Metascore
87

Generally favorable reviews - based on 71 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 71
  2. Negative: 0 out of 71
  1. Oct 29, 2013
    100
    Bigger, better, stronger and prettier than anything we've ever seen with the label "Pokémon" on the cover.
  2. Oct 4, 2013
    100
    Pokemon X / Y is the perfect version we were dreaming about 17 years ago.
  3. Oct 23, 2013
    97
    Go get this game today.
  4. Oct 30, 2013
    96
    With Pokémon X and Y, Nintendo may have become their worst enemy; they've outdone themselves so much that it's difficult to see how the series could get any better.
  5. Oct 23, 2013
    96
    Fans of Pokémon will be in familiar territory while newcomers will have a great time learning the ropes. It never deviates from the norm too much, but what X and Y does and does brilliantly, is the improvements to connectivity and game progression.
  6. Oct 7, 2013
    96
    This is the true modern age Pokémon fans spent years waiting for: it's just bigger and better and will appeal new users too thanks to its delightful visuals and extremely polished and deep gameplay. It's a masterpiece very few nuisances and some ineffective 3D effect cannot even scratch.
  7. Oct 11, 2013
    95
    Nobody has demonstrated they can do Pokemon better than Pokemon can. X and Y does everything it needs to remain relevant, to prove why it's the top of its field, and if that's not good enough for you, there's nothing Ekans say to change your mind.
  8. Oct 4, 2013
    95
    Everything about Pokemon X and Y instills a feeling of adventure that extends far, far beyond its campaign. It lets you take ownership of so much — from your wardrobe to your meticulously groomed team — and then lets you take that identity onto a global stage.
  9. Oct 4, 2013
    95
    Not revolution, but regeneration. The Pokémon series takes a step forward energizing the classic gameplay formula with new and interesting twists and tweaks, like megaevolutions. A must-have for Nintendo 3DS owners.
  10. Oct 24, 2013
    94
    Though Game Freak is sometimes criticized for recycling gameplay in the Pokémon franchise, they've really outdone themselves with these games. Highly recommended.
  11. Don't expect a revolution, but with dozens of thoughtful changes and the best Pokemon battles ever, X and Y cap an incredible year for 3DS.
  12. Nov 27, 2013
    92
    The biggest change in Pokemon's history. [Christmas 2013, p.80]
  13. Oct 5, 2013
    92
    From the first moment you boot up this game you will know you are playing the future of Pokémon.
  14. Oct 4, 2013
    92
    Pokémon comes back with another adventure, as fun and addictive as always, with a great visual evolution that suits it really well. It's yet another must-have on 3DS.
  15. 3D Visuals transformed the classic Pokemon approach in a good way. Online capabilities are top notch, this new generation will really make Pokemon fans happy.
  16. Nov 22, 2013
    90
    Pokemon X and Y are definitely two of the best games in the series to date.
  17. Nov 7, 2013
    90
    The game's campaign is quite simple to no avail, and some features should be refreshed. However, underneath its puerile skin there are hidden the best executed Pokémons with their traditionally catchy gameplay, pleasing both young and mature gamers. There's no reason for fans of the series to be hesitant, and the rest of you should know the meaning of our number nine - one of the best RPGs of the year.
  18. Oct 26, 2013
    90
    Pokemon X and Pokemon Y are the best, most refined versions of the games to date.
  19. Oct 25, 2013
    90
    Pokemon X&Y set a new high point for the series with beautiful, new 3D graphics, evolved gameplay and amazing online features. Simply put, it's the perfect opportunity to fall in love with Pokemon all over again.
  20. Oct 23, 2013
    90
    But here is X & Y, finally dragging me in with added accessibility and a visual flourish. If Pokemon’s greatest pleasure is the joy of discovery, then I’ve finally discovered it. And hooray for that.
  21. Oct 23, 2013
    90
    Thanks to it's new look, well atmosphere, loads of customizations and other changes and additions, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are very accessible RPGs, you can easily become addicted to.
  22. Oct 22, 2013
    90
    Pokémon X is easily the best game in the series since Ruby & Sapphire released nearly eleven years ago (not counting HeartGold and SoulSilver), and it’s amazing how much a touch of 3D and some potent online features can add to the tried and true formula.
