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Excellent transition to 3d. *EDIT* Patched, problematic bug fixed.
on 12 October 2013
I've played for about 25 hours so far and feel like now's a pretty good time to leave my review.
Pokémon X is one of the first games in the 6th generation of the series, adding around 70 new Pokémon as well as some mega-evolutions to old favourites. The presentation, first off, is stunning. As someone who has played the previous games extensively the shift to 3d models over sprites is a welcome change, the models and animations all look excellent and the music is better than ever with the higher capacity of the 3ds cartridge. The 3d effect is unavailable in the overworld, an odd choice that I don't understand but that's what it is. In battle however, it adds some nice depth as you'd expect from the 3ds but is nothing special. You're not missing out playing it on the 2ds. I have even noticed some minor frame rate drops when using 3d in larger battles but it was still playable. So all in all, the 3d effect is not a selling point of the game (as you probably would expect) but this does not detract from the presentation at all.
Gameplay wise, I'm comfortable in saying gamefreak did very well. From large changes like the addition of a new type (Fairy) which balances the game and will significantly change the teams in player-vs-player, to small changes like setting hidden power to a constant 60 base power making it far more useful in the main game and (hopefully) less common in competitive battles. All the changes seem very well thought out from a balance and fun perspective and allow for a very wide variety of pokémon to use through the main story. The new pokémon themselves are, in my opinion, some of the best designs in the series. I've found almost no designs I disliked and the smaller number of new Pokémon seems to have allowed for more interesting additions. My only issue with the main game is that it's slightly too easy, but this is coming from someone used to playing black2 on challenge mode and with a lot of experience, so take it with a pinch of salt.
Pokémon-Amie is a nice touch, with some surprisingly fun minigames but doesn't seem to affect very much. A far more interesting minigame addition is super training. Super training is a minigame where you have to dodge balls being shot towards you and shoot balls into the opposing goals. It can be quite fun and has the effect of raising your Pokémon's stats slightly (for those in the know, it's EV training). It gives you a clear indication of how much the stats can be improved and is a very nice addition making the competitive metagame a lot more accessible for new players. Probably wont be used by those already EV training as it seems slower, but time will tell.
Then we get to the elephant in the room, Mega-Evolution. Some old favourites (maybe a couple of dozen Pokémon? not sure how many yet) have gained new forms in mega evolution. Unlike the normal evolutions, these are temporary transformations that you can choose to activate in battle and end once the battle is over. They confer new forms, new abilities, better stats- generally improvements in all areas as far as I can tell. The downside being you can only have one mega evolution per team and they have to hold the appropriate item to mega-evolve, removing their capacity to hold other items. I have to say, I was not a big fan of the concept when it was first revealed but have found they fit the game very well. There's not much else to say on the matter except that Mega Blastoise is the best thing ever.
There is currently no way to transfer Pokémon to this game from the previous generations. This may well be a deal breaker for some, but there is going to be a new 3ds app released in December that will allow you to store 3000 Pokémon online and transfer Pokémon from the recent DS games to the new generation. It will be a paid service with a free trial allowing you time to transfer from old games without paying, I will update this review when it is released with more information.
So all in all, Pokémon X is an excellent step forward in the series, good for new fans and old ones alike. It is already my favourite 3ds game and I will be playing it for months to come.
Gotta catch 'em all, y'know?
EDIT: As of 25/10/2013 The 1.1 Patch has been released on the eShop. It fixes the save hang glitch that broke many players game saves. If you get stuck saving in Lumiose city, make sure to grab the patch!