I'm currently enjoying Pokemon X, which is my first Pokemon game since Pearl. Having raised a fairly decent team and subs levelling in the mid 60s as well as beating all 8 gyms, I am now faced with Victory Road. Though, as I entered into the first cave I was met with the water on which you need to surf, also spotting the boulder you can push using strength... I immediately left, Victory Road had beaten me.
The one thing I have found annoying about Pokemon is how you are forced to teach HMs. Personally I have found that I dislike giving up the move slot and tend to treat that Pokemon purely as a HM user rather than a valuable team member. I also don't find those parts of Pokemon games add all that much to the experience, so I was happy to see the easing off Pokemon X did during the time I spent going round the 8 gyms.
My concern is that I don't want a wasted slot in my team as I take on Victory Road and the subsequent Elite Four. I was kinda just looking forward to get to some good ol' battling, not surfing, strengthing, waterfalling and whatevering.
I find myself in a funny headspace. I am happy with my team, which I am doing some online battling with, but at this stage I feel I am losing some love for the game and have felt the same with previous Pokemon games at this point. However, I am entertained by the idea of starting again and doing a Nuzlocke play through, my only worry is that starting again I will lose my team.
I was hoping that I could get some naturally sourced wisdom from the Giant Bomb community as to whether I am going to miss out by not stepping up, taking on Victory Road and finishing the game or whether Nuzlocking may get me some more enjoyment out of the game.