RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
Yesterday, The Pokemon Company released the official rules for this season’s Video Game Championship, setting my mind to planning my first competitive team in half a decade.
Most of the rules were expected: We will still be using 2 on 2 battles; Pokemon will be level 50; and mega-evolutions are clear for takeoff. What came as a surprise was the ruling that only Pokemon from the Coastal, Central, or Mountain Kalos Pokédex will be allowed. [...]
This article deals directly with some major plot points in Pokémon X and Pokemon Y. Consider this your spoiler warning.
I spent this past week trying to catch up on playing some other games to review, but I did get back into Pokemon just long enough to witness one of the most profound scenes in any of the games to date: AZ’s tale. [...]
The Story Thus Far
I thought that after Pokémon Black and White (1 and 2) we had established a new precedent for Pokémon games. But here I am, seven badges into Pokémon X, and I still don’t feel the story has gone anywhere.
Sure, I have my friends, and we’re doing the whole “grow-up on your adventure” shtick. Team Flare caused a few problems, but we stopped each one and moved along. For a while, I thought Mega-Evolution was going to be the center of the plot, but then I unlocked it in a pretty anti-climactic scene that failed to make it feel rare or special. I mean, all I had to do was beat a mid-level Gym Leader, which is not a particularly high hurtle to overcome. [...]
This week was the first that really tested me. Not in the sense that I came up against difficult challenges in-game, but rather, it’s beginning to get hard to find enough time to play.
Just like an MMO, Pokémon is the kind of game that begs to be played almost to the exclusion of all other games. That’s a particularly hard obstacle to overcome when you run a gaming blog. But despite other games crying out for me to review them, I still made for Pokémon X. [...]
I don’t know how so many of my friends are already on the Elite 4, when I’m still battling for badges after playing for the same length of time. Maybe I’m spending more time in the tall grass. Maybe I’m exploring more nooks and crannies. Or maybe I just like to stop and smell the roses more often.
The City of Lights
Despite half the town ironically being blacked out, I enjoyed running around to all the different shops and cafés in Lumiose City. Though, it was more than a little annoying to find the fashion shop wouldn’t let me buy anything because I wasn’t “stylish” enough. How the heck am I going to get more stylish if you won’t sell me cool clothes?
Today, I set out once again for a Pokemon adventure! Honestly, I don’t even know where to start. So many things happened in such a short span of time, I won’t be able to cover everything in a single review of the game. But you can find that kind of thing on a hundred other sites, right?
Here I plan to provide a week-by-week update of my progress through Pokémon X, analyzing every feature and experience I come across along the way, from picking my starter to moving into the competitive multiplayer scene. So come along, and feel free to share your own experiences with me! [...]
Finally, it’s almost here. After months of great anticipation, Pokemon X & Pokemon Y will be released worldwide this Saturday!
The excitement in the air is almost tangible as the fateful day approaches. With all the new things this generation will add to the series it’s hard to know what’s got me most hyped about the game, but here’s my best attempt to pick a top 5.
5) THE 3D
Finally, I’m excited for the way Game Freak is going to implement the main feature of the 3DS. I am a lover of the 3D feature in all the games that I have, and I’m gonna love to see it implemented as my Pokemon is wreaking havoc on some unsuspecting wild Bunnelby.
Every battle scene is going to be so pretty, completely leaving the static feel that all the series’ battles have had so far. [...]
This week Junichi Masuda talked a lot about the story and other game details, like how the 3D will be implemented. But we also have some sad news to announce this week.
Mr. Masuda said in an interview this week that the upcoming Pokemon X & Pokemon Y games will not be using the 3DS’s 3D feature while in the overworld. Masuda said that without having to worry about the 3D rendering of all the objects, they can make the Kalos region really beautiful – beauty being one of the main themes in the new games. [...]