Video Game Review: Pokemon X and Y

Pokemon X and Y logo. ~Photo courtesy of eGamers.
Pokemon X and Y logo.
(Photo courtesy of eGamers)

This new generation of the Pokemon series has made a huge leap forward in improvements. With the mechanic breakthroughs this game has made, like the new Pokemon Type and Mega-Evolution, some players, new and veteran, think that this is the best addition to this RPG series yet.

New Region:

The Kalos region. ~Photo courtesy of Siliconera.
The Kalos region.
(Photo courtesy of Siliconera)

Pokemon X and Y is the sixth generation in the Pokemon series, and takes place in a new region called the Kalos region, which contains 69 new Pokemon, bringing the total number of Pokemon to 718. This new region, like the other regions, is based off real life world locations; the Kalos region closely resembles France.

3D Gameplay:

Screen capture of Pokemon X and Y's 3D graphics. ~Photo courtesy of Wired.
Screen capture of Pokemon X and Y’s 3D graphics.
(Photo courtesy of Wired)

This is the first installment in the series to have full 3D gameplay, everything in the game is made of 3D models, unlike the previous games which contained mostly 2D sprites.

New Moves & Abilities:

Noivern using the new move "Boomburst." ~Photo courtesy of Bulbagarden.
Noivern (right) using the new move “Boomburst.”
(Photo courtesy of Bulbagarden)

Generation six has 50 new moves, bringing the total to 609. There’s also 24 new abilities, bringing the total number of moves to 188.

Villains:

Team Flare admins. ~Photo courtesy of Deviantart.
Team Flare admins.
(Photo courtesy of Deviantart)

Like every Pokemon game, Pokemon X and Y has a new team of villains, called Team Flare, whose goal is to make money (like every villainous team) and to create a “beautiful and better” world without humans.

Pokemon-Amie:

Player interacting with Pikachu in Pokemon-Amie. ~Photo courtesy of CorruptedCartridge.
Player interacting with Pikachu in Pokemon-Amie.
(Photo courtesy of CorruptedCartridge)

Players can use Pokemon-Amie to interact and play with their Pokemon to develop stronger bonds with them. Using Pokemon-Amie can raise a Pokemon’s affection for its owner, and that will result in the Pokemon performing better in battle. A Pokemon with high affection is more likely to: land a Critical Hit more often, dodge hits more often, gain extra experience per battle, shake off Status Conditions quicker, do extra damage, and survive hits that would otherwise make the Pokemon faint.

Horde Encounter:

A player encounters a horde of Houndours. ~Photo courtesy of Cloudfront.
A player encounters a horde of Houndours. Translation: “Whoa! A horde of Houndours appeared!”
(Photo courtesy of Cloudfront)

Horde encounters are a new way to encounter Pokemon in generation six. It enables players to battle several wild Pokemon at the same time. These battles provide a lot of experience, but are challenging because the player’s Pokemon can only attack once, then endure all of the attacks from each of the opposing Pokemon before attacking again, if it survives.

New Pokemon Type: Fairy

Fairy type introduced. ~Photo courtesy of Cerulean.
Fairy type introduced.
(Photo courtesy of Cerulean)
From left to right: (Normal/Fairy), (Psychic/Fairy), (Fairy), (Water/Fairy). ~Photo courtesy of Siliconera.
From left to right: (Normal/Fairy), (Psychic/Fairy), (Fairy), (Water/Fairy).
(Photo courtesy of Siliconera)
Sylveon (left), a Fairy type, fighting Hydreigon (right), a Dragon/Dark type. ~Photo courtesy of Nintendo Insider.
Sylveon (left), a Fairy type, fighting Hydreigon (right), a Dragon/Dark type.
(Photo courtesy of Nintendo Insider)

A new type was also introduced, called Fairy type, bringing the total number of Pokemon types to 18. This type was added to balance the previously overpowered Dragon type, which before was only weak to Ice types and Dragon types. There are a lot of new Pokemon that are Fairy type, but most of the Fairy type Pokemon consist of Pokemon from previous generations, who were previously a single type or Normal type.

