Pokemon X and Y Review - Catch 'Em All Again

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Pokemon X and Y Review - Catch 'Em All Again

Our review of the Pokemon world's big step into 3D.

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the strangest part of this experience so far is doing all of this pretty much globally blind, to the point where we're just making a mad scramble to figure out how to build our pokemon

at least they included the reset punching bags for stat training purposes

it's the weird dance of 1 step forward, 2 steps backwards all over again but this time, they made more steps forward than backwards.
I don't understand how team pokemon seems to have such a hard time to get a freaking menu right.
There's just no excuse for having menus freeze the game up nowadays but they topped it by requiring wireless connection enabled in order to utilize a mostly single player feature hidden behind 2 menu points.

Also you can finally -FINALLY- pick a language but you can only do so once. WHY?!

Good game though.

Not really sold on the pokemon amie thing or the super training dealy.
They're not too bad, and the training thing is nice to see your effort stats or whatever you pokemon players call it.

Weaver:
Not really sold on the pokemon amie thing or the super training dealy.
They're not too bad, and the training thing is nice to see your effort stats or whatever you pokemon players call it.

You get an experience bonus the more your pokemon likes you in that amie thing.

Weaver:
Not really sold on the pokemon amie thing or the super training dealy.
They're not too bad, and the training thing is nice to see your effort stats or whatever you pokemon players call it.

loa:

You get an experience bonus the more your pokemon likes you in that amie thing.

Experience bonus, higher chance of critical hits, a chance at surviving knockout attacks... pretty good benefits to stuffing its face for two minutes a day.

http://www.serebii.net/xy/pokemonamie.shtml

Is the plot still the same story telling.

player goes to mom
player heads to "insert" lab
player joins with professor "insert name" here
player has 1 (sometimes 2) rival to get one of 3 (fire, water, grass) the ususal happens
player wants to get 8 gym badges then go up to elite four then go on to champ.
player goes against team (insert name here) who want to do something. (from what i hear its no difference)

Oh i can make a list! but lets say did any of these story change a lot.

I don't think I need more reviews. Looking at the screenshots, I can barely hold my wallet from going open and getting the game for me. Literally. I mean, it even grew legs. Is that right?

Loop Stricken:

Experience bonus, higher chance of critical hits, a chance at surviving knockout attacks... pretty good benefits to stuffing its face for two minutes a day.

http://www.serebii.net/xy/pokemonamie.shtml

Oh dear, the rngs.
Does that kinda stuff also apply to pvp?
Cause the last thing I know is that people hate themselves some evasion rates and such.

alik44:
Is the plot still the same story telling.

player goes to mom
player heads to "insert" lab
player joins with professor "insert name" here
player has 1 (sometimes 2) rival to get one of 3 (fire, water, grass) the ususal happens
player wants to get 8 gym badges then go up to elite four then go on to champ.
player goes against team (insert name here) who want to do something. (from what i hear its no difference)

Oh i can make a list! but lets say did any of these story change a lot.

The story hasn't changed dramatically. It's slightly different insofar as you get 2 starters (one of the new ones and one of the original trio (or just Charmander, cuz who is dumb enough to get either of the other two)) and it's spaced out a bit differently, but the overall story is pretty much the same.

The new team of bad guys is Team Flare this time around, and they're fabulous (and yes, I do mean to convey that with the stereotypical Big Gay Al lisp).

Loop Stricken:
Experience bonus, higher chance of critical hits, a chance at surviving knockout attacks... pretty good benefits to stuffing its face for two minutes a day.

http://www.serebii.net/xy/pokemonamie.shtml

Does it really only take two minutes a day? I tried it for a bit but it seemed like everything I did was cancelled out within five minutes.

Granted, I did tease little Chespin by holding the poffin thing just out of his reach and I did "accidentally" poke him in the eye a few times, but still...

BanicRhys:

Loop Stricken:
Experience bonus, higher chance of critical hits, a chance at surviving knockout attacks... pretty good benefits to stuffing its face for two minutes a day.

http://www.serebii.net/xy/pokemonamie.shtml

Does it really only take two minutes a day? I tried it for a bit but it seemed like everything I did was cancelled out within five minutes.

