I gotta temper my expectations; I'm already disappointed that it doesn't sound like we'll be getting later-gen evolutions to Pokemon available in Kanto like Crobat, Kingdra, Magnezone, Politoed, Bellossom, Slowking, Steelix, Blissey, Tangrowth, Scizor, Electrivire, Magmortar, Rhyperior, Porygon 2/Z, Hitmontop, Lickilicky, AND the Eeveelutions past Gen 1 (including my favorite Espeon).
For some I can understand, plenty of these Pokemon need trade items to evolve like Scizor or Politoed so preventing those evolutions is as simple as not giving a player those items. For Pokemon with friend evolutions
like Crobat and Blissey, or move evolutions like Tangrowth or Lickilicky, it's way more suspect and extremely annoying they aren't added by now. FRLG had a very stupid mechanic back in Gen3 where friendship was a value and if Golbat or Eevee really loved you they just would start to evolve and then stop for no discernible reason just because
I'm salty because these new evolutions for these Kanto mons won't break anything (if anything they improve
Pokemon that normally see little use) and they're already going to be adding Alola forms for some ungodly reason. >>42052070
People who are 14 now were born when Fire Red and Leaf Green
came out. Their first Pokemon games would have been the Unova series, remarkably.
I'm interested in LGPE for a few changes, like Pokemon spawning in the wild on-screen rather than random encounters and the riding/following mechanic as well as trainer customization all look like a blast.
But I'm real hesitant about some other changes like no battling wild Pokemon and what looks like a simplified version of battling that's even easier that what's been the norm since 2002. People skeptical of these games have noticed things like no more held items for Pokemon and the infamous restriction of being disallowed from Brock's gym if you do not
have a grass or water type Pokemon in your team. There's also talk going around that online support for battling won't
be a thing, or will be required subscription to participate in, which is troubling as hell if true. Since the DS era online access has been free and XY also had what is undeniably the best structure for online support of all the generations.
If I can't battle my friends who live thousands of miles awa