+ 3D Pokemon Models
+ Convenient Online Trade and Battling
+ Unique Type Combinations
+ Many Improvements All Around
- Low Resolution Hurts the Art Style
- Familiar Formula
The sixth generation of Pokemon is finally here with the worldwide release of Pokemon X and Y. While the 3ds has already had some Pokemon games and applications released for it, X and Y represent the first entry from the main series of games. Luckily for fans of the series, Nintendo was able to have both the western and eastern versions release at the same time. Leading up to the launch date, Nintendo was incredibly secretive about releasing any information about the games, which has led to an interesting feeling of wonder and surprise. What do certain shiny Pokemon look like? Is that a Pokemon “horde”? How many starter Pokemon do I receive!? All of these questions are fun little surprises for the fans, and this is one of the first Pokemon games in a while where figuring out which monsters are actually good is up to me. Most of the Pokemon data is not available at the time this was written, which has ended up making my experience just a bit more fun. Pokemon X and Y represent the biggest amount of change that has ever happened to the series, and the 3d Pokemon models are the highlight of the games, however, many of the visuals actually look bad compared to other 3ds games, and while the formula has gone through some changes, it is still very familiar to the other games.
Pokemon battles look and feel better than ever before
By far, my favorite thing about the sixth generation of Pokemon, are the new 3d models used for the battles. In the past when I have played Pokemon games, my team has never truly felt like they were mine. I caught, raised, battled, and traded Pokemon, but I have never really had any sort of attachment to them. I had Pokemon, and types, that I have enjoyed using, but Pokemon X and Y are actually able to make you feel close to your team. Now, when I catch a new Pokemon, I am actually eager to use it in battle. All of the 3d models and animations breathe so much life into battling, and the series as a whole. Also, as a throwback to fans of Red and Blue, the player is given one of the Kanto starters pretty early in the game. Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander are some of the most beloved Pokemon in the series, and as silly as this sounds, it was actually pretty exciting to watch their battle animations and evolutions.
Online is completely redone and full of convenient features
If you would have asked the average Pokemon fan what changes they would like to see from the series years back, one of the common answers would have been the ability to trade and battle with anybody in the world. The Nintendo DS was capable of this, but compared to other online systems, what it offered was incredibly basic and inconvenient. Pokemon X and Y have taken the idea of worldwide interactions, and with the 3ds hardware, have made the experience more social than it ever has been. Players can trade online with random people (however the Pokemon you receive is also random), they can interact with their friends list, battle, post updates and mini surveys, and also give themselves or other players what are known as “O powers”. These powers are basically just bonuses that players can give to each other that effect base stats, capture rates, and many other things. One of the few downsides to this new online system, is that closing your 3ds disconnects you from being online. When you are connected, you are able to see everyone else that is connected as they pop up on the bottom screen with their message, and also you are able to interact with your friends list. I close my 3ds often, especially during the review writing process, and it felt like a pain to keep reconnecting. This is a very small issue however, that most likely will not affect many players.
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