The release of a new mainline Pokémon game is always an event, and whether it’s necessarily deserving of the accolades or not Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are no exception. For the series’ last few generations the initial games of a new generation have felt a bit lacking in substance in exchange for system updates and new content, embodied in X and Y by the stark move up to full 3D and the inclusion of a new type for the first time in 14 years while bringing the difficulty and complexity of the single-player game down to an almost insulting level. The quality and breadth of the full graphical upgrade can’t be ignored, though, and the general move to making competitive breeding more accessible to the everyman should only succeed in increasing the pool of prospective tournament competitors. If you find yourself all over every successive Pokémon release (like me), these additions will scratch your itch effectively. If you don’t mind waiting the year or two for the inevitable third title, skipping what’s effectively an early beta release may be the better option.
December 25, 2013