About a year ago, I started a thread asking the Pokemaniacs out there about the obsession that is Pokemon. I am an adult in my early 30's with a couple of kids and had a huge love for the old school RPG's like Earthbound and Final Fantasy. I always heard about Pokemon but held off since I also heard it was mainly for kids. I started the forum here on Amazon and heard from a variety of Pokemon fans giving me their spin on the franchise and where a newcomer should start. (if you're that interested, you can find the forum under the 'Pokemon SoulSilver w/ Limited Edition figurine'). After hearing some wonderful feedback, I decided to take the plunge into the Pokemon universe.
Still speaking as a rookie, I cannot impress upon people enough how wonderful of a franchise this is and how glad I am that I took the leap of faith from the Pokemon fans in trying this game. While there is more of a youthful appearance, the game is very in depth and rich with gameplay. I have found the hours I sank into SoulSilver feel like minutes and have been extremely impressed with how much quality is in this franchise. The game is leisurely enough where you can pick it up and play at a relaxed pace but strategic enough to make you think as you continue through your quest and seek out the hard to find Pokemon. I have found such enjoyment out of it and even have gotten my wife to jump in as well (she got the HeartGold version naturally). We're finding ourselves addicted to this franchise and are very happy we took the risk.
I wanted to share this with those adult gamers out there that cut their teeth on the old school Final Fantasies and Earthbound of the SNES era. It still is possible it may not be for you, but I definitely encourage you to give it a try if you enjoy those style RPG's. I know I've already preordered White and I wanted to share my experience with those of you that may have been in my shoes a year ago of always wondering about the franchise but not taking the plunge.
If any of you want to know about my experiences as a new Pokemon player, feel free to post. I'm still very new to the series and thought my perspective might be welcome for those who always wondered, but never took the plunge like I did up til last year.