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Poké-Boss
Poké-Boss
My mom found a lump on her breast, and it has been confirmed that it is malignant, so now she is going through chemotherapy.

Yeah, Masuda apparently changed his mind about the direction of the games when visiting France, iirc. When planning for Kalos. That was unfortunate...

Yes, the Tajiri directed games are some of my favourite, too. In my case, my favourite thing about them is the relative "simplicity" and the more down to earth plot and villain Team. Team Rocket is still my favourite Team by a big margin.

As for Masters, I haven't played it yet, for the same reason why I haven't kept playing Polished Crystal (aka stress). But I am interested in hearing your opinion about it?
Silktree
Silktree
I figured that it was some kind of cancer. Has she removed the breast?

Masters can often be challenging and you'll have to rely on an array of sync pairs. For instances, I've used the PC, Brock, Blue, Erika, Pryce, Kris, Lyra and Korrina pretty often, but also used Misty, Karen, Skyla, Iris, Viola, Mina and Hapu for coverage in some battles. The story is simple (although it might be getting more complex), but the dialogue can be surprising at times in a good way. It's a fun game overall and there are training sessions and events for more battles, not to mention co-op which isn't my cup of tea (but I might try it with a friend).

It's a fun game overall, and it puts a new spin on Pokemon (some are much better than in the main games) and definitely fleshes out the characters (believably). The main drawback is that some items can be a pain to get, including gems until recently. But that's very mild for a free-to-play game which you can absolutely enjoy without paying a cent. Another complaint is the weird difficulty spikes that pretty much force you to use level up items (experience points are very limited), but luckily I've been getting a lot of those items in the past month or so.

They're going to add two nifty features soon, allowing for more ways to power up sync pairs and battle with them.
Poké-Boss
Poké-Boss
Thank God, the breast has not been removed. Instead of cutting, they are giving her intravenous chemo to shrink the size of the lump, hopefully until fully disappearing.

Masters sounds good, if I feel better, I might try it soon. Can you say anything about the region (Pasio), Villain Team and Plot of the game? If there is anything interesting to say, that is.
Silktree
Silktree
Pasio is a man-made region. It has some nice scenery, but the whole game might as well take place in a stadium. The guy who had Pasio be made is Lear, who is very rich and hates Red because he lost to him. I guess that Lear wants to defeat Red in the most humiliating way possible. Unfortunately for him, he loses to the PC before Red even shows up, lol.

Things get a little more interesting in the cliffhanger. Team Break, who consist of masked NPCs, manage to steal Hoopa from Lear (he used it to transport some of the trainers to Pasio). Now they're plotting to summon legendaries to ruin the Pokemon Master League. Why? Who knows.

There's also USUM Giovanni's debut next week, but it's separate from the story. The regular Giovanni should appear later judging from the animated trailer.
Poké-Boss
Poké-Boss
Thanks for the info, sounds interesting.
Also, I like that this guy hates Red (all losers do :p).
Silktree
Silktree
It figures that Bolt would like SwSh due to the Wild Area. He doesn't even mention that most of the region is exactly the culmination of everything he's criticized since BW. Galar has a serious lack of landmarks.

I can believe that SwSh are a "fun ride" despite their flaws (although I honestly didn't enjoy Y very much), but he's unusually forgiving. Come to think of it, I think that he was overall positive about SM only for that to change later, maybe due to USUM.

Personally, I don't see myself spending time in the Wild Area for much longer than an hour. And I don't agree that most of the new Pokemon are charming... They've grown on me, but it would still be hard to build a team when I only (somewhat) like four of them.
Poké-Boss
Poké-Boss
I haven't read his opinion but... LOL

I think Bolt was maybe so DESPERATE for an Open World experience in Pokémon, that he just forgives everything else. But what about the non-OpenWorld parts of the game (aka everything other than the Wild Area)? They are all more corridor-like than ever before.

