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  • Summary: Pokemon X and Y are the first mainline Pokemon games made for the 3DS and feature a mix of Pokemon old and new as well as a trio of new starting Pokemon - a watery toad Froakie, a fiery deer Fennekin, and a grass monster Chespin.
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  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
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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  1. Negative: 11 out of 213
  1. Dec 28, 2013
    10
    Brilliant new Pokemon game bringing back all your favourite pokemon while adding new ones. Amazing new animations and graphics. I love the newBrilliant new Pokemon game bringing back all your favourite pokemon while adding new ones. Amazing new animations and graphics. I love the new music and they have made a really good story line too it! 10/10 Expand
  2. Ogr
    Oct 17, 2013
    10
    The new Pokémon is the best since Red and Blue!

    Tons of Pokémon, a lot of minigames to do, a good online feature and perfectly graphics.
    The new Pokémon is the best since Red and Blue!

    Tons of Pokémon, a lot of minigames to do, a good online feature and perfectly graphics.

    If you have ever liked Pokémon, you need this game.
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  3. 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.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. Expand
  4. Jul 1, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This got me absolutely hooked on Pokemon again. The gameplay is very much what you'd expect. Collect Pokemon, beat some evil team who keep appearing all over the place, beat a bunch of gyms and then the elite 4 but it was all very well done and kept me addicted throughout. The addition of exp share really helped make the Pokemon training less of a grind and more fun, which I love. The mega-evolutions were a great touch too. Visually this is the best Pokemon game by a country mile, the nation of Kalos is wonderful and varied and the 3D (even when not stereoscopic) is very nicely done and really helps bring the world to life. The music is great as usual but the biggest improvements come in the online play where things have been drastically improved. I've spent many an hour battling away on battle-spot and although a 6v6 option would have been a nice addition I now enjoy the faster pace of the 3v3 battles. I like all the new starter Pokemon and although there aren't too many new Pokemon this time round most of them are well designed and the fact you can get a huge chunk of the 700 odd available Pokemon on this game is a massive bonus. All in all this is a truly great game. Expand
  5. Jul 9, 2014
    8
    With amazing, colorful 3D graphics, amazing soundtrack, and new interesting Pokemon, this game is a must have on the 3ds. EV training hasWith amazing, colorful 3D graphics, amazing soundtrack, and new interesting Pokemon, this game is a must have on the 3ds. EV training has become much more approachable thanks to super training which i'm sure will make it competitive play much more approachable to new trainers. The addition of mega evolution opens up evolution to many Pokemon which makes many more Pokemon more viable options to use on your team. This game also is much more detailed than any other Pokemon game. The sprites all have motion that makes everyone feel alive in a battle setting that is just as detailed as the Pokemon. There are however some flaws which hold it back from being the best that no one ever was. Once you beat the game, there is little to do in the after game unlike previous Pokemon games, like Whitetree Hollow in White/Black 2, or how you unlocked Kanto in SoulSilver/HeartGold. You instead get a single city with its own version of a battle arena that is nothing to get excited about. There also, while well designed, fewer new Pokemon in this generation then any other, especially when the last generation had 156 to this gens 69. Luckily, there will be pokemon from every gen to catch, so don't think there will only be a few Pokemon to catch. Nevertheless, this is a game that will satisfy that Pokemon crave that we all have and deliver an enjoyable experience to any who play it. Expand
  6. Sep 4, 2014
    8
    Pokemon X and Y are excellent games that attempt to take the series to another level. However, despite multiple new additions to the game,Pokemon X and Y are excellent games that attempt to take the series to another level. However, despite multiple new additions to the game, when all is said and done, you cannot help but feel slightly disappointed and left wondering what might have been.

    Pokemon X and Y follow the same basic plot that all games preceding it have done. You take the reins as a young boy or girl in a very small town and are called away to receive a Pokemon and go on a journey. Throughout the journey, you will take on the staple 8 gyms and the default evil organisation ( this time called Team Flare), save the world and become Pokemon League champion. This is not a bad thing but story wise it is slightly bland and returning players may feel like they have seen it all before.

