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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. Positive: 65 out of 69
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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
    Pokemon X and Y made me feel like I was back on the middle school playground, vying for real-life superiority in battle and communing in trade. I didn't think games could still make me feel that way — but I'm so glad to be proven wrong.
  3. 90
    New Pokémon games often introduce minor features like this but they often feel like slim justification for a new game, and are abandoned the instant a new sequel comes out. Most of X and Y’s new ideas are more substantial, or at least more fun, and help to cement this as the definitive Pokémon game of the modern age.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Oct 16, 2013
    85
    Pokémon X & Y celebrate the transition to a full 3D world. And it's a strong success. Kalos is even more alive, gains volume and credibility. The battles improve too, the creatures have never been so real, so well-animated. This and only this can make you buy those games. On the other hand, Pokémon is still the same title, and X & Y keep making the gameplay evolve little by little.
  7. Oct 25, 2013
    60
    There’s a good game in Pokemon Y, 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: 6 out of 170
  1. Nov 16, 2019
    10
    there are so many pokemon you can catch. why couldn't sword and shield be more like this?
  2. Aug 7, 2016
    10
    Poke'mon X/Y gives the Poke'mon series the shot in the arm it needed. As a lapsed fan it certainly succeeded in pulling me back in. PerhapsPoke'mon X/Y gives the Poke'mon series the shot in the arm it needed. As a lapsed fan it certainly succeeded in pulling me back in. Perhaps part of that is due to the familiar faces from Generation 1 that I had grown up with. Does that make me nostalgic? Perhaps. Does it make me a genwunner? Not really as I found some new favorites too. The most immediate impression you will have with Poke'mon X/Y is that it significantly overhauls the visuals. Battles are now rendered in full 3D and are a joy to behold.

    The Poke'mon series hasn't evolved dramatically over the years but it has added new mechanics over time that all come into play in Poke'mon X/Y. Prior games introduced things like dual types, natures, IV's and EV's, breeding, team battles, etc. It even allows you to fully customize a male or female character for the first time. Poke'mon X and Y introduces Mega Evolution that can change your poke'mon's type among other things mid-battle which adds another layer of complexity.

    Pokemon X/Y also has a robust online with additions like Wonder Trading. The slot machine like nature of wonder trade is a gamble but it can certainly pay off if people offer more than just another diglet, vulpix, or other common poke'mon.

    The story which is simple but serviceable will last you about 40 hours give or take. But I was surprised to find that playing a half hour here, a hour there, all total I had put over 600 hours into Poke'mon X. Collecting, trading, evolving and battling are as addictive as ever. The meta game in Poke'mon offers plenty of value alone. Building a team and raising their stats through super training or even just trying to collect all 700+ poke'mon. Poke'mon X and its counterpart Y are perhaps the best main entries in the series to date.
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  3. Oct 12, 2013
    10
    Any pokemon fan can get this game and enjoy. This game is pretty fun and has beautiful visuals too. Every aspect of pokemon has been improvedAny pokemon fan can get this game and enjoy. This game is pretty fun and has beautiful visuals too. Every aspect of pokemon has been improved with pokemon x and y. Expand
  4. Jan 20, 2014
    9
    This game is a great addition to the Nintendo 3DS. While there are less Pokemon than in previous titles,and the 3D mode lowers frame rate,thisThis game is a great addition to the Nintendo 3DS. While there are less Pokemon than in previous titles,and the 3D mode lowers frame rate,this is an amazing game many should plat at least once. Expand
  5. Jan 9, 2016
    8
    Pokemon Y is a really fun and colorful game. On the pus, it has a really nice art style and the cell-shading perfectly fits the Pokemon games.Pokemon Y is a really fun and colorful game. On the pus, it has a really nice art style and the cell-shading perfectly fits the Pokemon games. The characters are simple but they're fun to see on screen. The battle system has been refined to near perfection and the new Meg evolution are a blast to use. Most of the new Pokemon are really well designed and they include every generation's Pokemon which really fleshes out the choices for your team. They also decreased the need for HMs a little. The only problems are that the online interface isn't as good as it could be, and the game feels pretty easy and almost short. But Pokemon Y is a great, fun game you need to get. Expand
  6. Feb 11, 2015
    7
    This game graphically is a massive leap forward, and it probably took a lot of effort to bring all 700+ Pokemon into 3D. But is this the bestThis game graphically is a massive leap forward, and it probably took a lot of effort to bring all 700+ Pokemon into 3D. But is this the best Pokemon game ever released? NO. I've been playing pokemon for 14 years, and I've played through EVERY single generation, With no bias to the older games or the newer games.
    X and Y have the worst Story yet. The "rivals" Are incredibly irritating dumbasses that ask to battle you every 5 seconds. The story at times is so cheesy you just have to face plant into your desk. When you're supposed to feel some form of emotion for your "rivals" It just ends up making you laugh your ass off at how badly done the story is. Now what intimidating group of criminals do we get this time? Team.... Flare. Join them and be fashionable! Or you'll just be one of the many to die in a mass genocide. Seriously this is the worst criminal group in the franchises history. The game is filled with things that are meant to be surprising, But just absolutely FAIL because you know who they will be from the get-go by their looks. The leader of Team Flare is SO obvious, as is the Champion. I feel as if the story was meant for stupid people, or children under the age of 10. The game is WAY WAY WAY too easy to complete as well. This game can be done by casuals in less then 16 hours, thanks to the broken experience share. Even with the experience share off this game is not a challenge. The legendaries (No surprise) also are the weakest of the Franchise. Very little backstory is behind them, and the third one Zygarde whats the history of him? Why is he in a cavem monitoring the ground? Or, Why is he even in the game? It's almost as if Gamefreak had to design a third legendary. This games campaign is hands down the worst of the franchise. "oh its intended for children" is not a reasonable excuse, when even children hate the story mode.

    So the campaign is terrible. X and Y make up for it with the large leap in graphics, easy level grinding after beating the game, and Vastly improved Multiplayer system. The multiplayer is much more balanced, and it's much easier to get into playing this game competitively then before. If it weren't for the Massive leap in graphics, and the very very well done multiplayer system, X and Y would be in trouble. X and Y is no doubt better then Black and White, But they land as the second worse title for this franchise.
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  7. Aug 5, 2015
    0
    This game wasn't worth it, it was boring and bland, the partners are AWFUL and the theme to them is crap, Team Flare has to most stupidestThis game wasn't worth it, it was boring and bland, the partners are AWFUL and the theme to them is crap, Team Flare has to most stupidest Villan ever and the "Destory ugly" plot was awful. Expand

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