Granted, I did tease little Chespin by holding the poffin thing just out of his reach and I did "accidentally" poke him in the eye a few times, but still...

You play the minigames to reset the number of times you can interact with your mons.

So the pattern for those trying to speed bond goes like this: 4 cakes, pet until hearts stop appearing, play a game, repeat. Affection should max after 20-30 minutes if you have the high quality cakes.

Raine_sage:

BanicRhys:

Loop Stricken:
Experience bonus, higher chance of critical hits, a chance at surviving knockout attacks... pretty good benefits to stuffing its face for two minutes a day.

http://www.serebii.net/xy/pokemonamie.shtml

Does it really only take two minutes a day? I tried it for a bit but it seemed like everything I did was cancelled out within five minutes.

Granted, I did tease little Chespin by holding the poffin thing just out of his reach and I did "accidentally" poke him in the eye a few times, but still...

You play the minigames to reset the number of times you can interact with your mons.

So the pattern for those trying to speed bond goes like this: 4 cakes, pet until hearts stop appearing, play a game, repeat. Affection should max after 20-30 minutes if you have the high quality cakes.

Reminds me of pokeawesome, where we just stuff pokemon full of poffins instead of real food... And somehow they like that? Seems off to me.

alik44:
Is the plot still the same story telling.

player goes to mom
player heads to "insert" lab
player joins with professor "insert name" here
player has 1 (sometimes 2) rival to get one of 3 (fire, water, grass) the ususal happens
player wants to get 8 gym badges then go up to elite four then go on to champ.
player goes against team (insert name here) who want to do something. (from what i hear its no difference)

Oh i can make a list! but lets say did any of these story change a lot.

Mom tells you to get your ass outside and go play with your friends essentially.
You get your pokemon thanks to your friends giving you one as a gift.
You meet the professor later in the game who gives you a kanto starter.
4 rivals
Player is just travelling with his friends, rivaling his neighbor selena.
Flare wants to literally drain the life force of all pokemon in order to use that stored life energy to incinerate the entire world in cataclysmic blasts so only "beauty" remains from the ashes of corruption.

So yeah... things do change, it's a very VERY good game.

Loop Stricken:

Weaver:
Not really sold on the pokemon amie thing or the super training dealy.
They're not too bad, and the training thing is nice to see your effort stats or whatever you pokemon players call it.

loa:

You get an experience bonus the more your pokemon likes you in that amie thing.

Experience bonus, higher chance of critical hits, a chance at surviving knockout attacks... pretty good benefits to stuffing its face for two minutes a day.

http://www.serebii.net/xy/pokemonamie.shtml

My gripe is it takes a lot longer than two minutes for all 6 of your pokemon.
I wanted to play Pokemon, not some berry matching mini game.

Weaver:

Loop Stricken:

Weaver:
Not really sold on the pokemon amie thing or the super training dealy.
They're not too bad, and the training thing is nice to see your effort stats or whatever you pokemon players call it.

loa:

You get an experience bonus the more your pokemon likes you in that amie thing.

Experience bonus, higher chance of critical hits, a chance at surviving knockout attacks... pretty good benefits to stuffing its face for two minutes a day.

http://www.serebii.net/xy/pokemonamie.shtml

My gripe is it takes a lot longer than two minutes for all 6 of your pokemon.
I wanted to play Pokemon, not some berry matching mini game.

I like the picture puzzle one, personally.

Agayek:

alik44:
Is the plot still the same story telling.

player goes to mom
player heads to "insert" lab
player joins with professor "insert name" here
player has 1 (sometimes 2) rival to get one of 3 (fire, water, grass) the ususal happens
player wants to get 8 gym badges then go up to elite four then go on to champ.
player goes against team (insert name here) who want to do something. (from what i hear its no difference)

Oh i can make a list! but lets say did any of these story change a lot.

