marsy: Pokemon Alpha Sapphire

Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby have been out for almost two weeks now, so it’s been enough time for me to play through quite a bit. Here are my thoughts.

Contests make me angry. My pokemon are the best and I will tolerate no disagreements. Had to sit my 3DS down for a while after yelling at another pokemon for using a beautiful move and getting that fifth star for the special move that was MINE!! I’m calm. So calm. Right. Anyway, contests mean berries. I’ve never really cared much about berries in previous games, but in this one I’m super into them. Got to harvest all the berries and make some pokeblocks. Soon all my pokemon will be perfect. I am maybe a bit too into the contests, but oh well.

As for the rest of the game, I always did enjoy the Hoenn region. Needs more water stones though. Really liking the pokemon search function thing (forgotten what it’s called. Something nav maybe?). Also love the fact that you can fly to places other than the towns – makes my obsessive berry gathering easier.

I must also confess that I am amazing at nicknaming pokemon. My team members have some truly majestic names. So beautiful.

lorekai: Nostalgia incoming.

In less than twelve hours from now Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will be releasing here, and as the third generation games are my favourite, I’m a little bit excited, so this week I’ll be talking about my Pokemon game experiences.

 

Generation One:

Versions played: Blue and Yellow.

What I remember most about these games, aside from my super awesome Venusaur, in Blue, that killed everything, are the many stupid things my childhood self did, including going through Rock Tunnel without flash, because I didn’t know it existed and I just thought Japanese games were really hard, and using my masterball on a Raticate to see if it worked, and then releasing that Raticate in hopes that I would get it back. I also have the way through Silph Co forever burned into my memory due to the amount of time I spent wandering around lost in there.

 

Generation Two:

Versions played: Gold and Crystal.

Also remembered largely for stupid decisions, slightly fewer than the previous games at least, although I did kill a shiny Rhyhorn because I thought it was a glitch, despite already having the red Gyarodos. Also as the original copy of Crystal I played through was a less than legitimate translation of the Japanese version, I remember great deal of confusion about the giant Pokemon Centre in Goldenrod City, that to this day I am still not entirely sure of the purpose of.

 

Generation Three:

Versions played: Sapphire, Emerald, and Leaf Green.

Between Sapphire, Emerald, and the Golden Sun series, these were the first games that I ever considered from an aesthetic standpoint, that ever made me think that in game locations could be beautiful, it was probably a lot in part due to early teenage pretension, but it helped set the standard for how I look at games today. Furthermore I did a lot fewer stupid things in these games, it was the first time I actually raised a proper team, and gave vague thought to strategy, rather than over leveling my starter and just plowing through.

 

Generation Four:

Versions played: Pearl, Platinum and Heart Gold.

Aside from the gen two remakes, which I adored, generation four I feel is the most forgettable, and is overall my least favourite. It’s not bad by any means, but the only thing of note that I can really think about it is the Physical/Special split, I can’t even call any of the soundtrack to mind, whereas with all the other games I can. The Sinnoh games are also the only games where I don’t like any of the starters, which is one of my biggest problems with it. To be honest I think I went into them knowing too much, playing them the first time round I was over-hyped and they couldn’t live up to my expectations.

The gen two remakes on the other hand  are awesome, aside from being well made remakes, that were both faithful and managed fixed most of the problems of the original release, the Pokemon follow you! And it’s cute, and they give you things, and I love it!

 

Generation Five:

Versions played: Black and Black 2.

My opinions of Black and Black 2 couldn’t be more different from each other, if it weren’t for Black 2, generation five would be my least favourite by far. Black is the only game in the series that I have not been bothered to beat the Elite Four in, I liked the new pokemon, I liked the changes it made to improve the story and add characterisation, but the game itself felt both formulaic and linear, and it lacked the charm of all the previous games. Black 2 on the other hand is close to being one of my favourite pokemon games, it approached the series from a different angle, but still managed to catch the feel and overall charm of the previous generations.

 

Generation Six:

Version played: X.

I reviewed X as one of my early posts in this blog, so if you want to read my full thoughts on it you can find them here, if not then in short I very much enjoyed it, but I feel it lacks in post-game content.

 

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading, next week I’ll hopefully be reviewing whichever of my recent games claims the most of my time, though I’ll also be on a plane.

marsy: Don’t punch your own ear

This week I learned that accidentally punching yourself in the ear a few days after getting a new piercing hurts. It hurts rather a lot actually. But hey, shiny new piercing! On a totally unrelated note, guess who has a swollen ear?

Aside from that I’ve been studying for exams, sitting exams, and playing Dragon Age. Did a run through the games to prepare myself for Inquisition, which I will probably review next week (assuming Pokemon doesn’t consume my life). I’ve run out of Dragon Age for tonight though, so I’m replaying Golden Sun (again). It’s good. Play it.

That’s all from me. marsy out.

marsy: Pokemon Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Demo review

Don’t read if you don’t want spoilers for the Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Demo, I guess. Not that there’s really all that much to be spoiled.

This morning I was delighted to see an email from Nintendo with a download code for the demo version of the new pokemon games. My excitement levels have built up again. The demo is pretty fun – you have 10 quest type things to play through, and you can repeat them if you want. The main bonus of the demo is that you get a Glalie with a mega stone to have in your game when you get it. Mega Glalie is genuinely quite terrifying. You also get things like pokeballs and healballs to transfer to the new games.

Graphics are pretty much the same as in X&Y. New sneaky walk function is pretty cute. Flying on Latios/Latias is cute too. Boy character is called Orlando, it would seem. Girl character unnamed as far as I’m aware. Not sure how the music sounds because my volume was down while I played.

Simply put, if you can get a copy of this demo then you should, because it’s fun. Good way to kill some time while on the bus. You’ll just have to wait for the games to be released otherwise. Just over a month left. That’s not too long, right?

marsy: Great success

Today I achieved maximum coolness. I am now the proud owner of one of these beauties.

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Doesn’t everyone want to have their own mega ring? It’s from Pokemon X & Y, for those who don’t know. For any who are interested, you can find these on amazon or ebay really easily. It’s definitely made for kids so it won’t fit most adult wrists (only just fits me). I now need to work on my dramatic poses.

lorekai: How do some Pokémon drink lemonade?

Or any of the vending machine drinks for that matter?

A lot of them don’t have hands to open them, let alone hold onto them and drink them. Does the trainer hold it up to them with a straw? And what do they do for the really tall pokémon? Or do they use something like those beer hats? Or maybe they are healed just by having it poured on them?

It was something I’d never though of before and then I had a conversation with my younger brother about it, so now I’m wondering. I wish I could see some fan art of it, but own artistic skills aren’t quite up to scratch, so guess I shall continue to wonder.

Oh well, back to Australia technically later today, had a good time in Hong Kong, though it would of been better if I hadn’t found out that I’m going to just miss Imagine Dragons playing a concert almost directly outside they window of my parent’s flat. Thanks for reading, I’m going to try for a slightly longer post next week.

lorekai: :D

 

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