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[Let’s Talk] What are you playing? – December 2016

Posted on December 4, 2016 by (@NE_Brian) in Let's Talk

A new month is here! We’ve just entered December, so that means we want to know what you’ve been playing. Have you started up something entirely new for the month? Or maybe you’re continuing something you started a little while back? Whatever the case, let us know in the comments below!

Highlights from last week’s topic: Pokemon Sun/Moon impressions

LittleLynn

I basically finished Moon earlier today. Beat the game last night, and spent a good chunk of today catching UBs and Tapus. And now it’s taking every ounce of willpower I have not to just immediately reset and do it all over again.

So yeah, I loved it. The story, especially. Easily the best writing in the series, in my opinion. Cute and charming and sometimes even pretty funny, but with such a surprisingly raw darker side to it too. I don’t think there were any characters I didn’t like either.

The Island Trials were, I think, a very welcome departure from the usual Gyms. It helped mix things up instead of just doing the exact same things over and over. And the Totem battles especially, I felt were surprisingly pretty challenging (although, I admit I was Nuzlocking and I always keep Exp Share off).

Perhaps because I spent a lot of the game underleveled, I was also pleasantly surprised that Z-Moves weren’t simply a “win” button. They legitimately turned the tides for me sometimes (or fell dreadfully flat for me others), but it never felt cheap when used by or against me. Although I still like Mega Evolutions too, and would like to see more continue to be added in the future, I think the new Z-Moves were handled and balanced a lot better.

I should say that I don’t think the game’s without flaws though. For instance, I like the idea of SOS battles on paper, but it’s super tedious when you’re trying to catch a Pokemon (or when you just can’t take it out in one hit), and they keep calling help into the fight, preventing you from being able to get on with it. If it could only call help once or twice per fight (or at least, not in addition to their actual move), that’d be one thing. But as it was, it really slowed things down needlessly for me sometimes. I felt like it became less of a problem as I got further in the game, but it was really obnoxious through a good chunk of the second and third islands for me.

I felt like there was a weirdly uneven ratio for Pokemon you’d encounter too. The Pokedex would tell me I can find so many different things on a certain route, and yet I’d trip over the same Rattata or Wingull over and over again. I would fish at every possible spot too, and encountered a Wishiwashi once… but otherwise reeled in literally nothing but Magikarp ever. There are over 800 Pokemon now, and this gen introduced so many great new ones that I really liked, so it was a little frustrating that finding anything new was such a common struggle.

Minor grievances aside, I adored Pokemon Moon. I think it very easily took the title as my new favorite entry in the series. The formula that’s been there for the last twenty years is still basically there, but they changed it up enough that it feels genuinely different from all of its predecessors. And I hope they continue to try new things like this (and keep the incredibly solid writing this one brought) in the future of the series. ^_^

KnightWonder

If I’m honest, it’s my favorite generation. A wonderfully colorful region that’s varied in both locations and pokemon, the characters were all fun and entertaining, the story was simple but fun, and the changes made felt refreshing. There’s only one thing I wish they’d elaborated on, the relationship and rivalry between Kukui and Guzma. We get an explanation, but I would have loved to have seen more of it. Still, that’s very minor, and I had a big smile on my face every time I encountered Team Skull.

Reiianuo

It’s day 8, and my save file is at 92 hours. So it’s safe to say I like it a lot.

I’m very surprised at the Pokémon I’m really getting into. There’s a lot that I like, but I love Alola Muk, which is probably getting the most play from me. Also the Ultra Beasts have weird/wacky stats that make them a ton of fun to use.

As for the trials versus gyms… due to the EXP Share (The same problem with X/Y and ORAS), I was way overlevelled and didn’t find they posed too much of a challenge, and most didn’t feel that different, ultimately, from gyms anyways. There was a point that it seemed like the trials could have been very cool; the second trial, with the Totem Wishiwashi, was pretty great. In its school form, Wishiwashi has great offensive and defensive stats, boosted by the totem aura, and then it’s partners would often use Helping Hand, boosting the power of its attack, as well as it being in an environment that was naturally raining, giving its water attacks more power. It was the closest thing since Black Kyurem in Black 2 to Pokémon having a real RPG-like boss encounter. Unfortunately, no other trial really came close, although the [end of game] stuff also was pretty tough. Used up a lot of items for that final battle, which was fun.

The story, that’s not about your trainer progessing through the island challenge, is pretty cool though. A lot of very nice set pieces, and likeable characters. The beginning is VERY very slow, but once you overcome this hurdle it’s straight to the races of constructing a team of your fave mons, and it’s so great. I can’t wait for January and Pokémon Bank integration to come to get the most out of the Battle Tree (I love Gladion/Kahuna Battle/Ultra Beasts theme for this) and multiplayer versus.

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  • Burning Gravity

    well, I’m not sure I actually played any games in December yet, but Pokemon Sun is up there on the priorities list (I think I’m a little after the trial where you get the surf replacement) and I finally just beat Ys VIII

    with all these new games coming out and the Switch coming later, I’m thinking of cutting my work shifts so I can game more, or else I won’t have any time for the exciting stuff coming out (of which there is way too much for me to list), forget money~

    seems like from november 2016 to november 2017 we should be seeing a lot of great games being released, from Pokemon to FFXV to TLG to Horizon: Zero Dawn to Persona 5 to Danganronpa V3 to Zelda: Breath of the Wild to a new 3D Mario to hopefully much more~

    • Vigilante_blade

      Just offering, if you need version exclusives from moon, just ask.

