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Pokemon Revolution Online Review - Is It Worth Playing?
Ah, Pokemon. Now there’s a throwback to my childhood..
My very first Gameboy color game was Pokemon Blue. I upgraded to Pokemon Yellow the following year and unconditionally, unquestionably fell in love with the genre.
I watched the Anime featuring now 47 year old Ash Ketchum and his Pikachu forcing their adorable little pets to attempt to kill one another in dangerous, often fatal battles to.. wait, the Anime didn’t have levels, right?
I briefly recall Ash’s Pikachu losing to new Pokemon trainers in every new region he explored. So, how did Pokemon get stronger if they didn’t have levels in the Anime then?
Back on-topic.. Pokemon Revolution Online is an MMORPG made in the vein of the Pokemon games released by Nintendo. It is one of several to have launched to satiate a very hungry market of players wanting a Poke-themed MMO.
The game, specifically, gives players the ability to choose between various hairstyles, hair colors, skin tones, base-outfits, and outfit colors specific to each gender.
I’m a huge fan of blondes, and my favorite Harry Potter house is Hufflepuff, so.. naturally when I saw this skirt I absolutely HAD to have it on my girl.
Revolution has its own unique storyline featuring various characters from the Anime – such as Jesse and James, along with Cassidy and.. Butch? Bitch? I forget. And they’re just the ones I’ve come across.
So expect various tie-ins from the Anime.
One of the best parts of the game I’ve come across is that it incorporates the Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh regions, while also including the Sevii Islands.
This makes for an astonishingly large world to explore with more trainers, Pokemon, and players to fight than you can shake a Sudowoodo at.
There are new puzzles for players to partake of, overhauled areas, and.. well, as an example, I entered a dark forest not knowing what to expect, and, admittedly, I got lost.. spent 20 minutes trying to get out, and although I ultimately did – that’ll teach me to carelessly enter dark areas without Flash.
I thought I’d be trapped there forever.
Like every Pokemon game, the overall goal is to beat each Gym Leader and challenge the Elite Four.
I had the opportunity to challenge Brock, whom I beat first try, Misty, whom I beat first try, and Lt. Surge, whom I beat first try.. yes, I’m really that good at these games.
Now, don’t forget that each Gym has an elemental affinity to it, so leveling a variety of Pokemon types is always a pre-requisite to winning. As is leveling in the zone prior to the Gym..
which I clearly didn’t have to do.
There is a Cash shop in-game that offers various things like a small XP boost, quite a large selection of mounts, a premium membership that boosts XP and Pokedollars made and.. outfits.
I ended up caving to this and purchased an XP boost along with a mount and a Sailor Moon outfit because I fucking love Sailor Moon, okay? Anyone that doesn’t sucks and I could never associate with them.
Correct me if I’m wrong here, but it seems as though the difficulty has been significantly increased, as I encountered quite a few trainers, even Ash Ketchum himself, that really fucked me up, even though I had higher level Pokemon.
Which is fan-fucking-tastic, as I love me a good challenge, and a difficult Pokemon game is something I’ve always wanted.
One thing that caught me a little off guard was the fact that you were capable of encountering random Pokemon and a trainer simultaneously.
As you can see in the video, the Team Rocket Grunt engaged me in combat, but then a Sandshrew appeared and went all “Naw son, this fucker’s mine” and bitch slapped that Grunt outta my face.
While I did talk to the Grunt afterwards in an attempt to console him about being violated by that Sandshrew, he responded violently and attempted to kill me. Man, Pokemon games really do promote a lot of violence for a game whose target audience are children..
When attempting to level a little before reaching Lt. Surge, I asked in chat if there were any faster way to level up my Pokemon, outside of mindlessly grinding.. and someone noticed me.
I finally did it. I accomplished what I’d been attempting to accomplish my entire life.. Somebody knew who I was!.. Okay, so nobody cares. That’s fine.. I.. I..
Something that actually brought me to tears equally as fast was the fight I had against a fucking Chansey.
It used Double Slap over, and over, and over, and fucking over, while I took 10% of its HP off each hit. I felt like the damn battle went on for what seemed like a solid 15 minutes.
It took everything my Pokemon had, every healing item I had purchased, and more, just to emerge victorious from that encounter.
I didn’t know Chansey was such a fucking badass. I always thought it was just a tall, fatter Jigglypuff that had a thing for eggs.
What would a Pokemon game be without a rival to put in place every time you meet up, right? Admittedly, Jackson wasn’t really much of a challenge after we first engaged in combat.
That could be because I had overleveled a little, though.. or, y’know, ’cause clearly he was just completely and undeniably outclassed.
Admittedly, defeating Lt Surge was perhaps the closest battle I had fought up until that point. When I got hit by that final Thunderbolt I thought it was all over.. but my little Wartortle survived with what looks to be a single HP. That guy just didn’t wanna die!
Thankfully, because I couldn’t have done it without him.
One particular thing of note in this game is that if you encounter a Koffing or Weezing.. you should prepare your anus. Because it’s going to be penetrated so hard that simple creams won’t be enough to ease the pain of being exploded all over.
Nor will it be enough to ease the trauma your child suffers after witnessing a Pokemon explode into little pieces all over them. And this happens again, and again, and again. Every time you encounter a fucking Koffing or Weezing, they just self destruct all over you.
God that was fucking irritating!
By the time I stopped playing – accumulating possibly.. 8, maybe 10 hours total playtime, I had a fully evolved Blastoise, Pidgeot, and Arcanine, with every other Pokemon being around level 30 as well.
This was pretty good, considering the Pokemon around the areas I was in were all around level 27-30 as well, meaning the XP rates are fairly accurate.
Now, Pokemon Revolution Online.. how does it fair currently in 2018? Is it worth playing, is it even a decent Pokemon game?
By far, it is probably the most packed, highest quality Pokemon MMO out there, with the only other games being equally as good quality being PokeMMO and PokeOne, both of which will have videos done on them in the future.
Revolution’s unique story, unique animations, non-pay-to-win cash shop, and difficulty make for some very interesting, very compelling gameplay and I couldn’t have enjoyed my time anymore than I did.
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Operating System: Windows 7 (64 bit), Win 8.1 (64 bit), Windows 10 (64 bit)
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