Hmmmmmmmmm...I think ranking generations would be even harder than ranking the starter trios
Gen I is obviously a tempting answer, not just because it was the beginning of my adoration for the whole franchise, but I genuinely enjoyed re-playing those games on Virtual Console last year (unfortunately, re-visiting Gen II this year was a little rougher, mostly due to the tedium of post-game Kanto)
I've only played Sapphire
from Gen III, so I can't really judge that bunch properly. Gen IV is a mixed bag, with DP
being pretty underwhelming, but HGSS
being pretty amazing (and fixing many of the problems from GS
.) I haven't played Platinum
in years (I actually don't think I EVER re-played it after its original release), so I'll have to re-visit that one to see if it could tip Gen IV one way or the other overall. Gen VI would actually rank pretty high for me. ORAS
were really solid remakes (obnoxious Battle Frontier omission aside), and I like a lot about XY
too. Kalos is SO gorgeous, the massive variety of available Pokémon was awesome, and I've really come to love/appreciate the introduction of the Fairy-type. Your rival/friend group was pretty lame, but their forgettable-ness kind of helped shift the focus of the story back to you and your personal journey/adventure with your chosen Pokémon team. Aaaany rate, I've gone on too long already, since it's a very interesting (but difficult!) question...
Ha, it's tough for me to compare Turtwig and Chespin, since I have such strong feelings for one and such indifference toward the other...but I'm all for calling Chespin a "better version" of anything!
Smart call getting Ultra Moon
after playing Sun
the first time, since it'll help the experience feel even more different! Alola really does look especially bright and beautiful in USUM
(the colors in the overworld pop much more than before!) Of course, I'd love to hear a progress (and especially a team) update! I plan to challenge Olivia/Mayla later today, so I'm chugging along pretty slowly too. I added Bounsweet/Frubberl (now Steenee/Frubaila) to my team as a seventh rotating member (to help keep my main six from getting TOO over-levelled, since they all get the traded-Pokémon-EXP bonus)
I eventually bought both Sun
, so I went with Ultra Sun
this time. Although I wouldn't say I "regret" buying Moon
, if I'd known we were getting such similar "enhanced" versions just a year after the originals, I would've made the same choice as you and just waited until Ultra Moon
Aw, what else disappointed you about ORAS
? Maybe if I'd played Emerald
too, I might've been less impressed with them...
Yeah, that's a big part of why I decided to breed my team in another game and trade them over to US
as soon as possible. You just don't get to enjoy the same bonding experience when you add a Pokémon to your team toward the end of your adventure (if that's the only place they're available), so I like how this approach has given me the opportunity to grow and learn with my squad throughout the whole game.
That was a good read and I actually get all of your thoughts. It’s really similar with me, except probably the part about X/Y. I enjoyed them, but everything after HGSS didn’t click with me as much as the games used to do. I even left out White/Black completely (but I bought one of the re-releases, so there’s at least that). I think I even prefer Sun/Moon to X/Y now. Maybe I should replay X/Y one day to get that feeling back. I still remember how underwhelmed I was by the new design as I really missed that ‘old’ feeling I always got through Pokémon, the whole 3D thing didn’t really work, while it works much better with Sun/Moon IMO.
The first Generation (and second probably too) simply remains legendary, and I had the same feeling like you when I played it again through the Virtual Console. It was SO fun! So while I would prefer the third when it comes to playing it and memories and Pokémon and so on, the first one definitely remains the most legendary one for me too.
Ha good one
If that’s pretty slowly for you, then I have no idea what my progress is, because I only arrived in the first city and beat the first island champion (not his task though) (btw – sorry, while i usually know some English stuff when it comes to Pokémon, I’m completely clueless when it comes to USUM, so I’m just using things like ‘first city’ or ‘first island champion’ instead of their names
I don’t have a proper team yet. An obvious Rowlet, and I caught a Pichu too as I fell in love with it when it appeared and it already got quite a few level ups… however, yesterday, I only realized that I already had an Alola Raichu in my Team when I played Sun, so I’m not sure if this will stay.
Steenee sounds like a nice addition – and yeah, I get that with over-levelling your Team. I mean, even with EXP share on it’s already quite easy to get over-levelled, so I don’t want to imagine how it is with all Pokémon being traded
Oh you got both? Damn… yeah, a shame they didn’t do something completely new (like ‘Star’ edition, so something à la Emerald or Crystal). Would have been a much better thing for people like you who bought both.
I don’t know. HGSS were sooo good and as I said, the third Generations were my favorite ones, so my expectations on ORAS were probably simply too high. It was nice, but it didn’t add much, plus the new design wasn’t that outstanding either.
Another thing that may have been a reason why I wasn’t the biggest fan of them may be that I wasn’t really into Pokémon at that time…
I really need to think about if I should do something like this as well… an Alola Vulpix or Sandan would be really great…
Ha, well..."Hey Hey Hey" wouldn't be the ABSOLUTE worst choice (I guess that would probably be "Power", or "Into Me You See")
It's still pretty far down my singles-wish-list, though. Like you said, I should just be thankful/glad if get a proper fourth single at all.
Ah I get that. At least it’s better than these two you mentioned… I’m probably in the minority but I would love to see “Pendulum” getting a single treatment…
You do whatever makes you the happiest, healthiest version of you: whether that means trying to maintain some sort of friendship/connection with him, or just leaving his ass in the past
I didn't have many real relationships before Ian, but I was never good at staying in touch with ex-es. I guess I just felt like things ended or drifted apart for a reason with those guys
, and I already had non-romantic lifelong friends to fill that role.
