X and Y are great additions to the Pokemon franchise, but there's some issues that make it seem like a rush job.
-Horrible balance. Early on, you're given an EXP Share. Use it, and the game becomes laughably easy. But if you don't
use it, the game quickly becomes full to the brim with Fake Difficulty
-Haphazard pacing. Team Flare, the Villain Team for the Generation, barely has any presence until the very end, their ultimate plan makes no sense, and their motivation runs on Insane Troll Logic
. Plot points are introduced as if they'll be important, only to be completely forgotten almost immediately after they're introduced. (Pokemon Village, anyone?) And then there's AZ, who honestly feels like they took what was meant to be a game long arc (ala N) and forcibly compressed it into three 5 minute scenes.
-Inconsistent design. Team Flare and your Rivals all get unique, fully animated 3D models in battle. Literally everyone else
gets static, 2D images, including the Elite Four and the Champion. Apparently, a gang that barely even appears in game and your Five-Man Band
are more important then the strongest Trainers in Kalos. Also, the post game is practically nonexistant. One sidequest, two bonus dungeons (one of which is a carbon copy of Cerulean Cave), and that's it. The Elite Four don't even gain any additional Pokemon or levels for rematches, something that every game since Diamond/Pearl/Platinum
All that aside, there's still plenty of good in this game. As easy as it can be, the combat is fun and rewarding. The graphics are some of the best on the 3DS, and I was amazed by the level of detail given to the Pokemon models, especially in Amie. The music is also pretty great, though not as great as Black and White
. Speaking of Amie, its a great, hearwarming mechanic that's cute, fun, and helps you form a genuine bond with your Pokemon.
As it is, generation 6 is pretty damn good. However, if GameFreak were to balance out the difficulty, give the Elite Four and the Champion the 3D models they deserve, give us better portrayals of Team Flare and AZ, and give us a better, more rewarding postgame, it'll be so much better.