Been there, done that. It was a nice handheld, but that killer-app was nowhere to be found. There were a few games with nice potential, but no fully-featured adventures. And most of the downloadable titles started to straddle the line between app games and handheld games.
If you want a wide variety of indie games that you can quickly switch between to keep you entertained, and you want to take advantage of PS Plus on a handheld, then the Vita might be a decent choice. But don't go into it expecting console-quality gaming experiences on a handheld like I did.
In the end, not to make this into a system wars thread, but I feel that the 3DS offers a much better selection of handheld games and is the better handheld gaming system. I think the sales and trends speak to that statement. The Vita, like it or not, is a very experimental game device.
Hmm idk. I'll probably pick up the game and try it, but it sounds like everything is really quick and easy. I don't understand the need for making the 'rental' system and making everything non-linear, when it wasn't broke and didn't really need fixing to begin with. It sounds like it just made the game too easy and took away a lot of the cleverness of the puzzles.
Despite that, as I say, I will probably get the game sometime. I really like the art direction, and I think this is one of my favorite iterations of Link. And the Gameboy Color Zelda games were my favorites - I actually wish this would be more like them than ALTTP, but that's okay. And it will probably still be a pretty good game, even if it isn't great or a system-seller.
Do you unlock harder difficulty modes or anything like that after you complete the game? You say the replay value is high, so I'm curious if that's because you think the game is just fun enough to play multiple times, or if it's because there is also more content to look forward to.
How would you compare it to some other 3DS games on the market?
Ah, gen 4. It is one of my most memorable times with Pokemon thus far, behind gen 1 of course.
I'm gonna write a really long response to this:
I can't remember what all I mentioned in your previous posts, but I really wasn't around much for generation 2, or any of generation 3 when they happened. So for me, it had been a good 6 years or so since I was last really into Poke'mon.
During much of that time I wasn't following poke'mon or thinking about it much at all. But in 2006, all of a sudden, I just started to miss Poke'mon - it's really as simple as that. At first when I came back to being a fan of the games, it was just as a fan of the original generation 1. For the longest time I couldn't fully accept all of the other newer Poke'mon that existed. But eventually I did.
That year (2006) I heard that Nintendo was working on a new Poke'mon game for the DS. Eventually the names 'Diamond and Pearl Versions' were dropped, and I became interested. At the time, I had no idea what the games would be like - maybe my expectations were a bit high to be honest. There were maybe 1 or two early screenshots I saw, and none of them showed new monsters or battles, just the new graphics on the overworld. Att the time it was fun to think of what the new Poke'mon games could have been like.
In the interim between the announcement and the release of the games, I tried to do some catching up. I bought the gen 3 games and the gen 1 remakes, and even got into other recent poke'mon games such as Trozei and Ranger. It really began to feel like the right time for me to get back into Poke'mon, because I had graduated high school, and it was the 10th anniversary of Poke'mon.
When I finally got the games in 2007, I bought both. Why? I have no idea. I also bought ALL of those gen 3 games - Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Leaf Green & Fire Red. Again, dunno why - I was pretty awful with money around that time. But maybe I was just really excited about being able to like and enjoy Poke'mon again, after repressing that emotion for so many years. I even got that lousy Pokemon Battle Revolution game for the Wii.
I never even played Diamond, and from the start I preferred Pearl version. I think I finally realized at this time that one journey was enough, and I had no desire to go on two simultaneous monster-catching adventures in Sinnoh. Turtwig was the first grass-type starter I'd ever chosen to start with. I remember some of those poke'mon easily - Kricketot, Bidoof, Starly... Even that creepy kidnapper, Drifloon...
Gen 4 was notable for a few things. Firstly, some really weird wtf evolutions for older pokemon. Aipom turned into... whatever Aipomed is supposed to be. Rhydon turned into a Rhydon covered in mud. Lickitung... You get the picture.
I think it was the game that introduced the most legendaries to date. Seriously, I remember there were already a ton of legendaries mentioned in the official poke'dex at that time, and several more were discovered but not made available until much later. There was Regigigas, Heatran, Shaymin, Palkia, Dialga, Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf... The list continues. And then, probably the most powerful poke'mon of all, Arceus!
It also was the first poke'mon game with online play over wi-fi, which was a huge deal to me at the time. I actually don't think I ever ended up using it much back then, funnily enough. But it was cool that anyone who owned the game and had wi-fi could download event poke'mon, or trade and battle online.
I never completed Pearl - the only Poke'mon games I've technically completed to date are still Blue and Yellow. The last time I played it, I remember I went into this dark cave and walked around to find this girl, who joined up and did doubles-battles alongside me. I did the quest too early, and was supposed to have Flash or something to light the way through the tunnel. I was so stubborn, I wouldn't turn back and return to the cave later, but I became frustrated with the darkness of the cave, and its large size. I think I gave up on the game around then.
