Firstly I’d like to apologies for the vague title to this thread, I seriously have no idea how to express what I mean better =/
Essentially I’d like to know your opinions on the role the storyline and plot plays in your immersion and enjoyment of the main Pokemon games.
I’m sure if you’ve played the various Gens you’ve noticed that there is an increasing amount of plot and character led stories in each of the games.
Gen I infamously has little to no storyline. Aside from defeating Team Rocket the character isn’t really called upon on doing anything. The legendary mons don’t even play a role in what little plot there is at all! Catching them is completely optional, and they are treated as nothing more than super rare critters.
Gold/Silver was similar, although Team Rocket were more prominent and the legendaries became more mythical/deity-like.
Then Crystal came along, where Suicune played an important role in a subplot, it was more than a side quest. And from this game onwards each Gen has featured legendary Pokemon that play a big role in a story line that involves a Team of villains/extremists that are linked to said legendary Pokemon, and it is your fate to deal with them, whether you want to or not. Added to this is the increasing role Champions and Gym Leaders play in the many plot/subplots and side quests, and how much personality they display.
What I’d like to know is whether you like this trend or not? How does it affect your enjoyment of the games? Are you interested in discovering more about the legendaries? Do you look forward to finding out what the region’s evil Team is up to? Can you immerse yourself in the story?
It’s hit and miss for me. Although Kanto is pretty bland as a region, with little to no history, with the characters that live there having little personality or not much of a role in the grand scheme of things; it really helps me immerse myself more. In this and G/S I felt I simply played the role of your average run-of-the-mill trainer, like any other, going about his Poke-business. The avatar is me and I’m a part of that world.
In the later Gens, for some reason I become “the chosen one”. Have to beat the ‘evil’ Team, catch (or at least fight) some big legendary, have to save the world… why does it all have to be so epic? I no longer feel the story is about me but about whoever the trainer avatar is. Then there are the looooong dialogues, with Gen V being the worst offender (Platinum was pretty bad too). Essentially there’s a lot of But Thou Must going on. I find it hard to immerse myself that way.
But in having said that, I do like the legends and mythos that surround the newer regions, the characterisation of Gym Leaders, Champions and secondary characters (i.e rivals, NPCs, professors, etc). It does add more depth to the regions themselves, not to mention the Pokemon Verse as a whole.
Anywho, that’s my two cents, sorry for the wall of text (ooh irony!)
What about you guys? =]
PS: But Thou Must refers to this: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ButThouMust