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Posted by Kaiserreich

Why is Brad so weird?

Posted by luciogamesmusic

I'm also not a huge fan of the "Simon Says-lookin" buttons, was surprised that Brad mentioned as it was something I had thought to myself. Minor quibble, of course.

Posted by BLipp18

@crushed said:

@blipp18 said:

@larrydavis: just because its for kids doesnt mean its exempt from being able to improve in a 20 year time span. besides it being prettier, the only thing new or different from the original red/blue games seems to be that there are minigames you can play with your pokemon now and the xp share.

Pokemon has improved and changed in a shit ton of ways since Red and Blue. People who talk about the games not changing at all are like guys who say that fighting games or CoD-style shooters haven't improved or changed at all since SFII or COD1 because the core mechanics are mostly unchanged.

the last one i played was....i think gold/silver? the last ones before they went to DS. and youre wrong, i think COD hasnt changed since COD4, and it pretty much hasnt. From watching this QL and from what i remember, there is practically nothing different, besides its 3D and you have analog movement now. Im sure they could figure out a way to improve the battle system somewhat, or at least surface more stats for people, aka like all Nintendo games, stop treating everyone like children. Yes, keep it simple since its mainly a kids game, but at least have some 'advanced' options.

Posted by ArtisanBreads

"Where do you spend your time?"

Edited by ghostyTrickster

Pokemon X/Y is the best Pokemon game they've ever made. I thought I was done with B2/W2 (I only got halfway and was sick of it). The EXP Share changes, the movement speed, the online features, the HUGE amount of Pokemon. A TON of fun. Super Training makes it really easy to get into the competitive scene too. So good. Gonna be in my top 5 GOTY for sure.

Posted by Grondoth

Jeff is now the Senior Japanese Touching Game Editor.

Posted by Crushed

@blipp18 said:

@crushed said:

@blipp18 said:

@larrydavis: just because its for kids doesnt mean its exempt from being able to improve in a 20 year time span. besides it being prettier, the only thing new or different from the original red/blue games seems to be that there are minigames you can play with your pokemon now and the xp share.

Pokemon has improved and changed in a shit ton of ways since Red and Blue. People who talk about the games not changing at all are like guys who say that fighting games or CoD-style shooters haven't improved or changed at all since SFII or COD1 because the core mechanics are mostly unchanged.

the last one i played was....i think gold/silver? the last ones before they went to DS. and youre wrong, i think COD hasnt changed since COD4, and it pretty much hasnt. From watching this QL and from what i remember, there is practically nothing different, besides its 3D and you have analog movement now. Im sure they could figure out a way to improve the battle system somewhat, or at least surface more stats for people, aka like all Nintendo games, stop treating everyone like children. Yes, keep it simple since its mainly a kids game, but at least have some 'advanced' options.

They have improved the battle system. And they HAVE surfaced more stats for people! There ARE more advanced options! You have no clue what you're talking about!

Posted by triviaman09

Jeff's reaction when Fennekin evolved was hilarious.

Edited by LarryDavis

@crushed said:

@blipp18 said:

the last one i played was....i think gold/silver? the last ones before they went to DS. and youre wrong, i think COD hasnt changed since COD4, and it pretty much hasnt. From watching this QL and from what i remember, there is practically nothing different, besides its 3D and you have analog movement now. Im sure they could figure out a way to improve the battle system somewhat, or at least surface more stats for people, aka like all Nintendo games, stop treating everyone like children. Yes, keep it simple since its mainly a kids game, but at least have some 'advanced' options.

They have improved the battle system. And they HAVE surfaced more stats for people! There ARE more advanced options! You have no clue what you're talking about!

Also new types and a bunch of other stuff but hey man Nintendo doesn't innovate at all blarrrrrgggh

Posted by Benny

It's nice to see the game played from the perspective of folks who aren't really into pokemon games because it highlights the shortcomings of the series (they really don't explain type matchups well outside of the manuals, many stats are hidden, many move damage values and effects aren't explained at all well)

Really enjoyed the quick look.

Posted by sub_o

Why is Brad so weird?

He shouldn't have eaten that sandwich.

Posted by pocketroid

You can use the D-pad to move. Skates 100% would suck.

Edited by Sanj

Hah, I quite liked Brad's weird facts. Wouldn't mind hearing more now and then in Quicklooks!...Just maybe not all about poop, though.

Posted by Mandrewgora

Oh Pikachu.

Edited by ildon

"Why would you want to catch more than one Pikachu?"

