Pokémon X and Y: The Glory of the (lack of) Story, Character Exploration, and Location Scouting

 Pokénlightenment (See what I did there?)

If any Pokémon fan says that they are handling the wait for October’s release of Pokémon X and Y with grace and dignity, then they are almost certainly not being entirely truthful. Having enjoyed immensely the re-working of the fifth generation of Pokémon that Pokémon Black and White Version 2 brought to our DS/3Ds’s (albeit in 2D form) screens, I have just about managed to keep my curiosity and eagerness to experience generation six squashed firmly into the most cobweb-ridden parts of my brain. All this hype about new Pokémon, a rumoured fairly type, and the fact that October is literally 1 centimeter away from May as it looks on my  year-view calendar have dredged up these once-compacted feelings in my brain and have resulted in a resurgence of anticipation that borders on hysteria about the prospective features of Pokémon X and Y. Having written articles on the starters & legendary Pokémon as well as one concerning a few other small-game creatures, what’s left to discuss but the storyline, new region, and characters? Read on for mild enlightenment.

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Pokémon X and Y Update – Further Pokémon and Fairy Type?

Please Gamefreak, Can I Have Some More?

While it may be that information about the two legendaries and the three starting Pokémon have hit the spot, I would barely consider it a substantial enough starter when compared to the X and Y-shaped void in my stomach (and heart), so the Official Site gave us a few more scraps for us Pokémon vultures to circle around and fight over. Aside from the obvious eagerness for the unveiling of new Pokémon and their different forms, there’s nothing a fan like me loves more than hearing about new moves that are going to enter into the Pokémon repertoire, so here’s to making two Wingulls faint with one stone (poor attempt at Pokéfication of the phrase, I know) by listing some other interesting new Pokémon and a few new moves that they will also possess.

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Pokémon X and Y Update: Starter Pokémon and Legendaries

Pokémon X and Y Update: New Pokémon

Feast of Pokémon Knowledge

While the release of X and Y is more over the hill and far away than simply ‘around the corner’ (October never seemed so far away), we are always teased and tantalised with information about the highly anticipated sequel, the hunger for which cannot be satiated with hobby, pastime, work, or food, or even Pokémon Tower Defense 2. That’s right, even the weekly mystery gift giveaway isn’t enough to take my mind off the first 3D Pokémon adventure, but officially-released information about and screenshots of said adventure may just quash the hunger pangs for a few more minutes at least. Instead of issuing you with all of the information that has been officially released so far, I thought it best to break the feast of knowledge up into courses. I consider this to be the starter or entree, since there is nothing more important in the Pokémon world than the Pokémon themselves. Dinner is served.

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Pokémon Tower Defense 2: Taking the Mystery out of ‘Mystery Gift’: Shiny Archen and Shiny Starly

Big Happenings in Little Johto

It’s that time of year again, and by year I mean specific denomination of the year known as the week, each passing of which leads to the landing of two highly reflective, new, fast-growing,  shiny (but sometimes shadow) Pokémon on in our Pokécenter for us to send on over to our collection. In this collection of seven days AKA week, these two Pokémon are going to be landing in a literal sense from above  because the PTD2 fan population has spoken and decided that the flying types should be the next to have a twinkle applied to their eye, and indeed all over the rest of them as well. Ancestor of all bird Pokémon Archen was the ultimate winner in this week’s relatively close vote, with Starly being not that far behind and therefore being the consolation prize for us to snap up through the weekly Twitter-based giveaway. It’s been a while since I’ve had myself a quality flying Pokémon, let alone a rock/flying combination, so I think Archen will hit the spot for most people; I guess Starly isn’t all that bad either.

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Pokémon Tower Defense 2: Taking the Mystery out of the‘Mystery Gift’: Shiny/Shadow Celebi

Quincy’s Dead?

These are turbulent times that we live through in the sad old year of 2013: unpredictable weather, financial meltdown on an international scale, and worst of all, we have been without an update in Pokémon Tower Defense 2 this week. I’ve been keeping abreast of Sam Otero’s twitter as I’m sure most of you have been, so most of us know about the technical difficulties involving Sam’s computer hardware, causing an absence of new content this week. It’s no big deal; these things happen, and in the context having to ring in the new year with Quincy M.E no longer with us, it’s a pretty minor problem to be facing. By way of reparation for the technical hitches and resulting lack of update this week, Sam is going to be releasing an ad-hoc mystery gift, which is said to be out by Monday the 20th. The mystery Pokémon in question is Celebi, a Psychic/Grass type combination that is bound to bring some shine to an otherwise gloomy 2013.

