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Pokemon X/Y Review

Pokemon X/Y Review

Pokemon is a franchise that has continued to grow since its inception and with Pokemon X/Y, it looks set to grow further. Known as the 6th generation, Pokemon X/Y marks the first set of games in the series to make their way onto the Nintendo 3DS and with their arrival comes a host of new gameplay elements.

One of the biggest changes is noticeable straight away. Pokemon are no longer displayed as 2D sprites on the battlefield, as each one of them is animated nicely providing a more life like look. This is the same for the environment and towns. Before, only certain parts of the world were presented in 3D, creating a feeling of disconnect from the landscapes for the player. Everything including buildings, plants, signposts, and the characters are now modeled in 3D and it’s great to see.

You begin your journey in the Kalos region, a new environment that is hugely reminiscent of modern day Europe. It comes complete with a structure that’s rather similar to the Eiffel Tower, but in Pokemon X/Y it’s called the Prism Tower. There are dozens of cafes and diners to visit and battle at as well as the introduction of boutiques that sell clothing for your character to purchase and ware. Fans have been asking for this new form of customization for quite some time now and it’s pleasing to see its introduction. Additionally, for a small amount of Poke Dollars you can get a haircut.

In the past players have traveled alone with a rival popping up and challenging them randomly thought the game. X and Y see the player traveling with four other kids from their hometown. These are Calem/Serena (male or female player character you did not choose), Shauna, Tierno, and Trevor. Each of them will lead you to different areas of the world as well as battling you along the way. It feels like you are truly together with friends working together and traveling through unknown lands, a feeling that was never present in previous games of the franchise.

Like always, you get to pick one of the three starter Pokemon. This means you have to choose between Chespin (the grass-type), Fennekin (a fire fox looking Pokemon) and Froakie (the frog shaped water starter). This time around through you are treated with another starter from the first generation. Each of these Pokemon come with a mega stone that allows them to transform into a stronger version with new special abilities in battle. There are about 25 other Pokemon that have new mega forms and you will find many of the stones necessary to use this new power throughtout the game. In some cases trainers in the game will trade with you or hand over a Pokemon that can mega evolve with the mega stone attached. These Pokemon have excellent default stats and make great additions to any growing team.

Looking at the touch screen you will find three new ways of either. In Pokemon-Amie you can use the stylus to pet and feed your Pokemon Poke Puffs you have won. Connecting your system to the Internet lets the other Pokemon wander onto your bottom screen to hang out in the area and you can also decorate with prizes won from playing with your Pokemon. Once you have three other Pokemon on the bottom screen for a short amount of time they will soon disappear and leave behind a decoration, wallpaper, or Poke Puff.

Moving away from Pokemon-Amie, you can view your friends, acquaintances, and the people you’ve passed by from around the world. Now that your Nintendo 3DS friends list allows you to see each of your friends who have a copy of Pokemon X and Y on your PSS, there is no need to register people with player codes that are specific to the game. It's a much easier way to battle, trade, and chat. If none of your friends are online you can still do all of the above features along with trading over the GTS and the brand new Wonder Trade. Wonder Trade lets you randomly trade Pokemon with anyone online. Pick a Pokemon to trade and maybe you’ll get something even better from a randomly matched player.

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