  • Wendigo

    My Mini NES reminded me how much I like Startropics. Easily the game I’ve spent the most time on on the thing

  • Vigilante_blade

    Currently on Pokémon Moon. I played a bit of Super Mario Bros. 3 once again recently, which was fairly nice. I need more time so I can get back to Fire Emblem.

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    • Velen (Not WoW)

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  • theFooFighter

    XCOM 2 and enemy unknown are my drugs of choice at the moment. They easily stand toe to toe with the best from fire emblem and final fantasy tactics. Aside from that bravely second is pretty sick

  • Jorge Armando Gomez

    Being playing a lot of Pokémon sun and Animal crossing new leaf a lot

  • Hey, hey! My comment got featured. ^_^

    I finished catching ’em all in Pokemon Moon last night, but I’m still kinda playing. I’ve still got another 10-20 Zygarde cells to find, and I haven’t even checked out the Battle Tree yet. Much to do, still.

    It’s not Nintendo-related, but my wife and I exchanged Christmas gifts early (which is to say we both went half in on a PS4, finally). So I now have a whole new world of backlog to attend to. Of course, I’m still super focused on Pokemon, but I’ll get to it eventually.

  • JasonBall

    Metroid II, finally beat the darn thing, and now Super. Really trying to beat my backlog before March when I get a Switch. Because the world outside that screen will cease to exist once I get it. I still have both Fluidities, Xenoblade 3D, a couple DS games, and a few Wii games to get to in three months.

  • Melatelo

    Pokemon Moon for days! Just recently beat the elite four. Havent really touched my 3DS all year but Pokemon has definitely changed that.
    Also just got the Uncharted colection for PS4 which has been excellent. Didn’t own a PS3, so it’s nice to finally be able to jump into the series now.

  • Locky Mavo

    A little tick off I still haven’t got my copy of Pokémon Moon yet (because reasons), so instead, I’ve beaten Metroid Prime: Federation Force (that after credits clip has me excited for more, Sylux ftw!), so now I’m playing LoZ: Majora’s Mask 3D on 3DS (that pre-show VGA BotW trailer was the bomb!), enjoying my play through Paper Mario: Colour Splash on Wii U and Darksiders 2, with some Smash and Kart every now and then, SSX3 on the Cube and a little Overwatch on PC.

    I was hoping the PSX would excite me and give me reason to keep my PS4, there where some cool trailers, but it looks like it’s still on track for a Switch trade-in.

    • Vigilante_blade

      You ordered it online? It really sucks you couldn’t get it on time. I hope you don’t have t wait too long.

  • ForeVision

    Playing a serious amount of Pokemon Moon, which I find to be a great addition to the franchise in general. It’s sad that Hyper Training is gone, but I’ve gotten a hold of other methods, and it’s pretty cool to be able to see IVs now via the judge feature on boxes. Allows me to know why that one Pokemon I’ve been training just doesn’t have the stats (and it inspires sadness when that level 83 Magnezone you’ve had since level 9 starting out as a Magnemite, is falling behind, and the Judge says that it’s special attack says “no good”)

    • Velen (Not WoW)

      You misspelled Super Training there, Fore. : )

      …Pfft. Just giving you crap man, but still.

      • ForeVision

        On that note, I do understand people saying it was tedious, but it was very convenient. You never had to retrain the Pokemon that went through the story with you, since you could IV them right away. Plus reset bags 😛

        • Velen (Not WoW)

          Nah man, getting Reset Bags was a *****.

          • ForeVision

            Never had much trouble getting those. And it did, at least, reset all at once. Now I’m growing berries like a madman to get my old Pokes fixed up.

        • Vigilante_blade

          I also liked the reset bags. I don’t particularily hate the current Poképelago method, but I wish we had the two options, one being faster, but requiring more effort, the other being braindead but taking a while.

          I’m also sorely missing Dex Nav. That was the most reliable and fun way to chain.

          • ForeVision

            Agreed, options would have been nice, I’d also liked to have known why they decided to go without hyper training. I applaud what they’ve done with the HM’s a big thumbs up for that, but the hyper training was better, in my honest opinion. Especially since adrenaline orbs still only occasionally summon extra Pokemon, and tend to call blank quite a lot.

  • RoadyMike

    Pokemon Sun and a few Steam games I bought months ago but never touched till now

    • Vigilante_blade

      I’m on moon. If you ever want some fo the version exclusives, feel free to ask.

      • RoadyMike

        Awesome, I was gonna ask my sis for them but she’s lost interest in everything game related since she got a laptop on black friday. I’ll have to check back with you on that later

        • Vigilante_blade

          Sure, anytime.

  • CrazyKoopaKid

    Anyone know what time the Magearna QR code goes live? It’s almost noon and the dang thing still isn’t up! >:( They’re gonna make us wait till this evening after the XYZ movie featuring her airs on DisneyXD. Arent they. 🙁

  • ShadowDragoon

    This month i am playing/will play:

    Wii U: Super Smash Bros for Wii U, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.
    3DS: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Kirby: Planet Robobot.
    PS4: The King of Fighters XIV

    Also: Kirby’s Epic Yarn(Wii), The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess(Wii), 3D Dot Game Heroes(PS3) and, if there is time, Okami(Wii)