Terrible villians. This is probably the single worst thing about Ruby and Sapphire. The simple fact that the antagonists are just... lame. Team Aqua is an organization that wants more oceans. Team Magma is an organization that wants more land. Why? I dunno. I really... I really don't know. Maybe the guy who started Magma's parents drowned or something? I don't know. Team Rocket was a criminal organization that stole Pokemon for profit. That doesn't make them great villians, but they at least have a clear goal, and you can understand why they would have that goal. You might question their methodology, but you don't have to question their reason. You constantly, constantly have to question everything Magma and Aqua do. They're almost pathetic, what with their childish squabbles. Hell, they are pathetic. They're arguing about land and sea like nerds over Star Wars and Star Trek. Sure. Their plans would have been more dangerous, more deadly than anything Rocket could come up with. But honestly? That somehow makes it worse. A lot people would die because some moron wanted more water. That's about as bad a death as you can get. The whole thing feels like an environmental message. A very bad, very poorly written environmental message with no connection to the real world. I could mention how the Pokemon new to this game all seemed kind of lame, or how having a space port but not letting you go to space is a real kick to the balls, but those are just little things. Story's never been important to Pokemon, but this game was just a little too weak for me to stomach. And I blame it on Magma and Aqua.
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