Also, was Bolt pleased with SM? Because it doesn't seem to have anything that he has been "fighting for" and "demanding".
Silktree
Silktree
I can almost swear that his initial SM review was positive... Yep:

"I haven't beaten the game yet so I haven't seen all of Poni Island (there does seem to be a post game "route" there leading to the Battle Tree), but in general it doesn't seem to feel that incomplete at all. Like I said, it's style over substance, there are some sections that look like they could be explored but aren't, but unlike Kalos there's no mention of these areas or hints that they could be explored. Frankly, area wise I don't think there's much if anything that could be expanded on, they'd have to add more islands to the game and I don't think they'll do that because it would screw up the game's lore if there's extra islands."

"Definitely disagreed. I would've killed to have features like Poke Pelago and Festival Plaza in XY, that's the kind of extra content those games needed. The story, while not as great as BW, still stands above pretty much every other, the region and the characters feel more alive than ever and the storyline is one of the most intense I've ever seen in the series. I wouldn't call it the best game in the series, that honor goes to Platinum, but it's definitely the best one since Pokemon went the casual route.

The only disappointment I have with this game is the linearity, there's really no excuse for it anymore. With the Rotom Dex telling you exactly where to go and giving you a detailed map of nearly every nook and cranny of the region, there's no way anyone could possibly get lost anymore. I was hoping with the Rotom Dex around, they'd let you explore the island any way you want and complete the Trials in any order you want."

Not too positive, but it even seemed to suggest that SM were better than B2W2 (unless he meant initial versions). Since then (three years), he's been more critical and that will probably happen with SwSh, too. The honeymoon always comes to an end. I think that his main point boiled down to "see, this is what XY should have been like."
Silktree
Silktree
You should download Masters if only to start hoarding those gems. Who knows how generous DeNA will be after next month.
Poké-Boss
Poké-Boss
Yeah, he does seem to have liked SM more than I thought haha.
Yet I still probably prefer XY to SM, in everything except for the plot/lore. Alola did it better there.

Yes, I will check out the size of Masters and see if I can download it... I might have to delete some other apps first lol)
Poké-Boss
Poké-Boss
I tried to download Pokémon Masters. My android version is not compatible with it, unfortunately. I will have to wait until I have a newer smartphone at hand.
Silktree
Silktree
Do you have an iPad?
Poké-Boss
Poké-Boss
No...

I have a PC, a Laptop, and an Android Smartphone :(
Silktree
Silktree
When you buy a new one, make sure it's compatible with the game.
Poké-Boss
Poké-Boss
Yes definitely!
Poké-Boss
Poké-Boss
Expansions bruh...

But they almost cost what a full third version did.

I am confused lol
Silktree
Silktree
DLC shouldn't cost more than $20 unless it really is akin to half a new game, which this isn't. They're just making the post-game more comparable to DP and BW's; even the new legendaries just make up for SwSh only having three to begin with. Lol at their continued phobia of more engaging battle facilities.
Poké-Boss
Poké-Boss
Ikr... this just sounds... cheap
Poké-Boss
Poké-Boss
I mean Game Freak's attitude is cheap, not the DLC. I agree that 30 euros is too expensive for what they're adding.
Silktree
Silktree
Things are looking kind of grim for the series. SwSh aren't bad, but they're too expensive for what they offer unless you're a competitive player who can't get enough of ranked battles (or you're a shiny hunter, I guess). Most fans just continue to eat up whatever Game Freak throw at them. "New forms, yay!"

I think that DP remakes would be a very "meh" way to celebrate the 25th anniversary. At the same time, Let's Go Johto shouldn't be a simple combination of LGPE and GSC (for one thing, fans expect the National Pokedex to be restored). I'd rather not get my hopes up for anything, but I've entertained the idea of a game like the new anime that allows you to travel to specific locations in every region. It wouldn't be easy to pull off... Maybe Let's Go Johto with events in the other regions?
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