Monday, October 14, 2013

Pokemon Y: The Journey Begins! (Part 1)

Let me tell you, I was super-bloody-duper excited when I first heard the announcement of Pokemon X and Y, but the week before the climactic entrance of this devilish game to temporarily rule the gaming-minds of millions - I just... dropped my excitement dramatically. Why? I'm not entirely sure but I think it had to do with trying to keep a some-what low expectation to brace the impact of the possible hit-in-the-face of meh... (mediocre Pokemon gameplay).

After about 8 hours of gameplay, not including the amount of soft-resets I put myself through, I would have to say that this game is far away from the land of meh... and even the kingdom of bleh! In one word, I would have to describe this game thus far as fan-fucking-tastic!

Aquacorde Town is so shabby shic!

I feel a bit weird typing about this but hey, I want to be honest, so being the Pokemon OCD freak that I am, I cannot have a Pokemon living in a Pokeball that doesn't match in colour scheme. OK, so this is what my brain is thinking during the process of selecting my starter, "Fennikin is part fire, fire is red, the generic Pokeball is red and white, red red yep I'm going with Fennekin". I'm that crazy... So naturally I just had to start with the cute little Fennekin. If there were to be a green Pokeball for Chespin and a blue Pokeball for Froakie I think I would still choose Fennekin. It just looked super adorbs.

I named my Fennekin Sunny and... I soft reset till I had my desired nature blablablablaba. After completing the la-di-da intro battle bits and such, I started Super Training it - maxing out it's EV's in Special Attack and HP before it even stepped foot on a fresh piece of wild-battle grass. Positive aspects of Super Training is that it's super simple to EV train, introducing more casual players into the scene of raising elite Pokemon - whereas back in the other games it was so damn painful to EV train with only those with patience or obsessiveness or for battle needs stepping on that long dark lonesome road. And what about IV's? Well, that's just genetic, some Pokemon have to be goofier than others right? -- I just tell myself that so I don't cry myself to sleep at night for not having perfectly raised Pokemon.

The biggest obvious stand out in this game is the change of graphics. Dear Lord it is beautiful. It's such a step up from its previous Pokemon game. Especially the ability to change ones appearance. I can actually look like myself now, woohoo! I am also genuinely happy at the variety of Pokemon that can be found in this game. Like, Pokemon from each generation? It's madness! I could potentially have my perfect dreamt up Pokemon team in this one game! But so far... with a evolved Fennekin = Braixen at level 28, it's still the only Pokemon in my party. I threw my Kanto starter in the PC like it was trash. Sad face. I love you Charmander, I will see you again in the distant future! The biggest let down I find in this game so far is the lack of new gen Pokemon. I heard there's only about 70 of them. Say whut?! Nyawwww, I thought they'd have more but no but yeah but no. Maybe they're all hidden in some grassy null at the end of the game.

Parfum Palace looks like Buckingham Palace!
My first gym battle was way too easy. My fiery Braixen against a gym full of bug Pokemon was like lighting a tissue on fire. Now you see it, now you don't. I fired up a storm! Eheh eh...

So what of my future in Kalos region? I need a bloody panda bear Pokemon - that's what.

Here is a message for the Pancham I will catch:
"I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for a ransom, I can tell you I don't have poffins. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skill I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for Pokemon like you. If you let me catch you now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will catch you."

Taken anyone?


Hey Daisy! Good to see you posting again!

I haven't played this one myself - in truth I've never spent much time at all with Pokemon games, but my son has played just about all of them over the years and knocked off a big list of chores so I'd buy Y for him. Like you now, he has been spending lots of time with it and absolutely adores the game. :)

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