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  1. I genuinely forgot what a raging boner Pokémon had for Gen 1  nostalgia during XY. These games really struggle to have much of an identity of their own because of the prevalence old Pokémon, limited number of new Pokémon and really uninteresting design of Kalos. Kalos is larger than both Galar and Alola in terms of the areas you actually explore and destinations you visit, plus the region loops back on itself a few times which is also nice, but it sure as hell is bland.

    1. Soniman

      Soniman

      What's with the random large gap between Gyms 1 and 2 I thought that was really cool but then the rest of the game flew by sp fast I don't even remember most of it 

    2. PublicEnemy1
    3. Kuzu

      Kuzu

      This was ironically the point when the series became much more publicly aware; clearly the Gen 1 pandering resonated with older audiences who had been out of the series for a long time. I have a friend who basically stopped playing after Gen 3, and came back with Gen 6. 

      Modern Pokemon is in that weird place where its arguably as popular as it was in the 90's, but at the cost of a lot features that fans had enjoyed up until then

    4. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      @Soniman I always remember liking that too. I keep saying that the best parts of Pokémon games are the journeys between each location, and that's a big reason why both Gen 7 and Gen 8 falter. The routes are short and there's virtually nowhere to go off the beaten path. I've just left Lumiose City after visiting for the first time so I know I've got a long way to go until the second gym. I just had to put the game down for a bit cause I'm so fed up of the bloody cutscenes...
       

      @PublicEnemy1 I knew someone was going to make that comment. In XY, it feels really extreme. And whilst following games would also include an excessive amount of Gen 1 boning, SM and SwSh manage to forge their own identities. Even the Let's Go games aren't so bad because they make no odds about being Gen 1 remakes through and through. XY have very little memorable content of their own. They're where Pokémon started to get stagnant; it's Pokémon 101 but with French stereotypes and the Mega Evolution gimmick. The nostalgia-wave is at least not the defining feature of Gens 7 and 8.

      @Kuzu The "remember Generation 1" is right when the series made its big 3D transition. They managed to simultaneously modernise the series whilst also shoving it right back into the public spotlight by appealing to nostalgia. And then Go launched a few years later just before Gen 7 came out. It really was the perfect storm. You can definitely track the "second coming" of Pokémon to XY, and that's when the series changed for the worse.

    5. Kuzu

      Kuzu

      *sigh* I feel two ways about it; regardless of how I personally feel, Pokemon is clearly more popular nowadays than it was after 2002-2013, I cannot deny this, so it's perfectly understandable why the series went into the direction that it did. SwSH selling as much as it has is a testament to the series current popularity. 

      And while I still love the games for what they are, it definitely feels like something was lost in the 3D transition. It was probably inevitable given just how different 3D is from 2D, and this was after the somewhat middling reception that Gen 5 got. But it still sucks all of the same.

       

    6. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      None of Pokémon's problems are the result of 3D. If anything, 3D transition should have been easier for Pokémon than many other franchises because it's a simple RPG with very little consideration needing to be given to movement. 3D could and should have brought more interesting environments and maps to the series.

    7. Kuzu

      Kuzu

      Its not the source of the problems, but it brought with it a lot of symptoms of the problems. Namely, the lack of scale relative to the 3D, how stilted the animations have become, and the increasing linearity (which started in BW to be fair). 

      Like its so obvious that Game Freak either doesn't know how or really want to work in 3D , but they kind of had no choice in the matter by the time Gen 5 rolled around. Hopefully Legends shows  what they can finally do in a 3D space without trying to be as similar to the 2D, top down games as possible.

    8. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Yikes... I didn't notice this before, but is the AI in XY actually designed to make it easier for the player to win? I'm doing a nuzlocke here and it seems lune the AI disproportionately uses non-attacking moves when I'm at low health.

    9. neezTHEhuman

      neezTHEhuman

      the generation where Charizard finally became viable in OU is how I remember it.

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