10 Most Incredible Pokemon Games Of All Time
Pokemon is fast approaching its 20th anniversary. It only seemed like yesterday when Pokemon Red and Green took the world by storm and started the Pocket Monster phenomenon. Fast forward to today and Pokemon still remains remarkably popular; consistently selling in the multi-millions with each new entry. With the anniversary celebrations bound to happen in a matter of months.
10. Pokemon Platinum
In my opinion, Pokemon Platinum isn’t worth a purchase if you already own Diamond/Pearl. I believe there isn’t enough changes and new content to justify double dipping into the world of Sinnoh. Still, Pokemon Platinum does offer a number of new innovations that should be recognized. Perhaps the most important new feature is the VS recorder, which records and saves all your online matches into your game. This feature was a godsend for all YouTubers as it was an easier means to record, commentate and uploaded Wi-fi battles up onto YouTube.
9. Pokemon Emerald
Pokemon Emerald is my favorite directors cut title. Pokemon Emerald correctly and interestingly expands the lore of Kyogre and Groudon to effective incorporate Rayquaza. In my opinion, Pokemon Emerald is the gold standard for the directors cut titles, a standard that Game Freaks that hasn’t effectively maintained since. Pokemon Emerald can stand proud among almost all the original games and a definitely worth a play for all new Pokemon games.
8. Pokemon Black/White
Admittedly, Pokemon Black/White (Pokemon B/W) isn’t my favorite original Pokemon game. For some reason, I couldn’t get into the universe around Unova and the lore behind the signature legendary Pokemon. However, Pokemon B/W does push the series in a number of meaningful ways such as the hidden abilities, team previews before battles and rotation battles. I particularly like the inclusion of hidden abilities as they do give new life to tired Pokemon.
7. Pokemon Black 2/White 2
Serving as a direct sequel to Pokemon Black/White, Pokemon Black 2/White 2 (Pokemon B2/W2) changes up the formula opting out of a directors cut by offering an expand universe to the story of the B/W. Set two years after the events of Black 2/ White 2 offers a new story, new areas and new features (like Pokemon World Tournament and Pokemon Studios). In my opinion, Pokemon Black 2/White 2 is superior in every way to its respective prequel.
6. Pokemon Fire Red/Leaf Green
At number 6 is Pokemon Fire Red/Leaf Green (Pokemon FR/LG), a modern remake of the original Pokemon games. I’d imagine that many fans have a soft spot for the original game and playing an upgraded version complete with pleasant visuals would be pure ecstasy for them. Finding a copy of Pokemon FR/LG and a working GBA may be a little difficult at the moment, but it is definitely worth it, if you want to play the game that started it all at its most pleasant form.
5. Pokemon X/Y
Despite having a number of glaring flaws, Pokemon X/Y is impressive enough to warrant a top 5 finish. Pokemon X/Y is the first game to have full 3D sprites when in battle. More importantly, Pokemon X/Y introduces the new game mechanic, Mega Evolutions. I know a couple of individuals that aren’t fans of Mega Evolutions, but personally speaking I love them as they give weak Pokemon new tools to succeed. Pokemon X/Y would have been a much better game had it had a better plot and more post game content.
4. Pokemon Red/Green
At number four is Pokemon Red/Green. Despite not aging well, Pokemon Red/Green (Pokemon R/G) should be given credit for starting the Pokemon phenomenon all these years ago. I can remember vividly the feeling of excitement and joy when I first picked my Charmander at Pallet town. I can remember vividly that I screamed for joy when my beloved Charmander finally grew to a Charizard. There are some games that stay with you forever. Personally speaking Super Smash Bros., The legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Pokemon R/G are the games that have resonated with me in a deep personal level.
3. Pokemon Alpha Sapphire/ Omega Ruby
Rounding out third place is Pokemon Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby (Pokemon AS/OR). At the moment, Pokemon AS/OR is the most complete Pokemon experience. It has every modern feature that is needed in a contemporary POkemon game from online play, secret abilities, mega evolution’s, secret base, excellent post game content and the ability to capture almost all the legendary Pokemon. If there was one Pokemon game that I would recommend for newbies, it would definitely be Pokemon AS/OR.
2. Pokemon Diamond/Pearl
Missing the top spot is Pokemon Diamond/Pearl (Pokemon D/P). Pokemon D/Pearns the runner up for two reasons: 1. It introduces a number of my favorite Pokemon games such as Garchomp, Infernape, Gliscor, Hippowdon and Lucario. 2. Introduces wi-fi play which made competitive play more accessible and global than before. Out of all original mainline series, Pokemon D/P/PT is by far the most played, killing hundred of hours on wi-fi play and one of my most memorable Pokemon game behind
1. Pokemon Soul Silver/Heart Gold
Pokemon Soul Silver/Heart Gold (Pokemon SS/HG) is my number one pick. Pokemon SS/HG deservedly earns top spot by offering the most satisfying and complete adventure among all Pokemon games. If you were asked to select one Pokemon game to take with you on a desert island, what game would you select? Personally speaking, I would select Pokemon SS/HG and this is why it has taken top spot. Not many other Pokemon games offer the opportunity to conquer two regional leagues, Pokemon SS/HG does. The title allows you take on the Johto League and the Indigo Plateau. Furthermore being a remake, Pokemon SS/HG offers a contemporary experience complete with pleasant visuals and competitive online play.
#10 Most Incredible Pokemon Games Of All Time