Pokemon is something we can all agree kicks ass, even the people that hate it, they're just pretending - at least that's what my mom tells me. Despite its greatness though, it's almost always been restricted to handhelds, at least in its original, battling form - and certainly hasn't ever hit the PC except for ROMs. Now though, one group of fans is making a 3D, real-time Pokemon battling game and it's shaping up nicely.
In the game, known as Pokemon Generations, you play a randomised trainer (with male and female options), battling your way through the world in a similar fashion to the main games. The setting is between Red/Blue/Yellow and Silver/Gold/Crystal, with a story that supposedly links the games series together, though at this stage there isn't much to speak of in that regard.
It's in the very early stages of development at the moment, with just a handful of pokemon to collect and capture. There's Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Pidgey, Ratata and Pikachu, all of which are captured by defeating in battle and then throwing a pokeball at them - you even have to aim them correctly.
There's a mini-pokecenter to get your pocket monsters all healed up and a variety of moves for each of them to use. As mentioned above though, it's all real time so when you battle, its you controlling the pokemon. Dodging and running are as important as aiming, though as with the traditional games, super effective moves are the best way to win.
Not sure if this game has STAB bonuses, but I wouldn't be surprised.
Check out the trailer below and if you want to have a play yourself, download the game from here.