Platform: Nintendo 3DS; Rated: E; Price: $39.99;
In Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, a hero-worshipping cult once again seeks to destroy the world, but somehow thats not quite as important as you becoming the next Pokémon League Champion. This spit-and-twigs combination of intensely stoic melodrama and inevitably victorious sports film has been the core of the Pokémon series. In X and Y, the franchises newest releases, the main changes to the formula are technical.
X and Y bring Pokémon to the Nintendo 3DS for the first time, welcoming aboard a long-awaited suite of visual upgrades and enhanced features. The flat pixel art has been replaced with 3-D character models, enabling much-improved animation. Internet play has been expanded to allow instant play between online gamers; no more walking your character to a specific in-game room to initiate a network connection.
In Pokémon X and Pokémon Y there are two versions of the same game with slight differences for collectors, as per usual youll play a young Pokémon Trainer out to prove he or she has what it takes to conquer the highly competitive world of cross-species animal combat. This is a world of kids, where adults are all either blindly obsequious to the wonders of Pokémon battling, or blindly obsequious to an underground movement trying to flatten the Earth. One small twist is that your character is part of a team of kids, each with their own favorite thing about Pokémon. Naturally, your characters specialty is battling, and you will travel back and forth across a small continent catching Pokémon and challenging everyone you see to a fight.
The most interesting feature new to X and Y is that, when connected to the Internet, you will get a live list of not only your online friends playing Pokémon, but also a fresh selection of players from all over the world.
Its a shame that the interface is so ugly and baffling. The games menus and buttons take some time to master.
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