(one of the new ones and one of the original trio (or just Charmander, cuz who is dumb enough to get either of the other two))

I picked Squirtle...Blastoise's Mega Evo is literally a tank... so you can have your shinier Dragon, while i blast it of the sky ;)

OT: Loving the game so far, seems it will have a lot more replayability post-game, which BW/BW2 was pretty lacking in.

Agayek:

The story hasn't changed dramatically. It's slightly different insofar as you get 2 starters (one of the new ones and one of the original trio (or just Charmander, cuz who is dumb enough to get either of the other two)) and it's spaced out a bit differently, but the overall story is pretty much the same.

The new team of bad guys is Team Flare this time around, and they're fabulous (and yes, I do mean to convey that with the stereotypical Big Gay Al lisp).

CharrHearted:

Mom tells you to get your ass outside and go play with your friends essentially.
You get your pokemon thanks to your friends giving you one as a gift.
You meet the professor later in the game who gives you a kanto starter.
4 rivals
Player is just travelling with his friends, rivaling his neighbor selena.
Flare wants to literally drain the life force of all pokemon in order to use that stored life energy to incinerate the entire world in cataclysmic blasts so only "beauty" remains from the ashes of corruption.

So yeah... things do change, it's a very VERY good game.

Hmm from what little of the game i saw so far. the game does change but it only seem to be the team flare, who so far are coming more noticeable( then again, the teams from others series are always going to be more interesting than anything else). but aside from them everything else, while its is change. as Agayek told before, not much has changed much.

arc1991:
I picked Squirtle...Blastoise's Mega Evo is literally a tank... so you can have your shinier Dragon, while i blast it of the sky ;)

Congratulations on being demonstrably wrong.

Mega Charizard Y > Any form of tank

It's science.

Agayek:

alik44:
Is the plot still the same story telling.

player goes to mom
player heads to "insert" lab
player joins with professor "insert name" here
player has 1 (sometimes 2) rival to get one of 3 (fire, water, grass) the ususal happens
player wants to get 8 gym badges then go up to elite four then go on to champ.
player goes against team (insert name here) who want to do something. (from what i hear its no difference)

Oh i can make a list! but lets say did any of these story change a lot.

The story hasn't changed dramatically. It's slightly different insofar as you get 2 starters (one of the new ones and one of the original trio (or just Charmander, cuz who is dumb enough to get either of the other two)) and it's spaced out a bit differently, but the overall story is pretty much the same.

The new team of bad guys is Team Flare this time around, and they're fabulous (and yes, I do mean to convey that with the stereotypical Big Gay Al lisp).

Oh geez the flamboyism from them is laughable. To me they're more like the shows Team Rocket.

Agayek:

arc1991:
I picked Squirtle...Blastoise's Mega Evo is literally a tank... so you can have your shinier Dragon, while i blast it of the sky ;)

Congratulations on being demonstrably wrong.

Mega Charizard Y > Any form of tank

It's science.

This is Pokemon...Fuck Science.

RaikuFA:
Oh geez the flamboyism from them is laughable. To me they're more like the shows Team Rocket.

Seriously. It's all sorts of hilarious. It does kinda make me wish Jessie or James would pop out somewhere decked out in the bright red suit though.

arc1991:
This is Pokemon...Fuck Science.

Which is why the fire pokemon is all kinds of better than the water pokemon :P

Agayek:

RaikuFA:
Oh geez the flamboyism from them is laughable. To me they're more like the shows Team Rocket.

Seriously. It's all sorts of hilarious. It does kinda make me wish Jessie or James would pop out somewhere decked out in the bright red suit though.

arc1991:
This is Pokemon...Fuck Science.

Which is why the fire pokemon is all kinds of better than the water pokemon :P

As i said, have your false Dragon (Mega evolution doesn't count! Charizard on his own is false...FALSE I TELL YOU!) Meanwhile, i am quite contempt with my Armoured Attack Tortoise with a giant tank barrel on its back ;).

arc1991:
[quote="Agayek" post="6.831083.20282340"]This is Pokemon...Fuck Science.

