- Dec 15, 2009
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This is me, exactly! I play Pokemon games to relax and don't like them to frustrate me or raise my adrenaline levels too much.I don't have too much of a problem with the way things are now, because I don't play video games for the challenge. In fact, I have a constantly-busy brain, so video games are actually an opportunity for me to take a break and operate on autopilot for a while.
I'm currently playing Pokemon Ranger for the first time. I was enjoying it at first, but the part with Grimer and Muk in the sewers was brutal. It's a complete maze down there, you get chased by wild Pokemon that can damage your Capture Styler before you have a chance to escape, and capturing Muk is a nightmare. And this is only the third mission! I did manage to complete the mission, but it wasn't a relaxing experience at all. I really wanted to play through this game to see if there's a still a Manaphy egg on the cartridge, but I'm not sure if I'll have the patience to see it through to the end.
Some of the older core series games can frustrate me too, but at least with those, I know the ropes and there's a sense of comfortable familiarity. The core Pokemon games are the only video games (Pokemon or otherwise) I've ever really played, so I find it difficult to adjust to different styles of gameplay.
Anyway, as for the core series... while the decreased difficulty does sometimes give me an anticlimatic feeling during important battles, I think I'd rather the games were a bit too easy than a bit too difficult. I'd be in favour of different difficulty modes, though, and they should bring back the ability to switch off the Exp. Share. The difficulty can still be increased a little by changing the battle style to "set", but it would be good to have more options.
I'm still baffled by how they handled the difficulty options in Black 2 and White 2, though. What's the point in them if you have to beat the game first to unlock them? Why would you want to play the game again in Easy Mode if you've already beaten it in Normal Mode?
Even when the main story is a bit too easy there are still other challenges, like completing the Pokedex or training your Pokemon to take on the Battle Tower.