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Pokemon X and Y ReviewWell, this is it, folks. One of the most anticipated games of 2013 is finally out. Pokemon X and Y have been available for about a week now. I was up the very hour they were put on the eShop to download my copy as soon as I could. Since then, I've been playing it almost nonstop, not even letting my 3DS's painfully short battery life get in the way of my first 3D Pokemon adventure (I really need to get a new battery for that thing). Within a few days, I'd breezed through the main campaign and now I'm ready to deliver my thoughts on the latest Pokemon games.
If you've played any Pokemon game, you should be able to recite the story beat for beat pretty easily. You're a young kid, a Pokemon professor gives you your first Pokemon, enlists your help in filling out the Pokedex, there's an evil team that needs beating, gym badges that need collecting, and an Elite Four to top it all off. Pokemon X and Y don't deviate from this formula in the slightest,
Pokemon 3DS RetrospectiveBy now, many of you have probably started playing Pokemon X and Y. Isn't it odd, though? Just a year ago, no one knew what the heck the 3DS Pokemon games would be like, let alone that they'd be released within a year of the previous installments. In fact, I wrote a prediction piece on what I thought Pokemon X and Y, then known as Pokemon 3DS, would be like. That was exactly one year ago today. That couldn't have worked out any better if I'd planned it. So, I thought that with Pokemon 3DS now being released on store shelves, I'd have a look back at my predictions and see how many of them came to reality.
One of my main predictions was Pokemon's transition to 3D. Lo and behold! Pokemon is now in 3D with X and Y. For the first time in a main series portable title, we'll see our Pokemon as polygonal models as opposed to 2D sprites. And it looks amazing. Everything else looks terrific: the overworld, the character models, and
Top Ten Pokemon GamesThis is it, folks. I've got a big list for you today, one that I've been saving until today, a week before the launch of Pokemon X and Y: Bladefinger's Top Ten Pokemon Games of All Time! Okay, that might be a little bombastic considering X and Y have yet to come out and who knows what Poke-awesomeness will follow them. That and there are some classic Pokemon games I haven't played yet, like Pokemon Snap, Pokemon Pinball, and Hey You, Pikachu! So, if you want to be accurate, call this list “Bladefinger's Top Ten Pokemon Games to Date”. There, that's better. Wouldn't want to leave any false impressions, or anything. Regardless of what you call it, it's high time we get this list rolling!
10. Pokemon Stadium
I've heard people say this is game isn't very good. I can understand where the complaints are coming from, but Pokemon Stadium is far from bad. In fact, I would call it one of the definitive multiplayer experiences on t
An Idiot's Guide to Pokemon Competitive BattlingOne of the best parts of Pokemon is capturing wild Pokemon and training them up to be fully-evolved, fully-powered killers. Remember that Magikarp you bought from that shady salesman in the Pokemon Center before Mount Moon for 500 pokedollars? Well, in fifteen short levels, that sucker will turn into a city-demolishing Gyarados. And one of the best things about training Pokemon is that you can then battle them against your friends to see who's the best trainer.
However, training Pokemon isn't so simple. Pokemon's mechanics offer up a wealth of depth for more competitive trainers to sink their teeth into. You've probably heard about stuff like natures, E.V.s, I.V.s, and so forth, but how can you utilize these mechanics to better your competitive game? Well, that's what I'm here to do: give you some tips and tricks to unlock your full competitive potential. Who knows, maybe you might win a tournament or something. If you do, just remember to ment
Memories of PokemonAh, Pokemon. Out of all the video game series in the world, this is easily the one I'm most nostalgic for. It was the first game I ever played and Pokemon Blue still stands as one of my favorite games ever made. Why do I like it so much? Is it for the adventure of exploring a strange world populated by powerful creatures that I can capture and command? Yes. Is it for the opportunity to trade those creatures and compete with my friends and peers? Yes. Is it because the games are just well-crafted RPGs in their own right? Yes. Today, since it is Pokemonth, after all, I thought I'd share some of my favorite memories of the series with you.
I got Pokemon Blue on my birthday, which for some reason seemed to fall on the last day of school each year in my elementary days. I had to wait through seven hours of watching movies in class (since this was the final day, there wasn't much to do otherwise) before I rushed home. Even the
The Wonderful 101 ReviewI feel sorry for any professional game critic that has to review Grand Theft Auto V. They'd better hope to heaven Rockstar had made an impeccable, golden example of game design. Because if they find any flaws, they'd better screw their integrity and overlook it in their critique or risk inciting the wrath of a thousand fanboys should they give the game anything less than a perfect recommendation. Ah, the benefits of being an amateur. So, instead of jumping on the bandwagon and playing Grand Theft Auto V this week, I've been playing something less well known but no less awesome. The game in question is the latest from extravagant developer Platinum Games, The Wonderful 101.
The Wonderful 101 is inspired by Japanese tokusatsu shows like Power Rangers and Kamen Rider. It opens up with the invasion of earth by alien terrorists calling themselves the GEATHJERK. The only things standing between the GEATHJERK and world domination are the Centinals, an
Top Ten Favorite PokemonGotta catch 'em all! That's the tag line that made Pokemon a worldwide phenomenon. The challenge to capture and train all of the various Pokemon is just so appealing. Many have attempted this awesome feat, but few have succeeded. With so many Pokemon, it's easy for someone to have a favorite bunch of creatures when the going gets tough. For myself, I've had several Pokemon teams through the years, several Pokemon that have carried me through many victories, and many Pokemon that I really like. Making a list of my top ten favorite Pokemon was much harder than I anticipated it would be. Seriously, you would be astonished if you knew how many times I wrote and rearranged this list. But, in spite of how difficult it was, I finally have the list narrowed down. Just to make a few things clear: 1.) I will only include one legendary Pokemon, otherwise this list would be dominated by them. Yeah, I like legendary Pokemon that much.
Rayman Legends ReviewIn terms of years in gaming, 2011 is the one that came closest to beating out 1998 as the best. In 2011 we had such terrific and revolutionary games as Skyward Sword, Skyrim, and Skylanders (there were a lot of “sky” games for some reason...) One underappreciated gem had to be Rayman Origins, Ubisoft's reboot to their Rayman franchise. While the game didn't perform well commercially, the game was a darling among critics who praised its smart platforming, balanced difficulty, and wacky sense of style. But, history has a long list of critically successful games that never saw a sequel because of poor sales. Fortunately, Rayman Origins was not one of them and now we have Rayman Legends to enjoy, praise be to Miyamoto.
Rayman Legends was originally going to be an exclusive released back in February as a Wii U exclusive. We all know how that turned out. Now, the game recently saw a multiplatform release. Speaking as someone who was
Nine TimesI saw him nine times.
The first time we were both sitting in the room together, getting ready to take the math test that would determine our placement. I was scatterbrained and throwing things around, trying to find the pencils that I had known I would need but had still just tossed in my purse. He was lounging backwards in his chair, looking for all the world as though he didn’t have a single care in the world, including the upcoming test. It annoyed me, that I was frantic and ready to scream, while someone else could be that relaxed.
I tested out of the class.
I don’t know if he did.
The second time I saw him, it was a few months after I arrived on campus. He was the one rushing and frantic this time, running across the square. He was probably late for class, though I had no way of knowing for sure. I was already lost in my own thoughts and ideas, deciding on my major and convincing people that yes, this is what I really want to do with my life. If they weren
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