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Pokémon Tower Defense 2: Taking the Mystery out of ‘Mystery Gift’: Tropius and Ferroseed

Greenfingers

It’s been a more eventful week than most in the world of Pokémon Tower Defense 2, with a daring new story mode update from Mr Samuel Otero involving a culmination of all the dark and devious happenings in the story so far in the form of an epic encounter with Mewthree, a Pokémon that won’t be officially in the Pokédex until Pokémon X and Y are released on the waiting world. A closer look at this extremely difficult battle will be uploaded shortly, but this article concerns itself with the next mystery gift and giveaway madness. Last week’s fruit of the generosity tree tasted a little like Timburr with hints of Mienfoo, both of which were delicious but neither of which are particularly useful against the Psychic prowess of Mewthree, a Pokémon that is sure to wipe out your fighting and poison types before even taking a bite of his Weetabix in the morning. Luckily for us, we have primarily Grass-type Pokémon this week; they’re not super effective against psychics, but at least they won’t instantly crumble under the type-matchup pressure like fighting types will.

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Pokémon Tower Defense 2 Story mode: The Return of Mewthree, Hopeful Victory, and the Clear dangers of Cloning

Leave of Absence

It hasn’t exactly been the smallest amount of time since I’ve graced (or burdened) the blog with some useful words of Pokéwisdom, but in my defense, there hasn’t really been all much going on in the updates department aside from the eternally-shining star in the middle of an otherwise darkened sky devoid of hope and beauty that is the mystery gift giveaway. The last update we had was heftier than some in recent months, allowing us to battle against a new policeman/guard and also to give any electric Pokémon you may have a good workout. This week‘s update involves a battle that has more heft than any updates we’ve seen in a while in terms of storyline development and general entertainment value. To get stuck into this recently-updated slice of Pokémon glory, we must pick up from where we parted ways previously, which should be in the vicinity of the fisherman.

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Pokémon Tower Defense 2: Taking the Mystery out of ‘Mystery Gift’: Shiny Timburr and Shiny Mienfoo

Fighting Fit

I know that I effectively declared my undying love for Water Pokémon last week, but type-loyalty can be a shallow affair and Pokémon brings out the fickle nature in me, particularly when considering that this week’s giveaway comprises of pure, unadulterated fighting types. Aside from the fact that most fighting types simply look cool (you can’t beat a bit of Hitmonchan/Hitmonlee), they also tend to have some pretty fearsome attack stats and also go on to learn some extremely powerful moves of 80+ power, plus a few with the occasional chance of paralysing the foe. Timburr has unsurprisingly been voted the main event in terms of spoils for the mystery gift this week, with Mienfoo being the runner-up and therefore the secondary giveaway! Instead of watching Sam’s Twitter page like a social networking junkie that shoots Facebook directly into their eyeballs, why not saunter casually in the direction of this page to receive all the codes you need?

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Pokémon Tower Defense 2: Taking the Mystery out of ‘Mystery Gift’: Shiny (Shadow) Buizel and Shiny Feebas

Turbulent Times

It’s been a hectic week in the world of Pokémon Tower Defense; not so much on the gameplay front, but rather on the development side of things. There have been a few hitches with the server resulting in some downtime, responsive server maintenance, some errors, and some prolonged inaccessibility to the game. Thankfully, Sam has been working furiously and it is once again good in the proverbial hood. I am again a little late on the draw with the mystery gift update but such is the busy lives we all lead, and the main thing is we’re all still alive and we all (hopefully) still have our beloved Pokémon in fighting fit condition. The currently active mystery gift this week consists of some bright and shiny as well as something a little bit darker, with the sparkly culprit being the visually-unfortunate Feebas and the comparatively cute-looking Buizel hailing from an altogether darker neck of the woods. We’ve had enough shiny folk in the past so it can be nice to receive something a little more sinister and clouded with a slightly purple hue, particularly when we were all still expected a run-of-the-mill shiny. Read on for more words (and Pokémon).

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Pokémon Tower Defense 2 Story Mode Walkthrough: Route 32 re-do, Fisherman’s Friend, and It’s the Sound of the Police

Introduction

Well, it hasn’t been all that long since the mighty giveaway of the mystery gift persuasion and already we have another story mode update! Even though Sam has notified us that he will be concentrating more on giving us more moves by increasing the soft cap levels in the game to the ultimate goal of 100, we still find ourselves up to our necks new content; I don’t know how else to explain it apart from that the man is a machine. The last update that had us venture into the world of pixelated Pokémon madness saw us fighting against a disruptive Entei whilst thwarting some dastardly thievery from the Unown from which I expected better (perhaps we should give them a break, however, since they are under the shadowy influence that has been making Pokémon behave strangely as part of the central storyline for PTD2 so far). This week’s update gives us reason to return to the initially disappointing Route 32 for another encounter with the seemingly short arm of the law (a level 14 Magikarp isn’t exactly a show of authority) and a ‘save the (rare) candy’ battle with a fisherman at the south of the Route. There still isn’t exactly a load to do but it’s better than a kick in the enamels.

