From: chaos12391 | #025 Does Gen 2 get hate for the pokemon, or the game itself. Cause honestly I thought gen 2 had the best game though you could easily argue gen 3 had it too. Those were the two I enjoyed the most personally.
Pretty sure it's backlash. When Gen 2 came about, everyone thought that the trip back to Kanto made the game huge, then people started to realize how bare bones Kanto and how under developed Johto were and that popularity bit back. Still not as bad as RBY, but still.
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Here's my personal opinion more based on enjoyment than actual technical stuff that people bring in which i can understand why people have their views.
Personally I just didn't enjoy 4 all too much. It wasn't bad it just doesn't really stand out as a game that I would want to replay. If it wasn't for B/W 2 I would've put 5 at the bottom easily though. Hated the fact I had to wait till post game in B/W to find any other gen pokemon in the wild.