Game: Pokemon X / Y Developer: Game Freak Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: Out Now Available On: 3DS Version Played: 3DS
Pokemon has never been a series known for it’s narrative; The previous titles Black and White add an emphasis on story, and for the most part I enjoyed the change. Pokemon X and Y seems to focus more on your journey as a Pokemon trainer. This is accentuated by the fact that, instead of one or two rivals introduced at the start of the game. You have a group of friends. Each of them love Pokemon for a different reason. Whether it be you just like battling, catching, exploring or having an emotional connection with your Pokemon. All of these different archetypes are expressed through these characters. The moments you experience with the group is not integral to the story, but they were more interesting in terms of making the world feel more alive.
The narrative the game pushes you through uses the typical Evil Team/Organisation formula, and it doesn’t do it very well. It just feels it like was shoehorned in just for the sake of following a formula and it’s awfully predictable. Team Flare’s goals are definitely the most sinister of all the teams yet, however they don’t really seem like a threat. They just pop up every now and then, and the only point it gets interesting is at the climax. Even then, the big finale to the arc is not really all that satisfying at all. If anything there is a character with a really engrossing backstory that feels wasted. It deals with the Pokemon War that is referenced over and over again in previous titles. I just wished they explored that story more, rather then lumping it in with Team Flare.