The bolded part is how I feel as well. To be fair, he was my first love relationship, so it’s the first time I have to figure out what is the best for me – to keep in touch with him or no. And while all feelings are gone for good, I also feel like I don’t even have the need to see him for a drink or so.
phoenix98 wrote:Although I can understand why they're going with "End Game" next (especially in the US), it feels like the era is moving REALLY fast. I especially don't get why they're moving away from "...Ready For It?" so soon. If they didn't think it has enough radio potential, why bother making it a proper single at all? It's like they just wanted to shift focus to RFI for a short while to shift the attention away from the polarizing (and rapidly-imploding) LWYMMD. This era's certainly not a disaster or anything (RFI already earned its Top 10 status back when it debuted), but it boggles my mind a bit that they're already actively promoting the third single when LWYMMD only came out at the end of August.
Well to be fair, “…Ready For It?” is already quite old, except its video. I think that whole second single release was messy as f. Releasing another song only a week after LWYMMD came out was a wrong choice, and then releasing the video for it sooo late was another wrong choice. Anyways, I hope they get back on track now with a good treatment for “End Game”, hopefully “Delicate” as a single for summer 2018 and then something slower like “Call It What You Want” or so for winter 2018…
phoenix98 wrote:Nah, though I might give Wildfire a chance at some point. Although I'm grateful to have access to Apple Music now, I feel like I'm rushing through albums a bit too quickly, and not even lingering very long on the ones I wind up really enjoying (like Waves.) I definitely feel an urge to keep checking out more and more new stuff, but that kind of defeats the point if I'm just constantly rushing ahead to something new/different whether I love the albums I check out or not.
Oh wait, I forgot you never heard “Wildfire” in full
Well, you already heard the highlights (IMO, at least) with the singles and the ones you checked out a few weeks ago when I mentioned them, so I think you wouldn’t miss too much by not listening to it… however, it’s a really good album and if you enjoy “Waves”, I’m sure you would enjoy the full “Wildfire” too.
Anyways, the ‘problem’ with rushing ahead to check out something new is a real problem I have too, especially during busy times like it is right now with so many new releases. Back when I only checked albums out when I owned them physically I obviously had much less to check out, so I discovered much less, however I was able to get much more into releases than I do these days…
ABBA meets metal is a BRILLIANT concept (and they seem to be doing it justice, at least from what I've heard here...)
They really do
Now it's up to No. 11 on the latest Hot 100
I REALLY didn't expect this, and although I'm still not terribly interested in the track itself, it's exciting to see her momentum continue to grow (like you said.)
Wow, how did she do that? I know she’s in the Top10 on iTunes, but only something around #30 on Spotify, which is why I was quite sure #14 would remain her peak. Now I REALLY hope it gets into the Top10, not only because that would be awesome, but also because #11 is an awful peak position
• Hopefully the fast-approaching-Christmas hype can help "Christmas C'mon" make it all the way to the top here! Do you usually have festive songs at No. 1 at Christmas, or is anything just as likely as always?
• Surprising (and satisfying) jump for "...Ready For It?"
The highest its been since September! Is this its final "hurrah!" before you shift focus to "End Game"?
• Glorious to see "Perfect For You" go Gold AND return to your Top 10!
• Certainly curious how much impact the new version of "Perfect" will have here. It's exciting to watch him (and especially Beyoncé) earn another global mega-smash, but the fact that she doesn't really have any new lines makes it a slightly underwhelming release for me. She sounds great, of course, but I've been playing the original on-and-off since the album dropped in March, and this version just isn't different enough to really re-ignite my interest after all that time.
• Given Maroon 5's history here, I can definitely live with a No. 26 peak and four weeks total for "What Lovers Do."
• It sounded like you'd been getting back into reputation
, but I wasn't expecting it to return all the way to its No. 3 peak (while "Waves" continues to hang tight inside your Top 5...)
Yet another otherworldly chart, Tansike!
The top will be tough to reach for “Christmas C’mon”, however Lindsey already released the third video for a song of “Warmer In The Winter”, and that track battles for the top spot this week… (and to make some promo, it already has over 3,3 million views on Youtube after less than five days, while “Christmas C’mon” hasn’t even reached 2 millions while being released two weeks in advance
As for the Christmas #1 question – that’s a good question and I didn’t even know it by myself, so I just looked it up, and here’s the result:
2016: #1 was Kerli’s “Spirit Animal”, highest Christmas entry was Mariah’s AIWFCIY (#2)
2015: #1 was Jamie-Lee Kriewitz’ “Ghost”, highest Xmas entry was Lindsey Stirling’s “Hallelujah” (#2)
2014: #1 was Within Temptation’s “Edge Of The World”, highest Xmas entry was Ariana’s “Love Is Everything” (#2)
2013: #1 was WT’s “Dangerous”, highest Xmas entry was Ariana’s “Love Is Everything” (#2)
2012: #1 was Taylor’s IKYWT, no Xmas entry (just a Top20 back then)
So… #1 usually goes to a ‘normal’ song, while Christmas entries stopped at #2, which is actually a surprise to me now
Most likely, yes. It definitely won’t go higher and will start to drop now, until “End Game” comes, but so far I’m not sure if this one will be as successful as LWYMMD and RFI as I’m not feeling it that much…
Rachel still slaying
Oh… I haven’t even checked the Beyoncé version out so far and right now I’m also not interested in doing so
So, no effect is to be expected
Yeah, “What Lovers Do” did quite good for their standards. Somehow I wish I would have discovered it earlier, or would have cared more about it, as I think it deserved a bit more…
Definitely two awesome pop albums