Settling the Score: Pokemon X

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So little known fact about me, I've not been the biggest fan of Generation 6 historically. I distinctly remember my first experience with it; I got it after months of intense anticipation, I loaded it into my 3ds, and then quit like an hour in because I didn't like it at all. It was was one of the only times I remember being disappointed by a video game, and even though I didn't know what I hated about the game, there was something.

About a year later, I gave the game a proper chance. I did indeed make it farther than the 3rd town, and managed to slog my way up to the snow area. But again, I lost interest and decided I hated the game. This was, coincidentally, around the same time my mad childhood love for Pokemon began to dissipate. Was there a correlation? Probably, but then who really knows. All that mattered at the time was that it wasn't Pokemon Platinum 2, therefore it wasn't worth my time.

But it's been a long time since I last tried Gen 6, and I feel like I need to know where I stand on it as a more "mature" individual. Is this game secretly a brilliant masterpiece this time that I was just rejecting out of petty emotion? Or is it really the dumpster fire my 13 year old brain convinced me it was. Either way, it's something to do instead of finish my backlog of games. So join me on this journey of discovery as I try to figure out if this game didn't just die, but was murdered.

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So my biggest problem with this game, if I remember, was the entourage of fake friends the game threw at you. I don't remember exactly how big a role they play in this game, but for now I'll try to be cautiously optimistic about them. For this first encounter, at least, they were pretty harmless.
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I chose Chespin on my original playthrough of this game, and I don't care for Delphox, so Froakie was the natural starter choice. Greninja is pretty fun in Smash, at the very least.
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I guess this technically started in Gen 5, but the moving camera in the battle windows is a nice touch. Makes everything slightly less static.
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I knew this game was was super easy and handholdy, but I didn't remember it being this bad. Why do I already have Bubble, it makes this battle a complete joke. At the very least, it's quicker than a massive tackle-fest.
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This nice camera angle won't distract me from the fact this route is literally a straight line. Like seriously, at least put an optional surf path on here or something. You might as well just merge the two towns.
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I don't remember being particularly impressed by the games visuals back in the day, but shots like this look pretty great if you ask me.
4275

So apparently your first encounter is scripted to be this exact Pidgey. I'm sure I'll have a lot to say about nostalgia pandering and Kanto favoritism in the future, but for now just know I'm not the biggest fan.
4276

Speaking of Kanto, welcome to Viridian forest everyone. It's just like in Pokemon Rojo y Azul, Te acuerdas?
4277

Okay this is the biggest nitpick of the century, but in 4th gen NPC's would automatically heal your Pokemon, why the sudden change Nintendo? You literally ruined Pokemon.
4278

He literally gave me Poke Balls 5 minutes ago why do I need more?
4279

Why did they change Pikachu's cry? It's so out of place and not even that great tbh.
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You know if you're gonna copy paste Viridian Forest, why not copy what made it memorable to begin with? The original level punished you hard if you didn't come prepared with antidotes, with Poisonous Weedle and indestructible Metapod's abound. Now, with on the spot healing and a significant shortage of Weedle, there's nothing really to this dungeon. Like even the music sounded more intimidating, compare the old track to the new one and decide which better suits a video game dungeon

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Cut was never particularly well conveyed in the older games, Like why can't I just squeze through a tiny tree? I'm glad this game made the need for it make sense.
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Another nice shot. This game looks a lot better than I remember, so far at least.
4283

And here we have the first gym puzzle. I was gonna give it props for starting weird and convoluted right out of the gate, but then I realized those dew drops just solve the puzzle for you. At least it looks cool.
4284