Because you have to get one with optimal stats!!! Catch 50 and keep the best one.

Posted by Evan223

@blipp18: On the surface it may not look like the games have changed much but genders, breeding, natures, abilities, weather, physical and special moves actually making sense, new types as well as interenet battle and trading. A lot has been added since red/blue

Edited by mrsmiley

@facewas said:

"Xzibit saved the game."

Man, I wish he had.

So good.

Posted by tpundsack

I wish I would have heard @brad discuss cecotropes before i got my house rabbits. my rabbit doesn't eat all of its cecotropes and, let me tell you, they are not like regular rabbit turds. they definitely smell different (much, much worse) and are more fluid-like. it sticks to wood floors, then hardens. it is the worst! rabbits are disgusting...

Posted by Sarumarine

Dr. Professor Brad, degree in weird animal facts, Pokemon, and fatal nightmare situations.

Posted by GIyn

Pokemon X/Y is the best Pokemon game they've ever made. I thought I was done with B2/W2 (I only got halfway and was sick of it). The EXP Share changes, the movement speed, the online features, the HUGE amount of Pokemon. A TON of fun. Super Training makes it really easy to get into the competitive scene too. So good. Gonna be in my top 5 GOTY for sure.

The only reason people are aying this game is amazing, is because the rest of the pokemon games have lacked any development whatsoever. So when we are presented with a game that does a tiny bit, all the fans jump on the bandwagon and hype it up.

Posted by GnaTSoL

I would pay good money for a Jeff played 'Load our Last Save: Pokemon X.'

Hilarity would ensue. I bet he'll end up liking it like PErsona.

Edited by Elwoodan

Always get rid of the moves that don't do direct damage. Status effects other than poison and burn are for chumps.

Posted by Cashewual

Grass monkey, that funky monkey.

Edited by MEATBALL

Really surprised this is an hour long, cool.

Been really digging the game, love the little changes that've been made, particularly where it comes to making certain facets easier to use. Hawlucha is the greatest pokemon ever.

Posted by jayspadez

pikachu is the randy orton of pokemon...lol...expect him to go batshit after every thunderboly/rko

Posted by ProfessorEss

I won't buy a 3DS for it but if I had a 3DS I'd probably grind the shit out of this.

Posted by fartGOD666

A portmanteau of "spew" and "pupa." That's what the kids want.

Posted by OneOhEight

ahhhh I get so annoyed when I watch these quicklooks and I've played the game before...

"the skating is too fast, can't you take them off?" just use the d-pad to walk or run instead.

"I wish you could just drag the pokemon to a different position" you can, just drag it.

Posted by MythDarK

It's hard to find people who's online when you're disconnected. ;)

Posted by metalsnakezero

Jeff's reaction when Fennekin evolved was hilarious.

Yeah, the stick thing wouldn't make sense at first but when you see it in animate it a little clear. Still the reaction when he was touching it was pretty funny.

Edited by ArbitraryWater

@purplepartyrobot: What if I told you that later on, it takes 5 minutes to EV train a pokemon fully, and it doesn't use the super training at all? Have to beat the game first though.

TELL ME

Posted by RuneseekerMireille

@blipp18 said:

@crushed said:

@blipp18 said:

@larrydavis: just because its for kids doesnt mean its exempt from being able to improve in a 20 year time span. besides it being prettier, the only thing new or different from the original red/blue games seems to be that there are minigames you can play with your pokemon now and the xp share.

Pokemon has improved and changed in a shit ton of ways since Red and Blue. People who talk about the games not changing at all are like guys who say that fighting games or CoD-style shooters haven't improved or changed at all since SFII or COD1 because the core mechanics are mostly unchanged.

the last one i played was....i think gold/silver? the last ones before they went to DS. and youre wrong, i think COD hasnt changed since COD4, and it pretty much hasnt. From watching this QL and from what i remember, there is practically nothing different, besides its 3D and you have analog movement now. Im sure they could figure out a way to improve the battle system somewhat, or at least surface more stats for people, aka like all Nintendo games, stop treating everyone like children. Yes, keep it simple since its mainly a kids game, but at least have some 'advanced' options.

I'm making an assumption that you weren't big into the metagame when you were in Gold/Silver? The systems change things up pretty much every single game when they add something new. This time, it's Mega Evolutions, which look super cool, and turn some older pokemon into veritable gods competitively, and the new Fairy type, which shut down dragons (who have ruled the metagame with an iron fist for generations) almost completely, and gave poison types a use besides maybe looking cool and being garbage statistically. You have to look for the system changes, Nintendo is Nintendo, they're not going to surface that stuff up front, if you're in it, you'll do your research to find out anyway, and if you're not hardcore, then you can just enjoy the ride.

