|Reviews for The Game of Champions|
| John7Chris chapter 9 . 2/4
First, I'd like to say that I've read a lot of dark!Pokemon fics. Some I liked, some I didn't, but all served a purpose to release the kraken (or should I say Tentacruel) of realism upon a world that on the surface is sugar and spice and everything nice, but in reality is nature in all its bloody tooth-and-claw glory.
This is the first fic that have truly captivated me as a Pokemon fan. Through the eyes of Red, we see a world full of political intrigue, ruthless combat and crass commercialism. Through the eyes of a boy from Pallet Town, we see a world where humanity must compete with animals so powerful that they are nothing less than gods in the eyes of the ancients, where we as mortals fought wars and only recently learned to command the power of the Pokemon. This...is the Pokemon world as it's meant to be. And for all it's brutality and ruthlessness, for all its dangers and excitements...I would have it no other way.
They say in the game of thrones, you win or you die. The Game of Champions is of that sentiment, for there can be no victory without blood, no conquest without passion. However long it takes, I look forward to reaching the Indigo Plateau with you. Thank you for this amazing story and I hope to hear more from you soon.
| So1Thought chapter 9 . 2/3
This is something else.
You've got me googling all the pokemons.
Well freakin done.
| Lonewalker chapter 9 . 2/2
Well written and well thought out. Sure Red seems too good to be true, a natural savant like Blue when it comes to this sort of thing, but then again, the fandom has been portraying him like this for years.
The world you're portraying is quite fascinating. For the most part, I find it a bit more interesting than the lead characters themselves, though I am still curious the direction you plan on approaching the plot from.
I don't know whether you plan on continuing this gem, in fact I wouldn't be at all surprised if you never got past Lt Surge, but for the time being, I plan on sitting back and enjoying the show. Good job.
| ElricTheEnchanter chapter 1 . 1/22
Others have said it all, an incredibly immersive and captivating piece, and masterly written. I'll add that the world adaptation stands on its own, but the way you handled Red's character is my favorite aspect of all. His cold, rational portrayal looks excessive and implausible at first, completely at odds with his inner drive. The conflicting dynamic between Red the adventure-hungry kid and Red the calculating adventurer is a high point for me, however. I get the sense that consciously repressing that emotional side only makes it stronger, burying and burning it so far out of thought that it can completely call the shots from the background without being recognized. Some piece of doublethink along the lines of "I HATE people who get angry"
| nosleeptilboston chapter 9 . 1/21
I love you.
| Chunq chapter 8 . 1/18
Am I reading Ayn Rand, again? I guess I am. It's pretty enjoyable but reading it rubs me differently than other tones.
| T chapter 9 . 1/16
| Dragonlord1199 chapter 7 . 1/16
I find this very imaginative and origenal I enjoy it very much your writing style leaves nothing to be desired you execute this story flawlessly with everything I love about pokémon fan fiction especially the brutal realism of the world in your fic
| Lovelyxxx chapter 9 . 1/7
Awesome story. By far the best Pokemon fanfic ever (though I'm sure you've heard this plenty of times by now haha).
I'm really glad you updated! I was worried that you had abandonded this story. I love the way you wrote Bill, and your unique twist on Misty makes the fic really interesting.
Good luck with the Air Force!
| oldman543 chapter 9 . 12/28/2013
Fantastic. I like your misty. Looking forward to more.
| Obvious Ghost chapter 9 . 12/23/2013
I know this will probably sound overdramatic, and looking at the other reviews for the story, I'm probably not saying anything new. But here goes anyway.
If you finish this, if you even get close, this WILL be the best Pokemon story on the whole site. It'll be the most famous, easily- when people search 'by favorites', this will be number freaking one. I know reviews and follows and whatever aren't all that important, but I think it's a pretty good indicator of how well-written this story is.
Other people have pointed out the scope of your story here. The world itself, in all its grittiness and detail, and the way that everything is fleshed-out and made just as gloriously complicated as it would be in real life- that's amazing. I don't have any idea how much work it takes to invent a WORLD like that. But there's even more to it- it's not just the setting, it's the characters and plot. Red is epic in the way he thinks. The League is epic in the way it's seen through others' eyes. Heck, you even made the politics epic.
You realize that, right? You made the politics interesting to read. Fascinating, even.
(By the way, Blue's chapter was absolutely the best. I don't know if it's particularly difficult to write that style of sarcasm and dark humor, but it was awesome to read.)
You talk a lot about how important and powerful the main characters are, but it's backed up by their actions. You layer ridiculous amounts of detail into a scene, but it's incredibly fun to read. You are absolutely breaking the rules of a 'conventional' Pokemon story, and that is wonderful. I actually got chills when Pikachu was facing down Skyeater, and then I realized they hadn't even fought yet. We only get a couple thousand words about Misty and Bill, but I feel like I've read an entire series about their characters.
Maybe I'm repeating myself, but I could not be more engrossed in this story. Brilliant job, and good luck in the Air Force- I know it can't be easy to find time to write.
| damanlyguy chapter 9 . 12/23/2013
This is so amazing. Please make more.
| Bun and Bon chapter 9 . 12/22/2013
I was going to whine on about needing an update soon, until I read this AN.
Keep on with the freedom, patriot.
| Jojiro chapter 9 . 12/18/2013
Leeches aren't insects, and Misty should have said "would have sunk", not "would sunk".
Little nitpicks aside, my god this is such a great expansion on canon. If you keep working on this it WILL be one of the masterpieces of the Pokemon fandom, up there with No Antidote, Regret, and Pedestal...all those dark but still realistic expansions on how the Pokemon world really works.
I love this. Make the edits and write new stuff if you have the time to, and good luck with working for "FREEDOM". :P
| Guest chapter 9 . 12/17/2013
Anyone not reading this story is doing themselves a massive disservice. Because this is just gold. I'm prepared to wait as long as it takes, because with each chapter you never fail to deliver an amazing, thoroughly engaging experience. The world of pokemon is brought vividly to life and I am in love with it