Pokémon X and Y (3DS) Box Art(http://www.pokemonxy.com)  Rated E for Everyone by the ESRB.  Pokémon is one of the longest running RPG series in video game history and Pokémon X and Y shows that it will be around for years to come.  This game has evolved more than any previous Pokémon generation before it.  With a wealth of new Pokémon and features, this is a game to get lost in.  The game takes place in the new Kalos region, which is based on France.  In the middle of the region is Lumiose City, which is the Paris of the region.  The game even has a landmark which is based on the Eifel Tower.  You and your friends set off on a journey to discover new Pokémon and all the mysteries the Kalos region holds.  Along the way you will run into Team Flare, which is the Team Rocket of this gen, and they are up to no good.  With Team Flare causing trouble, it falls to you and your friends to stop them and complete your ultimate goal of becoming a Pokémon master.

Pokémon X and Y (3DS) Box ArtPokémon X and Y (3DS) Logo(http://www.pokemonxy.com)  Rated E for Everyone by the ESRB.  Pokémon is one of the longest running RPG series in video game history and Pokémon X and Y shows that it will be around for years to come.  This game has evolved more than any previous Pokémon generation before it.  With a wealth of new Pokémon and features, this is a game to get lost in.  The game takes place in the new Kalos region, which is based on France.  In the middle of the region is Lumiose City, which is the Paris of the region.  The game even has a landmark which is based on the Eifel Tower.  You and your friends set off on a journey to discover new Pokémon and all the mysteries the Kalos region holds.  Along the way you will run into Team Flare, which is the Team Rocket of this gen, and they are up to no good.  With Team Flare causing trouble, it falls to you and your friends to stop them and complete your ultimate goal of becoming a Pokémon master.



Graphics:
One of the biggest changes to the Pokémon X and Y is that it is now in 3D.  You can move in 3D and battle in 3D.  This has made Pokémon a much more engaging experience to watch because it allows the freedom for more cinematic moments.  The cinematic feel is apparent in the attacks, like Earthquake which in previous games was just the screen shaking, and now shows the actual ground shake as well as cracks in the ground that show that the Earthquake is violent.  All the Pokémons, new and old, look gorgeous in 3D and because the old ones are now in 3D and they feel refreshed.  Not only do all the Pokémon look great, the humans and environments made the transition into 3D beautifully.  Although making Pokémon 3D was a good choose, it can cause some very aggravating camera angles, especially in Lumiose City. Pokémon has also always been known for bright colors, but Pokémon X and Y have found a way to make the game even more colorful.  There are different color grasses and brushes that are all bright and really pop in the new 3D.

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Sound:
Pokémon has been known for not evolving the sound, but that is not the case in this game.  The Pokémon calls in previous games were terrible and sounded like they had never changed from the mid 90’s. But in Pokémon X and Y, they all sound more natural and Pikachu even says his name and it is adorable. The sound has taken a big leap from previous generations and it is really nice to see Game Freak put the efforts in sounds in evolving the series.  The battle music is as catchy as always, but seems to be a little more electronic sounding.  This is neither good nor bad, but it sure does stand out as something different from previous titles.  The sound is a nice touch and makes you want to leave the sound on even if in previous titles it didn’t feel necessary. 

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Gameplay:
Nothing has changed more than the gameplay in Pokémon X and Y.  The sound and graphics are a major improvement, but the gameplay takes the cake.  There are so many new innovations in the gameplay to make the game more fun and new, yet familiar.  The best thing about all the new innovations are that no matter how many there are and how much the game may have changed, it hasn’t changed the feel.  This is undoubtedly a Pokémon game through and through. 

The biggest innovation in Pokémon X and Y is the addition of Mega Evolutions.  These evolutions are specific to around 30 Pokémon and were created for balancing and fan service.  Mega Evolutions are temporary evolutions of fully evolved Pokémon like Pinsir and Charzard.  These evolutions are done with specific items that the Pokémon hold and then activated with a “Mega Ring” you wear.  Pinsir, for instance, is normally a Bug type, but if he is holding the Pinsirite and you activate Mega Evolution he evolves mid fight and becomes Bug/Flying.  This isn’t the only change to Pinsir; Mega Pinsir also gets a new ability and a huge stat boost.  This adds a whole new layer of strategy to the Pokémon meta game and really adds a new layer of fun to the game. 

Trading has always been a huge part of Pokémon; some Pokémon can only evolve through trades.  This game has made trading much easier.  The GTS (Global Trade Station) is now accessible anywhere, which is a huge improvement over previous games where you had to go to a specific location and trade there. Along with the improvements to the GTS, there is also something called Wonder Trade.  Wonder Trade is a new random trade mechanic.  You log into Wonder Trade and pick a Pokémon you would like to trade, then a random player who is also doing Wonder Trade is selected and then you will trade the Pokémon you selected.  Right now it is a little on the rough side and most of the time you will just get common Pokémon. But as time goes on and more people start breeding, you will be able to get some really awesome Pokémon.  Other improvements have been made to the trade system, because it can fully use the abilities of the 3DS.  These are minor improvements, but they are a welcome improvement none the less.

Other improvements like the addition of Roller Blades, which are not only used for transportation, but also can be used to do tricks.  These tricks are silly and unnecessary, but are fun to do regardless.  Fairy type Pokémon was also introduced to this game. This gives a nice counter to Dragon type Pokémon and made Poison type Pokémon a little better, but overall was not the biggest change surprisingly.  Horde Battles are another new addition to Pokémon X and Y and are a fun addition, but not a necessity to driving the series forward.  Horde Battles are random battles that happen in grass and result in you getting attacked by five lower level Pokémon.  It is fun, but can be a pain if you don’t have any moves that attack all enemies.  There is also something called Super Training to help train EVs (Effort Values), and it is an amazing addition and makes training your Pokémon a breeze.   By doing simple mini games,  you can improve your Pokémon’s stats quickly and efficiently.

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Most of Pokémon X and Y has been a great improvement, but there are a few things that are not perfect.  The biggest fault of the game is there is a glitch in Lumiose City.  There is a small chance that if you save outside of a building in Lumiose City, you may corrupt the save data.  This is a small chance, but it is known to happen.  To keep yourself safe don’t save near there due to a moving taxi nearby, because that seems to be the cause of the glitch.  Bad camera angles also plague parts of the game as well.  This seems to only happen in places where Game Freak wanted to show off the 3D.  The biggest annoyance with the camera angles is on Lumiose City.  Last but not least is that the game seems to lag a little bit during certain parts in battle.  It is not the worst thing in the word, but it does get annoying after a while of playing. 

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Longevity:
Pokémon has always been known for its longevity.  Millions of hours will be poured into Pokémon X and Y by people all over the world.  The main story itself will keep you busy for upwards of 30 hours, and that is if you play really quick.  After that, there is lots of Pokémon training, raising and battling to do.  If you are looking for a game to fill a lot of time and that you can play anywhere, then this is it.  

Conclusion:
For a game that has a lot of creatures that evolve, Pokémon has not evolved much as a series since 1996.  That is not the case anymore, Pokémon X and Y has taken the series in a bold new direction and  still keeping the core feel of the series.  All the new additions are great. Although it does have a few flaws, Pokémon X and Y drives the series forward for the first time since its creation.  If you are a fan of the Pokémon series, this is an obvious choice.  Some people believe Pokémon is a game for children and this is most certainly not the case.  Pokémon is deep and rich and has more to learn and master than most games out today.  This may not be the best generation of Pokémon, but it is by far the best game in the series and helps cement Pokémon as one of the best RPG series ever created. 

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