Fairy type Pokemon are characterized by their pink, squishy, fluffy, and delicate complexion. Unlike their polar opposite, Dragon types, which are characterized by their dark, tough, bulky, and scary complexion.

Fairy type is “Super-effective” against Dragon, Dark, and Fighting types, and “Not-very-effective” against Fire, Poison, and Steel types. Fairy types are weak to Poison and Steel types, and resistant to Fighting, Bug, and Dark types, Fairy types are also immune to Dragon type attacks.

Mega Evolution:

The Mega Evolution of Blastoise (left), Charizard (middle), and Venusaur (right). ~Photo courtesy of Critiques4Geeks.
The Mega Evolution of Blastoise (left), Charizard (middle), and Venusaur (right).
(Photo courtesy of Critiques4Geeks)

Mega Evolution is a new battle mechanic in Pokemon X and Y. Once per battle, a player may activate a “Mega-stone” that one of their Pokemon is holding, the Pokemon will then change its form, shape, color, stats, abilities, and for some Pokemon, even their Type will change.  Currently, only 26 Pokemon can Mega Evolve, and some Pokemon have a different Mega Evolution form depending on which game they’re in, X or Y.

Mewtwo and his Mega Evolution exclusive forms "Mega Mewtwo Y and Mega Mewtwo X." ~Photo courtesy of iGoumedia.
Mewtwo and his Mega Evolution exclusive forms “Mega Mewtwo Y (Psychic) and Mega Mewtwo X (Psychic/Fighting).”
(Photo courtesy of iGoumedia)
Charizard has exclusive forms depending on which game he is Mega Evolved in. Left: Mega Charizard Y, right: Mega Charizard X. ~Photo courtesy of SocietyAndReligion
Charizard has exclusive forms depending on which game he is Mega Evolved in. Left: Mega Charizard Y (Fire/Flying), right: Mega Charizard X (Fire/Dragon).
(Photo courtesy of SocietyAndReligion)
Just a few of the many Mega Evolutions in Pokemon X and Y. ~Photo courtesy of GamenTrain.
Just a few of the many Mega Evolutions in Pokemon X and Y. (Photo courtesy of GamenTrain)

 

Legendary Pokemon:

Like every Pokemon game, X and Y has Legendary Pokemon. A Legendary Pokemon is a Pokemon that has no evolution, cannot breed, are usually genderless, and have incredibly high stats compared to regular Pokemon.

Pokemon X’s mascot is Xerneas, a Fairy type Legendary Pokemon, it is known as the Pokemon of Life, and is exclusive to Pokemon X. Pokemon Y’s mascot is Yveltal, a Dark/Flying type Legendary Pokemon, it is known as the Pokemon of Destruction, and is exclusive to Pokemon Y.

Pokemon X (Xerneas) on the left, and Pokemon Y (Yveltal) on the right. ~Photo courtesy of MyNintendoNews.
Pokemon X (Xerneas) on the left, and Pokemon Y (Yveltal) on the right.
(Photo courtesy of MyNintendoNews)

X and Y has one other Legendary Pokemon, called Zygarde (Pokemon Z), a Dragon/Ground type Pokemon, it is known as the Pokemon of Order.

Zygarde, the Order Pokemon. ~Photo courtesy of DragonSpore.
Zygarde, the Order Pokemon.
(Photo courtesy of DragonSpore)

During the player’s journey they will have a chance to catch Xerneas or Yveltal, depending on which game they’re playing. Team Flare will catch the other Legendary Pokemon, in order to attempt to take over the world.

Verdict:

Pokemon X and Y is the best addition to the series in eight years, far surpassing the last two generations of games. Like the Pokemon in its game, this series has evolved into a whole new experience, yet still has the sense of a Pokemon game. With its new game/battle mechanics, graphical innovations, and Type balancing, this game will be known as an amazing progression and  revolutionary turning point in the series. Players new to the series, and veterans alike, will love this game.

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