This has nothing to do with this post but it’s AMAZING.
Before the release of X/Y, I had somewhat mixed feelings about Pokemon in 2013. I really enjoyed Black/White, but never bothered getting more than halfway through Black/White 2. Hearing about the weird new things in X/Y like mega-evolutions really threw me for a loop, but I figured I might as well wait and see it for myself before really dismissing it as being totally retarded.
First of all, I’d like to say that the rivals this time around sucked the big one. I really did not care for the merry little band of dweebs you’re literally forced into being friends with at the beginning of the game. Why did the fat kid and the Pokedex kid even exist? The former DOESN’T EVEN HAVE ANY DANCING POKEMON despite that being his schtick. The Pokedex kid had to have been the most incompetent trainer ever, considering I was just casually through most areas and always one-upped him (I have a feeling he says you beat him no matter how many are in your Dex, which is even worse). Shauna was okay-ish for being the super friendly friendliest friend (and it was totally cool how I got a modest Fennekin from her) but she still wasn’t particularly interesting. Serena (Or Calem if you’re into that sort of thing) was okay, but it felt like they were wishy-washy about making her another annoying friendly rival and someone who actually wanted to crush your ass into the ground. In general, the rivals just haven’t caught any sort of interest since GSC. The closest I guess is DPP dude who I forget the name of, but that was mainly because he wasn’t that bad of an actual trainer.
EXP Share was both a blessing and a curse. At first, I thought it was awesome how I could level up my entire party even while only using one dude, but it became apparent early on that this maybe what you weren’t supposed to do. I felt constantly overlevelled, to the point where I started switching my entire party around whenever I felt like I wasn’t supposed to be this strong across the board. This actually lead to some silly moments where I actually blacked out, something that hasn’t happened to me in a Pokemon game in a long while.
The online integration is pretty cool. Sure, you usually get nothing but garbage from Wondertrade, and sure, GTS is still filled with idiots who want to trade a Heracross they found in the wild for a legendary, but it’s neat regardless. However, I still fucking hate Gamefreak for not implementing a 6v6 random battle option, still opting for 3v3. NOBODY WANTS THAT SHIT.
Something that really bugged me (that I’m sure was present in the previous games, but never to this extent) was how often I’d get blocked off from exploring an area I wasn’t supposed to yet. It felt like every time I wanted to not do what I was supposed to do and just quickly hop into another area so I could grab some new dudes and get out, there was someone telling me there’s so-and-so going on and they couldn’t let me though. It drove me crazy the number of times it happened by the end of the game.
The mega-evolutions are, for the most part, a mixed bag. Some are really cool like Absol, Gengar, Aggron and Mawile, while some are just plain bad or useless. In general though, that’s how I felt about X/Y’s new Pokemon. The majority of my party is dudes from older games, the only new ones I used by the Elite 4 being Clawitzer and Goodra. There were some other cool ones (Malamar, Pangoro, Aegislash and Sylveon) that I wanted to use but never got around to.
Overall, it might have felt a little underwhelming, but I can safely say I had more a good experience than bad with X/Y. Not better than Black/White, though.