2013'S NEW GAME CHANGERS: POKÉMON X AND Y AND GTA V
We all know how much video games have progressed, from the blue-white pixels of Ryu's Hadouken to Kratos's hi-def battles against Olympians and Titans. The gaming world isn't stopping there. Let's now take a look into the new game changers of the year: GTA V and Pokémon X/Y. Both games have received stellar reviews and provided awesome additions to their predecessors.
Kudos to Rockstar North for this gem of a game. These guys made waiting for five years worth it with this release. They're already going to bag at least two awards for GTA V's success. Since its release in October, Grand Theft Auto V has received a lot of praise from its fans, and not so surprising, even its "former" critics.
GTA V still maintains the open-world, action-adventure feel of the game. The new thing is that you'll be switching storylines among three unique characters. Other characters move when you're not controlling them. Apart from the awesome updates to its graphics, you can also now hide behind cars to shield yourself from gunfire.
Whether a PC version is in the works or the game will remain console-exclusive, we have no concrete proof yet. Rumor has it, however, that a PC version is likely to hit the market some time next year. Well, at least that's a sign for the 600,000 people who signed an online petition for a PC release.
If you're still skeptical about this game, then you should know that it gained $800 million in sales on its first day and got perfect scores in different game review sites. That's the numbers talking there, bud.
Pokemon X and Y
Who said Pokémon is for kids? Pokémon X and Y are two good sequels fit for the young and the young at heart. There are a lot of new features in these new 3DS games. Obviously, there's a new region and a new set of Pokémon, led by legendary Pokémon Xerneas and Yveltal along with starters Fennekin, Froakie, and Chespin. Here's some spoiler alert: you'll also get to choose one starter from the original Red and Blue series later on.
One of the most talked about new feature in these titles is the new Pokémon type: fairy. Cute little Jigglypuff is now a fairy-type along with the awesome Gardevoir. Fairy types are strong against dragon, fighting, and dark types. It's weak against poison and steel.
There are also new battle systems: sky battles and horde encounters. The former is a midair fight where only flying Pokémon can join while the latter engages the player in multiple wild Pokémon battles in one go. There's also Pokémon-Amie and Super Training, both useful methods to raise your Pokémon's stats.
X and Y are the first two titles presented in full 3D polygonal graphics, resulting in more action-packed adventures and battle scenes. Players can also now customize how the trainer looks from the start along with outfits and accessories found in-game.
Also, thank heavens Fennekin (the fire-type starter) doesn't evolve into another fire-fighting Pokémon, but turns to a wand-wielding, fox wizard in its final form!
GTA V and Pokémon X/Y define what a great game sequel must be like: retaining key elements of previous versions, adding new features that expand the gameplay, and upgrading the quality of the overall gaming experience. There are a few more sequels coming before the year ends. 2013 has been a good year, hopefully, the next one will even be better.