My copy of Pokemon X arrived on my doorstep just a few days ago, and I've had a minimal amount of time to tuck into it. Before I make any real progress I thought it'd be fun to start up a little web-diary so to speak. This online diary will chronicle my progress from neophyte to Pokemon Master.
X (and it's counter-part Y) are a brand new entry into the series, which mean a whole new region to explore, the Kalos region. Kalos coming from the Greek word for beauty, and it definitely is. Of course we have our local professor, who goes by the name Sycamore.
When asked for my name, I opted to go with my first name, Julian. Which my Poke-friends promptly refused to call me and instead suggested they call me "J-Meister" instead, I declined and now bear the nickname, Ludono. This game is a bit less traditional in that I wasn't ask to help the Alzheimer-stricken professor remember the name of his own nephew. Glad we're making progress there Game Freak.
After roaming a bit around Vaniville, a slightly classier starter town than usual, I decided to take the trek to the next town where I was given my choice of starter Pokemon. I've never had a solid preference on starter type, though I usually lean toward water or fire. Froakie looked goofy so I went with Fennekin because kawaii. Yeah.
I made my way through the first forrest, collecting a few items, Pokemon and battle wins in the process until I arrived at Santalune city. Since I had used most of my Pokeballs already catching the dopey low level creatures in the forest I made a trip to the Pokemart, which is conviently located inside the Pokemon Center this time around. Wonderful. I also bought a hat because character customization has finally made it's way to Pokemon. Now I can fight battles in STYLE.
I picked up the Torchic from the lady in the center and used Wonder Trade to swap a few of my recent catches. I decided on a motley lineup for my team of fighters and made my way over to the local Gym. Interestingly enough the first gym is a bug type gym, which none of the starters are super effective against, so I suppose it's more balanced now. Viola, the leader, only had a handful of low level trainers guarding the path to her and after dispatching them, I made short work of her and her two fighters. Badge in hand, I emerged victorious, eager to continue my journey.
First impressions; the game is fantastic. I don't mind the fact that the game isn't in 3D whilst in the overworld since I'd turn it off most likely anyway. The online components are great, being able to easily trade and battle with people across the globe in an instant is what Pokemon should be like. And while the other games had online features, these feel MUCH more fleshed out. Of course, the game itself looks great as well, the transition from 2D to 3D was executed perfectly. Of course, much like the 2.5D in previous games, this 3D still moves in a very grid-like world, albeit a cleverly disguised one.
My name is Julian "Ludono" from Vaniville, and I am going to be the greatest trainer Kalos has ever seen!
Current Party: Hisoka (Fennekin) lvl10, Bisky (Fletchling) lvl13, Torchic lvl13, Beedrill lvl10, Sentret lvl11, ãƒ”ãƒãƒ¦ãƒ¼ (Pichu) lvl10