This game had a lot of hype and that hype was well deserved. For pokemon, this was a pretty groundbreaking step forward that we have all wanted for years. Finally being able to see all our collected pokemon in a 3D style is completely amazing. Despite a few areas that weren’t so great, pokemon really stands out as a truly great addition to anyone’s 3DS collection and is definitely a must buy.
So let’s face it, pokemon has never been the best in the story department, we’re all drawn to it for different reasons. X and Y however, seemed to be going back a step from its previous entry, black and white. In black and white, there was a team which actually made people debate about the ethics of keeping pokemon in a pokeball. This time around we get nothing like that, and to make it worse Team Flare’s objective feels even more flat than any villainous team to date. The only thing I got from playing was that they wanted to rule the world and that was about it.
A few good memorable songs, but is on par with the classic pokemon music we know and love.
Characters/ Character Development 4/10
While we don’t learn much about the major characters in the game and there isn’t really anything to compel us to care about any of the characters, doing things like battling your rival and meeting up with your in-game posse is still entertaining.
With the same basic pokemon gameplay, pokemon X and Y feel great. There is so much to explore and collect that it will keep you interested and wanting to play more and more. I personally couldn’t wait to get to the next town and finish the game and I believe that you’ll be having the same feeling. Also, this game provides more interaction with pokemon such as being able to ride them in certain areas or interacting and feeding them in Pokemon Amie which really brings you into the game and makes you feel more for your pokemon.
This pokemon game seemed a lot easier than others before it. I’ve wanted pokemon to be more of a challenge that involved more grinding, but this pokemon game does not deliver. The new version of the exp share pretty much breaks the game (in the fact that it makes it so easy). By the time you’re at the elite four, you’re already ten levels ahead of their strongest pokemon.
There are only two issues I have with the game that need to be addressed. One is the roller skates. As nice as it is to move faster without holding down the B button, the roller skates can be a little erratic when you are trying to stop at a specific space, either to talk to someone or to try to interact with something. You can use the control pad to normally walk, but it would still be nice to have the option to unequip the skates. The second is the lack of camera control in Luminose City. The camera control makes it difficult to view the things you would like to a truly get a good view of the magnificent city.
This is probably the biggest highlight of the game. Seeing your pokemon in stunning three dimensional figures is absolutely great. No longer do we have what was once two pictures of pokemon just moving up and down. We now get to see a pokemon act out its attacks and see how they react from getting hit.
Pokemon has always given a great sense of an adventure and this game has only made it better. With new pokemon to collect, new towns to explore (including one huge town) and new ways to play (such as pokemon Amie and mega evolutions) this pokemon game makes things feel fresh and exciting while keeping the standards from the previous games that we loved so much.
- · Pokemon fans
- · Younger kids
- · 3DS owners
I was a little skeptical to pick up Animal Crossing: New Leaf, but once a friend showed me the trailer and the new things they added to this installment, my desire got the best of me and I bought it. Right away I got pretty consumed by it, because it’s hard to explain but something about this game is just addicting. Animal Crossing is just one of those games, where you either like it or you hate it. I’ll admit it right now, it’s not a game for everyone, but for a casual, relaxed and simple game, Animal Crossing does the job.
There isn’t really a story for this game aside from the beginning, but this isn’t really the kind of game that needs one. The basis of the story is that your character is moving into a new town, but once you get there, the townsfolk mistake you for the new mayor that was supposed to be on the train (if you’re the first person to play on that game cartridge). Instantly, you become mayor of the town and begin taking some steps to making your town better. About two days after you start playing, the person who was supposed to mayor sends you a letter saying he isn’t interested in being mayor anymore and you stay as mayor (Luckily they’re cool with you stealing their job and don’t report you to the cops for impersonating a government official).
The music in this game fits the it well, but what really caught my attention was all the songs you receive from K.K. With a song in just about every genre, you will enjoy a good amount of his songs.
Characters/ Character Development: 4.5/10
There are very many different types of animals that can live in your town. Some, you’re going to like a lot and some will leave you wishing your axe could be used for more than just cutting down trees.
For a 3DS game, the graphics in this game do look very well rounded and smooth, and although nothing looks striking in the third dimension, it isn’t an eyesore either.
Difficulty: 6.5/10 (0 being the easiest, 10 being the hardest)
The only really difficult part of this game comes from trying to find a specific piece of furniture/clothing you’re looking for. Unless you’ve got a buddy that has what you’re looking for, you pretty much have to keep your fingers crossed that it will randomly be in one of the shops.
Your objectives are pretty clearly set up for you. You’ll usually get simple tasks, such as delivering a package to a villager in your town. Your inventory can be nicely arranged in your carrying pockets and a good amount of space is given to you in your closet space at home.
Don’t get me wrong, this game is very fun and collecting every piece of your favorite furniture set and styling your character is all very rewarding, but at a certain point this game will become an obligation. What I mean by an obligation is that you may not want to play it every day, but because the way the game is set up in real time, it will cause your town to become littered with weeds and your townsfolk to move away if you neglect your town. Because of this fact, it discourages you from ‘picking it back up’ at a later date.
- · Younger Kids
- · Fans of the Animal Crossing Series
- · People looking for a simple relaxing game that is still fun.