  23. Oct 21, 2013
    90
    X & Y are two of the best 3DS games available and succeed in making Pokémon feel next-gen.
  24. Oct 21, 2013
    90
    Whether you’re a new or old Pokemon fan, X and Y is one of the best offerings from Game Freak yet, if not the very best.
  25. 90
    With just the right mix of nostalgia and new features, as well as beautiful, colourful graphics, and a very impressive online experience, Pokémon X and Y both offer a refreshing change to the much loved series that both newcomers and long time fans can appreciate, and these games are one of the best titles available for the 3DS system to date.
  26. Oct 16, 2013
    90
    Pokemon X doesn't necessarily represent a massive leap forward for the Pokemon franchise. Instead, it is a major improvement of existing features.
  27. Oct 15, 2013
    90
    Whether you’re battling online or plowing through the single player mode, the huge range of things to do and places to go -- along with numerous revisions and additions -- more than compensate for the games few flaws and relatively low number of new Pokémon.
  28. Oct 14, 2013
    90
    The extensive single player adventure is complemented by accessible multiplayer trading and battle.
  29. Oct 13, 2013
    90
    At a glance Pokémon X and Pokémon Y did seem like a standard leap in numbers and a new look, but upon diving into the new world, it's more than just a pair of new Pokémon games.
  30. Oct 10, 2013
    90
    Pokemon X / Y is, undoubtedly, the evolution of the species. The latest work by Game Freak fits into one of the most solid structures ever created on the handheld console, in a series that needed important innovations to dispose of the outdated mechanics. One of the best chapters since the very first adventures of the series.
  31. Oct 9, 2013
    90
    With Pokémon X and Y, GameFreak finally delivers on the big promise: a Pokémon game in which the pocket monsters actually come to life. That the game is also filled to the brim with content, makes X and Y the ultimate Pokémon generation.
  32. Oct 9, 2013
    90
    The core formula has had slow refinements enacted upon it for generations, but X/Y feel like a triumphant return to the central philosophy that made Red/Blue great – these are games about exploration, and getting in touch with that childish joy of the undiscovered. A game that prompts that in both adults and children can be considered nothing other than a success.
  33. 90
    Pokémon X & Y do not change the formula of the series but has undoubtedly modified some bases already established. Never before has there been so many novelties to come at once and this is precisely why you will want to play it.
  34. Oct 8, 2013
    90
    Nintendo brings a new generation of Pokémon on 3DS. With more depth and some new interesting take on the old formula, it succeeds in creating an engrossing and fascinating adventure.
  35. Oct 8, 2013
    90
    X&Y are familiar on the surface, but nothing about each game is untouched in Game Freak’s amazing Pokémon revolution.
  36. Oct 7, 2013
    90
    The best main Pokémon series entry in years, X and Y sees several new features breathe life into a process that had grown stale and stagnant. Newcomers and longtime trainers alike should be able to find the joy in catching ’em all once again.
  37. Oct 5, 2013
    90
    In 1996 Game Freak created some kind of a ritual that still remains untouched today with Pokémon X and Y, which, besides being the most ambitious game in the series, is the cherry on top for a spectacular year for 3DS.
  38. Oct 4, 2013
    90
    These caveats aside, Pokemon X and Y is a very successful update for the venerable series, and actually, it compares rather favorably to Diamond and Pearl in terms of content out of the box (not as much Black and White, which had half a continent to explore after the Elite 4 was done).
  39. Oct 4, 2013
    90
    That aside, X and Y are great editions to the Pokemon franchise, ideal for gamers who walked away from the series and hardcore fans who have been there the whole way. On that note, generation six is a mega evolution of its own. With this in mind, we highly recommend X and Y for any Pokemon fan or 3DS owner looking to complete their game collections.
  40. Oct 4, 2013
    90
    Once again, Game Freak hits the nail squarely on the head, making Pokémon X and Y an excellent new addition to the series' expansive library.
  41. Oct 4, 2013
    90
    The jump to 3D does wonders for a series that was starting to show its age, with a host of new monsters and revamped old ones pulling together to create a completionist's worst nightmare and a Pokémaniac's dream game.
  42. 90
    The best new Pokémon for a decade and a game of exquisite depth and longevity, with visuals and online options that finally do the series justice.
