Anons! After lurking here for a bit, you have sparked my interest in pogemans again.
I have not played anything since Emerald.
What games from the series are worth it fully to play?
(Friend said HG/SS was shit)
HG/SS is fantastic. The game is polished as fuck and it will give massive amounts of nostalgia if you've played G/S/C.
The only thing I disliked about the game was the level curve going all over the place throughout the game.
B/W and B2/W2 are also very good. The only problems I have is that so many of the pokemon take ages to evolve, but this is mitigated in B2/W2 since they added tons of classic pokemon to the routes.
HG/SS are remakes of G/S/C, flip a coin
Diamond/Pearl/Platinum are gen 4, If you can't choose between Diamond or Pearl get Platinum
Black and White are gen 5, flip a coin
Black 2 and White 2 are sequels to gen 5 as well, If you get Black, get White 2. If you get White, get Black 2
X and Y are the latest gen, flip a coin
Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire are remakes of Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald, flip a coin
>HGSS - The best remakes; slow-paced and nostalgic with plenty to do. You'll either drop it at the last gym/E4 or play FOREVER.
>Platinum - Challenging and all-around good, if a bit demanding.
>BW+BW2 - More of a stereotypical RPG-style story, with BW having the better story and BW2 having better features. Play both if at all
>XY - Gen 1 references everywhere, big Pokedex, shit story, a bit easy
>ORAS - Fun update of RSE but fails to replace the originals
Gen 6's online capabilities make XY+ORAS good choices if you want to see how far the series has come; otherwise, play some of the great games from the DS era.
Play Platinum or BW. They're both pretty self-contained and have unique stuff to offer.
>Pokemon from past gens
>New evolutions for older Pokemon
>More robust, explorable region you may get lost in
>Exclusively ~150 new Pokemon
>Pushes story focus unlike any other Pokemon game
>Straight-line region so you're never wondering where to go next
And before people suggest BW2, that's an awful game to get back into the series with. Definitely play BW1 before it at least.
Your friend is retard.
HG/SS would probably be a good place to start, they are perfect remakes of Gen2.
Assuming you just want a trip down memory lane and don't want to get too into all the new shit that's pretty much your best option.