I decided as usual to make things harder for myself because of my school-yard logic for playing Pokémon which is a hold over from when the franchise was all the rage when I was 12. So even though I know they don’t have any real detrimental effects to my monsters I avoid using things like Exp Share and letting the Pokémon faint during battle at all costs. (Along with the usual: HOLD DOWN + B CATCH POKEMON! NEVER FEED POKEMON RARE CANDY!! WALK EVERYWHERE TO RAISE FRIENDSHIP!!! weirdness) I also took the time to care and nurture for them via the game’s new Pokémon-Amie and Super Training mini-games and systems because happy monsters are the best monsters! Finally I decided to regularly cycle my team meaning I had some lengthy training periods as I brought 12-20 Pokémon up to self-imposed level caps. The end result meant that I truly got to experience what the France inspired region of Kalos had to offer and I have fallen in love with it more than I have any other Pokémon Universe location.
I am currently tinkering around with the post game stuff at the moment so I’ve still got quite a bit left to do before I transfer my Pokémon to the cloud based Pokémon Bank and make a start on Pokémon Omega Ruby, Black/Black 2 or Heart Gold/Soul Silver all of which are currently sat unplayed in my pile of shame. Then there is doing the unthinkable and playing to fully complete the National Pokedex, something I haven’t done since I played the original releases of Pokémon Gold and Silver. Do I go for it? Or do I just enjoy the monsters and adventures I have?