RPG Backtrack Episode 193: In Soviet Russia, Pokémon Catch You

The time has come to delve further into the twisty world of Pokémon in its fifth and sixth generations.  Unexpectedly, since he never played a game in the series, we also pay tribute to Macstorm with this episode.

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8 Responses

  1. plattym3 plattym3 says:

    Now that the most popular series has been covered twice, how about covering the BEST? Dragon Quest Monsters! 5 main games, plenty of remakes and “professional” versions, and all but one came to the US!

  2. Shaymin Shaymin says:

    – Once again, RIP Macstorm.

    – I loved the story of Black and White, and actually imported it. I had to laugh when some people who were covering the game got caught with ROMs because a lack of experience was part of the copy protection.

    – Pretty sure the HM de-emphasis began in gen V: aside from one part when you physically can’t have more than six Pokemon and can stick Cut on the elemental monkey, Black and White only used HMs for side exploration. And it had the biggest quality of life improvement we saw in years: Infinite-use TMs.

    – I liked some of the side stuff in Black and White 2, and especially the variety of Pokemon which actually let me used a Bug only team to beat it for the first time. Sadly, I lost my carts along with a Vita last year or I’d go back and try it again.

    – X and Y went out of control with the Pokemon: the regional dex had 450 Pokemon in it, and I actually went through and beat X with every single type. That’s why X has about 600 hours on my 3DS. Beating the game with nothing but Ice types was probably the hardest challenge I’ve ever had, since I had to solo a good portion of the game with the ice fossil, which includes a Fighting gym. Ice + Rock is not a good type combo to carry in there.

    – Kelly’s not the only one who chased the living ‘dex: Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire is where I really kicked my quest for the same into gear, especially since Bank let me store them all.

  3. Clix Clix says:

    I don’t like Gen VI, but I too wouldn’t have a living Dex without it. Honestly, kind of the only thing to do since the Kalos campaign is so blah. BW2 was the last ubiquitously good game in the series, continuing the bump in quality that started with Platinum. Gen VI was a return to the incomplete/lackluster experience of R/S and D/P. To top it off, X/Y was denied its Emerald/Platinum. As much as I don’t like Gen III, at least it ended with a bang. Kalos was treated like an afterthought, which just caused S/M to get rushed as an extra f-u to everyone. Chasing after an anniversary at the expense of the franchise is putting the cart before the horse.

  4. I somewhat started a living Pokedex in the Bank. Since gen 7 does have a National Dex, it seems like a decent way to keep track of having all currently available Pokemon. I’ve let other games distract me, though, heh.

  5. Xoco Xoco says:

    Just out of curiosity, how come I can’t find the Backtrack on podcast app anymore?

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