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My Favorite Pokemon Games From Worst To Best

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I wanted to play Pokemon Let’s Go Before I made this list. Here are my favorite Pokemon games in order from worst to best. The only games I’ve considered are the ones that have us traveling around the region, collecting badges, and catching new Pokemon to add to our teams. That means games like Mystery Dungeon and Ranger don’t count. I’ll probably make a separate list for those games.

Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee

The Let’s Go games aren’t terrible, but they’re not really good either. Take everything that the recent Pokemon games added and improved on and remove them and you’ve got yourself Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee. These games also have the absolute worst starter Pokemon. You can only choose Pikachu or Eevee to start the game with and you can’t evolve them. They worked around this by giving them perfect IVs, but since I’m not a fan of either Pikachu or Eevee I honestly did not enjoy raising my Eevee knowing I could never make it evolve in Jolteon. This game does some things right. I like being able to see the wild Pokemon I encounter, but that’s also a problem in itself. This game is okay, but I can’t really recommend it to anyone that’s been playing for years or looking to get into the series for the first time. 

You can read my review of the game here.

Pokemon X & Y

X & Y are good games, but they have the most disappointing Elite Four and champion. I’m not crazy about the starter Pokemon either (except Froakie… Froakie is awesome) and I think this is one of the shortest games in the series. The Kalos Region is one of my least favorite regions (next to Kanto), but I have played through this game multiple times and I really enjoy it. This was my least favorite Pokemon game before Let’s Go released and it’s an easy 85 from me. It’s not a bad game by any means. It’s just one of my least favorite Pokemon games to play. 

Click here for my review.

Red & Blue

The OG Pokemon games introduced me to the series and I fell in love with Pokemon. I’m still in love with Pokemon despite the failure that Let’s Go is to me. Red & Blue was an escape for me. It was an escape from bullying and it made me happy. Red was the very first game that I maxed out the timer. I used to play this game all day long. I can’t tell you how many batteries I must have used up with this game. 

Click here for my review.

Pokemon Diamond & Pearl

Diamond & Pearl are the slowest Pokemon games. You move incredibly slow and it takes forever to get to where you’re going. That’s honestly the reason why this game isn’t higher on the list. Platinum fixed all of the problems that I had with these games and you’ll be seeing that one pop up further down this list.

Fire Red & Leaf Green

Fire Red & Leaf Green is the best remake of Kanto. It added new areas for us to explore and gave us more than gen 1 Pokemon to catch. It was just a good time. It even added some nice end game stuff to do after the Elite Four. There are 7 islands to explore and all of them have interesting things to do. I really enjoyed revisiting Kanto (again) and I was hoping that this would be the last time, but of course it wasn’t :). 

Pokemon Silver & Gold/ Soul Silver & Heart Gold

I consider these games equal. The original Gold & Silver were already fantastic games. You got two full regions to explore, new Pokemon to catch, and another great Pokemon journey to experience. The remakes added to that experience by letting us walk alongside our Pokemon for the first time since Pokemon Yellow and added a bunch of neat scenes. The animations were better and it was nice to experience these games again on new hardware. That soundtrack is also amazing!

Click here for my review. 

Pokemon Platinum

Pokemon Platinum fixed a lot of the issues I had with the first two games. It was a lot faster. The default walking speed was the running speed from the previous games. It made some quality of life improvements to some locations and you could catch ever Pokemon from the first two games. This game also had the best Pokemon master in the entire series. It also introduced different dimensions to the Pokemon universe. Once you acquire Palkia and Dialga you get a chance to catch Girantina in it’s own plan on existence. It was really neat and I really love this game. It was hard to place this so low because there are times when it’s my favorite Pokemon game ever. I would die if a remake of this game was made… Knowing my luck it would be like Let’s Go and that’s a nightmare scenario for me. 

Pokemon Sun & Moon

Pokemon Sun & Moon took Pokemon in a new direction. Gym battles were no more in these games. Instead, they had us challenging island trials and fighting totem Pokemon. I love Sun & Moon. I instantly fell in love with all of the starter Pokemon and islands that I visited during my journey. I love the new Alolan Pokemon and story that this game told. Team Skull is up there with my favorite Pokemon villains and this was my game of the year in 2016.

Click here for my review. 

Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald & Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire

I’ve been calling these games my favorite Pokemon games for years.. until I played the next game on my list. All of the games I named above are masterpieces. As a matter of fact I can make the argument for the last few games on this list. It wasn’t easy placing my favorite Pokemon games in order because I love them all. I’ve always had a major soft spot for Ruby & Sapphire and I didn’t expect to love Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire as much as the originals. They added so much content to the game. New Pokemon, new areas to explore, being able to fly around on Latias (or Latios), going to outer space to battle the Deoxys on Rayquaza’s back, and so much more. This game is filled with great content and I’ve put hundreds of hours into this game. I played it so much my cartridge no longer works. Before that happened I made sure to send my Pokemon to the Pokemon Bank :). 

Click here for my review of the original games. 

Pokemon Black & White/ Black 2 & White 2

There hasn’t been a game like Black and White since they released back in 2010. This was a reset for Pokemon. In the first two games you couldn’t catch any of the Pokemon from any previous generation until after you completed the game. Instead, you had to catch 150 brand new Pokemon. 150! It was the largest amount of new Pokemon introduced in a new generation to this day. These games told fantastic stories, had interesting villains, and is the only Pokemon game that ended before you could become a Pokemon master. The gym leaders all had personalities, your rivals are awesome, and it has the best soundtrack in the entire series. Black 2 and White 2 added to this by allowing us to catch old Pokemon earlier in the game. It also had difficulty options! You could play a Pokemon game in hard mode! That feature was, and still is, exclusive to Black 2/White 2. When I sat down and started to really think about my favorite Pokemon games I couldn’t justify placing any Pokemon game above these. They’re the best Pokemon games ever made and it took me revisiting them to realize that because they were near the bottom of the list before I played them a second time. And now I’m hooked. I can’t stop playing them and. Yes, they’re super linear, but that linearity is rewarded with great storytelling and writing. Pokemon Black & White series is the best Pokemon games ever made and they don’t get enough love from the Pokemon community.

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4 Comments

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    mattdoylemedia
    Dec 10, 2018 3:04 pm

    Good ol’ Black and White. I never did get to finish them.

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    Winst0lf - The Bizzaro Mage
    Dec 10, 2018 5:05 pm

    Great read, now I really want to boot up my copy of Fire Red and have another go

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      drakulus
      Dec 10, 2018 6:56 pm

      Thanks! Go for it :). Fire Red is an amazing game that has some quality of life improvements over the original games. It’s totally worth playing through again.

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