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Sinnoh was kind of boring really, except fr Platinum whch became actually good but not great. And Gen IV had some cool pokemon. Garchomp,Mamoswine,Infernape,Torterra,Empoleon,Lucario,Gliscor,Weavile,Frosslass,Heatran,Shaymin-S,Giratina,Darkrai,Rotom.They were pretty cool IMO.
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I think the reason 3rd gen was so hated before is because the most recent generation is the one most open to criticism. We don't want to insult our nostalgia, nor the game we're currently playing.
So now that we're in gen V, gen 3 still gets hate, but gen 4 gets random hate too.
This is mostly the case.
Gen 3 love has increased exponentially, while gen 4 hate has risen just as well.
At this point, gen 3 is in a similar position as gen 2 was, while gen 4 is similar to how gen 3 was a few years ago. And of course, gen 5 is the new gen 4.
This trend was pretty apparent a while back. I told them, but noooooooo, gen 3 hate will never end, they said. If only I can find that punk who wanted an account bet on this matter, saying if I was wrong, he'd have to close his account, but if I was right, he'd close his account.
Gen III is the black sheep because it's not connected to anything. Even today it doesn't seem to fit.
It lacks the classic 8-bit factor of Gens 1 and 2, yet lacks the heavy advancement of Gens 4 and 5 and even eliminated a cool feature of Gen 2: Time.
Gen 3 added abilities and EV training, but physical/special moves still ran on type, making several pokemon rather lacking (Gyarados, Dragonite), the bag is limited, and the lack of day/night is a vast step back, not to mention, quite a few pokemon types (Bug, Grass) sucked.
What makes Gen 3 cool though is that Hoenn is a neat region (even with all the water), and the Pokemon are pretty nice too.
Gen III was where the series saw its first major engine change. Gens I and II looked and played almost exactly alike - Gen II was simply Gen I with more content - but Gen III started from scratch and built an entirely new game on a new engine, the remnants of which are still used in Gen V.
Gen III got a lot of the 'black sheep' designation from it being so drastically different from the games that had come before (and from it having no compatibility whatsoever with earlier games, segregating its content at a time where Pokemon had been compatible from one generation to the next). Now that there are more generations based off of Gen III than not, and the franchise has kind of rebuilt itself yet again, is it still the odd one out? Maybe. It still was the most drastic generation change, and the only one to cut off compatibility for it.