The latest instalment of the Pokemon XY RPG battle games on the 3DS.
The beginning the game follows it’s predecessors’ tradition, Choose a Male or Female character and your name. You start out in your home after just moving into town with your Mother, and as usual good ol’ Ma tells you to go out and seek a person who will get you a Pokemon. Once you have met your source and gained your Pokemon, you are wished well and given some supplies from Mother as she encourages you to go out and seek your destiny and adventure, to become a Pokemon trainer.
Looking at it’s best ever the villages, towns and people are rippling with life. Stop by at Inns, shops, people’s house and talk to everyone you see. You sometimes gain advice or techniques and two times out of five you are rewarded for doing so, whether it’s a potion, fruit, command to teach your Pokemon a new move, Poke-balls etc, etc, there is a huge variety of thing’s to collect and people to meet.
You meet many trainers on your quest and often you are stopped in your tracks to do battle with them. Turned based battle games for me have not been very easy to get into, but even the newest of experienced gamers will soon be running their battles like clock work. This will in turn open up to a huge world in turn based battle games out there, including the always visually stunning and epic Final Fantasy series.
The battle system itself is simple, choose options from the screen and take it in turns to peck, scratch, whip, stun, paralyze. Then there are more magical moves where you can use elemental moves to damage your opponent, like fire, water, wind, electricity, laser etc. The sequence of these moves is stunning in 3D, both your Pokemon and it’s power feel like they are about to burst out of screen, never before has a Pokemon game had this much depth, it really is a visual treat.
As you defeat opponents your Pokemon level up and can take more damage and return more damage. Later down the line when you get to a certain level your Pokemon will want to evolve, making it a bigger, stronger Pokemon with new features.
You will meet wild Pokeman on your way, that will spring out at you from anywhere forcing you into battle, this is oppurtunity to catch a new Pokemon when it’s energy it’s low, and add to your party and Pokedex, which records different species of Pokemon.
Some areas are maze like and a dead end or can’t be accessed until one of your Pokemon has learnt a special move. You will have to navigate your way through these areas, and sometimes you will see Poke-balls scattered about the place, each one containing different items.
It is a hard game to put down once you start playing it and you will soon be racking up hours of gameplay, and, the huge amount of Pokemon to try to catch, will have you hooked.
So how much has changed? The basics have stayed the same and while it’s similar to the previous titles, this is a very welcome addition, using the 3D for the beautiful visual’s and battles it really does look it’s best, and it still looks great in 2D on a 2DS.
Some features on this title are:
Receive a gift; go on a Local, infrared connection or use a code to see if a gift has been left for you, which you can then use you may end up with a special Pokemon to add to your party.
Live competition: Where you can participate in official competitions and other events.