This is something that has been on my mind the last several months as I've taken yet another break from playing Pokémon. I'll be honest, this thread has some bias in it, but I just want to analyze where Pokémon is right now and what kind of games they are. I'll just state it flatly: other than the actual Pokémon, the Pokémon franchise is largely lacking in creativity, good story, and many things that a good game needs. This isn't to say that the whole franchise is dumpster fire and deserves to be thrown in the Indian Ocean, of course not. However, I have some major bones to pick with a lot of choices the series has gone through lately. I know a lot of people won't share my sentiments, but as a Pokémon fan, I feel like I need to let this out so I can actually put my feelings into words. My words are entirely subjective. First, there are many great things about the series. Gamefreak has designed HUNDREDS of beautiful Pokémon, with very few bad designs (I'm looking at you, Seel). These are gaming icons in their own right, are creative, and have a ton of variety. Other than the occasional lame design, they are overall great and amazing. This is a major part of the success of the series. Second, the music. THE MUSIC. I have zero complaints about the music. It's perfect, fun, and seems to always fit the mood. 11/10. With that out of the way, I'll now talk about my least favorite thing with Pokémon. I'll acknowledge that the series is directed towards people of all ages. There are many franchises that get it right, I'm okay with a kid friendly game. HOWEVER, this game just lacks majorly in the good story department. Out of all the major, mainstream Pokémon games, which one has a story/plot that match up to other major video games? None that I can think of. Generation VII had a nice attempt at making a story, but it dragged on and wasn't that appealing. Generation V has a reputation among some to have a good plot. To that I say that they both have intriguing characters, but still a lackluster plot. There were good moments in both, but compared to the rest of gaming? It just doesn't stand out. This series is living far below its potential. I'm not saying that this series is terrible, because it isn't, there is so much good in it. However, when people say they are recycling the same game, that is hardly an exaggeration. Generation VII tried to mix it up, but it still felt like the same generic plot. Continuity is great and all, but this series needs new life. Think about other franchises and how they are adapting to modern gaming. Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey are both easily among the best games in the franchise. They stuck to major parts of why their series are good, and improved and expanded on it. The result? Two classic games that will likely go down as masterpieces. Due to the popularity of Pokémon, I don't think it's in danger of shutting down. BUT, there are many people who are hungry for significant change. This series has shown promises of better stories and mechanics (I'm looking at you Mystery Dungeon, Colosseum, and Gale of Darkness). Tl;dr This is what I want: I want the series to do something daring and bold, and to explore! We have seen the same formula for too long, and I want something new. Please, consider adding something to your next games to make them worthwhile. Whether it be a great plot, an open world, or virtual reality, I want something that will make me want to play Pokémon again. If you read that, props to you. My opinions are my opinions, and you aren't wrong if you disagree. I want to see your thoughts in the comment section. What are your issues with the Pokémon series? Do you think its perfect? What changes do you want to see? What are the pros and cons of continuing the current pattern?