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Do you play Pokemon Mystery Dungeon mainly for the gameplay or story?

Discussion in 'Pokémon Spinoff Discussion' started by shoz999, Dec 17, 2018.


Do you play Pokemon Mystery Dungeon mainly for the gameplay or story?

  1. Gameplay

    3 vote(s)
  2. Story

    15 vote(s)
  1. shoz999

    shoz999 The Legend of Mudkip

    So I honestly think Pokemon Mystery Dungeon is actually one of the few spinoffs that may deserve it's own section from the other spin-offs. It's arguably not only the most successful spin-off Pokemon series but it's fanbase is surprisingly one of the strongest for a spin-off. Like if you look at other fan websites, Mystery Dungeon is sometimes included as it's own section separate from the other Pokemon content, a luxury that most Pokemon spinoffs do not get. And if you think about it, Mystery Dungeon's popularity is hugely contradicting with it's reviews. If you look at Mystery Dungeon's reviews, it's actually quite mixed and when I say mixed I mean poorly reviewed by Pokemon standards. Most Pokmeon spin-offs praised highly for it's quality but Mystery Dungeon usually gets mixed reviews for it's repetitive game-play formula. However it seems the reason why Mystery Dungeon has stayed alive so long is it's storytelling. As someone who looks at Fanfiction.net, the largest fanfic site out there, from time to time, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon is an extremely popular topic for storytelling by fans.

    So with all these contradictions. It got me thinking? Do Pokemon fans even care about the gameplay? Do they just want to enjoy the story, characters and lore? With that being said, would they want to see other devs do there own take on the Mystery Dungeon universe rather then see the same randomly-generated dungeons that we all know. If you think about it, there is certainly some truth to it and a Pokemon spin-off that relies heavily on storytelling as it's main source of popularity and not it's gameplay is kind of a contradiction with other Pokemon games, spin-offs and even physical games like the TCG. What they all have in common is that they are more centered in trying to adapt the main series gameplay mechanics in different formats and this is usually the source of there success, some fans not that interested in the storytelling such as Pokemon Snap, Pokemon Conquest or the first Pokemon Ranger game. However Mystery Dungeon seems to be the reverse where people are more interested in seeing how talking Pokemon interact in a new story than the actual dungeons itself.

    With that being said... do you buy Pokemon Mystery Dungeon mainly for the gameplay or story?
  2. TokoyamiTheDark

    TokoyamiTheDark The Purple Karakasa

    For Red/Blue Rescue teams, it is for both. But Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky, it is only for gameplay as I hate the story itself... Haven't tried Super Mystery dungeon yet, but I will soon get it.
  3. Cat's Eye Draco

    Cat's Eye Draco Well-Known Member

    I'd have to say that I tend to care about the story a little bit more than I do the gameplay. I've always liked being able to play as a Pokemon and battling my way through random dungeons, but if that's all there was to it - just battling through one dungeon after another with no overarching plot or real reason for doing so beyond just to do it - I probably wouldn't enjoy the games half as much as I do.
  4. Akkipeddi

    Akkipeddi Anta Baka

    Definitely for the story and music. Honestly speaking, gameplay is the weakest point of the mystery dungeon games, and if someone only played these games for their gameplay, they would surly go crazy since the gameplay can definitely be tedious. However, the sweet, sweet story and music definitely pushes me on to continue even with the tedious gameplay.
  5. Ultra Beast Lover

    Ultra Beast Lover Well-Known Member

    I like the story better, I feel as though it gives a better look into how the Pokemon think and act. The gameplay's nice but I prefer a good story any day.
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  6. mAdkip

    mAdkip 4 elements

    For the gameplay. I just can't stand being a trainer that enslaves Pokemon and makes them fight with each other for entertainment. It's different if you are a Pokemon yourself, fighting other Pokemon on equal footing. It feels more RPG. And you can team up with your partners and raid dungeons together, which is literal DnD.
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  7. Prof. SALTY

    Prof. SALTY The Scruffy Professor

    A little bit of both but definitely the story more.
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  8. BTS_fan

    BTS_fan Banned

    Well seeing as how the plot isn't very long in any PMD title, I'll say gameplay. I wish there was more post-game content in these games tbh.
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  9. SubtleVVeirdoh

    SubtleVVeirdoh Unova Enthusiast

    Definitely for the gameplay. If I get tired of the core series or any Pokémon that includes capture/battling I’ll play a PMD. Always nice to play as an actual Pokémon in a Pokémon world every so often.
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  10. WishIhadaManafi5

    WishIhadaManafi5 Still miss you, Lorne. Staff Member

    I like both in regards to Red/Blue Mystery Dungeon. Only part of the gameplay I'm not too keen on are escort missions. Outside of that, it's pretty fun playing as an actual Pokemon in a game.
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  11. Leonhart

    Leonhart The Lying King

    To me the gameplay in PMD is very repetitive and sometimes irksome, so the plot of the games matters more to me. So far I've enjoyed the storyline of Time & Darkness the most out of all the games.
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  12. Divine Retribution

    Divine Retribution Master of the freak show

    In the case of PMD2, 100% for the story. The gameplay is grindy, unbalanced, and in some cases somewhat unintuitive. After PMD2 they made a lot of improvements to the basic combat system of the game that makes it a little truer to the main series, as well as a little more balanced. That being said Gates to Infinity was honestly a mess of a game in my opinion, and PSMD came so close to being great but the choice to add in a few mechanics (such as team members being temporarily unavailable after using them and the fact that some emeras are just plain broken) really hurt the overall quality of the gameplay in my opinion. It admittedly had a much better story and far fewer problems than Gates. In fact, I like to pretend Gates never existed.
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  13. MockingJ

    MockingJ (づ。◕‿‿◕。)づ

    The gameplay in the Mystery Dungeon games gets mind-numbing to the point where it becomes really stupid since it takes turn based battle mechanics to a whole new level of predictability. I think the plot of the games is usually better, although I haven't played any of the games after Explorers of Sky.
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  14. D*N

    D*N Musical Star

    Definitely the story, that's what makes this game so good. I don't mind the gameplay though. The difficulty level feels higher than a normal pokemon game. Like even if you get easily through the missions on PMD2, you still have some boss battles that will get you in trouble. The main thing I don't care about is going to like dungeons with a lot of floors to do non storybased things. They get repetitive and if the reward for getting there is small, it just feels pointless.
  15. Leonhart

    Leonhart The Lying King

    I actually got tired of that recently when I started playing Explorers of Darkness again. I had forgotten just how monotonous the turn-based system was in these games, and even the graphics seem rather primitive compared to the graphics in the core DS games. That just further proves that the story element of PMD is what I find more appealing than anything else that these games offered.
  16. NobleJanobii

    NobleJanobii The Maddest Shaymim

    It's a mix of both really but I think the story is probably where I lean more towards. They're all just so interesting!
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  17. Shayminslicker

    Shayminslicker Comes out of Nowhere

    It's for the story, without a doubt. PMD has amazing tales (With GTI being my favorite). Though the gameplay is pretty good too and interesting. I found there's a bunch of ways to take on fights and that's always good if you ask me.

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