In spite of being a huge Nintendo fan in my younger days, I somehow never got pulled into the Pokemon games, but now as a grown ass man, I've suddenly decided to change that by downloading a copy of Pokemon X. So, I thought I would share some quick initial thoughts from my first couple of hours:
- This is maybe the lightest most cheerful game I've ever played. This thing is downright sugar coated. Something about all these kids in the game being so psyched to be fighting Pokemon is kinda contagious and makes me pretty excited about it too.
- I was never a big fan of the way those older games looked, but I have to say that I really like the overall graphical style of this game. In particular, the Pokemon themselves have some very nice looking 3D models.
- The gameplay is at its core fundamentally just a stripped down classic JRPG, and it's actually quite a relaxing getaway from the complex systems that a lot of modern games like to pile on.
- Seriously, we can't just have full analog movement? I'm not sure I can think of a single game I've played recently that made use of this style of digital movement, and at this point I don't really see what's gained by sticking with it.
- The UI is probably the worst part of this game. It's confusing, a little slow, inconsistent in presentation, and actually kinda ugly. I'm sure once I get more acquainted with where everything is that it won't get in the way as much, but my initial reaction is that it's a bit of a clunky mess. It's not as bad as Gran Turismo 5, but it isn't up to the standards of Nintendo's other RPG hit from this year, Fire Emblem: Awakening. That game managed to present a lot of info with a very slick user interface, and it's disappointing to not see something on the same level delivered here.