Alex Phillimore: (alex.phillimore-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2014-07-09 06:46:30
Pokemon Secret Bases Controversy
So everyone is buzzing at the moment about the recent announcement that Secret Bases are returning to the Pokemon series in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Apparently these bases will have all sorts of online features that let you turn them into make-shift gyms that your friends can visit while allowing you to pimp them out with traps and Poke-dolls. You'll be able to bring other players into your 'gym' to challenge you and there's even a 'capture the flag' mode incorporated.
While seemingly fun, my response is: BIG DEAL! This is a blatant rip-off of another game with a similar monster-catching concept, and it saddens me that more critics aren't picking up on this. Secret Bases are utterly plagiarised from a wonderful game developed by Rockstar many moons ago - and the sooner people realise this the better.
In Austin Powers: Welcome to My Underground Lair!, released on the Game Boy Color, players had the opportunity to make all manner of evil bases for other players to come and investigate. You could fill them with traps and monsters and other players could visit your base and do battle with them both. It was a hugely rewarding experience that resulted in the game being one of my favourite by Rockstar. Unfortunately, only 260 people world-wide actually bought the game, so none of you assholes will know any of this. Hell, you probably didn't even know the game existed, blinded as you are by Pokemon pipe dreams.
Before you go blindly praising something, get your facts straight. These new Pokemon games are doing nothing you couldn't already do back on the Game Boy Color - evil secret underground bases are nothing new to gaming, so let's not pretend this is anything novel or innovative. At least in Welcome to My Underground Lair! you could have the group liquidated, you little shit - no such luck in Pokemon. Have fun when your friends move into your base and refuse to move out.
Then who will be laughing? (Psst, it will be Rockstar).