i found XY to be one of the best games IMO im not really that big into the story or post game stuff so the general lack of stuff past E4 didnt bother me. ORAS was a nice gen3 remake so i was fairly happy with that. XY did have some interesting battle variations that havent seen a return yet.what didn't you like about SM and USUM? i do feel that the player got little story significance in SM even though i enjoyed Lilly. I think this was fixed in USUM but i dislike the change to Lusamine.
I think X and Y needed more of their lore explored since Zygarde got nearly zero representation despite their only being 3 legendary pokemon. i hope the inevitable remake actually does it some justice plotwise.
there are many things i hated about SM and USUM but more the first 2.
Z nukes were annoying AH, didnt have a competitive tier team. those teams are boring AH and its always the same 20 pokemon you see in tourneys. i played with mixed tier favorites ie design, ability, move coverage and a surprising moveset that could get people off guard. ident really have much variance overall but thats just me, Znukes were annoying and disrupted by strategy. it makes sense in overall strategy but it was still annoying. i despised the rotom dex. it was annoying in SM and i hear its insufferable in USUM as i didnt interact with it at all except for the mandatory times. they left out so many things in SM. half the buildings in the bigger towns were just empty space. the process to get megas was rather annoying ie the tournaments. the pokerides were rather annoying, much rather have a bike/skate to get around. the loss of HM were annoying but i did like that function. i honestly didnt give a damn about the Z moves, yes i know you can use them as nukes or stat boosters but i still dont like them. they left a few berries out of the roster and that annoyed me as i couldnt use custap berry aggron set. the loss of the PSS was annoying AH, trying to contact a player online was a few steps too annoying and you had a 5 minute blackout before you can relocate the player again. i belive thats also when the national dex was put in PK Bank but i dont remember that 100% now.
plaza shops as convoluted as they were are very useful. i did miss the horde feature but get the right stalls in the plaza and you can EV train a pokemon fast. USUM plaza battle tower witht he rented teams was fun if not infuriating at times BC they cheat so much later on. trying to make progress halfway through the ranks was a testing time. if you didnt have a lvl50 friend or passerby it was hard to get a 2nd good person to lend you a pokemon for the team
berry farming was a breeze. plant the berries and let your slaves....err pokemon do the rest. the little comments on how they go about it were very cute.
i think i missed a few other good things but they likely were mentioned in my previous rant post on gen7 hate.
gen7 games are where i had my interest in the games drop dramatically. i got 4-6 months of interest and 2-4 months of strong interest in the game. gen6 on the other hand had a strong interest of 2-3 years that i enjoyed the game. i filled all foreign dex entries except the legends/events in X. had prepared myself to do the same in gen7 but didnt have the interest to even bother with it as it couldnt hold my attention. gen7 is pretty much erased from my memory/pokemon game timeline. went into gen 8 with extreme skepticism. gen7 hype was strong but it really didnt last very long at all. havent touched BD for a few months, PLA 1-2 months since but im trying to get complete story when i work up the interest to play. beat elite 4 in BD but no heatran ie no elevated E4 levels. i will eventually continue BD to finish the story when i work up the effort to transfer my bred gen6 pokemon into BD. still not sure when that time would come...
SM were rather bad overall and USUM fixed a few things by adding ultra wormholes, returning legendary pokemon, brought back move tutors
and made mega stones easier to procure. USUM pretty much added what was needed into SM in the first place so it didnt really advance or improve my opinion of gen7 as a whole. SM provided a partially completed game and USUM just corrected the flaws in SM. if anyone wants to buy SM or USUM then i'd advise highly against SM if they had the chance to get USUM. SM is a waste of time and money when you can get a slightly more complete game. USUM wasnt perfect by far but it was more complete than SM could ever be. if SM came with all the features USUM had then my opinion wouldnt be as low rated as it currently is. it felt like GF was lazy/withholding extra USUM features just to get a game out on the 25th?? anniversary when they couldve taken more time to have the content of USUM be featured in SM already then have added other stuff when USUM were released.
yes sword and shield towns are barren and boring AH but atleast the open areas did provide more interesting things to explore.
i could probably add a few more things but that would make this post even longer...