I also downloaded a special event Deoxys sometime before I sold the game, which I'd forgotten about before I sold it.
Never messed with Platinum - I was never much for the 'expansion' versions.
Gen 2 Remakes
A few years later, in early 2010 I guess, an online friend of mine decided to buy a DS to play Soul Silver. So when Heartgold came out, I decided to get a new DS and play it, as gen 2 was one that I really missed out on. I played that game for a while, but could never stay competitive with anyone else I played it with because I spent way too much time trying to raise all of my monsters evenly. I would go for walks at the nearby park, sometimes taking my dog with me, trying to get points on the pedometer thing, but that mini-game was so worthless it would have taken ages to get anything good from it.
Around May 2010 was one of the last times I really played Poke'mon Heartgold. I think I was stuck on an ice-type gym leader. I just... Never continued the game. I think too much else was going on in my life with me between jobs and planning to move, I just didn't have energy for poke'mon then.
While we're at it, I might as well mention gen 5. I had a VERY brief stint with 5. I bought White version and my girlfriend bought Black version, and we both only made it so far into the game. I really grew to like Oshawott, but it looked odd initially. There were some slight, incremental differences in the game that I appreciated since gen 4, and I liked how it was focused completely on these new poke'mon and not ALL of them.
I think gen 5 just had bad timing for me. It was a year since HG/SS, so I was already in the midst of a poke'mon adventure when this one came along. I also got my original 3DS shortly after the game came out, so I was looking forward to next-gen handheld gaming. I think gen 5 is my least-memorable one, I don't have many memories of the game's features or anything. It did introduce a few more neat monsters though.
Black and White 2, I never played. I always assumed they were like Platinum, Crystal, Yellow, Emerald, and all of those other expansions. But I get the feeling that it was a different game than Black and White. Either way, it just seems to me that Gamefreak went into Poke'mon overload for the past couple of years. It was simply too much Poke'mon. A new game every year might work for COD, but one does not simply want to go back to square one in their hunt for 700 different kinds of monsters every new year.
Gen VI looks like the best thing that has happened to the series in a long time, and I'm anxious to play it.
@PumpkinBoogie I'd actually prefer they go a step further and make separate forums for each of those systems. Like having PS3 and PS4 discussion together in one forum makes things confusing - Idk why they are in one forum to begin with.
I think some newer video game characters probably deserve a place in the game roster, though who knows if they'll get it:
Shantae the Genie
Quote (Cave Story)
Dillion the Armadillo
Wonder Red (Wonderful 101)
Monster Hunter 4 Hero
And someone from Zero Escape
Idk, just some ideas.
merge the handheld and console systems into one. have it so its basically an "on-the-go" console. essentially an upgraded 3ds so you can go where and play. then have something similar to a laptop mount that you can plug it into (and potentially upgrade the specs) so it'll project on the tv and you can now use controllers. we're in the age where the difference between the 2 is getting smaller and smaller. so why not make them a single, unified system? especially since nintendo doesn't care about horsepower.
I would have to agree. I think the handheld market is where Nintendo has great strength, and the Wii-U is the most similar their consoles have gotten to their handhelds so far... I get the impression that the next logical step would be to just combine them next gen, into a handheld that you can also use as a console. I think if Nintendo did that, I would be interested.
I don't think there's really a need for controllers though, since the handheld has them built into it. I never really got the big deal about modern gaming controllers anyway - I think the plain old NES controller still works fine!
@ANIMEguy10034 That's a relief. I felt like gen 6 came along too soon after gen 5, and gen 6 looks interesting so I hope it'll have some time to shine until they make the next one.
I've gotta say though, the more I think about it, the more I think maybe Ken Sugimori is on to something with his thoughts about the direction for the next games. Getting back to the basics a bit with Pokemon might not be a bad thing, at least for now.
I'm curious about the new content in the game, what all that will entail. I know we're getting the 'international versions' to begin with, and there was some new stuff in those. I also heard that when you complete both games, you unlock a really long epilogue scene, like 30 minutes (?) long or something like that, which will be new to this edition. I'm curious what that'll be about. I'd like to know a bit more about it... But not too much since I'd like for it to be a surprise.
It really is difficult to answer. I'd have to say FF7 is still my favorite, simply because I really liked the story and characters - and even to some extent the graphics, if one can believe that. It would be followed closely by FF9.
There weren't many FF games I didn't like prior to FF12, but since then I haven't really been able to get into them.
Get Pokemon first. A new Pokemon game will most likely be out next year whereas it'll be a while before seeing another Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing, Zelda Remake and 3D Mario Platformer.
Hopefully if there is another Pokemon game next year, it's a remake of Ruby and Sapphire, and not Gen 7 already. I'm kinda hoping Nintendo holds off on releasing ANOTHER new major pokemon game for a while. Hey, they need to release Z or whatever too! XD