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Top Five Coolest Pokémon Sprites

As per the title of this post, we will be laying out the top five coolest Pokémon sprites from the original Red & Blue games. Whilst this list is not a definitive resource to the top five sprites, it is pretty damn close as I spent soo much time playing Pokemon Red I know these sprites better than myself – although if you disagree I look forward to your incorrect suggestions.

Now some ground rules, we will only be considering the original one-hundred-and-fifty-one ‘Mons, as previously mentioned these will be taken from the sprites included in Red & Blue. The decision will be based on the front view of the sprite, and not the rear shot you get when it is your ‘Mon.

With the boring lawyer stuff done, let’s begin.

5. Arcanine

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Arcanine has always been one of my personal favourites as somebody who almost always started with Squirtle. But it is not for this reason that it made this list. Arcanine’s sprite stands regally in what looks like a strong gust of wind as he holds in a proud tear. Wait a minute… for some strange reason that facial expression reminds me of Nelson Muntz crying.

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Just me? Yeah just me… I’ll move on.

 

4. Sandslash

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Sandslash’s sprite looks slightly like a rapper trying to emphasise a lyric to someone standing in the first row. But beyond this, he looks dangerous, the sharp claws are a prevalent part of the design whilst not taking away from his overall Shrew nature. The sharp looking hairs on the back and spike-like features on the top of the head are a nice feature also and add to the dangerous, feral animal look – but still kinda adorable.

 

3. Charizard

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Of all the final evolutions of the starters from Red & Blue, Charizard easily wins the best design. There wasn’t much competition, Venasaur looks like an overweight old man, who has caught too much sun, shouting at some passer-by all whilst having a giant plant on his back. Blastoise’s design was something I avoided looking at when he frequented my team, why is he so fat? Water retention?

Anyway, this was about Charizard, his design always looked quietly powerful and intimidating without the need for spikes or ghoulish features – although I guess he has got fire on his tail and that’s kind of threatening. The only downside to the design is that he seems to be in a room in which he has to duck.

 

2. Lapras

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Of all the sprites in the Pokemon series, the original Lapras sprite stands out for one reason – it hasn’t really changed. Whilst other Pokemon have seen their sprites redesigned and reinvented in order to fit closer to the designs used in the anime series, Lapras seemed to set its own path from the off. The design of Lapras reminds me of a calm, caring surfer, wise but happy to just chill out in the ocean and watch people go about their busy lives as it knows something we don’t. Lapras, the one Pokemon to have it all worked out, and all that just from the design.

Lapras, the one Pokemon to have it all worked out.

 

1. Haunter

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Haunter has a fantastically simple design that comes across as more threatening than any of his later incantations. The face looks like what you would carve into a Jack o’lantern but a little more crazy, a little more unhinged and non-caring. One hand seems to be coming to grab you while the other beckons you, to what? I dunno, run! Just run! We should never have gotten the Silph Scope!!!!

 

Now we are a safe distance, let’s get on to some honourable mentions (if these were on your list, you are forgiven):

 

Porygon

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It’s the only Pokemon to realise someone was taking a picture, it is staring right at the player, Porygon knows it’s in a game, the Pokemon made out of programming code knows it’s in a game.

Kadabra

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It is kneeling offering you a spoon, it is using its psychic ability to know the exact utensil you require.

Grimer

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Who wants a piece of pie? Grimer does!

 

Agree or disagree? Who would you throw in? Maybe a Scyther, or an Onyx? Maybe something more hipster like a Rapidash or Tauros? Let me know below if you agree or… disagree. And let me know what exactly Grimer’s sprite looks like, I just can’t put my finger on it…

 

5 Gaming Myths We All Fell For

Let’s face it we’ve all “fell” for something in our lives, whether it be a girl, a sport like football (American) or football (Every where else). Even that stupid “got your nose” bit when you where too young to understand what was happening. So the majority of you, not me, probably fell for these video game myths. Before I get into it I want to say I only believed 1 of these following myths. Continue reading

Five Games That Carry a Harsh Death Penalty

Dying in games is synonymous with re-spawning, relatively consequence free, back into the game to fight another fight or to hop on another helpless Goomba. Sure, most games have some consequence, for example, dying in Call of Duty will slightly hinder your chances of winning the Team Deathmatch, similarly dying in Mario will cost you a precious life. But some games take a bite back, giving the player a taste of their own medicine through doling out a punishing set back to the players hopes of success in the game. Some games however take this a step further, whether that means punishing your whole team for your incompetence, or wasting a whole lot of your time – these games take a certain amount of masochism in order to succeed, a drive for competition or a need to finish what you have started. Continue reading

My Top Three Anticipated Games of 2017

Last year was a real mixed bag for releases, on one hand we had the release of excellent major titles such as: Overwatch, Doom, XCOM 2 and even Battlefield 1. As well as smaller games such as: Superhot, Darkest Dungeon and Firewatch. On the other hand there was No Man’s Sky, which will hopefully act as a warning against getting too excited for a game we know little to nothing about. With that said, allow me to get cautiously excited (I was too burned by Destiny to go above this emotional state) about the following three titles coming to us in 2017. Continue reading

My Top 3 Games To Look Forward To In 2017

I was browsing the list of games coming out this year and I thought to myself “Damn that’s a lot of games”. I was also amazed at how many of them I didn’t care about, there are a few that I’m keeping an eye on but not too many that I’m ecstatic about. There’s your  yearly releases like FIFA, PES, Call of Duty and Football manager that will always have my attention. Then there’s games like Ghost Recon: Wildlands, South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Heh) and Pray that I’ll be keeping an eye on. So far there’s only 3 games that will be day one purchases for me and they are…  Continue reading