Never played a Pokemon game. What am I missing?

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#1 Posted by russiaAK47 (447 posts) -

I used to watch the show a bit when I was younger but didnt get too into it.  Anyways I hear that kids and adults play it but how does it compare to FF games, which are pretty much the only jrpgs I play.

#2 Posted by Epak_ (6976 posts) -

I've hardly played any of them, tried Black a couple of years ago. Played it for eight hours and enjoyed it, but for some reason didn't return to it. It's addicting if you like grindy gameplay.

#3 Posted by Pixel-Perfect (5778 posts) -

Pokemon is perfection wrapped inside a miracle...

I prefer it over Final Fantasy as a series, and this is coming from someone who's favorite game of all time (besides Pokemon :P) is FFIX.

#4 Posted by final_lap (340 posts) -

You are not missing much. It's kinda like FF but you use only one party member at a time. :p

Not to mention the new Pokemon titles still cling to randomly triggered encounters.

#5 Posted by Pikminmaniac (9371 posts) -

It's a genius game with a simple surface. When you get into the technical stuff, it's extremely deep and one of the only tournement viable RPGs in existence. Easily one of, if not, the best RPG series out there.

#6 Posted by hiphops_savior (8041 posts) -
FF has better storytelling, Pokemon for the most part doesn't have androgynous protagonists. That said, Pokemon has a far deeper metagame than FF can ever hope for.
#7 Posted by RiKanKiDD (1059 posts) -

The battle system is very memorable.

#9 Posted by KBFloYd (14635 posts) -

if you hhave played many rpgs then i suppose you wouldnt mind much...

but its very addicting game...and very rewarding and fun to plan out which attacks you want learn and which ones to forget..

#10 Posted by TriforceBowser (33 posts) -
A childhood
#11 Posted by BigBen11111 (1528 posts) -
A childhoodTriforceBowser
That's OK, not everyone has to grow up, I know I didn't.
#12 Posted by hydralisk86 (8625 posts) -
I'm not 100% sure of this, but i think if you want to get into competing (i suppose in tournaments or playing against friends), then the game can get deeper. The strategy involved takes some thought, and like i already said, there are tournaments out there for this game.
#13 Posted by Zassimick (7082 posts) -

Pokemon is perfection wrapped inside a miracle...


All you need to know. 

#14 Posted by redmangoose (397 posts) -

A soul.

#15 Posted by Cloud_765 (111394 posts) -
It's definitely one of the best series Nintendo publishes for good reason: it's a solid RPG series and is simple enough for anyone to pick up but deep enough for a diehard fanbase to thrive. It's also really light-hearted but not too grind-heavy compared to the likes of Dragon Quest. It like any other solid RPG series has its own niche it fills very nicely.
#16 Posted by turtlethetaffer (17180 posts) -

Coming from someone who plays solely for the singleplayer, Pokemon is an amazing and addicting RPG series... Easily one of the best.  The utter simplicity of the combat betrays the true depth of it, not even taking into consideration EV's, IV's and the like.  I just love building teams and wiping out the Elite 4 with different guys.  Plus just exploring the world is a lot of fun.  The fact that there are so many Pokemon to choose from gives you tons of options.

I like FF as well, but for different reasons.  When you get down to the nitty gritty of Pokemon, it's about 10000000000000000000000X as deep and involved than almsot any other JRPG on the market... If you enjoy old school gameplay (namely random dungeons) and building different teams you should enjoy it.  The core gameplay has hardly changed, and that's hardly a problem because the basics of Pokemon are near perfect.

That's my two cents on it.  

#17 Posted by metroidfood (11175 posts) -


Pokemon is perfection wrapped inside a miracle...


All you need to know. 

Only if you have 31's in all stats.

#18 Posted by Cronicx- (63 posts) -

What are you missing? You're missing a f*cking childhood, that's what! But don't worry it's not too late for you my friend. Honestly when I was a kid, I played pokemon up until sapphire I think, then just got tired of the repetitiveness, and I was also maturing as a gamer in general. But now that I know I can go back and not care what anyone thinks, and also with Pokemon X/Y coming out (which looks like the best pokemon game in years!!!) I'm happy to say I am buying a 3DS and getting this new pokemon game come October :)

#19 Posted by funsohng (28980 posts) -
Pokemon is kinda like my life style to me. Like how WoW players log-in everyday even though they do nothing and just talk with their guild friends. Something like that. I play like 10 to 20 minutes a day before going to sleep. A lot of events are based on real time, so that's one reason too.
#20 Posted by TonyDanzaFan (2973 posts) -
You're missing the greatest portable game series of all time. :)
#21 Posted by Noaupz (12 posts) -
That reminds me that I was walking down the street and some bro on a skate board was riding in the street yelling "DON'T GROW UP! iT SUCKS!"
#22 Posted by delectabledoz (404 posts) -
I love Pokemon :) & I'm 22, grew up wih the series! Any other students out there love it too? Great rpg.
#23 Posted by final_lap (340 posts) -

I got the GBC Pokemon and I could never get into it. I think I got further in Pokemon Red/Blue but never really got into it either. I just don't see what the big deal is.

#24 Posted by turtlethetaffer (17180 posts) -

I love Pokemon :) & I'm 22, grew up wih the series! Any other students out there love it too? Great rpg. delectabledoz

I think that most college students, whether they admit it or not, play/ have played Pokemon at some point in their lives.

#25 Posted by delectabledoz (404 posts) -
That's cool :) i love it and pikachu is adorable!
#26 Posted by Superzone (3713 posts) -
Pokemon is the best RPG series ever. Simple as that.