- 29 Mar 2013 22:38
Personally, I'm quite fond of the more complex designs. True, they could be simplified [like that Garchomp Jumpy posted] and simpler designs tend to be much easier on the eyes, but I still think the more complex designs are fun. More fun to look at, and for me personally, much more fun to draw and color, since there's much more going on and much more to play around and work with. That's just me though I suppose. I like big, bright, and flashy. I have a friend who's almost the exact opposite- she prefers simple colors and simple designs, because she finds them easier to draw and look at at. So, it's just a matter of opinion.
In terms of generation preference, as far as game mechanics go, I'd certainly go with gen 5, that feels like a no-brainer. As for pokemon designs, that's a tough one. There's a lot I like, and a lot that I could care less for. If I had to pick though, I'd say gen 5 is my favorite, just because of how bizarre and cool some of these designs are. Ground/Ghost golem? Fire/Ghost chandelier? A Psychic goth? I don't know, just something about those designs and their typings I just really love. Yeah, there's a few oddballs that I don't really care for- I think Vanilluxe would be a lot better if it had a secendary typing, even one that doesn't make sense- hell, we've got a Ground/Ghost golem, they could get away with it. Crobat is miles above Swoobat, that's no real contest, though I might just be biased there considering Crobat is one of my all time favorite pokemon. Like most others, I think Samurott was wasted potential, though I'm a bit nicer to it then others I think- I still like the design, it just would've been cooler if they stuck with the ninja otter theme. Emboar is another bit of wasted potential, being Fire/Fighting, as well as being completely outclassed by the two previous Fire/Fighting starters to boot.
I could go on about the pokemon I like and dislike and why, but I'll stop there, or else I'm gonna end up reviewing every single pokemon out there lol. I might just be biased since this is the first generation I've seen start and grow- yes, I did play Pokemon Red growing up, but I wasn't really focused on the franchise, it was just sort've a game I played, I only really joined in once Platinum was already out for, I dunno, a few months? Maybe a year? I'm not sure, but it was definitely out by that point. So, for me, since I don't have a lot of nostalgia for the old games [except Pokemon Red, but even then, it was mostly just me struggling to beat everything with a Charizard like most others little kids who didn't know better], and I'm much more fond of colorful, busy, and strange designs, I like the newer generations much more than the older ones.
Not saying I don't like simple pokemon, not saying that there's no weird pokemon in the older generations [Jynx says hi], it's just that's there's generally more bizarre pokemon in the later gens so it just appeals to me more. So, that's just my thoughts on the matter, and it all really just comes down to personal taste and what-not. Judging by the pokemon we've seen from gen 6, it looks like they'll be continuing the train of strange designs [I have a feeling I'm going to just adore the Chespin line] which I'm excited for. Will it top gen 5 for me? Potentially, though it'll be tough to top Chandelure, but it looks promising. We'll just have to wait and see I suppose.
EDIT: Attempted to post and saw zero had posted while I was writing mentioning the story. I agree with him there, gen 5 wins this round too. I enjoy the more complex plot and characters, but I know that some people feel the later gens are way to dialoguy, and, yeah, if you really don't care for the story and just wanna play the game, it is. I remember searching on Google for a speed-up button for Desmume recently because the emulator had crashed, and I didn't feel like spending forever to get back to where I was, and someone had posted on a forum asking about it because there was simply so much dialogue in I believe it was Pokemon Platinum, though it could've been Diamond or Pearl as well. So, again, it's a matter of taste.
I love playing games for the story, I've always felt a good complex story really enhances the experience, but again, it's a personal taste thing. And yes, I'm aware I'm repeating myself at this point, but I felt it necessary since this can turn into a very heated debate very quickly and I just want to make sure everyone here understands that it all comes down to opinion. But I've hammered that point home enough now. Continue your discuss *Returns to SoulSilver*