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Listen. Pokemon is for kids lol
29 November 2018
This game was made for children and has made sure to streamline story and gameplay as much as possible. It helps to point out where you should head next, and characters are there to give you tips the whole way. On top of that, the catching system is completely different to the average Pokemon game: if you've played Pokemon Go on your phone, it's almost exactly the same
So catching Pokemon is now completely separate from training them. That's why, whenever you catch a Pokemon, all your current party gain XP! It helps make up for the fact that they're not getting stronger by fighting to catch Pokemon anymore. And they all get the XP shared evenly so you can level them up much easier than in other games.
This game is made for young children to visit the Pokemon world and learn its gameplay mechanics. I've seen people my age (mid-twenties) complain that this game is 'too simplistic'.
Tell you what: I was 7 when I got my very first Pokemon game. It was Red, and I played it on the Gameboy Colour. If you don't know anything about the games, just know that I had NO clue what I was doing at that age LMAO there was no colour-coding system. The moves your Pokemon learned had to memorised more so that you knew their effects in battle. I didn't understand why there were moves that did no damage but did things to something called Attack, Defence, Sp Atk, etc. It made no sense to me and I loved the game anyway. You know you SEE the Pokemon in the wild now? You can avoid them by walking around them! We've all joked and laughed about how annoying it was to go into the caves in Pokemon games and get stopped every few seconds by a random Zubat. Now you can see them and choose to catch them or not. To anyone that says that's 'not fair' because it's so much easier; YEAH, that's the point! It's one less annoying thing that kids don't have to suffer through. I remember getting stuck in those types of areas a lot when I was growing up because I'd have so many random battles to slog through.
If you're being asked to get this game for someone but you're worried that it's maybe too targeted for young kids, I'd recommend it any second of the day. I don't play Pokemon for extreme mechanics - I'm here to catch them all like I wanted to when I was on the playground. And you know what? It's so, so much fun to interact with my Pokemon like we all used to pretend to do when we were little.
You walk around with Eevee (or Pikachu, if that's the version you have!) and they're happy to share a journey with you. And you have any Pokemon of your choice walking behind you, looking around and watching for things they like, such as flowers, water, warm sun, ocean waves. It's such a gentle, peaceful feeling to return to this game as an adult and experience it again, except it's been more fully realised.
To massive Pokemon fans: calm down and let yourself re-walk the very first Pokemon trail you took. You're not here to piece together the ultimate battling team, you're here to visit the friends you felt you made when you were still learning how to read properly!
To any newcomers, it's a cute experience that spoonfeeds you the rules of battling and travelling. Thank god they fixed the most frustrating parts of the gameplay, like going forward and back through areas to complete your tasks. It's good that you get to play an 'easier' version without annoying steps that you hate, and you get to separate catching Pokemon from battling WITH them!