The entire reason you're on your Pokeventure is for science.

BanicRhys:

arc1991:
[quote="Agayek" post="6.831083.20282340"]This is Pokemon...Fuck Science.

The entire reason you're on your Pokeventure is for science.

Yeh...Science in the world of Pokemon, which is vastly different to ours :P

When we can make tiny little balls that can grow and shrink at the touch of a button, while containing, lets say...an Elephant? Then get back to me ;)

Really wish there were more pokemon with voices rather than sound clips. Anyone know if there are any others besides pikachu? Seriously, I'd pay for some pokemon voice dlc...

-Dragmire-:
Really wish there were more pokemon with voices rather than sound clips. Anyone know if there are any others besides pikachu? Seriously, I'd pay for some pokemon voice dlc...

Think Pikachu is the only one, i think they were referencing Pokemon Yellow with that little touch, but it would of been nice to maybe have Pichu, Raichu, and the original starters and there evolutions voices as well.

arc1991:

-Dragmire-:
Really wish there were more pokemon with voices rather than sound clips. Anyone know if there are any others besides pikachu? Seriously, I'd pay for some pokemon voice dlc...

Think Pikachu is the only one, i think they were referencing Pokemon Yellow with that little touch, but it would of been nice to maybe have Pichu, Raichu, and the original starters and there evolutions voices as well.

I do know that Mewtwo had his cry adjusted.

People always say "Casuals can just play a bit and still have fun" while hardcore can min max and make an epic team. But they forget, there is NO reason to make a min maxed team. The casuals who buy it mean they cant make any boss challenging, so you can beat every boss in every pokemon game by using a pokemon who is WEAK to the boss your fighting.

Oh no, this review was not a perfect score. If Pokemon fans are any thing like gta5 fans brace your self for a riot.

saintdane05:

arc1991:

-Dragmire-:
Really wish there were more pokemon with voices rather than sound clips. Anyone know if there are any others besides pikachu? Seriously, I'd pay for some pokemon voice dlc...

Think Pikachu is the only one, i think they were referencing Pokemon Yellow with that little touch, but it would of been nice to maybe have Pichu, Raichu, and the original starters and there evolutions voices as well.

I do know that Mewtwo had his cry adjusted.

Pokemon from Gen 1 to 3 have had there crys adjusted, so they don't sound like 2 bit sounds. They sound more animal like, like Pokemon have since gen 4. I first noticed with the kanto starters :P but the biggest change i have heard is Vileplume, which doesn't sound so demonic anymore :P

Slycne:
It gets a little grating that things like buying and selling items or depositing and withdrawing Pokémon from storage requires navigating back out to the previous menu. I'm already putting Pokemon in the box, why can't I just pick them up as well.

Hey Justin. If you hit "organize box" instead of deposit or withdraw pokemon, you can actually move pokemon around between your boxes and your party from the one screen. It's not very intuitive, and as it makes the deposit and withdraw options redundant, i'm not sure whey they kept them in...

Been enjoying it so far, its a bit easier due to EXP Share being able to spread half EXP to all Pokemon without gimping the exp the winner gets, but it really tones down the grind drastically (as in, almost no grinding at all)

Also did my first competitive battle with SkarKrow and I got whooped! Oh well, practice makes perfect and SkarKrow has had much more experience with these than me, I'll get him one day.

Rainbow_Dashtruction:
People always say "Casuals can just play a bit and still have fun" while hardcore can min max and make an epic team. But they forget, there is NO reason to make a min maxed team. The casuals who buy it mean they cant make any boss challenging, so you can beat every boss in every pokemon game by using a pokemon who is WEAK to the boss your fighting.

Except the min/maxing isn't for the PvE stuff. It's all for the competitive scene. The PvE is there for the casuals and people who don't want to min/max to play around with and have fun (and it's what I do pretty much exclusively), while the competitive online battles and PvP are there for the hardcore who thrive on the complexity and depth of the battle system.

9 out of 10. 9 OUT OF 10!!! how dare you sir, the lowest possible score this game can receive is a 11 out of 10.

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