Pokemon Gotta Catch-Em-All

Blind_Evil wrote:

Am I the only one that stuck with it?

I just beat the story and I can say without a shred of doubt that this is the best Pokémon game ever. Technical hiccups be damned.

1. The open world worked much better than I expected and I don’t put any stock in articles complaining that it wasn’t “truly” open. I had 100 species captured before even reaching the school, it was for damn sure open. I have never been so motivated to collect Pokémon and fill the Dex - I ended up with 255 of 400 when credits rolled.

2. A Pokémon game with an interesting story? I’m as shocked as anyone.

3. Engaging characters with arcs and unique personalities beyond their Pokémon type? Yes!

Well, I loved it, and so did my kid. I honestly don't get that "not really an open world" argument some people have had; it was plenty open for me. Sure, some areas are level-gated, but that's rather common if not the norm in open world games, last I checked.

The story worked well and it was enough of a departure for Pokemon. I think I like both Arceus and S/V about the same in different ways.

I did, however, complete the pokedex - my second time ever in any Pokemon game - in Violet but not in Arceus, so make of that what you will.

I think much of the disgruntlement comes from frankly unrealistic expectations. Some callouts are certainly valid (some jank and glitchiness, sure), but a lot of the stuff online pundits seem to gripe about are things that either don't make much sense or are clearly things they couldn't expect Pokemon developers to actually do, given the history of the franchise.

astralplaydoh wrote:

I thought it was decent enough. But....I enjoyed Legends of Arceus more. I'm crazy, I know.

I played but did not finish Arceus Legends. I hope to get back to it.

Arceus was my favorite Pokemon game in a long time, and a sequel that fleshes out the foundation it built with more robust gameplay would likely be my new favorite of the entire franchise.

Arceus was great, but is also one of those games you can say is a great first step for whatever the sequel is. It's the Red/Blue to the next one's Gold/Silver, I guess. And if they can just do something to fix the Alpha battles, that would do a lot right there. And I sort of like Arceus' tone. Like, it's dark and gritty -for a Pokemon game-, but the notion that people die all the time out there because Pokemon are really dangerous, actually, and that the fragility of your team and the Pokemon you fight really helps to underscore that.

Arise, o slumbering thread! Arise in the name of Almighty Sinnoh!

I've thrown over 25+ hours into Pokemon Legends: Arceus since starting it last month (currently 4 Nobles down and about to embark into the 5th final map) and I'm here to say that I played the wrong Pokemon game in 2022. I beat Scarlet that year after receiving it as an early holiday gift from my meta (in part so that we could play together), and while I probably enjoyed Scarlet the most of any mainline Pokemon game since Gen 5 (Decent plot, precious starters, cool finish), Legends: Arceus has me absolutely hooked.

It's got enough of those nuggets of Monster Hunter like crafting and beasties on a big map that make my brain go brrrrr. The Pokedex system of additional research tasks beyond capture & defeat make for a pleasing feedback loop when every Pokemon field interaction ends with the notification of a task completed or in progress. I get enough juice out of Pokedex completion that after landing in a map for the first time, I'm leaving with over 100 Pokedex tasks in need of updating consistently. Plus, as mentioned above, the tone of the game slaps, treating supernatural animals & creatures w/ a fear & respect that vibes with me.

I agree with the sentiment that Legends: Arceus is a strong blueprint for whatever comes next in the Legends line, with my fingers crossed that we see more of this style. My personal bias has me hoping for Johto or Hoenn to get the Legends treatment (the film Pokemon 4Ever has already told a Celebi time-travel story of sorts, but we can go back further, I say!), but I'll eagerly take whatever comes next if it can at least match Legends: Arceus.

SPEAKING OF POKEMON LEGENDS:

Hot dang my timing is impeccable. A new entry in the Legends line, Pokemon Legends Z-A, has just been announced this morning with a worldwide release slated for next year. No gameplay footage but it'll be interesting to see what comes out over the next year.

Trailer spoilers below:

Spoiler:

It looks like we're returning to the Kalos region from Gen. 6/X & Y, specifically Lumiose City. Probably safe to assume the Z stands for Zygarde, while being a play on the phrase "From A to Z" because one is usually tasked with catching them all.

The very ending of the trailer indicates the return of Mega Evolution, which will be intriguing to see it's implementation.

Here's hoping the gameplay footage looks good as it starts trickling out!

Loved Legends Arceus, so I'm very curious to see how this turns out, but I'm not necessarily keen on a game that takes place entirely in just the one city. Color me skeptical but keeping an open mind.

I'd wager it will venture beyond the city, similarly to the home village in Arceus, but time will tell when this is all the info we've got. Excited to see more!

Not sure if this is the right place for this...

Recently got the urge to play Pokemon Crystal, but don't want to play on my tiny GBA screen. Some searching shows it used to be on the 3DS shop, but that is closed down now. What are my options for playing Crystal? Is there a good guide out there for emulation? Never really got into the emulation scene before so I know very little about it.

Malkroth wrote:

Not sure if this is the right place for this...

Recently got the urge to play Pokemon Crystal, but don't want to play on my tiny GBA screen. Some searching shows it used to be on the 3DS shop, but that is closed down now. What are my options for playing Crystal? Is there a good guide out there for emulation? Never really got into the emulation scene before so I know very little about it.

If you want to play it on a bigger screen there are tons of great emulator handhelds that could do the trick, but it’s worth saying that a hacked 3DS will play it. Just in case you want to use what you have.

Otherwise I would recommend an Anbernic 35XX (version 1) as an emulator handheld to look at first, although there are tons that would fit the bill.

Don't really need a handheld emulator, a PC based one would work just fine. I did try playing a bit on my GBA and it looks like the game battery is dead as my save file is deleted as soon as I turn off the GBA power. Is it fairly simple to find a PC emulator and ROM for these games?