One Minute Reviews: Pokemon Zeta and Omicron
Could these fan made games be better than AAA?
When a new generation of Pokemon games comes out I experience the same moment of disappointment every time. They announce how many new Pokemon will be added and I get excited as imagine what it will be like playing a game with all of them. Then I remember that while every generation adds new Pokemon it also excludes most of the old ones.
Unless you follow the super indie game scene.
Pokemon Zeta and Omicron are the two versions of a fan game which is designed to scratch every itch a person who grew up with Pokemon could have. Right off the bat you are told the big selling point; it's a game that has every official Pokemon and some unofficial.
What are unofficial Pokemon? Those would be the new "Delta" species. Delta species are Pokemon with a different typing than their base game counterparts.
Let me tell you, trainers, you haven't lived until you've swept the "Elite 4" with a "thick fat" grass-type Snorlax holding leftovers. Yes, that's a grass type that halves damage from fire and ice. Among his moves are "yawn," "synthesis." and "earthquake".
Pictured: The last thing seen by 90% of trainers in the Versyn region.
Those kinds of delightfully broken combinations are what make Zeta and Omicron so very good, but there's a lot of love put into aspects of the game that you may not expect from a fan game. There is a robust multiplayer system. The devs went out of their way to provide lots of in-game trade opportunities for trade with NPCs. You can find and customize a secret base. If you're hardcore, these games even come with a setting for "Nuzlocke mode".
The list is endless. I generally put between 10 and 50 hours into a game for a review. In this case, I wound up doing a marathon over two weeks, ending my play through(s) at 110 hours.
Here's a little inside baseball for ya; when a person who is paid to review video games plays a game longer than they are required to it is either because they are fishing for a promotion or because the game is a darn good.
These games are darn good.
Not that I would say "no" to a promotion. "Grand Vizier of Gaming" has a lovely ring to it.