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PeytonrSmith

I am interested in seeing what Pokemon regions people find the best/most memorable. I personally am a fan of the Sinnoh games simply because they where the first games I played and put the most hours on. What is your favorite region/games?

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Deku-Scrub

I'd say my favorite region is probably Jhoto, with SoulSilver being my favorite game so far. I also love Emerald and Omega Ruby's Hoenn which I'd say is a close second.

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Johto would have to be my favourite as it's based on rural Japan (correct me if I'm wrong). Unova is probably my next favourite, though no other region has captured my imagination the way that Johto has.

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Sinnoh. It's one of the few that actually lets you explore places, and the games are some of the most polished of all time.

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Kimyonaakuma

Sinnoh is the perfect region to me. Johto and Hoenn have great ideas but they're layouts just aren't as good to me. Sinnoh however has always impressed me with varied towns, big routes with lots of different ways to travel through and little areas that didn't even have a purpose but were cool additions.
I feel that from Unova onwards things have become very linear, Black and White 2 fixed this but X and Y went straight back to linearity.
A linear region might work for the story but the main reason that I love pokemon is that I can spend a while in a world that I can always come back to and find something else, and I feel like that has been lost recently. I haven't even looked at Sun and Moon this year and I used to be able to play the older games all year! I'm hoping that Ultra S&M will fix the linearity and add some extra areas!

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Kimyonaakuma wrote:

I feel that from Unova onwards things have become very linear, Black and White 2 fixed this but X and Y went straight back to linearity.
A linear region might work for the story but the main reason that I love pokemon is that I can spend a while in a world that I can always come back to and find something else, and I feel like that has been lost recently. I haven't even looked at Sun and Moon this year and I used to be able to play the older games all year! I'm hoping that Ultra S&M will fix the linearity and add some extra areas!

You can blame Game Freak's obsession with casuals and later the mobile market for that, they think non-linear regions are too complicated for their market and that everyone needs their hand held the entire game. Don't expect any of this to change until the Switch, with USUM they're still designing the game for what they consider a mobile market and they're not likely to take hardcore gamers into consideration until they make the jump to the Switch, where console gamers are going to expect large scale, in depth games.

But yeah, I agree that this entire direction is holding the series back. The games just don't have that same magic when they're designed to practically play themselves and leave you with virtually nothing in the end.

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Johto is my favourite. It wasn't exactly my first region since I had played a bit of the first gen games before then, but Soul Silver was the first modern pokemon game I played.

It had a good selection of interesting towns, varied routes, the caves still had lots of exploration and puzzles, and was non-linear.

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Kimyonaakuma

@Bolt_Strike Here's hoping that they change direction when the series moves to the Switch, they seem to be rethinking quite a lot so who knows!?
It's definitely disappointing though, Ultra Sun and Moon look decent but not super exciting. It's the first main series game that I'm considering not buying at launch.

I'd prefer that they kept the more casual games as spin-offs and allowed the mainline games to go back to how they used to be, but Gamefreak isn't really known for listening to it's fans...

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MarcelRguez

Johto would be my favorite. Its folksy atmosphere works very well with the main mysteries of the game (Unown, beast trio, Lugia/Ho-oh). It's the polar opposite of the relatively high-tech Kanto, but it work marvelously.

After that, I'd pick Unova (feels very lively, town and character designs are very strong overall) and then Sinnoh (amazing geographical variety, even if it can be a pain to traverse at times). The only region I actually dislike is Kalos, I can't find any redeemable qualities about it at all.

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Kanto/ Kalos tie for me. Kanto when it comes to locations, since the series never managed to capture the feeling of a haunted place like they did with Lavender town, or the notalgic feeling of starting in Pallet town. Victory Road has something that makes it more remarkable than any other path to the league in other games. When it comes to pokemon variety, Kalos was the best for me (hawlucha, noivern, greninja, aegislash, charizaard Y, talonflame, pancham, pyroar, tyrantrum, gogoat, Yveltal..). I also enjoyed the region locations quite a lot, even if it lacked emblematic towns. Luminose City was great, so was Tower of Mastery.

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Johor is number one for me, with Alola a close second

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Bolt_Strike wrote:

Sinnoh. It's one of the few that actually lets you explore places, and the games are some of the most polished of all time.

This is my pick and reasoning as well. I still say that Mt. Coronet is my favorite cave labyrinth area in any of the games.

Johto would be a close second, but maybe that's nostalgia talking.

Third would tentatively be Alola.

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Well if we are talking about the regions themselves I'd have to say Sinnoh. I've always thought that Sinnoh was just the most gorgeous out of all the regions, and from what I remember (and it has been a long time since I played 5th gen) the region also had lots of depth and pathways that connected areas together. By depth I mean areas like the bike road that had a route and cave under it.

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I'd have to go with Sinnoh on this one. For one, Platinum was the first Pokémon game I've ever truly played. But that aside, the Pokémon that can be found there are varied, well designed and there aren't too many like in Kalos or Alola so it feels more like an interconnected ecosystem and not "each route has to have complete different Pokémon". The towns and cities were also varied and full of stuff to see and get.

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Haru17

Hoenn, Sinnoh, and Orre are all good for Pokemon games. Hoenn I think had the best cast of creatures and that was obviously why I enjoyed XD so much. It also had the best diversity of natural environments, from volcanoes to rain forests, fields of ash, ocean trenches, ice caves, a desert, and whirlpools. Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are just totally beautiful games. And secret bases! Such cool stuff.

Orre probably has the best story and campaign, although I've only played XD out of those games. And Sinnoh of course has the best post game and secrets. I also think 4th gen had some of the strongest Pokemon designs. I mean who can hate Piplup, Turtwig, and Buizel? And new evolutions of old Pokemon and Pokemon with multiple forms like Dusknoir and Burmy were just so cool! I wish Pokemon just get back to making cool evolutions again and stop looking for new gimmicks. But in terms of gimmicks, excavating in the underground is one of the best minigames in the series. It just feels good to skillfully harvest sellable items.

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Sinnoh is my favorite! Also Sinnoh has the BEST set of starters. Legit can't decide which one I like more since they are all really good in-game and design wise look phenomenal.

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PeytonrSmith

I appreciate everyone's input so far! From what i am seeing many people really liked Sinnoh and Johto!

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Hoenn is my favourite. As well as introducing even more ghost pokemon (finally!) there was just so much more to the region than before and even the lore behind Kyogre and Groudon's spat long ago painted a picture of awesomeness in my tiny child mind at the time. Made my first Mono team (which I guess you could consider being my first real attempt to explore the team building strategy into the main adventure. And there were sooooo many legendaries! I think Pokémon Sapphire was the first version that made me spend an abundance of hours on the post game stuff.

Also, loved the amount of water, water pokemon and diving mechanic. Time well spent. EDIT: And you can't forget about the underground!!!

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