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Pokémon Tower Defense 2: Taking the Mystery out of ‘Mystery Gift’: Shiny Rotom and Shiny Plusle/Minun

Electric Avenue

Having been much less on the ball than usual recently, I managed to let the first 500 people grab last week’s Shiny Solosis, resulting in a significant Pokémon-related fail on my part, and we all know that this is pretty much the worst kind of fail imaginable. I’ll go ahead and admit that I must have been off the ball entirely to let this blunder occur, and will have to pay reparations by being swift on the uptake with next week’s glistening creatures. Last week’s psychic Pokémon (and I mean this in the singular form in my case) brought a moderate smile to my face, since the last psychic-type I grabbed as a mystery gift was Jirachi, who is now an integral part of my team with his deadliness matched only by his versatility. The next giveaway is all about the voltage with Shiny Rotom and Shiny Plusle/Minun forming the mystery gift giveaway. The presence of these supercharged critters will make the fisherman battle that was recently introduced in the last update considerably easier to beat, meaning you will be able to get hold of the good rod with ease.

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Pokémon Tower Defense 2: Taking the Mystery out of ‘Mystery Gift’: Shiny Ralts and Shiny Solosis

Introduction

The generosity of Mr Sam Otero knows no bounds; he creates a wildly-successful tower defense game that wears a Pokémon skin, and after all the dust settled with that he went and bettered himself in the creation of a superior sequel that keeps thousands of fans coming back or more and more.  The fact that this generosity manifests on a weekly basis in the form of a fan-voted, Shiny Pokémon giveaway makes Sam Otero a credit to the profession of games development, but the ante has been upped even further recently with the inclusion of an additional weekly creature, bringing the total up to a sensational two Pokémon. Since the game is going to be relatively light on story mode updates, the Mystery Gift giveaway is currently forming the basis of my PTD2 funsies, and last week’s Fire-type giveaway was quite the tasty dish, with Darumaka being the main event and a little Torkoal for dessert, even though I already felt a little full. This week, he have some shiny psychic greatness upon us, and yet again, it’s a two-course luncheon for us to get our taste-buds around.

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Pokémon Tower Defense 2: Taking the Mystery out of ‘Mystery Gift’: Shiny Darumaka and Shiny Torkoal

 

Introductions & Apologies

Oh dear. Oh very deary dear. Somehow, I’ve managed to drop the proverbial ball on what I strive to make a weekly and prompt Mystery Gift update of the Pokémon Tower Defense 2 persuasion. It appears that my negligence has led to this update being nearly two full calendar days behind schedule (which is roughly two weeks in Pokémon Tower Defense time). My apologetic grovelling are so profuse that I felt the need for this Intro-pology, and now feel the need to get instantly stuck into the good stuff. Allow me to facilitate your acquiring of this week’s shiny Pokémon, and to make up for my outrageous carelessness, I – or more accurately, my Pokémon – will be producing few eggs through breeding encouraged by me in order to produce some Pokémon to put up for trade on a weekly basis! Requests for offspring of each week’s mystery gift Pokémon are therefore welcome.

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Pokémon Tower Defense 2: Taking the Mystery out of ‘Mystery Gift’: Shiny Absol and Shiny Scraggy

 

Double for Nothing

As if I wasn’t already excited enough about the weekly Pokémon Tower Defense 2 mystery gift giveaway to cause myself a mild to moderate Pokémon-related seizure in which I’m left a twitching mess on the floor as a result of frantically searching for this week’s code, Sam only went and pulled a jammy stunt like sneaking in an extra Pokémon to get our hands on. It was the inclusion of the second Pokémon that actually triggered the seizure, since I quickly came to realise that as well as pure dark-type Absol getting the shiny treatment this week, we would also be graced with Scraggy’s presence in all his shiny glory. Now, if last week’s giveaway is anything to go by, then the buck-toothed, dual-type dark/fighting Pokémon will be of limited availability, so it may pay to get on the bandwagon with this one in a timely manner. Don’t worry if you’re a little late to the party; Absol also isn’t a Pokémon to be taken lightly, and he will do just fine in the absence of his partner in this promotional giveaway.

