In the lead up to Gen 8, let’s take a look back at what’s come before.
#6. POKEMON X AND Y
Of all the Pokemon generations so far, the one that’s most easily forgotten is Gen 6. That may sound harsh, but the issue with Pokemon X and Y was that they seemed to lack a solid identity of their own. From a forgettable story and unchallenging difficulty to Legendaries that didn’t make much of an impression and a region that failed to leave its mark, X and Y felt just a little too vanilla for their own good.
Depending on what sort of Pokemon game you’re looking for though, that vanilla nature can actually be a good thing. Pokemon X and Y were pure Pokemon – if a bit too easy – boiled down to the series’ simplest essence. While with every passing generation the series has grown flashier and flashier with its regions and its stories, X and Y instead felt like just a quintessential Pokemon journey. Is a lot of that because of the game’s own failure to make an impact with many of the things it attempted? Sure. But I guess it’s the end result that counts.