I have brought shame upon my family, I lost to a damn Ledian. Truly, this is the tragedy of not catching a Bidoof.
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If there's one thing I remember about the gym leaders in this game, it's that there's nothing memorable about them. Coming off of Gen 5 and how great they handled gym's and gym leaders there, it's kind of disappointing they went back to the style of Gym Leaders only existing in their gyms and never doing anything interesting.
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I will give Viola credit, though, opening the easy bug gym battle with a water type is at least a slight challenge to people using Fennekin. Of course, it's just Surskit, so ember would probably still one shot it, but still. It's the thought that counts.
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And here we have it, folks, the single most broken mechanic ever to grace the Pokemon series since the days of Missingno. Since I'm trying to have the best possible experience with the game, I'll be turning this off, but still I can't just not mention it. It makes the whole game a joke, just an absolute stomp. You've pretty much beaten the game once you turn it on, the only way to not win with it is to not use it. So yeah, it's loser time.
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Before I signed off, I decided to catch a team member, and Combee was the most interesting looking prospect, so I decided on it. Of course, I needed to find a female one, an it took me a good 15ish minutes before I could find one. But that's not even the best part.
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By some fluke of luck, I got a crit on the Combee and one shot it. Needless to say, I was mildly furious.
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I spent so much time hunting for Combee, that I ran into the perfect Ralts (which may I add is a 5% encounter compared to Combee's 30%), and decided to add it to the team as well.
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After 40 total minutes of mindless running, I managed to find a second Combee, and though it was close, I did manage to get this one.
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Whoever programmed Combee's gender ratio and thought it was okay is a true monster, for reals. Anyways, I got pretty tired from the grinding, so this is where I cut off the first session.
 
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You don't see Vespiquen being used very much at all, so I'm glad you picked up a Combee!

Personally I think that giving starters stab at lv. 5 was a great move ー pun intended. It does make the first rival battle a breeze, but it's just nice to have something to hit hard with for early game grinding.

It also makes all the starters more equal in terms of early moves, unlike in past generations. I think Johto is the biggest offender of this with Cyndaquil getting its STAB move 4 levels later than both Chikorita and Totodile. What's up with that!?
 

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So... yeah, I can see why X and Y kind of didn't do it for you. It's a game that, to me, works much better for challenge runs like Wedlockes or experiences to play alongside friends (Though even then, (Ultra) Sun and Moon did THAT better as well) rather than casual playthroughs.

Even as someone who has X and Y logged as my 3rd least favorite games in the series that I played, I hope your opinion on it improves.
 

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It occurred to me that finding hidden items in 3D may be kind of hard. At the very least, I'm not used to it. The item pictured here is irrelevant.
4322

I got a 20 power Bug move and can't even give it to my bug type? Literally the worst game I've ever played.
4323

I'm sure everybody's said it at this point but why isn't Flabebe a grass type? It's literally a flower.
4324

Apparently Victory Road is accessible from Route 4 or wherever. The fact I never found this giant building proves I wasn't qualified to call this game bad 5 years ago.
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Another nice shot. If the game keeps this up, I may dislike the art-style less than I used to.
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I was worried that Combee would fall behind in the beginning grind, but Ralts was actually the one who struggled the most. And Combee has a crap nature and moveset, so I'm not sure what that means for Ralts in the future.
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Series wide nitpick, why does Magikarp give so little exp? It literally can't do anything, why not just make it grind fodder?
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So these are characters that exist, I guess. My memory is hazy, but I think they're secret agents? All I know is that I used to consider these two unremarkable and forgettable.
4329

So now we're in Not Paris. Brand new camera angle, and honestly after running around here I'm glad they stuck to the overhead view in the rest of the game.
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I was going to complain about how this is a ridiculous example of Pokemon's Problematic Pacing(That was a good video, by the way.), but then I remembered they did the exact same excuse in Platinum, so I have no right to complain.
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Oh boy, what a creative team lineup. I can't possibly predict what this NPC will send out next.
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So when I was mindlessly naming all these screenshots, I named this one "nostalgiabait", which I'd argue is a fitting title. This game, and the series as whole, is all too happy to remind the player of how great it used to be. I don't think a little fanservice is too bad, the series has always had little winks and nods to the old games(For example, they sneaked the original game corner theme into the Sinnoh GC.) But it's gotten way out of hand in recent years. All the use of old Pokemon and setpieces is suffocating, especially considering the catch rates. I was going to use a team of all Kalos Pokemon, at first, but planning my team I realized I couldn't because there were so few good ones and the amount of effort it took to find them was ridiculous. So now, counting my starter, I'm using two "new" Pokemon and the rest of my team is just a hodgepodge of my old favorites. Basically, Pokemon has become the berries from South Park.
4334

Wow what a totally non-suspicious character with a normal appearance. I definitely think nothing bad of him.

