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Pokémon X 

(Nintendo) Nintendo 3DS

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The game where “you gotta catch ’em all” is back and its finest form in years. Gone are the 2D sprites of yesteryear---in their place, fully fleshed out characters and a world worth exploring. The story is what you’ve come to expect, if you’ve played any Pokémon game before. Starting as a budding trainer, you go from gym-to-gym improving your team of fighting monsters and collecting more creatures for the local Pokémon professor to study along the way. Certain types of Pokémon are better against others, and the complex rock-paper-scissors battle system is as enjoyable as ever. What has made the series so endearing over the decades is the intangible connection you make with the cute little guys as they scamper around the world. That probably comes from staring at them all day, as the game is so hard to put down. The only misstep in this entry is a barely-there 3D effect and a sometimes jarring frame rate. Other than that, it’s easy to recommend to anyone who has or hasn’t played Pokémon before.

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