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Returning to the franchise; which versions should I play?

#1Philosopher1701Posted 10/6/2013 3:52:20 PM
I haven't played a Pokemon game since Generation II's Silver... yeah. I've decided that I will play the remakes of Generation I and II, and then play through the games that I haven't played.

So these are the versions I'm thinking about playing:

Generation I (Remake) - FireRed
Generation II (Remake) - HeartGold
Generation III - Emerald
Generation IV - Platinum
Generation V - Black and Black 2

I'm choosing Emerald and Platinum because I'm under the impression that they are the most "complete" versions of their respective generations, like Yellow and Crystal were for Gen. 1 and Gen. II. By the way, are FireRed and HeartGold more faithful to Red/Blue and Gold/Silver than Yellow and Crystal? Also, are there any significant reasons to play LeafGreen and SoulSilver instead of FireRed and HeartGold?

If you have any objections to my list, please tell me. Frankly, you guys know this series better than I do.
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#2energyman2289Posted 10/6/2013 3:53:10 PM
EMERALD! OH, GOD PLAY EMERALD!!!
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#3RedRiolu447Posted 10/6/2013 3:53:46 PM
I say just go in order. Emerald, then Platinum, Black, then Black 2
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#4TaiphlosionPosted 10/6/2013 3:54:31 PM(edited)
Good enough, but maybe you could consider the original black/white before the sequel. The lack of new pokemon makes unova fell fresh, and it's story is actually pretty enjoyable.
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#5RPGgamer777Posted 10/6/2013 3:54:42 PM
Y
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#6SlimeStackPosted 10/6/2013 3:55:15 PM
I don't see any reason to play any of the older games. X and Y are the same experience but better.
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#7RedShadowwwPosted 10/6/2013 3:56:04 PM
Black/White 2! It's what got me back into the series and is my favorite.
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#8Philosopher1701(Topic Creator)Posted 10/6/2013 4:03:04 PM
I should clarify that "Black and Black 2" means Black/White and Black/White 2.
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#9Luis1125Posted 10/6/2013 4:06:11 PM
You should play x or y, or maybe wait for the z version. And if money is not the problem, there are some really good looking x and y 3ds xls.
#10FaultBoyPosted 10/6/2013 4:30:16 PM
play conquest. Every other game will be obsolete and dead in 2 weeks.