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The Generation VII Pokemon Games marked the first time that I didn't invest any money in an upper version of a Pokemon, and there's a reason for that. For many years, many people have been wishing for new Pokemon games that offered new story lines, and a different task than the eight badges and then the Elite Four. I, for one, have never had a problem with the same story line. It guaranteed a great game every time, which is exactly why I kept buying Pokemon games. I liked the simplicity of them. How I always knew exactly what I was getting into when I purchased the game from the store.
I would be happy to never look at another Ultra Beast or Z-Crystal again. And they can do away with all of the cut scenes, too. It seemed like I was getting stopped every time I took a few steps in the game.
So, for the Generation VIII Pokemon games, here's what I'm hoping for. Feel free to disagree.
1. Riding Pokemon
In the new Pokemon Let's Go! Pikachu and Let's Go! Eevee games, they finally allowed us to ride on our own Pokemon, after first introducing riding Pokemon in Generation VI.
This is something that I would like to see again in the Generation VIII games. However, I felt that it was too simplified in the Pikachu and Eevee games.
Remember in X and Y when the Skiddo could jump up the ledges that the player character can only ever jump down? Rhyhorns could walk on rough rocks that were impassible otherwise? I would like to see more of that in the new Pokemon games. We should be able to ride our own personal riding Pokemon in the new games, and they should give us access to different areas of the map that would be otherwise not accessible.
2. Over World Flying
It has always been my dream to fly in the sky in the Pokemon games, the same way that we can swim in the ocean with our Pokemon. Rather than opening the menu, selecting the move and the place to go, and being whisked there by our Pokemon, I always thought it would be more fun if they allowed us to ride our Flying Pokemon on an over world map and choose the towns we want to go to.
This was a feature that they finally introduced in ORAS, but it was only with Mega Latias or Mega Latios (but it was nice that we didn't even need to have them in the party).
This could even be a feature that's accessible early on in the games, but it doesn't have to allow you to skip parts of the map. Like in ORAS, they can prevent you from landing in towns or routes that you have not previously visited.
I honestly thought they were going to do this in LGPE when our "world expanded," but it was just a rather inconvenient form of flying higher in the sky. High enough to battle flying Pokemon, specifically, but not high enough to fly over Mt. Moon.
Yes. I want the PC back. And you know what? I wouldn't even care if they reverted it back to the old days before Gen Seven, where your seventh Pokemon and everything after (as long as your party was full) automatically got sent to the PC, rather than giving you the choice to add them to your party right away.
I know many people wished for storage systems that allow you to change your Pokemon out on the go, but I always thought that would make the (already easy) game too easy.
4. Mega Evolutions
Like many, probably, I wasn't crazy about the idea of Mega Evolutions when they first introduced them in X and Y. This, however, was before the games came out, and I hadn't experienced playing with them. With Megas of my favorite Pokemon, like Gengar and Banette, how could I not fall in love with these things?
They seemed to be replaced by the (significantly less awesome) Z-moves in Gen Seven, but I'm hoping that was just a story thing for Alola, and they do bring the Mega Evolutions back for Gen Eight.
I know that LGPE was supposed to be for the more casual Pokemon fan and not for the long time fans like me, but I can't help but hope that they bring back battling wild Pokemon.
I think PETA has enough problems with the Pokemon games when we're simply catching a few Pokemon here and there to battle each other with. But when the game encourages us to collect 50+ of the same Pokemon to increase our experience and level up faster (or find shinies)... just no. And why do we even need to catch so many? What's the Professor doing with them? I'll let you think about that one.
Bring back my old fashioned catching methods where I only have to use one damn Poke Ball on a Caterpie because I don't accidentally throw it off into the distance when my switch decides it doesn't want to read my motion controls correctly.
6. Pro Controller
Yes. I'll be the first to say it (maybe). I do not want more motion controls in the new Pokemon games. I don't want to have to aim my Poke Ball and end up throwing it off into the distance (because not everyone has a living room with a nice and easy motion sensing setup).
I want zero motion controls. And I want to be able to play with my damn pro controller.
I get the Pokemon was originally a handheld specific game, but now that it's on the Switch, which is both a handheld and a home console, I want to be able choose the mode in which I play, and the controller I play with.
I guess it would be nice if they gave a motion control option for those who do like it, but I would like to have zero motion controls, even when playing on the television at home.
7. Gym Leaders
That's right. I want the gyms back.
I'm having high hopes for this one because the Island Trials seemed to be an Alola-specific culture thing. For that region, it was nice. But I would like more of the Gyms in the new games.
There's a lot more that could go on the list, but this will have to do for now. These are the most important things that I would like to see them bring back from the Gen Seven games or bring back from older games.
No matter what they end up doing, I'm probably going to buy the games and play the shit out of them anyway.