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Top 6 Reasons to Get Back Into Pokemon

Justin Clouse | 25 Oct 2013 21:00
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Pokemon X and Y 4

As some folks may have picked up from my review, it's been a while since I've last played a Pokemon game - all the way back to Red/Blue. If you want to read my full review of the game you can find it here, but it's actually been a really fascinating jump to see what some 15 odd years of innovation and iteration has done to the franchise. While I've been playing, there's been several key elements that stood out as the best reasons to jump back into Pokemon if you're like me and have been on hiatus from the series for quite some time.

New Graphics

Even if you're the sort to turn off the 3D effects of the the 3DS, the new Pokemon X and Y still looks excellent. The sprites of older generations have been lovingly recreated and animated into 3D models. This makes battles more visually exciting to watch, even over and over again while grinding, and also makes the world more interesting to explore. Changing from the traditional top-down camera, the focus will even rotate at times to give you a better view of the surroundings.

Better Pokemon Variety

Oh look, another Metapod. While I can't speak for how this has played out in other more recent titles, the variety of Pokemon, especially in the early game, has been much improved in Pokemon X and Y. The first few sections of grass and forest are stocked with all kinds of Pokemon species, meaning you don't need to rely on the same early catches to fight the first several gym leaders or even just have a team that doesn't look like it did the last time. Although if you are nostalgic for a few old favorites, most of them are there to be caught and Pokemon X and Y even gives you a second starter Pokemon from the original trio: Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle.

Easier to Jump Into

Pokemon X and Y offers a number of improvements for making the world of Pokemon just a little easier to get into. Mostly this is done through offering a bunch of key items earlier in the play experience. Roller-skates are unlocked within the first several hours of starting Pokemon X and Y, and the all important bicycle is earned not much longer afterwards. This makes getting around the world a lot faster and easier. The other major item you get is the EXP Share. This splits up the experience of the Pokemon that participated in the battle with the rest of the team, making it easier to power up a weaker Pokemon later on without returning to earlier zones or focus on a strong starter for an area without the rest of your team lagging behind.

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