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Story

  • Your mother is a Rhyhorn racer. And a famous one, at that; she even has a few fans that directly talk to you about their admiration for her.
    • Professor Sycamore even decides that the player would be good for the job he has in mind, just because of the player's mother's renown.
  • The first time you use Mega Evolution and the lead up to it is pretty awesome. After battling your rival again and the third gym leader Korrina, you travel to the top of the tower where you meet the latter, who's suddenly acting serious. She then has you use one of her Lucarios on a one-on-one Mega Evolution battle, where she is sporting a new character portrait. After the battle, the Lucario that fought with you refuses to leave and she allows it to stay at your side with the Megastone.
    • Expanding on the lead up, learning about Mega Evolution was the mission Professor Sycamore gave you at the start. You've been seeing Korrina off and on throughout the early game, with her two Lucario. And Lucario's liking for you was well established in his first appearance.
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  • When you enter the Poké Ball Factory, a Team Flare grunt will be about to challenge you, but Serena/Calem gets a minor one when they come in and ask the grunt if she had to work at the factory to pay for her "ugly suit"; also a Funny Moment.
  • Taking down Team Flare, especially when you learn the scope of their plans. Their huge, world-wide plans.
  • The fact that the finale averts Dude, Where's My Respect? with gusto is this. Usually, whenever the Player Character saves the region's ass from the Villainous Team, it is quickly forgotten. Not in Kalos. You and the other four friends get the Pokemon equivalent of the medal of the Légion d'Honneur and are treated to a huge parade of people to celebrate their new Champion, as well as the fact that the five teenagers helped take down Team Flare. Bravo!
    • Also a Heartwarming Moment, even without AZ's storyline. It was all Professor Sycamore's idea to congratulate you, and the parade is absolutely packed. It feels really nice to be that appreciated for a change.
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    • Even better, some venues in Lumiose City allow you access specifically because you're the champion. Sushi High Roller doesn't let you in without very high Style... but if you do have the style to get in, the owner of the Roller will call out the Bouncer and have him let you in, which is very cathartic to players.

Gameplay

  • The graphics are made of awesome, especially in the towns, and the Pokemon League is just... Whoa!!
    • AZ and Floette's backstory scene. Those graphics are amazing.
    • The attention to detail is also nothing short of fantastic. For example, when you ride a bicycle, your tote bag will swing on your shoulder as you move. Or if you stand still for a while in Anistar City, your character will yawn and let out a little puff of breath, visible as a mist cloud. Or if you're a girl and you're wearing a ponytail, it will sway as you walk or ride your bike.
  • Pikachu, for the first time since Pokémon Yellow, has its anime cry in a set of handheld main series games. It symbolizes just how far the little yellow mouse has come as the Pokémon franchise's Series Mascot.
  • If your Pokémon likes you enough, it will refuse to go down from a decisive blow to avoid disappointing you. Some Pokémon even give sort of acknowledgement to your strengthened bond (such as a Charizard briefly nodding its head in your direction) upon entering a battle.
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    • Bonding with your Pokémon in Pokémon-Amie is this in general. Video Game Caring Potential really pays off in a big way.
    • If you have a high level of affection, you will occasionally get messages from your Pokémon at the start of battle. For certain plot-related or important battles, like gym matches or the Elite Four, your Pokémon will acknowledge the importance in the most epic way possible:
  • Any time your Pokémon Mega Evolves, especially if it's one of your personal favorites. The cutscene is awesome, and so is your new powered-up monster pal.
  • A Swimmer challenges you to a battle after stating he had swam all the way from Hoenn. If Hoenn is a tropical island, and Kalos is France...
  • Horde Battles. Taking out five Pokémon at once with a single Air Cutter or Dazzling Gleam is extremely satisfying, as is the quintupled EXP gain.
    • On the topic of Hordes, there are the hordes of 4 Zangoose/Durant and 1 Seviper/Heatmor (or vice versa) where the four will gang up on the one before turning their attention to you. You could let them go about their business or just defeat them all in a single stroke, but if you actually go out of your way to save the Pokémon that's being ganged up on? Now there's an awesome feeling.

Meta

  • More of a meta-example than anything, but as anyone who went to the midnight releases for X and Y can attest to; for a series that, after the "Pokémania" phase, became something of mockery and ridicule during the first decade of the 2000s, it's both awesome and heartwarming to see so many people show up for games that were a part of their (and many other people's) childhoods. Additionally, it's been said that this game is bringing back Genwunners, as well as many other former fans who stopped playing the game after the Gold/Silver/Crystal generation or thereabouts.
  • Pokémon X and Y selling over 5,000,000 units on their FIRST DAY in stores, setting the record for the highest opening day sales of any game on the Nintendo 3DS, as well as the highest opening day sales of any Pokémon game to date as of October 14, 2013 (by comparison, Pokémon Black and White, which were the previous record holders, had 7,000,000 copies sold over the course of a full week).
  • Psychic and Hyper Beam have the same sound effects as they did in the original games...how cool is that?!

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