I kind of don't blame you though, if you only see skin deep and say "This is just a 3D version of the game I played 10 years ago", but just do a bit of research and you'll see there is far more changed than meets the eye.

Posted by AlwaysBeClothing

Jeff, tell me about the poke, and the mons.

Posted by planetfunksquad

@runeseekermireille said:

@purplepartyrobot: What if I told you that later on, it takes 5 minutes to EV train a pokemon fully, and it doesn't use the super training at all? Have to beat the game first though.

TELL ME

I also am interested.

Posted by alanm26v5

@benny said:

It's nice to see the game played from the perspective of folks who aren't really into pokemon games because it highlights the shortcomings of the series (they really don't explain type matchups well outside of the manuals, many stats are hidden, many move damage values and effects aren't explained at all well)

Really enjoyed the quick look.

Yeah, I sorta got into Pokemon last year for the first time with the GBA games to see what the hype was about. There's a ton of depth but it's really hidden and not explained well at all in the game from what I can tell. At first I felt like I had to constantly reference the internet to figure out what things exactly did. For example I thought things natures were just "flavor text" until I read lots of the bulbapedia wiki. There's a lot of complex systems at play which baffled me for it being a kid friendly game, but then again you can ignore most of it and still have a good time. I feel like if 10 year old me played this game and was super into RPGs and systems, I'd easily memorize type effectiveness, but 30 year old me screws it up constantly.

Edited by Flappy

There's something special about Xzibit bullying Preschoolers and taking their money.

Posted by Ghost_Cat

Are you happy now, you monsters? ARE YOU??

Posted by mcbrid55

I'm sure a million people have already said this to you guys, but the D-Pad will let you move with more precision (moves without roller blades).

Edited by Rocospi

@contrarygravitas: You too could have this random floating knowledge when you subscribe to a bunch of science RSS feeds.

Posted by Sarumarine

@flappy said:

There's something special about Xzibit bullying Preschoolers and taking their money.

I can only hope he's busting out rhymes while he's doing it. Ha ha.

"A grown man, the back of my hand is what you receive, the X-files make you believe!"

Edited by Benny

@benny said:

It's nice to see the game played from the perspective of folks who aren't really into pokemon games because it highlights the shortcomings of the series (they really don't explain type matchups well outside of the manuals, many stats are hidden, many move damage values and effects aren't explained at all well)

Really enjoyed the quick look.

Yeah, I sorta got into Pokemon last year for the first time with the GBA games to see what the hype was about. There's a ton of depth but it's really hidden and not explained well at all in the game from what I can tell. At first I felt like I had to constantly reference the internet to figure out what things exactly did. For example I thought things natures were just "flavor text" until I read lots of the bulbapedia wiki. There's a lot of complex systems at play which baffled me for it being a kid friendly game, but then again you can ignore most of it and still have a good time. I feel like if 10 year old me played this game and was super into RPGs and systems, I'd easily memorize type effectiveness, but 30 year old me screws it up constantly.

As a ten year old that played it way back when, that stuff is burned into the back of my mind forever haha, learning that stuff has always seemed like something the developers want you to learn on your own and not just be told with some sort of on-screen tooltip or something. It's a design choice for sure.

Posted by MariachiMacabre

God, Fennekin looks so dumb to me. Froakie all the way.

Posted by CookieMonster

Wasn't Ash in pokemon silver/gold? I remember battling a lvl 80 pickachu at the end...

Posted by tourgen

great QL. I think I understand the draw of these games now. lightning rats!

Edited by Milkman

As someone who hasn't played one of these games in years, it's kind of amazing how little it has changed.

Holy shit, that play with your Pokemon thing...I see the Hatsune FREAKUS got a hold of this game.

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Posted by huser

Watching numbers slowly climb up....like every loot game ever made?

Posted by Fleck0

Despite not being into the games, Jeff knows a shocking amount about the pokemon universe.

Posted by Budwyzer

@facewas said:

"Xzibit saved the game."

Man, I wish he had.

Laughed out loud for reals here. Mainly because a pokemon game designed by xzibit would be epic.

Posted by MeatSim

Double feces!

Also someone should photoshop Pikachu's face onto Randy Orton's head.