4335

I have a lot to say about the Lysandre and Team Flare, believe me, but I'm gonna hold back for now. Just know I played the Gen 5 games recently, so the comparison is already an uphill battle.
4336

Glad my thoroughness has finally paid off, at last we have a good item. If it's anything like Gen 5, there are probably 3 I got, so that's all the Pokeballs I'll ever need to buy because the regional dex for this game sucks.
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I didn't mention it last time, but the roller skates suck on ice. I like the idea in concept, a fast movement speed without needing an item sounds great, but I'd still like to be able to control my character. Lumiose City was a nightmare because of the skates.
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Froakie evolved into Bigger Froakie, so that was cool I guess.
4339

My Combee has one of the worst abilities with Honey Gather, but the game feels the need to make me suffer anyways. At least Vespiquen gets Pressure.
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I honestly thought berries were just another feature they abandoned besides the remakes, like walking Pokemon or good story. So I'm glad I was at least wrong about that.
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Haha that is a totally epic reference from the epic old games. Remember Gen 1, cause I member.
4342

The game wouldn't let me progress until I checked out this castle, but there's literally nothing in here. I know Perfume Palace or whatever is just around the corner, but if you're gonna make me go to a castle, at least put something inside it. I got bored at this point, so this is the end for now.
 

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To be fair, the Shorts one is more a series running gag more than anything.... but yeah, this game does the new Pokemon a colossal disservice by letting the Gen 1 Pokemon hog the spotlight.... again... as if they haven’t for the past 22 years....

What was that castle’s name again? Uh.....

Roller skates I like everywhere EXCEPT Lumiose, whose camera hates you. Not that it matters, I far prefer the D-pad regardless.

Also, glad to hear that you played the Gen 5 games. Until Gen 7 came out, that was my favorite Gen by far, and even now it’s tied with Gen 7.
 

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yeah this still exists

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I've never much cared for this games art style, but playing in the evening makes it work.
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Okay even for Pokemon this is a pretty bad roadblock. I literally took one step off the beaten path and the game felt the need to pull me back in place.
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Only real 90's kids remember when the games from 1996 pulled this exact same scenario.
4606

Having played the Gen 5 games before this, I really miss Audino grinding. It made prepping for bosses a lot more manageable.
4607

In December I went to Houston and while I was there, I took a tour of the Christmas lights in the rich neighborhoods. It was a whole other world, man, people with massive mansions completely decked out in elaborate patterns of neon lights. This doesn't have anything to do with the game, but screw it.
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I also feel like I'm in a dream looking into the black abyss where the world just ends.
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no
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Yeah okay.
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It's weird finding an HM in some random spot, though if it means Cut is optional I'm A-OK with that.
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I was about to give the game props for making a mildly interesting puzzle, but then it tried to solve itself after like 5 seconds.
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Having played this game with the male character before, this was a really weird scene to come back to. I'll leave it at that.
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So yeah now it's time to go out and make some good story progress since I can wake up Garfield.
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But forget about that, there was an item behind a bush back at the beginning of the game and I'd rather go get that instead.
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There was another trainer in this area with a Volbeat, and I wonder why they didn't just make this a double battle instead of 2 single battles
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You can sit down in this game, I forgot to mention. I take back everything I've ever said, you can actually sit on chairs. Game of the year.
 

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Made it 10 days without updating this thing; let's try for 11 next time.

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So first double battle. I remember hearing these could chug pretty hard this gen, but at least this time it ran fine.
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Oh I sure do- I'll have a lot to say about it when I eventually reach the postgame.
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Nice camera work but also that forest isn't convincing.
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This is so sad, can we replace these two with good characters?
4765

As far as I can tell I couldn't surf here if I had the HM, but still that little tunnel is the perfect spot to hide a TM or something. Feels like a missed opportunity.
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Finally, a good item. That's going straight onto Combee.
4767

So I didn't mention this earlier but apparently you can't run in grass anymore. I really don't understand that, tbh. They probably could just leave it at limiting the skates. Or just let me go fast, that works too.
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What an absolute nightmare of a society this world must be if essential infrastructure is only accessible to people with gym badges. This poor backpacker just want's to go home.
4769

In 5th Gen you had to battle these guys before they would start healing you. So I wasted a potion prepping for this fight, smh.
4770

That cave was literally just a straight line. The level design is better than ever.
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imagine being able to have a full pokedex (this post made by gen 7 gang)
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Okay this whole mountainous route was the first good justification for the 3D perspective. They just couldn't pull off something so vertical in 2D, I guess.
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Ya'll ever play Fossil Fighters on DS? It was pretty much just a Pokemon clone, but for what it was it was pretty fun. Anyways I got bored here so this is the end for now.
 
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