Pokémon Insurgence might not be an official Pokémon game, but that doesn't make Insurgence any less exciting. The reason? Features. Glorious, glorious features.
Actual Pokémon games certainly have their share of exciting features—the problem is that some features will only appear in a certain generation, only to then disappear in subsequent games. The upcoming Pokémon games, for example, won't have customization despite the fact that X & Y did. Game Freak justifies this by saying that they do this to "give unique traits of personalities to the different regions," but it's hard not to feel cynical about it, too—like they're not interested in making the best possible Pokémon game, but rather sell you a whole bunch of different versions just so you can experience that one cool thing. It's smart from a business perspective, but it's kind of annoying for players to have to deal with, too.
All of that goes out the window in Pokémon Insurgence. Insurgence mashes together many of the cool features we've come to love over the years, like customization, mega evolutions, Pokémon following you in the overworld map, and secret bases—things you'd need to buy three seperate Pokemon games to experience under normal circumstances. Insurgence also adds a few quirks of its own.
The story, for example, seems darker than your average Pokémon game. It's about cultists. More excitingly, the game features built-in challenges that make your playthrough more interesting. Always wanted to do a Nuzlocke run, those playthroughs where you must release any Pokémon that faints? The game has that feature built-in, along with a few other ones:
The game also adds some megas of its own:
It also has Delta Pokémon, which you might remember from the Trading Card Game :
And you can even add armor to your Pokémon:
Neat, right? Plus, all of these neat additions to the classic formula come in the form of sprites...as nice as it is to see Pokémon in their full 3D glory, I kind of miss sprites. Maybe that's just me.
While the game isn't out yet—the developer is aiming to release a demo before the end of the month—you can check out a breakdown of many of the different features Insurgence has here:
And you can check out Insurgence's Wiki here. We'll keep you updated on the game, too.