If you had asked me a month or so ago if I was excited for the November 18th release of Pokemon Sun and Moon, I’d have offered up a mildly enthusiastic “Yes.”
Now, after a couple of weeks with Pokemon Go, I’d answer that question with a vigorous “YES!”
I was slow to the Pokemon phenomenon. My first Pokemon game was Pokemon X and I absolutely loved it. When I finished, I had put somewhere around 80 hours into it and I was sorry to see the story completed. I had that strange and sad awkward feeling of, “Well now what?”
I’ve had Pokemon Sun pre-ordered for a good long while, but the more I play Pokemon Go, the more excited I am for the retail release of Sun. I’ve never been a huge fan of cell phones and, as much as I’m enjoying Go, I’m looking forward to a new Pokemon on my 3DS instead of playing on my phone.
I actually spent $10 within the Pokemon Go app yesterday, and I didn’t feel too too bad about it. I’ve definitely had quite a good time already, and I felt comfortable showing Niantic and The Pokemon Company that I’m on board with their offering. The added bonus is that I now have 200 bright and shiny Pokeballs that I don’t have to scour Pokestops for.
I feel spoiled.
And I’m still only level 11. It feels like it takes forever to level up. And I’ve even been using the “trick” of saving up several Pokemon to evolve until I have a lucky egg to reap the bonus XP.
It’s interesting to me how one game can make me even more excited for another game. I’ve had this experience in different ways recently.
I happened upon a speedrun of Dishonored (he completed it in under 35 minutes!) and it was not only impressive, but it further excited me for Dishonored 2’s release later this year.
Someone came to replace a water heater the other day, and he looked at the wall near our door and said, “Where did you get that BioShock poster?!” And I was like, “You like BioShock?” And he said “I loved it.” And we were off and running. Little did he know that the original BioShock is my favorite game of all time, but we started talking about the remastered trilogy coming in September, and I found myself excited all over again about it. I’m sure I will play through all three again, and seeing them in all their newly remastered glory certainly won’t hurt.
I just never know when or where an inspiration to play a certain game will come from.
Years ago I was at a party and I mentioned that I like carnivals as settings for horror movies or games. Someone recommended Spider Man: Shattered Dimensions as it had a carnival level. So I went out and got it, and played it straightaway.
I may not have loved the game, but that carnival level was a lot of fun. And I love recommendations from people who also love games.
So with that I ask: are you playing Pokemon Go? If so, is it heightening your excitement for Sun and Moon? Also, what games have you played on a recommendation from someone? Did you love the games or have a less than favorable response? I’d love to hear about it.