    Pokemon X and Y have attempted to change the whole fabric of the series by implementing a new type to the game- the fairy type and a new concept mega evolution ( where your Pokemon can take on a new form during battle). The fairy type has drawn a large amount of criticism from the millions of existing Pokemon fans but I am pleased to say that the new typing works rather well. It was brought in to balance out the strength of the dragon type which has always been lauded as the strongest. However, the new typing can only change so much because only 70 new Pokemon were added to the ever growing family. The designers have defended this by saying that the new mega evolution of Pokemon makes up for this lower number but even the number of Pokemon that can mega evolve is quite disappointing- only around 30 of the 700+ Pokemon there are. The fact that some of the already established Pokemon have become fairy types ( such as Wigglytuff and Gardevoir) almost seems like the game creators are cheating you out of some new Pokemon.

    The 70 new Pokemon are very well designed with a good mix ranging from the standard bird type Pokemon Fletchling to the floating sword Aegislash and the cute charm of the electric mouse Dedenne. However, not all of these Pokemon are hits: the Pokemon Slurpuff is an odd mix between meringue and dog- that just looks odd and feels like a real stretch. Despite this, there are more hits than misses and you cannot expect everyone to like every design.
    The criticisms made thus far dwindle in comparison to the fact that there is near to no post-game gameplay. Bar searching for a few mega stones, completing a short quest in Lumiose City and battling in the Battle Maison, there is nothing to do. This is fine because the pure number of Pokemon you can catch and train in the game is very large and can make up some of the deficit but considering the extent of post-game content in Pokemon Black and White 2, you are left feeling as if the game was rushed to production and that the release should have been delayed until all the kinks were worked out.

    Two more of the new features: Super Training and Pokemon Amie consist of short mini games to assist with EV training in the former and to increase the happiness level in the latter. Super Training is fun at first but soon becomes tiresome due to the repetitive nature of the game- there is only so many times you can fire footballs at a giant Pokemon shaped balloon before it becomes tedious. Nevertheless, this can be useful for players who want to enter online tournaments and want to train their Pokemon to be ready for them. Pokemon Amie is a very good addition. During this minigame, you can play with your Pokemon in different mini games, pet your Pokemon and even feed it sweets. This area will really appeal to younger fans of the Pokemon series as well as older fans who always wanted to stroke Pikachu!
    Pokemon X and Y are presented beautifully; this is without question as the transition from 2D sprites to fully 3D animations has truly evolved. However, there are a few problems with this upgrade. Firstly, the overworld map is not in 3D ( i.e. the 3D slider has no effect)- this is an odd choice for a game on a console that is based around the use of 3D. The reason why this is done is apparent once you begin to battle with the 3D slider on. The game has a strong lag and in some moves it is almost unbearable; there have been countless times that I have thought that the game had crashed but in matter of fact it was just having to slow down the framerate to make the game playable. A real shame and something most fans will expect to be fixed come the November release of Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby.
    The Pokemon in the game still have the same 'screeching' sound that they did back in the previous generation; albeit a cleaner sound. This does not include Pikachu who now says 'Pika Pika' when entering battle and also has special sounds in Pokemon Amie. This is a great addition but also leaves you wondering why they cannot implement this for all the Pokemon in the game.
    Despite the multiple flaws in Pokemon X and Y the fact is, it is still a wonderful addition to the Pokemon franchise.
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  7. Sep 10, 2016
    0
    Overrated archaic jrpg. Pokemon games have stayed relatively the same gameplay wise after 20 years, with minor insignificant additions thatOverrated archaic jrpg. Pokemon games have stayed relatively the same gameplay wise after 20 years, with minor insignificant additions that don't fundamentally change anything. You have to understand that this kind of gameplay was acceptable back in the 80s and early 90s on the NES and SNES consoles, but gaming has advanced a lot since then. On Gameboy the 1st generation was a success mostly because of the fun concept of monster catching and the anime, as a game even back then it was nothing special, little more than a fad.

    That after 20 years, Nintendo has kept remaking the same archaic concept with minor additions and just upgrading the graphics, and the gullible masses keep buying this stuff, is buffling to me. Hugely overrated, and if you are older than 12 and still play Pokemon, something is wrong with you. I can play cute games just fine, it is not the presentation that is the issue, it is the gameplay. How can you find something so simplistic and easy/unchallenging, mentally stimulating, if you are an adult?
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