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Pokémon Tower Defense 2 Story Mode Walkthrough: Full Metal Jacket, A Devious Entei, and Goodness Gracious Great Balls of Fire

 

Introduction

Ahhh, it seems like only a few weeks ago that we were stumbling upon the Ruins of Alph for the very first time. This could be due to the fact that it actually has been a number of weeks since the last story mode update for Pokémon Tower Defense 2, and it has been an impatient one at that. After the outrageous nothingness that the Route 32 update provided, all has been forgiven in light of the lovely Ruins of Alph and the potential they have for our entertainment; last time we got to catch Unown at our leisure, but this week something more wicked this way comes, and we have another boss battle on our hands. Brace yourself for quite the tough cookie since this update brings us face to face with a shadow Entei, a fearsome fire Pokémon that will have you aflame in no time, and I’m pretty sure there aren’t any fire extinguishers in the Pokémon world, so let’s not let our lovely creatures undergo even a light spot of combustion this week, shall we?

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Pokémon Tower Defense 2: Taking the Mystery out of ‘Mystery Gift’: Shiny Spheal

 

Don’t you Spheal Good?

It’s a proven fact that everyone loves free stuff, but what makes this free stuff even better is if said stuff is shiny. Sure, finding a shiny coin on the floor can make a good day better, and I remember a time where receiving complimentary shiny Pokémon cards as part of the Pokémon movie experience even floated my Royal Unova, but these are moderate-level gains at best. It is my pleasure therefore to give you this week’s code for the spherical seal creature of astronomical cuteness that is Spheal (ahh, I see what they did there), that sparkles with the intensity of a thousand stars (as well as already glistening from the water that he resides in).

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Pokémon Tower Defense 2: Taking the Mystery out of ‘Mystery Gift’: Shiny Aron

It’s that time of week again, and thought I am two days late to the Mystery Gift party, I’ve still managed to bring some friends, beer, a top-quality DJ and most importantly, the code for this week’s little beauty of a Pokémon  Aron, in all his shiny glory. After having him for only five minutes or so, he was shooting up the levels like he was holding a lucky egg; I forgot how quickly these shiny Pokémon grow up.

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The Nintendo 3DS and the Pokémon Experience: Is Heaven Where This Match Was Made?

Introduction

Whenever writing about Pokémon in general – whether waxing lyrical about the Pokémon RPG adventure of the main-series games or musing about the shortcomings and pitfalls of the many spinoffs – it almost seems an impossible task to sum up the many facets of the franchise for introductory purposes. The adequate condensing of the past fifteen years of Pokémon madness is akin to standing at the foot of a mile-high mountain of books and being required to summarise the information within them within the confines of a small A6 notebook with only a miniature HB pencil: there is simply too much to cover with not enough space in which the information can comfortably fit.

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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness 2 – Don’t fear change, fear the absence of it

Introduction

Referencing the grip that the Pokémon franchise has on its loyal followers in the opening throws of an article about any one of aforementioned franchise’s video games has become something of a cliché in its own right. “I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent playing Pokémon”; “Fifteen years later and I’m still throwing Pokéballs; “Referencing the grip that the Pokémon franchise has on its loyal follo”. Wait, I see what’s happened here; I’ve just created a loop of self-referential literary irony and have possibly broken the universe in the process. Having looked out the window and realised that the word still continues regardless, however, it feels important that I quickly highlight the fact that while I do enjoy Pokémon, my well that usually runneth over with liquid enthusiasm for the games of the main series begins to run dry when it comes to any title that isn’t crafted by the skilled hands of the metaphorical artisan of Pokémon greatness that is Game Freak. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness 2 is of course a fictional idea, but I merely would like to use this idea to articulate some thoughts and improvements that would have made the original Explorers of Darkness much less of a chore to play.

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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness Game Review – We’ve Seen These Dungeons Before

Introductions

Spinoffs have somewhat of a bad reputation in the gaming world. Not only does the spinoff have to do everything in its power to do some justice to the original game’s gameplay, but it also has to answer to an angry, impatient mob of distrustful fans. Fans that are likely waiting impatiently with a glare in their eye that reflects their hope that the game will fail and a finger on their mouse that hovers over the ‘Post New Thread’ button of a V-bulletin board in the ‘Spinoff Sceptics’ section. Sequels to a spinoff are at even more of a disadvantage, since if its predecessor was successful it has to live up to this triumph by coming up with the dreaded second album and if the game it succeeds was a failure, then the sequel is already on the back foot and has a lot to answer for, and has pretty much everything to prove. Having not been bowled over by Blue Rescue Team (it missed the strike and also failed to get the spare), Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness, along with its sister title Explorers of Time, has a lot to improve upon for existing fans of the series, and also much to prove to new players if is to have even the slightest chance of adding to their fan base.

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