Pokemon X and Y is the six generation in the Pokemon series, with this game comes new evolutions, new Pokemon, and a bunch of new concepts and ideas. This game puts you in the Kalos region of the Pokemon world, and it features another 10 year old child using adorable animals that can breath fire to kill other adorable animals. What’s not to love? But, does this game hold up to it’s predecessors? Or has Pokemon gone so far down the rabbit hole that it is nearly impossible to compare it to it’s great-grandparents on the original gameboy? Do you have to the skills necessary to defeat the evil in this Pokemon world? Well that depends on if you want to be the very best, like no one ever was. To catch them is your real test. TO TRAIN THEM IS YOUR CAUSE.
Let’s start off with the look of this game. The overall look for this game is fantastic. There isn’t even a question about how ascetically pleasing it is to watch this game. It really reminds you how much portable games were in the stone age when you look at the original. Everything in this game has amazing detail, and it may be the best looking game on handheld to date. The colors seem cheery and up-beat which really gives you a childlike wonder. Everything from the buildings, the streets, the colorful grass and even the reflection in water looks pristine and crisp.
Pokemon has always been a little hit and miss when it comes to the story. The original Red and Blue story was pretty simple, you’re a kid who goes on a journey to fill a pokedex only to discover and destroy an evil organization. I know I gasped as a kid when I found out the the leader of this organization turned out to be the final Gym leader. (15 year old spoiler alert.) Then gold and silver was a little more than a revival of the bad guys, Ruby and Sapphire was about organizations that wanted to take over the world nothing special. Point being, this story is more like Ruby and Sapphire. The evil organization Flare wants to take over the world, and it’s up to a 10 year old to stop them. The story isn’t spectacular at first, but it definitely picks up towards the end. It’s a simple story in the sense of you versus a greater power, but there is some underlining stuff about the philosophy that you have to destroy in order to rebuild again. But, that goes into spoiler territory that you should find out on your own.
The gameplay has that classic Pokemon feel to it. Turn based strategy, whittle down your opponent’s Pokemon to 0 HP. Get cash from your fallen enemies and increase your Pokemon’s skill. One of the two biggest new element in the game is the new type Fairy, which nerfs the once thought “Over Powered” Dragon type. It’s not hard to get use to, and ultimately isn’t that spectacular. Most of those Pokemon are so week anyways, that doing non type advantage damage still tends to knock them out if you have a high level Pokemon. The other new element that is added to the game is the new Mega-Evolution. Mega-Evolution is sweet. It boosts certain Pokemon to a whole new level of power, and all of the designs of the Mega-Evolved Pokemon look cool. Mega-Evolution is just awesome. It’s honestly not game breaking which I though at the beginning. It’s just so cool.
All and all this game is fun… But, that’s it. It’s really fun, but nothing more. I’m not disappointed in the game, but honestly it’s just not the best Pokemon game. One of the biggest draw backs is the lack of new Pokemon. There is only 69 new Pokemon, but compare that to the previous installment Black and White which had over 150. Even if you add the new Mega-Evolved it still feels lackluster in the new Pokemon department. The game also seemed to drag at times, nothing horrible it just felt like there were one to many cities to visit. This may just be a personal thing, but I also felt like it was way too easy. This has to be the easiest of all of the Pokemon games. I mean after visiting only a few cities, you’ll have two starting Pokemon and a device that shares Experience across the entire team. Even with these faults it’s still a good game. I had fun, but it wasn’t a mental sweat. If you have a kid who you want to introduce to the wonderful world of Pokemon, I’d recommend this one. Overall I give this game a solid 8.5 out of 10.