Published on October 23rd, 2013 | by Kyle Spencer, Editor
“Gotta Catch’Em All” | Pokemon X & Y Review
From the very first time I ever picked up a Pokemon game I was drawn to the premise of catching these little awkward creatures and evolving them into a powerful ally that I would call on to earn badges that showed off my supremacy. Always playing to try and fill my Pokedex, which is an encyclopedia of every Pokemon that the world has to offer, and there are a ton. The series was always one of those games that appeals to a wide range of players. If you are a newcomer or veteran, there are many things that Pokemon does to hold your attention and maintain value. Based on the depth of combat and role-playing elements, Pokemon X & Y is a step above its predecessors.
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: Oct. 12, 2013
Editor Note: Pokemon X was reviewed
There are many changes that were made from previous versions of Pokemon. From the start you will notice that the game doesn’t feature the same old story of a young trainer gaining a Pokemon, training that Pokemon and earning a bunch of gym badges to prove your Pokemon training supremacy. X & Y is a much faster paced game. From the very beginning of the game you gain your Pokemon, and Pokedex. Its from this point you being training and Pokemon hunting. Within my first hour of play-through I achieved more than I did in two to three hours in previous iterations.
The 3D art style of X & Y are also a notable addition that is new to the franchise. Each character now has that unique look that you really couldn’t get from their 2D counterpart. The texture is beautiful and their animations now sell the personalities of those characters. When a Pokemon gains power and evolves, the evolution animations are stunning. Finally we have Pokemon customization that make the game more and more personable when playing with others that may be using the same Pokemon. From adding different accessories, to changing the skin color of your creature, makes Pokemon X & Y a much more personalized game that fans have been clamoring for.
For the most part, much like any other Pokemon game, the core game-play is surrounded by players battling and trading their Pokemon. You throw out your main Pokemon, and will have three options. Fight, Bag, and Retreat. The fight will give each Pokemon four moves that he uses to fight, which you learn as your Pokemon grows in level. Your bag holds all of your potions, extra Pokeballs to catch new Pokemon, and your infamous Pokedex. Fleeing is just as it says. You can retreat from fights their either your Pokemon is troubled in or stands now chance to win. As a Pokemon evolves he begins to become immune to other elements and learns faster and powerful abilities.
The Mega Evolution is where X & Y made some upgrades from previous versions. In this version your Mega Evolved Pokemon can now gain different abilities and immunity to other elemental attacks. It also opens up additional Pokemon slots that you can carry on you. You can only carry six at one time, but with a Mega Evolved Pokemon that number can grow to seven. There are some limitation to using a Mega Evolved Pokemon however. For starters not every Pokemon in the game has a Mega Evolution. This puts some limitations and lets payers know that every Pokemon they catch will never be able to reach that stage. The last thing is that you can only summon a Mega Evolution Pokemon once in battle, so using him wisely makes the game more strategic.
The online interplay of Pokemon X & Y is where there was some major tweaking. Debuting in Pokemon Black and White, the Player Search System makes a upgraded return. Aside from just sharing your Pokemon customizations, you can now battle and trade at any point in the game. There are many tricks that players will do to help buff their stats and level by battling with one another until their respective Pokemon reaches a certain level, and there doesn’t seem to be much of a fix for that in the near future. This made running into random encounters a bit of a drag, considering their Pokemon were near max level by the time I brought my level 10 into a fight.
The Final Truth:
Pokemon X & Y are the upgraded games that the series needed, and with the transition into the 3D world, X & Y is a much welcomed addition. There were plenty of upgrades that make this version of Pokemon a much different experience from past experiences. Sure the core mechanics and game-play are still in tact, but why tweak with something that is working so well with fans. Ultimately all we want to do is fight and trade. This is the Pokemon that the 3DS needed, and with the previous iterations become stale, this is the re0fresh that will breath new life into the franchise and keep players wanting to “Catch Them All”.
Pokemon X & Y Review
Summary: Pokemon X & Y are the upgraded games that the series needed, and with the transition into the 3D world, X & Y is a much welcomed addition. There were plenty of upgrades that make this version of Pokemon a much different experience from past experiences. Sure the core mechanics and game-play are still in tact, but why tweak with something that is working so well with fans. Ultimately all we want to do is fight and trade. This is the Pokemon that the 3DS needed, and with the previous iterations become stale, this is the re0fresh that will breath new life into the franchise and keep players wanting to "Catch Them All".