I started Pokemon Sun on Saturday afternoon. I woke up Sunday morning with a video game hangover as I stayed up until after 4am, and only then did I put the game down because my 3DS was about to go to sleep regardless of my wishes.
When I finally lurched into bed, I wasn’t tired at all, but my eyes wouldn’t stop watering (another way I know I was up too late; I’m old), and every time I started to drift off, I would see Pokebattles in my head.
No joke. It was like the Tetris phenomenon.
When I woke up Sunday “morning,” all I was thinking was: MORE POKEMON. MUST PLAY MORE POKEMON.
So I did.
I haven’t played a proper Pokemon game since X/Y (I played X), even though I had Alpha Sapphire. And, sure, Pokemon Go is technically a Pokemon game, but it’s not what I would ever refer to as a “proper” Pokemon game.
I just adore the island of Alola. I love the whimsy and the unabashed kindness present in various aspects of the game. I love finding new Pokemon, then catching the ones I’m most excited about and leveling them up. I love the Pokemon Refresh feature (the revised version of Pokemon Amie) where you can build up affection and cure various status ailments. I love the various music tracks and cues. I’m just hooked right now.
My only real complaint has to do with the ridiculous rate of spawns in caves and certain grassy areas. In one cave (not story related) I used a Repel, and it lasted for all of about 30 seconds. To explore this cave, I’m not joking, I ended up battling about thirty wild Pokemon.
Certain patches of grass are very similar. Don’t get me wrong, I want to find new Pokemon as much as the next very moderately obsessed player, but I don’t want to get accosted six times in a small patch of grass just trying to make my way through. That’s a little overboard.
Oh well. It’s the only negative in a sea of positives.
Even as I write this, all I’m thinking is that I want to get back to playing it. I just love it so far.
This past week I’ve been chipping away at Dishonored 2 here and there, but I’m largely still not into it. At one point I just said, “Oh to hell with it” and started killing baddies if they saw me. It’s not like my chaos was dropping anyway.
I did unlock a few more skills and I’m starting to have more fun with it, but I’m still not in to it. Which is weird.
I always attempt to go stealth, but certain stealth-based items are hard to come by and, at times, they don’t seem to work. I would say, no matter how close I am to my target, about one in three sleep darts doesn’t work. They just don’t. Sometimes my skills don’t work. I don’t understand how that is possible unless that’s a “thing” in this entry. It’s awfully frustrating to only be able to carry five sleep darts, and have sometimes two out of that lot be faulty. Those are garbage odds.
So, while I will certainly finish the game (hopefully by the middle of this week), I don’t like it nearly as much as I’d hoped I would. Which is disappointing, but hey, you win some, you lose some. Though that doesn’t quite apply here. More like…some fun, some not so fun. At least for me.
I would also like to get to Titanfall 2 by the end of the week, as well as finally play a little more LittleBigPlanet 3 (out of left field!). My partner and I have no Thanksgiving plans, so I see much gaming in our holiday weekend future.
But, let’s be honest, I will be traipsing around Alola as often as possible. I’m looking forward to building a solid party to battle my way through with.
What are you playing this week? Do you have Thanksgiving gaming rituals or plans? If so, what are they?
With that, off I go to find my 3DS and play probably far too much Pokemon Sun. Cheers, friends.