  43. Oct 4, 2013
    90
    Whether you've wrangled dozens of Charmanders or couldn't pick a Pikachu out of a Safari Zone lineup, Pokémon X/Y is hands-down the best in the series.
  44. Oct 4, 2013
    90
    The finest expression of Satoshi Tajiri's obsessive vision yet. The transition to 3D is smooth and natural and the multitudinous additions to the proven formula will excite even the most jaded Pokémon fanatic.
  45. Oct 4, 2013
    90
    Pokémon X and Y are the best Pokémon versions ever made. The new 3D graphics are astounding and the nostalgia effect when playing many of the most famous first/second generation Pokémon is overwhelming. The ultimate evolution of the series, a new standard for every Pokémon game to come.
  46. Oct 4, 2013
    90
    Game Freak has really outdone itself this time, and Pokemon X and Y will be remembered as great transition point for the series’ transformation into an even more social, beautiful, and strategic game.
  47. Oct 4, 2013
    90
    A new graphics engine takes the lead in a sixth generation that brings along tons of new Pokémons, new gameplay elements and the same old-school combat style that has earned a die hard fanbase for more than 20 years. It's Pokemon at his best, a must-have for both fans and 3DS owners.
  48. Oct 4, 2013
    88
    It still feels like a Pokémon game, but the ease of player control, the updated art direction, 3D graphics, and the scaling of the world make everything more inviting, attractive, and fun. It’s a great stepping-on point for new trainers, and a worthwhile continuing adventure for those who know what to expect.
  49. Oct 21, 2013
    85
    It's the same old Pokemon that you know and love, but shinier than ever thanks to the graphics. X and Y doesn't shake the age-old formula up when you examine it closely, but it really doesn't need to as it shifts the franchise into a more modern age.
  50. Oct 21, 2013
    85
    This is the well rounded Pokémon adventure I was longing for. An absolutely worthy gift for the 15th birthday of the series.
  51. Oct 20, 2013
    85
    Pokemon X & Y set a new standard for Pokemon games to come.
  52. Nov 3, 2013
    84
    Pokémon X/Y offers the same core experience, only better and sleeker than before. Loads of new features, quicker progression, and an emphasis on connectivity all help lift it above its predecessors.
  53. Oct 4, 2013
    82
    Pokémon X and Y might mark a big visual jump for the series, but the structure remains steadfast in its dedication to tradition.
  54. Dec 12, 2013
    80
    Even if Pokémon X & Y has graphics in 3D and several other gameplay innovations it is still the same core experience as before. Focus is as always on catching them all and it is still an addictive experience. The difficulty bar is lower than before, the online functions more present and the gameplay mechanics better realised.
  55. Dec 11, 2013
    80
    For the first time in a long time, Pokémon has taken a real step towards pushing the series forward.
  56. 80
    Pokémons once again stay true to their roots while bringing updated graphics, alongside with a few smaller evolutionary changes. They remain highly playable and this time, they're even more accessible to new players. [Issue#236]
  57. 80
    Pokémon X and Y makes the classic series feel brand new.
  58. Oct 30, 2013
    80
    The sixth Pokémon generation’s leap into three dimensions is a godsend, maintaining a recognisable experience while giving the aesthetic experience much-needed depth and dynamism. Even with this new presentation, though, the seventeen-year-old core remains the same – a trusty old heart that doesn’t really need to change.
  59. Oct 21, 2013
    80
    Even though Pokemon X is undoubtedly the strongest entry in the series yet, after 14 years of playing with a basically unchanged formula, I kind of expected something more.
  60. Oct 20, 2013
    80
    This game will likely be remembered as the biggest leap forward for the franchise, an amazingly smooth and altogether necessary transformation in presentation that does well to preserve the nostalgia that comprises much of the series's lifeblood.
  61. Oct 10, 2013
    80
    The major change is the aesthetics, but Nintendo has worked on so many minor adjustments and tweaks that Pokémon feels.. changed. In a good way.
  62. Oct 5, 2013
    80
    Pokemon X and Y benefit greatly from their leap to a fully 3D world, and have plenty to offer both veterans and novices alike.
