Gen IV, disregarding remakes, includes Diamond and Pearl
, and later Platinum
: The Sinnoh region, split in half by the Mt. Coronet range, had a creation myth theme (hence the large number of legendaries).
: Team Galactic mostly functions like Team Rocket, but it turns out that the leader is an emotionless Straw Nihilist
who wants to destroy and recreate the universe with himself as god, removing all emotions as he believes them to be the source of all conflict. It actually gets kind of dark.
: Gen IV had 107 new Pokémon. The large number of legendaries came off as cheap to some, but the biggest controversy regarding Gen IV is the large number of evolutions of older Mons. Many complained about how they were "unneccesary" and "ruined the original Mon's design", particularly those for Gen I Mons. Quite frankly, the majority of such complaints just show a blatant nostalgia bias, with genwunners refusing to admit that the likes of Tangela were neither good in battle nor memorable. The evos redeemed several forgettable Mons, particularly those for Gen II like Mamoswine and Yanmega. The only real issue is that brand new Gen IV Mons are generally outclassed by these evos. Only a select few, like the starters, legendaries, and Garchomp
really stood out.
: While Gen III is probably the most neglected Gen, Gen IV is the one that gets the most hate, primarily because the Dex had "unneccesary" evos and too many legendaries to take the concept quite as seriously. Gen IV was actually quite enjoyable, though I insist that you get Platinum
had a poor frame rate because Game Freak had little experience with the DS, a smaller regional dex that cuts out most of the new evos, and simply has less features than Platinum
. One thing that hurts Gen IV as a whole, however, was lack of innovation. While competitive battling greatly evolved in this Gen, regular gameplay saw few new additions other than the Physical/Special split (which greatly expanded most Mons' movepools now that their use of Atk. or Sp. Atk aren't restricted by attack type).
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