I am a huge pokefan. I have owned at least one of every generation of the games since Blue version way back when. I loved the simple, yet powerful gameplay evolve from a simplistic game where I can run through the elite 4 with my blastoise alone to a strategically fun game where different pokemon are absolutely necessary.
However, it’s this exact same change which has gone too far, and has, pretty much, turned me off of Pokemon games forever.
The big change was adding more than enough variables to customize pokemon with, with not enough ways to control them. Let’s start with natures.
Natures are special traits pokemon have that influence their statistical growth. This cannot be known until you catch or hatch a pokemon. You cannot influence or manually choose the nature of a pokemon. If you have a pokemon that relies on special attacks, and he has a nature that reduces that stat, then you’re out of luck.
Second, Passive Abilities. These abilities are also random, and most pokemon have a choice of 2 of them: once again, however, this is randomized. And I don’t know if it’s just my bad luck, but it seems that certain passives are rarer and harder to get than others, once again randomizing your pokemon.
Third, EV’s, or Effort Values. EV’s are a special point you get for battling your pokemon against other pokemon. Your opponent will give you a certain number of EV’s, dependant on the pokemon, and these EV’s influence and increase your pokemon’s stat growth. This level of customization is not visible in any way, and so you have to guess which pokemon give which EV’s, and how many. You cannot track the progress of these EV’s in game, from what I could tell in Pearl anyway.
Lastly, there are IV’s or… whatever it means, Internal Values, I don’t know! Either way, this is the biggest prick of them all. It’s untrackable, unchangeable, and impossible to determine without being a large computer. The IV’s are values that are determined in a pokemon from the moment you own it, and are indescribably annoying for a Min/maxer like myself. Since you cannot see it, change it, or otherwise know about it at all, it could make all the training in the world useless compared to some guy who simply had better luck with his catch. It’s indescribably retarded and is hardly strategic.
And that is why I don’t think I will get the new pokemon games: randomization. When I learned about all this shit in Pearl, I nearly drove myself mad with all the stat boosting and strategy mongering I was trying to do. Trying to breed the proper Sableye with these moves, the Sceptile with those stats… only to discover that, finally, some pokemon are better than others, and not for any lack of trying. Yes, it makes your Growlithe and your friend’s Growlithe different, but is it fair? I would argue Not.
Dissatisfied with pokefate,