well I defeated the champion (with Cinderace, Runerigus, Toxtricity, Rapidash, Grapploct, Frosmoth) so here goes overall thoughts I guess?
I like it a lot. Definitely not my favourite pokémon game but, I love pokémon it is what I wanted (i.e. more pokémon)
- Raihan’s gym is the only remotely interesting one, and by being so makes the previous seven even worse by comparison (I am begging for gyms with more specific/interesting themes than ‘I’ve got a bunch of water pokémon just use thundershock over and over’)
- the story is incredibly Whatever it’s super phoned in, who cares
- I didn’t care about the lack of dungeons (I was thinking like tedious Rock Tunnel stuff) until Rose Tower, where you just go up a lift and fight a few people? Then I’m, oh like Silph Co and the Radio Tower were dungeons too. dang. yeah they should bring those back.
- Hop is Fine. He is like a phoned in Hau I guess. But it’s whatever, I couldn’t even tell you who my rival(s?) in X/Y were.
My main takeaway is, for the first time in ??? I’m actually super enjoying going out and just catching a bunch of pokémon?
I love the pokédex saying ‘hey you should go here and catch these’, giving a little direction so I don’t have to scroll through and go ‘okay I don’t have THIS it’s found HERE and HERE…’
I also love! Fully evolved pokémon just hanging out in the wild! I don’t have to sit here and level up pokémon after pokémon after pokémon to Catch Em All, I can just go out and find and catch a Flygon and a Coalossal and etc
Also evolution stones seem way more common than they have been in the past? which rules!
(Re those last two points, I love the standing stone circle in the wild area that has evolution stones round it - and that this is where wild eeveelutions are found. VERY cute.)
I might go catch 400 pokémon! Why not! Hell yeah!