemon began to dissipate. Was there a correlation? Probably, but then who really knows. All that mattered at the time was that it wasn't Pokemon Platinum 2, therefore it wasn't worth my time.
But it's been a long time since I last tried Gen 6, and I feel like I need to know where I stand on it as a more "mature" individual. Is this game secretly a brilliant masterpiece this time that I was just rejecting out of petty emotion? Or is it really the dumpster fire my 13 year old brain convinced me it was. Either way, it's something to do instead of finish my backlog of games. So join me on this journey of discovery as I try to figure out if this game didn't just die, but was murdered.
So my biggest problem with this game, if I remember, was the entourage of fake friends the game threw at you. I don't remember exactly how big a role they play in this game, but for now I'll try to be cautiously optimistic about them. For this first encounter, at least, they were pretty harmless.
I chose Chespin on my original playthrough of this game, and I don't care for Delphox, so Froakie was the natural starter choice. Greninja is pretty fun in Smash, at the very least.
I guess this technically started in Gen 5, but the moving camera in the battle windows is a nice touch. Makes everything slightly less static.
I knew this game was was super easy and handholdy, but I didn't remember it being this bad. Why do I already have Bubble, it makes this battle a complete joke. At the very least, it's quicker than a massive tackle-fest.
This nice camera angle won't distract me from the fact this route is literally a straight line. Like seriously, at least put an optional surf path on here or something. You might as well just merge the two towns.
I don't remember being particularly impressed by the games visuals back in the day, but shots like this look pretty great if you ask me.
So apparently your first encounter is scripted to be this exact Pidgey. I'm sure I'll have a lot to say about nostalgia pandering and Kanto favoritism in the future, but for now just know I'm not the biggest fan.
Speaking of Kanto, welcome to Viridian forest everyone. It's just like in Pokemon Rojo y Azul, Te acuerdas?
Okay this is the biggest nitpick of the century, but in 4th gen NPC's would automatically heal your Pokemon, why the sudden change Nintendo? You literally ruined Pokemon.
He literally gave me Poke Balls 5 minutes ago why do I need more?
Why did they change Pikachu's cry? It's so out of place and not even that great tbh.
You know if you're gonna copy paste Viridian Forest, why not copy what made it memorable to begin with? The original level punished you hard if you didn't come prepared with antidotes, with Poisonous Weedle and indestructible Metapod's abound. Now, with on the spot healing and a significant shortage of Weedle, there's nothing really to this dungeon. Like even the music sounded more intimidating, compare the old track to the new one and decide which better suits a video game dungeon
Cut was never particularly well conveyed in the older games, Like why can't I just squeze through a tiny tree? I'm glad this game made the need for it make sense.
Another nice shot. This game looks a lot better than I remember, so far at least.
And here we have the first gym puzzle. I was gonna give it props for starting weird and convoluted right out of the gate, but then I realized those dew drops just solve the puzzle for you. At least it looks cool.
I have brought shame upon my family, I lost to a damn Ledian. Truly, this is the tragedy of not catching a Bidoof.
If there's one thing I remember about the gym leaders in this game, it's that there's nothing memorable about them. Coming off of Gen 5 and how great they handled gym's and gym leaders there, it's kind of disappointing they went back to the style of Gym Leaders only existing in their gyms and never doing anything interesting.
I will give Viola credit, though, opening the easy bug gym battle with a water type is at least a slight challenge to people using Fennekin. Of course, it's just Surskit, so ember would probably still one shot it, but still. It's the thought that counts.
And here we have it, folks, the single most broken mechanic ever to grace the Pokemon series since the days of Missingno. Since I'm trying to have the best possible experience with the game, I'll be turning this off, but still I can't just not mention it. It makes the whole game a joke, just an absolute stomp. You've pretty much beaten the game once you turn it on, the only way to not win with it is to not use it. So yeah, it's loser time.
Before I signed off, I decided to catch a team member, and Combee was the most interesting looking prospect, so I decided on it. Of course, I needed to find a female one, an it took me a good 15ish minutes before I could find one. But that's not even the best part.
By some fluke of luck, I got a crit on the Combee and one shot it. Needless to say, I was mildly furious.
I spent so much time hunting for Combee, that I ran into the perfect Ralts (which may I add is a 5% encounter compared to Combee's 30%), and decided to add it to the team as well.
After 40 total minutes of mindless running, I managed to find a second Combee, and though it was close, I did manage to get this one.
Whoever programmed Combee's gender ratio and thought it was okay is a true monster, for reals. Anyways, I got pretty tired from the grinding, so this is where I cut off the first session.