Wednesday, July 23, 2014

End of the line?

No, not quite. I'm not done yet. For one thing, there are a few legendaries yet to be released, and Mega Evolutions as well. Plus I'm sure the Ruby and Sapphire remakes will bring a new batch of Megas for me to look at.

Thing is, while I can look at pictures of their designs, instead of jumping the gun I'd rather just wait for them to come out officially, so I can get an in-game feel for them and whatnot.

Besides, this way I still owe you all something, and I know my work isn't finished. It's a guarantee I'll come back, in a way.

BUT WITH THAT SAID, I'm not planning on actually "going" anywhere. I'm going to do some of that stuff I talked about last time I mused about the future, such as finish up reviewing the gym leaders and all that.

However, I will say that you should expect things to chug along about as slow as they have been these few months. The dream of daily updates is long gone, blogging's a young man's game and I'm a graduated Official Adult now. So if you get three updates a week, that'll be lucky.

again, thanks to all the readers of NAPACE! and keep reading, there's still work to be done.

PS - the best/worst of gen 6 will come soon

Mega Evolution No. 28: Abomasnow

And at last we come to the end of the officially released Mega Evolutions.

And we get to end it with a bang, Mega Abomasnow looks like every fiber of his body is in the process of getting the hell away from every other fiber of his body.

Seriously though, I love the texture of his "fur" or whatever. It not only makes an easy 3D model, but looks distinctive. Aside from that, he's just a bigger and badder version of Abomasnow. More fur, bigger arms and legs, and also twin pylons of ice or whatever sticking out of his back.

That's cool, to me. They even have a precedent, regular Abomasnow has some trees straight up growing on his back, too. I suppose I'd prefer these columns to be a bit smaller, though, he looks somewhat off-balance when standing upright.

But he's still a ferocious beast, who even gave up some speed so he could put more points into offense. which works great for the guy, because with Avalanche he wants to go second, anyway.

Overall: 9/10

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mega Evolution No. 27: Lucario

I think this might be the first time in a while I've actually gotten the number I was on correct on the first try
are you freaking kidding me

Everyone's favorite jackal-mma-hadouken-dog returns with a Mega form! Which, in this case, means it has odd rust-colored tips to everything, possibly to simulate how it GETS ITS HANDS AND FEET DIRTY WITH THE BLOOD OF ITS ENEMIES but really just looks like it's been playing in shit.

also don't forget even MORE spikes in awkward places. Poor thing looks like it just crashed through a glass window and has shards all stuck in it.

and, naturally, thick black lines just generally going everywhere and making an already complicated design even more visually confusing and noisy.

Just about the only thing I like here is the dreadlocks being all wavy in the wind. Lucario wasn't even that good, yet got pushed hard by Pokemon Company for some reason, so the least you'd think they could do is actually give him a good Mega.

Overall: 3/10

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mega Evolution No. 26: Garchomp

oh, screw me...

Remember how I said Garchomp was kinda cool, but overdesigned and messy? Well, when Gamefreak read that post (and you know they read NAPACE let's be real here) they must have mis-translated it and said that I thought it didn't have enough spikes, blades, or patches of color.

Because christ if they didn't do just that. They took a design that was already ratcheted up to 11 and cranked it up a few more notches. It's at 14 or so right now. They actually had to get a second amp to measure it on, like how when you're counting on your fingers and go above 10 and have to start using toes.

I really don't know where to start with this one. No matter where I look, something inane and unsafe is happening. Garchomp was already a safety hazard, but Mega Garchomp wouldn't be allowed within forty feet of a public building. It has 20 spikes, that's right, 20 of 'em. All along its chest, arms, and legs. Some of them are red! just like it's gigantic hand-scythes.

Don't forget the head, doing its best Battleship Yamato impression, a shark tail sticking out as a weird reminder of what it once was, when the world made sense, and random lines just thrown in for good measure. Oh, and don't worry, it has a splotch of yellow on its belly still. Jesus.

Mega Garchomp is what happens when you give a Godzilla movie an actual budget, it's like two Gigans fused together and mixed up with a Great White Shark and a Piranha. I can't over-exaggerate how crazy this thing is, because it will always be exactly that crazy.

Overall: 14/10

Monday, July 14, 2014

Mega Evolution No. 25: Absol

lookin' pretty scene, Abby.

This would be a case of "you just glued shit to the old Pokemon", except that there's just so MUCH new shit. And most of it looks pretty natural and good.

I dig the hair tufts on the legs, and on the chest. The wings look really soft and feathery, much like the hair. And the tail spike looks like a bat wing or something, contrasting with the angelic wings, which goes back to the Yin/Yang idea. So that all ties together nicely.

the uneven horns and hair over one eye are hella deviantart, though. But I guess that was always sort of Absol's deal. And of course, it's supposed to look like a yingyang or whatever. I can deal with it.

I think this Mega is fairly unique in that it could easily stand on its own, if Absol hadn't existed. It looks like a complete product all to itself. so that's worth something, I guess. I still maintain that anyone who has Absol as their favorite Pokemon invariably has horrible taste in music and boyfriends, but that's besides the point.

Overall: 8/10

Friday, July 11, 2014

Mega Evolution No. 24: Banette


Giving me some Soul Eater vibes here, know what I mean? all dem zippers and things coming out of them and shit. I can't decide if they're fingers or tongues, and I'm not sure which distresses me more.

This is a nice evo, actually. Banette always stuck me as being kinda lackluster, so pushing things further works well. It obviously evolved from Banette, and has an interesting club-esque physique.

Prankster is a good ability, too, which makes up for its non-amazing stats. Basically it gets to go first. How it actually works is more complicated than that, but that's the gist of it for all my fellow "non nuclear physicist" types out there.

Again, I like this one so much, and Banette is only a two-stager, I wish it had just been an evolution.

Overall: 9/10

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Mega Evolution No. 23: Manectric

oh, for the love of...

No. No, no, no, and NO.

What did Manectric ever do to deserve this, huh? It was a mediocre Pokemon, but now it's got... this. A goddamn freaking lightning bolt with legs. This is like something a four-year old would come up with. a stupid four-year old.

the only positive thing I can say is that it keeps the colors. Otherwise, it's garish and outright ugly. unbalanced, tacky, there aren't really any positive words I can use to describe this one.

Overall: 1/10