  63. 80
    Pokémon X and Y is an odd pair of games to quantify because, on one hand, they are still solid entries in an incredible JRPG series and they offer some select new features that go above and beyond to make this feel like a brand new generation. On the other hand, inconsistent presentation, insubstantial core innovation, a low Pokémon count, and a minimal post-game keep them from achieving the total nirvana that this series has always been capable of.
  64. Oct 4, 2013
    80
    Like a faint Pikachu attempting to escape a rare Poke Ball, Pokemon X shouldn't fail to draw you in and hold on tight, even though it's not quite the mega evolution we were expecting.
  65. Oct 4, 2013
    80
    Though they don't reinvent the core concept of the franchise, they do a fantastic job of cleaning up the aging mechanics and creating a Pokémon world you'd be crazy not to explore.
  66. Oct 4, 2013
    80
    In the games’ improved communication features, too, X and Y are truer to their narrative’s ethos: the joy of sharing moments of beauty and surprise with others. It’s a delightful message to send to a new generation of players, many of whom are just starting out on their own gaming journey.
  67. Oct 22, 2013
    78
    Pokemon X & Y insert a lot of new concepts in the series, making this Pokemon game another very good RPG.
  68. Why there are so few new Pokémon and such an emphasis on the old ones is really up to speculation, but all I know is that there’s a Chespin out there who needs a pet.
  69. Oct 4, 2013
    70
    Despite the nagging feeling that something's missing, Pokémon X and Y make some huge leaps forward for both the competitive and casual crowds. I just wish these games felt as complete as their predecessors.
  70. Oct 28, 2013
    60
    Pokémon X/Y is a marvelous refinement of a tried and true concept, both larger and better than its predecessors. Despite this, it is unmistakenly a repetition of that old concept, one which may be past its prime in the presence of contemporary iterations on the concept, such as Skylanders or Ni No Kuni.
  71. Oct 25, 2013
    60
    There’s a good game in Pokemon X, and fans looking for another game near-identical to the ones before it likely won’t find issue with a lot of the dusty trimmings and transparent battle system. If you want to get into into the new stat rebuilding features and grind out tons of easy battles to prep for high-level online multiplayer, it’s never been easier to do so. But for all else, the game’s excellent visuals belie the frustratingly old-fashioned design. RPG folk can find better times on their 3DS.
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 551 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 141
  1. Oct 12, 2013
    10
    I made an account just so I can express how brilliant this game is, everyone I know bought a 3ds for this game and they wee not disappointed. This game tweaks every single nit-pick that the previous entries in the series had. Character customization? Check. Diagonal walking? Check. Ability to run from start? Check. Incredibly sped up gameplay? Check. Brilliant graphics? Check. Ability to challenge anyone anywhere? Check. this game is truly one of the greatest RPGs of all time, it introduces new elements while improving on past elements, and fulfills every wish I had for it. Get this game now. Full Review »
  2. Oct 16, 2013
    4
    I'm writing this AFTER I beat the game so for those who have not beat it please vote after you finish E4 and see if you agree.
    I will save my
    compliments as I know it's a great game but the major flaw is that it lacks replay value, after you beat E4, there's literally nothing to do that's sparks people as OOOO this is fun.

    Let's take a look at Soul Silver and Heart Gold, after you beat the game, you get to explore Kanto, the game opens up a whole new world, all the gym now offers toughened up rematchs, all the variety of legendary you can catch from previous generations. X and Y has nothing

    Another flaw is that the Kalos Pokemon doesn't stand out, the game throws in pokemon from previous generation from the beginning and natually people will capture ones the recognize, take a look at black and white, they give you pokemon from previous gen at a much later time this forces players to use and familiarize pokemon from this generation, I have found myself a party full of pokemon from previous generations because why risk it when I know what pokemon works?

    and then there's the starters, if you count the Torchic giving to you by gift, they give you 4 starters, that's ABSURD, it completely devalues your starter pokemon.

    There are flaws that keep me from spending more than 20 hours on it when each game previously would take me 100 hours each, great game, but needs work
    Full Review »
  3. Oct 12, 2013
    10
    This game is pretty amazing. First off, it is in 3d. This means that the game looks wonderful. I,ve been a fan of pokemon for a long time now and this game is what i've always wanted. Full Review »