Pokémon X [3DS] (Part 1) – A New Adventure Begins

Pokemon X wallpaper

A new adventure to catch ’em all begins!

It’s been ages since I played a Pokémon game, over twelve years now since I last played it – Pokémon Blue and a bit of Pokémon Yellow. While I wasn’t able to max out my Blastoise’s level in Pokémon Blue, I was still able to defeat all the gym leaders and get most of my main Pokémon into the level 80 regions. I remember it being extremely fun and quite the adventure, but hahah, it sure did take time exploring, leveling and catching Pokémon.

Anyway I ended up getting Pokémon X for my 3DS and I am glad I did, this game is a lot of fun and I have begun to notice that exploring and catching Pokémon are only some of the features Pokémon games offer these days. Pokémon Amie, Pokémon Super Training, the Pokémon Daycare, the berry farm, Pokémon Societies, ability to change your trainers outfit, and most likely a ton of more features I haven’t even come across yet in Pokémon. There is so much more to do in Pokémon now and amusingly, more often than not, you will find yourself distracted by these features when trying to progress through the story, I know I have =P.

So Pokémon X and Y introduce 69 new Pokémon, 28 new “Mega Evolutions” and a new fairy type Pokémon. Among the other new features are; the ability to customize your character, new battle and trainings mechanics, and completely rendered polygonal 3D graphics. X and Y do feature largely the same plot, but both can be played separately, and like the other Pokémon games which came before it, trading Pokémon between both of the games is necessary in order to complete the games’ Pokédex.

This time your character (and friends) travels through the Kalos region, a region based on France, as they train Pokemon and thwart the schemes of the nefarious criminal organization Team Flare. The amusing thing about this is that being oblivious to this criminal organization, I ended up nick-naming my main Pokémon “Flare” =P. At least I can say that this criminal organisation has taste as I crush them =).

The three starter Pokémon are: Chespin (grass), Froakie (water) and Fennekin (fire):

Pokémon X and Y - Chespin, Fennekin, Froakie

The starter Pokémon of X and Y – Chespin, Fennekin, Froakie

I ended choosing a Fennekin for myself. I did visit one of the Pokémon info websites beforehand to have a look at the evolved states of these new Pokémon which consequently had me torn between a Fox Mage and a Frog Ninja, the end result was me going with Fennekin unable to resist the allure of magic and foxes:

Pokémon - Fennekin, Braixen, Delphox Evolution ChainPokémon - Froakie, Frogadier, Greninja Evolution ChainPokémon - Chespin, Quilladin, Chesnaught  Evolution ChainYou also end up getting to choose another starter Pokémon a bit into the game, although this time the choices are limited to the first generation Pokémon: Charmander, Bulbalsaur and Squirtle. This was a no brainer for me, I loved my Squirtle in Pokémon Blue so I ended up choosing that as my secondary starter Pokémon here, the fact that it was water element themed, the opposite of Fennekin, made it all the better.

I’m currently 25+ hours into the game and have only just gotten my second badge – I was distracted by too many things, including trying to catch all the Pokémon I come across =P. Recently got myself a fishing rod so that will probably end up distracting me a fair bit as well, although I did also get a bike in the town the second gym was situated in so I can now travel faster – hurray! Outside I came across some Eevee and after doing some research on it, I found out it can evolve into 8 different Pokémon, EIGHT!! Wow, I had no idea, what an exciting Pokémon Eevee is – got myself three in my storage boxes now =P.

Pokémon - Eevee Evolution Paths

Eevee Evolution Paths

Got the Torchic as a gift for purchasing the game, so I am also running with that as one of my main Pokémon (evolved into Combusken).

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