GAMES - Review
10:20 - 11th December 2013, by Michael Dodson

Pokémon X and Y

With Pokémon X and Y, the latest titles from the house of Pikachu, we hope that the accusations of playing it safe that have plagued the franchise for years can finally be put to rest. Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are a true evolution, representing the most fun we've had with the series since we threw our very first Pokéball all those years ago.

Having dabbled in pseudo-3D elements for the last few games, Game Freak has gone all out this time, realising a fully 3D world that feels so much more alive than anywhere it's taken us before. Most impressive, though, are the gorgeous cel-shaded battle scenes, which make the sprites of the past generations look positively ancient. The not infrequent frame rate drops, however, are a little disappointing.

Although we weren't really fans of the new EXP sharing system, most other gameplay additions such as the Tamagotchi-like Pokémon-Amie, transport via rollerskates and a superlative online communication system, were all well received. With the potential for hundreds of hours' worth of gameplay - including over 700 Pokémon to catch - this is one of the deepest experiences available on 3DS, and one that any RPG fan should give a try.

The boldest move forward the Pokémon franchise has ever seen - and it's super effective!
SCORE: 5/5
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