Early Impressions: Pokémon X/Y for Nintendo 3DSJust over 4 hours into Pokémon X and with 36 Pokémon entered into my Pokédex, I feel like now is a great time to provide some impressions from a long time series fan for anyone curious as to how things have changed. If I can summarize everything I am about to type in one word it would be "streamlined."
Look and FeelPokémon X and Y look to add some cool new features to the formula, and alongside new features comes a graphical overhaul that has been long awaited by series fans. I have played every generation of the main Pokémon series, and I can honestly say the new coat of paint was one of the things I wanted most. While playing it on my 3DS XL, I cannot help but feel like the handheld version has finally simulated the one thing the home console Stadium and Coliseum games have done well, which is make the battles more exciting. The home consoles have the announcer to add to the drama, but that is one thing the handheld version is still missing.
Not to be outdone, the audio for this game is also much better than in years past. That is entirely due to the technical limitations of previous hardware, but nonetheless it is nice to sit and play Pokémon with a good pair of headphones and really enjoy the experience.
Aside from the graphics and sound, the player also gets a bit of an upgrade. Limited customization options are available for the first time ever. Aside from picking your character's gender, which you have been able to do in a few of the previous games, you can also pick skin tone and hair color from a few preset options. As you travel the game world you can also buy custom clothing, another new feature. It is not full player character customization like you would find in a Mass Effect or Elder Scrolls game, but it is a start that allows for some differentiation.