Used to be a Pokémon fanatic a few years ago, then at some point realised that the franchise exists only to make as much money as possible while putting in as little effort as they can. The games have become horrendously stagnant, having barely changed at all since the beginning (aside from becoming more linear, more handholdy, and treating the player like a moron). Features are dropped every generation for seemingly no reason. There’s an over-reliance on nostalgia, with a big focus on Gen 1 (not necessarily a bad thing, just a bit boring to see it harped on ad nauseam). The business model of splitting content between two or even three games has always been non-customer friendly. It’s a series based on gacha and gambling (trading cards were the '90s equivalent of Loot Boxes), with the whole premise being to capture animals and force them to fight each other. I used to tolerate it, but now the whole thing rubs me the wrong way.
I dropped out after Gen VII. Glad I did; after seeing a few hours of gameplay from the latest entry, I can only conclude that it’s an insult to the fans. Animations are lazy as fuck, cutscenes are all but removed, dialogue is impossibly tedious, even the textures are bad. It’s a skeleton of a video game. The only good thing I can say is that some of the creature designs are neat, although that can be said for every generation (Dexit aside, let’s not even talk about that lol).
That new Arceus game looks and sounds like a cheap BotW knock-off. The framerate is miserable. It’s like an April Fools joke, except it’s real. Apparently they want it released early next year, yet the build they showed was not in the slightest bit complete. I hope they delay it until it’s actually done.
It’s crazy that this is the biggest media franchise on the planet, yet they force their studios to pump out a major game out annually, which makes the end result suffer tremendously. You’d think they could afford to give 2-3 years between releases in order to fully polish what they already have rather than crapping out turd after unfinished turd.
I’m also going to be controversial and say that the anime was never good, and Ash is one of the worst protagonists possibly ever (Origins wasn’t bad, just far too short).
For the record, the series peaked for me at Black/White and the sequels, which were the last time the games had good stories. The animated sprite art is still gorgeous now.