Welp, as of yesterday I have a copy of Pokemon Y, and later today, I'll have a 2DS.
I was going to try and get hold of a n3DS, but I just couldn't find one for a good price.
What I did find was that one of the local electronics chains is clearing out Animal Crossing: New Leaf bundles for only 100€ though, which was a pretty hard price to pass up given that's what the console alone would've cost me used.
Pokemon Amie alone has probably occupied more time than *actual play*. I had to buy my wife her own 2DS and a copy of X partly because as soon as she got to try it on my game, she got instantly hooked.
To try and give her some room until she catches up I checked out Pokemon Shuffle, and man is that kind of a bummer. It is a textbook example of something that's actually a pretty good game, but needlessly hamstrung by greedy F2P-ness.
I picked up Pokemon X a couple months ago after having been out of the Pokemon game since Gold/Silver. About halfway through, though, I lost interest and went back to playing Animal Crossing.
It's definitely a well-made game and I can recognize how friendly it was to new players, or players like me who hadn't played in a long time. It looked gorgeous and the new pokemon were really cute and clever.
I think the core gameplay just isn't for me. I've never been a number-cruncher when it comes to RPGs, so I'm not going to think too much about building an amazing team or figuring out why this pokemon is better than that one. I largely picked the ones that were endearing to me and tried to keep several different types in my party so I could trump when needed, but about halfway through the game it just felt routine and dull. I had a few heavy hitters that could stomp most everyone while the others were around to gain the shared XP and get called out when their type would be useful.
At that point there just wasn't anything to keep me coming back to the game. The story is as light as it gets and from what I can tell essentially the same as every other Pokemon game just with the names and places changed. Nor am I interested in the multiplayer.
I can fully recognize that for someone for whom the gameplay clicks this is an amazing title, but now I know I'm not the audience. Which is kind of a bummer because I'm a huge Nintendo fan, love the artwork, and was pretty obsessed with the franchise way back when Red/Blue released and the anime premiered in America, so I was really hoping it'd draw me back in. I even visited the Pokemon Center when I was in Japan and picked up some figurines of my favorite Pokemon.
So definitely nothing against the game, and I'm glad to see you guys enjoying it so well. I'll just tangentially enjoy what it brings to gaming without playing it myself.
This was a very lengthy, convoluted way to say you don't play pokemon anymore.
To address your concerns re: complexity - I don't do the hardcore stuff like EV training or breeding, myself. I just assemble a team of pokemon who I think I like and play the game. I'd get murdered if I went competitive play (half my team is weak to psychic, two others to electricity), but you can just be a casual player. It's never been about the "perfect" team for me. It's about MY team.
So my wife is finally getting her own 2DS and a copy of X today, which means I can finally get back to playing the main game without making her jealous. I only have myself to blame, I am the one who finally convinced her to try the games. XD
It's weird too: something about them being all 3D and animated and adorable this time makes me actually want to try for a complete Pokedex. Every time I see a new one I'm like "Yup, gotta catch that."
Speaking of which, I need to try and catch an Abra today ...
Also, how do we go about adding friends in the PSS? Is it based on Nintendo ID/friend code or what? Anyone still playing want to friendify?
I more or less have a team now but I keep wanting to try different pets but liking all the ones I have, even though as a team there's some fairly glaring weaknesses (in particular, anything electric I'm kinda fucked against because half my team is weak to it).
Also, I have a Thunderstone now, but I don't know if I want to evolve Pikachu and lose the adorable voiceover. XD
Anyone who sends magikarps over wonder trades should be beat..... Sitting about 300 pokemon in national index need to play pokemon black/white so i can get the poke transfer lab to transfer more up to that stage....
Yeah, my boy! I'm all up on it. Started the Nuzlocke and it's going well. Got lucky enough to catch a gastly, which are a fucking pain to level early game because their damage is shit and there's a ton of normal types running around.
Ive gotten decent trades not a million rattata even though thats what i put up on wonder trade, Yes i was that guy i am actually going to try and catch everything i encounter and trade it away.
thje only thing i do not like right now is the Call for help thing for the mobs.... I literally put down 10+ zubats in one fight.....
and has anyone ever stated how much they dislike the friend code thing for nintendo products
I've heard a lot of complaints about the call for help mechanic but I haven't run into it much yet since I'm only 5 hours into it. I will say I'm glad I picked Litten as my starter since it seems to have a type advantage for most of the first island.
Only put a few hours in so far. First Pokemon game I've played in maybe 10 years...
Took a pass on Litten, that final form just makes me think of a Thundercat character from the 90's. Rowlett has been doing fine for me so far.
I like that they've kept mostly to gen 1 monsters, but given you a much wider variety early on. No more funnelling you through a gauntlet of terrible scrub Pokemon for hours until you get something of note.
I'm questioning the second form of the rowlet but looking at the first isle and what the starters are you can not go wrong. Deffinetly get the magenite at the trainer school makes life so easy with all the bird pokemon.
The three pokemon I could solve most of the fights on first isle where rowlet vs the fighters and waters. Magenite against flyers. And winggull against everything else really.
The challenge is intoxicating. The lows are much lower, but the highs? Good God the highs. I'd recommend it, though you'd probably have more success first attempt in a Pokemon game you're familiar with and know when key battles are happening plus gym types/Pokemon etc.
The challenge is negated by power-grinding, though. It's always an option.