Originally Posted by ThisOneKidMongo
Am I doing something wrong?
Nope, you aren't doing anything wrong.
I'm a couple hours in on X, making my way to the second gym. I think I've played one of each iteration of this series since the original Red/Blue. This one is a good example of Pokemon, because despite the (thankfully) new graphics and internet connection, it's pretty much the same Pokemon we've been playing for years. I think the new appeal for this one is battling and trading over the internet, something I'm not very keen on.
From what you described, you are experiencing the Pokemon experience. It's roots are a "kiddie" RPG from the original Gameboy, and it's stayed true to it's roots all these years. They always seem to add a twist, upgrade, or new event/feature with each iteration, but the base game stays the same, for better or worse. Those familiar with the series seem to love revisiting the simple-yet-invovled gameplay of know what attacks are effective against others (water against fire, ect.), and which Pokemon have what attacks, building an effective team, evolving, mating, and of course, "gotta catch 'em all".
I can totally see if you are late to the game and wondering what the big deal is. At times I'm kinda thinking I'm over it myself.
I set up my old turntable and wanted a new 3DS game to crash on the couch while listening to vinyl, and this fits the bill nicely. But after the initial excitement of the revised engine, graphics, and features, once I was playing the game I started noticing the slow pace and yet-again mechanics.
I don't dislike it - it can be very addicting and am having fun discoveries from time to time. But it is what it is.