posted by pswilliams986 (ROCKY POINT, NC) Mar 28, 2012
Member since Oct 2011
The two main complaints I hear about these games (or any game newer than Emerald really) is that the new pokemon aren't as good as the first 151 pokemon - or 251 pokemon who aren't hipster enough to extend their recognition to Johto as well. The other complaint is that the games never change. The latter is completely true, but is that really a bad thing? You've already heard all the good points about generation 4 and 5 if you've watched or read any other reviews for Diamond/Pearl/Platinum or Black/White, so with this review I'll shoot down some of the criticisms of the newer games that are ridiculous in my opinion.
It seems like general nostalgia bias when people claim the original pokemon are the most creative or less "ugly." With impressive looking beasts like Absol, Lucario, Flygon, Braviary, Galvantula, Hydreigon and others in the newer games its a shame for them to get downplayed. People cite pokemon like Klink (a floating gear pokemon) and Trubbish (a trash bag pokemon) and Vanillish (a snowball pokemon) as stupid ideas for being based on inanimate objects. How are they any worse than Magnemite (a floating magnet), Muk (a pile of oily sewer slime-stuff), Voltorb (a bomb) or Koffing (a floating smoke...thing?) And creativeness is out of the question for the first group of pokemon as well. For certain pokemon evolution meant little more than growing an extra head or two (Dugtrio/Dodrio/Weezing/Magenton) and others just looked like cartoon animals with a horn awkwardly pasted on their head...Goldeen and Seel come to mind. Not to bash a game that will probably be remembered as a legend, but I think Red/Blue/Yellow get way too much credit compared to the newer games.
As for repetitiveness, its true the games are more or less the same with a few minor changes each generation. Is that really bad though? I've noticed the same with other popular game series - Call of Duty, Mario, Zelda, Street Fighter, Uncharted, Halo, Gears of War, God of war, etc.