Pokemon games always enter the spotlight for every generation. For more than 25 years, developer Game Freak has found a way to reinvent it across generations. These awesome little monsters captivated both brand-new Pokemon trainers and seasoned veterans.
There is a massive library of Pokemon games to choose from. You can find new pokemon games with new regions like Pokemon Legends: Arceus or Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Everyone has their favorites, but some are arguably better than others.
In this article, we will discuss the very best pokemon games out there. No need to search far and wide because you will have it all right here in this article.
5. Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
If it were not for the bugs and glitches, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet could sit in the first place. From a pure gameplay perspective, it is one of the most enjoyable Pokémon games in the past decade.
Thanks to its truly fresh open-world approach, it gives players way more freedom than they are used to having in the series. It feels like a step in the right direction for the future of Pokemon itself. Pokemon Scarlet and Violet truly had me right in the feels because Game Freak finally answered the call to make Pokemon an open-world game.
4. Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Pokemon games started to lean into nature during Generation 3. It also included EV systems and IV systems. The game emphasized not only the species but the specific member of that species in your party.
Plenty of people thought that the 135 new Pokémon didn’t compare to the 100 in Gen 2. However, Ruby and Sapphire had one of the neater regions. The Hoenn island region felt larger than previous regions and was generally a more interesting area to explore.
The three legendaries of Generation 3 remain icons in the gaming world. Especially when remembering how they fought one another for control of the region.
3. Pokemon Legends: Arceus
Pokémon Legends: Arceus feels like the result of the developers learning lessons for 25 years, refining the formula, and finally taking the franchise in a new, incredibly exciting direction.
Technically it may stumble in places, but with an emphasis on extremely rewarding exploration, addictive catching mechanics, a fine roster of Pokémon, and a genuine sense of scale that’s unlike anything in the series. Pokemon Legends: Arceus is up there with the greatest Pokémon games ever made in our book.
2. Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow
To this day, generation one has the best collection of Pokémon. We’ll never forget the original 151 or Ash’s first adventure. From the opening moments in Pallet Town to choosing your first starter, this generation just feels right. You would rack up gym badges, fight off Team Rocket, and defeat the Elite Four.
Pokémon Yellow brought the series to full color. Also, having Pikachu by our side made us feel like we were Ash on a journey to catch ’em all. Generation one will always hold a special place in our hearts. Personally, it is the game that turned me into the series, and I am still a fan up to this day.
1. Pokemon Gold and Silver
Beyond adding to the Pokédex, generation two made great strides in multiple areas over the original. For starters, you now had to think about the time of day when trying to catch new Pokémon. The day/night cycle smartly added a layer of depth to your time spent in the long grass.
Gold and Silver added the Kanto region to the map, connecting Johto with the landmass that started the phenomenon. With 16 gym leaders to best, Gold and Silver remain the deepest, lengthiest Pokémon games ever created.
The Johto region happens to be my favorite to explore. It has the best legendary birds, Lugia and Ho-Oh. This installment also added the three legendary dogs: Raikou, Suicune, and Entei. You can find them while roaming throughout Johto after an initial static encounter.
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