Improvements I want to see in Pokemon Z
I know it! You Know it! Everyone knows it! That Pokemon Z is inevitably coming to the 3DS/2DS in a year or two. Following tradition of Pokemon – Game Freaks will release a directs cut version of Pokemon X&Y and will call it Pokemon Z. Till that time comes – fans will have to settle with the fantastic Pokemon X&Y.
While I did enjoy Pokemon X&Y ( and to this day still do) – but something felt off with the title- the magic of Pokemon was simply not there. With Pokemon Z – Gamefreaks has the perfect opportunity to rectify some of the glaring issues I had with Pokemon X&Y.
Firstly, GameFreaks must fix the Team Flare sub-plot. I echo the many complaints about the horrid Team Flare story – in that it felt tacked on and out of place inside the game. For Pete’s sake don’t include a subplot in a game just for the sake of tradition. I mentioned this before in another article, but I still do not know the motivations behind the Team Flare cause. Convolution at its finest! With Pokemon Z – Gamefreaks has the perfect opportunity to right the wrongs – fix the correctables. And the first thing they should do is iron out the kinks of the Team Flare plot. By that I mean, flesh out the story more, make it relevant to the world Kalos and more importantly explain it better.
In adittion to fixing the team flare story – Gamefreak must add more post game content. I cannot stress this enough. Pokemon X&Y has the weakest post game in any generation of Pokemon with so few legendaries to catch and so little to do after you beat the Pokemon champion. From the top of my head you can capture Mewtwo, Zapdos/Articuno/Moltres and Zygarde. Plus you can complete the Battle Chateau and the Battle Mansion. Other than this the rest of the game is pretty baron. Sure you could make the claim that online more than makes up for this. What I have to say to that? No. I want more in my Pokemon games. I want to discover more legendary Pokemon. I want to discover the secret world of Pokemon. I want extra challenges and other neat distractions. Second Generation had you revisiting Kanto to defeat the 8 gym leaders. Ruby/Sapphire had the battle frontier. Gen 4 had Pokemon contests and 5 had several amazing legendary Pokemon to catch. I can’t say with confidence that Pokemon X&Y is on par with previous generation in terms of post game content.
I don’t have many complaints about Pokemon X&Y which is a testimony to the well crafted experience of the game. But I am adamant that Gamefreaks and Nintendo should polish the game until perfection is achieved. After all that is what we expect from them. With Pokemon Z around the corner, it would be ludicrous if they did not use this opportunity to fix some issues that brought down Pokemon X&Y experience.