Reactions to “Pokemon Generations”
A long time ago in a town not so far away, I was a young child obsessed with Pokemon. In addition to being supposedly stricken with laziness and ungratefulness, I am fortunately also part of the culture whose nerdy underbelly was raised by the likes of Dumbledore and Ash Ketchum. One time in the sixth grade, stuck in line while waiting for the bathroom, my best friend asked me, “Which world would you rather live in: Pokemon or Harry Potter?” I haven’t been able to sleep a solid night since. To say that I was once obsessed with both Pokemon and Harry Potter would be the mother of all understatements.
It goes without saying that I want the Pokemon legacy to grow, but in true Pokemon fashion, shouldn’t it be capable of evolving as well? Even the more recent additions of Pokemon Black/White and Pokemon Black/White 2 do very little mix up the traditional framework. In fact, other than adding some odd 300 new Pokemon and a few new types over the years, virtually nothing substantial has changed. You still choose between a Grass, Fire, or Water started given to you by a professor or doctor. You still travel from town to town and fight 8 gym leaders until you are a powerful enough trainer to take on the Elite 4. And why did Black/White even need a sequel? Why any Pokemon game got a direct sequel is beyond me; the only thing that would make less sense would be for a Final Fantasy game to get a direct sequel, am I right? Oh wait…
On May 31, 2013, Xatoku Productions brought us Pokemon: Generations, a highly illegal 3D Pokemon game built from the ground up. Perhaps the most exciting innovation is that in battle, Pokemon still have 4 moves but they are able to run around under your control. No stationary, turn-based combat here! Despite claiming to be “heavily inspired” by the Pokemon franchise, it is entirely ripped from the series, but I’m really not complaining. In their disclaimer, they claim to be a not-for-profit development team which may or may not explain why Nintendo has not laid the heavy hand of lawyers / samurais to destroy them. All that being said, Pokemon: Generations is an amazing feat with some really spectacular visuals considering the assumed tiny budget that they worked with and similarly limited resources.
Pokemon: Generations suffers from poor controls and a highly underdeveloped camera, but the concept is enough to make any fanboy giddy. Graphics are above and beyond any real Pokemon game, despite being a bit clunky. A 3D Pokemon adventure with live action battles and multiplayer capability? It’s one step closer to the 3D MMORPG experience that we’ve dreamed about since we were children! Seriously, how awesome would that be?