A review by Geoffrey Saotome
Kanto. Johto. Hoenn. Sinnoh. Unova….and Unova 2 cause that’s pretty much what it was. We know of these regions and the games they represent no matter what our age. Pokémon is an evolving franchise with many diverse categories, from the television show and movies to the video games we all know and love. Whether you love the Mystery Dungeon fan or an aspiring Pokémon Ranger this series has something just for you. October 12th marks a historic date in history regarding this fantastic RPG series: a worldwide release of a Pokémon game, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. This is a first for any Pokémon game as well as the first for the RPG part of the game. This new game takes place in Kalos, a region that resembles more or less Europe, Eiffel Tower and all. Now what exactly is new about this game to make it so different? Is it because the name of the game used letters instead of gem-stones or colors? Is it because it is 3DS only?
Well that’s why I’m here. Unless you have been following this game closely, you may not notice some of the big changes as well as the little ones. I’m going to point out some of the most important things that have been released so far. A thing to point out before I do. See these two Pokémon here?
These are the two main mascots for X and Y. Representing the X and Y horizontal planes. Basic maths…or geometry…or something. Anyway, it has been announced that a third legendary will make up the trio: a Snake. Sound like any letter of the alphabet? Not it’s not S. Z. X, Y and Z. Z making up the 3D plane. 3DS? Anyone? Man I’m all alone here. Anyway, let’s get started
1. The Customization Feature.
When I get a new computer, I like to fix it up so it feels comfy. I mess with my phone so it feels like I’ve had it for months. Pokémon has now brought this feature in. From Gen 1 your name was what set you apart. Gen 2 was the introduction of Females in the game. Gen 3 was Mail. Gens 4-5 changed a bit from being able to send messages, a motto on your trainer card, even being able to enter an online battle as a NPC of your choice (Ranger all day, baby). But what did Gen 6 bring to mix? Full customization. Shirts, shoes, hats, even skin color. You start out with two Caucasian choices and a tanned choice as well. Diiiiversity! On top of that there seems to be many clothing options as well. Now you have a massive jump in customization. You can put yourself into the game. That’s pretty nifty if you asked me.
2. The Fairy type
No butterfly wings? I am disappoint 😦
It’s been so long since we got a new type. Last types we got were Steel and Dark. Why? To combat the hellish legions of the sweeping psychic Pokémon. Steels brought in resistance while Darks dealt the damage. With the splitting of the stats even further between generations, Dragons have become increasingly powerful with their sweeping and revenge killing capabilities. Looking at you Garchomp. Either way, it was pretty hard to get a Dargon early in the game unless you traded or hacked the game and they were a pain to trade but if you were lucky then the game would be a breeze. Competitively most of the dragons were in the OU and even in the Uber category. Who didn’t use Rayquaza to kill the Elite 4 in Emerald? Don’t lie, most of you did. Well Game Freak said screw it and boom, Fairies. New Pokémon as well as old Pokémon got this typing. Even a new Eeveelution, Sylveon. Gardevoir, Mawile, and Marill gained this as a second typing. The new legendary Xerneas is also a Fairy type. The dragon killing deer. But this was a substantial change for the game mechanics and it could greatly impact the metagame . Fairy also does 2x Damage to Fighting and Dark but take damage from Poison and Steel….that’s a good set if I say so myself.
SHES SO PRETTY!
How precious are your Pokémon to you. From giving them haircuts, entering contests, even putting them in sports but now you can get up close and personal with them by grooming and feeding them. How does this matter in the game? Well you get bonuses. Critical hits go through or maybe your Pokémon will dodge more attacks with a boosted evasion rate. Wow, this is just amazing. Being able to get up close and personal with your Pokémon like they were right there with you. Adds the amount of caring you have to your hard trained Pokémon. This feature just seems so much more interactive and while some may see it as a useless gimmick, please refer to the fact that it has bonuses in battle. Plus the fact that you can access it pretty much anywhere seems like a good deal. No need for the Amity Square or berries to get your Pokemon to warm up to you.
4. Mega Evolutions
“It’s morphin’ time!”
“And this…is to go further beyond!!!!” Words spoken by the great Son Goku, what would happen if we took evolution from stage one or two…and pushed further? This is what you get. Mega Evolutions of some of the greatest and badass Pokémon that have walked the earth. How do you do this you ask? Easily simple really. The corresponding Pokémon must have their specific stone. Lucario needs the Lucarionite while Blaziken…yeah you get the point. Then you need the Mega Ring and Key Stone which basically initiates a Power Rangers like sequence. You pour all of your feeling in and push your Pokémon past their limits to before MEGA! Now there are draw backs to this. First off, the –nite they are hold is the only item they can hold so be careful of your strategy. Next, everybody gets one. One per battle. So choose which Pokémon will be your game changer and hope for the best!
As a side note? Look at this thing. This thing has its rape face on and is ready to tear your Pokémon in half. This thing is evil incarnate. A beast. The thing of nightmares. Hell on wheels. You get the idea. All I can say is: LET THE SWEEPING INTENSIFY!
5. The overall game mechanics and changes.
So much has changed. So much. Where to even begin. From the days of 8-bit sprites, Pokémon has continually evolved into a powerhouse through its stunning visuals as well as innovative mechanics. There are many to go over but I’ll pick out the main ones. First off, Rollerblades are a new form of transportation. It’s an interesting choice but who’s to say the bike hasn’t come back? Maybe the Rollerblades are a new form of the running shoes? Speaking of transportation, some Pokémon can be ridden in certain areas like Rhydon in mountainous regions or Gogoat in Cities. O Powers raise certain stats such as attack or the power to capture Pokémon like the Pass Power in Black and White 2. Another feature is Pokémon Bank and Transporter. Pokémon Transporter just lets you move Pokémon from Black, White and BW2 to X and Y meaning anything Ruby and up can join you in the new gen. Pokémon Bank offers a service which lets you store up to a whopping 3,000 total amount of Pokémon. You can have your children enjoy the Pokémon you raised as a kid. But there is a downside. Anytime you decide to activate the Bank, you get 30 days until January 31st. Then you have to pay. $5…it’s too much folks…it’s too much….you all know I’m kidding right? Right.
With that said, what else could they have thrown in or would throw in? Maybe bring back the Pokewalker accessory or perhaps the have the Pokémon follow you around? Maybe bring back some items or perhaps even a joint region like say Hoenn? I know I’m sure waiting for that remake and with this addition, it’ll look better than ever. Now Nintendo and Game Freak have set a new standard for their popular franchise. No long will you have to worry about spoilers about the game(unless you’re into that) or importing an early copy. Will Nintendo keep this trend going or will this be an on going this with this universe as well as the other spinoffs? All we can do is wait and find out but one thing is sure: This is a test so let’s be sure to pass it. Enjoy this sweeper to get you over.