rAge 2013: Nintendo Brings 3D Pokemons And A Cheese Wedge Console
The Pokemon franchise has been stuck in a formula for the past 15 years whether you like it or not. There hasn’t been any real innovation or big changes happening. The series has stuck with its 2D sprite based formula of gameplay since its inception and the only real difference between various entries into the franchise has been new Pokemon and extra stuff you can do if you feel like it. With Pokemon X & Y, they plan to change this tiring formula by breathing fresh life into everything associated with the series.
I got the chance to play a demo of the upcoming game at the Nintendo stand at rAge 2013 and while it was only a short demo, it did a good job of showcasing all the changes that have been implemented into the series. The most notable of which has to be the updates visuals. The game now features full 3D environments as well as cell-shaded Pokemon in battles. The various trailers already on offer don’t give the visuals justice and it looks gorgeous on the actual 3DS screen. The loathed 3D effect is actually a worthwhile feature rather than a nuisance because it gives the visuals an added flair.
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The movement of your character has been vastly improved with a full 360 degree movement radius. It all feels very smooth and responsive and I for one can’t wait to explore the world of Pokemon like this. Your character now has rollerblades that make him or her move extremely fast if you so feel like it and it gives the pace of the game a very worthy boost. There’s also the added feature of ridable Pokemon that can make you move even faster and can make traversing a fun activity rather than the laborious chore it was in previous games.
The battles themselves are now beautiful to witness with every attack having its own animation playing out in a full 3D environment. It adds a new flair to the tired battle formula and gives it that added level of excitement. It will be interesting to witness full fledged battles between legendary Pokemon, I can tell you that much.
Mega evolutions were shown briefly where the new game’s professor gives you a Mewtwo to battle with and activate the ability on. It really brings a new level to the battle scenario by giving you immensely powerful Pokemon to wreck havoc with.
Random battles have received a sprucing up of their own with tall grass being in various colours that have different Pokemon within them. It’s a welcome addition because previous games only had a set amount of Pokemon in any given environment and it never really offered that much needed diversity that kept things fresh and interesting.
Pokemon-amie had a brief appearance and it is just like it was promised. Your Pokemon respond to your touch on the touch screen and even without a stylus (didn’t have one because people will probably steal it) it felt responsive and actually fun to do. You can also feed them candy by dragging the candy to your Pokemon’s mouth. I was averse to the idea at first of having a petting system in the game, but it looks like it will add a nice touch with regards to the bonding of your Pokemon.
Overall, the playable demo gave a great look at the potential of the games and it looks like it is going to be a surefire win. With the overhauled visuals and useful features, nothing can really go terribly wrong with this latest installment. With release being so close, I urge 3DS users to really consider getting this game even if they have not played a Pokemon game before.
The 2DS has been the mockery of the internet for quite a few weeks with its more than ridiculous shape and strange appearance. But I’ve had the chance to actually hold the console in my hands and see if all the hate is justified. I admit, when I first saw the 2DS I thought it looked incredibly uncomfortable because of its rather weird shape. This speculation was put to rest when I actually held the thing. It’s surprisingly comfortable to hold, even with my gigantic hands. I would even go so far as to say it’s more comfortable than my 3DS which always ends up hurting my hands after extended play.
Everything works like its supposed to and the top screen even looks more bright and vibrant than its superior counterpart, possibly because of the 3D effect being removed. If you look at as a budget handheld console that can do everything the 3DS does without the 3D then I firmly believe you should consider it. It’s comfortable to hold and it can play 3DS games beautifully. If you can get passed the ridiculous look that is.