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Even If They’re Too Easy, Pokémon Games Are Better with Exp.

by Lidia Lucovic

The changes made to Pokémon’s Exp. Share mechanics have resulted in easier gameplay, which has been a subject of controversy among fans. However, these changes have ultimately been beneficial for the franchise. By comparing new and old games, it becomes clear that the new Exp. Share mechanics are an improvement over the old ones. The reasons for this can be understood by looking back at the classic games.

Traditionally, Exp. Share was a held item that allowed a Pokémon to gain experience points from battles without participating directly. Starting from Pokémon X and Y, Exp. Share was transformed into a key item that spread experience to every Pokémon in the party, resulting in easier leveling up. In newer titles such as Pokémon BDSP, the Exp. Share’s effects are built into the game mechanics without requiring the item itself, making party experience gain permanent.

In the early generations of Pokémon games, players had to train their Pokémon individually, with the original Exp. Share providing some assistance. This process was time-consuming, particularly when a weaker Pokémon, like Magikarp, that lacked strong moves, needed to be leveled up. Players had to use the “switch-out” tactic, which was repetitive and unstimulating, contributing to the early games’ lack of success.

The redesigned Exp. Share mechanics introduced in Pokémon X and Y have minimized the need for grinding. Pokémon now gain experience without being actively used in battle, albeit at a slower pace. While some criticize the ease with which players can create a battle-ready party, many acknowledge that the game’s flow has improved, and there are fewer obstacles for players. This improvement justifies the reduced difficulty, although recent Pokémon games remain challenging.

Ironically, the revamped Exp. Share mechanic in Pokémon is not as innovative as it initially appears. In the original Pokémon Red and Blue, the Exp. All item functioned as a version of the Exp. Share, making the item’s eventual alteration more of a callback than a novel concept. It remains a mystery as to why the benefits of the Exp. All took so long to resurface in the series. Nevertheless, the experience rework has considerably simplified Pokémon training, originating from what could have been one of the franchise’s forgotten early details.

While some may argue that Pokémon has become too easy, the training process has become far less monotonous as a result. Players no longer have to employ a time-consuming and repetitive tactic to level up their weaker Pokémon, allowing them to concentrate more on enjoyable battles. Although Exp. Share has led to a decrease in the difficulty of Pokémon games, this is a reasonable exchange for eliminating the most tedious aspect of the earlier titles.

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What is your opinion?

tonya June 26, 2022 - 1:54 am

Experience is what makes Pokémon games addictive, and it’s great to see that it’s still a key aspect of the franchise.

PETE July 11, 2022 - 8:32 am

As someone who’s played every generation of Pokémon games, I can say with certainty that the experience system is what keeps me coming back for more.

Melissa July 17, 2022 - 2:25 pm

The river’s current, so swift and strong, sings to us life’s eternal song.

YVONNE July 24, 2022 - 1:37 pm

Without experience, battles would lack the sense of progression and growth that make Pokémon games so rewarding.

CRISELDA July 26, 2022 - 11:03 am

Pokémon games may not be the most challenging, but the experience system gives players a sense of accomplishment and progress that’s hard to replicate.

Adrian August 16, 2022 - 10:19 pm

Experience points are the backbone of Pokémon games, and without them, the games just wouldn’t be the same.

LOUJEAN August 24, 2022 - 7:04 am

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CECIL August 27, 2022 - 9:50 am

Seeing those flowers made the mood pleasant.

LORI September 28, 2022 - 7:51 am

The sun sets, the sky ablaze, painting the world with fiery rays.

CRYSTLE November 1, 2022 - 1:06 pm

Oh no, I’m running late for my appointment.

Mary November 14, 2022 - 2:08 pm

Even though the leveling system is straightforward, it still adds depth and strategy to the gameplay.

ETHIOPIA November 14, 2022 - 7:40 pm

From grinding for levels to evolving your Pokémon, the experience system is a crucial part of what makes Pokémon games so enjoyable.

JOHN November 24, 2022 - 9:13 pm

Yes, I finally finished that DIY project.

MONTRELL November 25, 2022 - 4:49 am

Missing my family and friends in faraway places.

Emanuel December 10, 2022 - 12:27 am

Sure, it may seem too easy to some, but the feeling of accomplishment when you finally evolve your favorite Pokémon is unparalleled.

GERARDO December 29, 2022 - 6:48 pm

Some may say that the experience system is too simple, but it’s what makes Pokémon accessible to players of all ages and skill levels.

Aaron January 11, 2023 - 10:38 pm

Oops, I spilled coffee on my shirt.

TIMOTHY January 14, 2023 - 10:47 am

Easy or not, the satisfaction of seeing your Pokémon level up and become stronger is what keeps players coming back.

Patricia January 30, 2023 - 6:52 pm

The butterfly’s fragile grace, reminds us of life’s fleeting pace.


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