Percentile Rank

Pokemon X and Y is ranked in the 95th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 40 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

86

Top Critic Average

86%

Critics Recommend

Based on 40 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Kotaku
Yes
Yes
Oct 12, 2013

It's a charming adventure that lets you collect the coolest creatures for battle and friendship.

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Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Oct 4, 2013

Pokémon X & Y is the finest expression of Satoshi Tajiri's obsessive vision yet.

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GameZone
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 17, 2013

The core Pokémon franchise has largely remained unchanged, both graphically and mechanically, since its inception with Pokémon Red and Blue. While Game Freak has kept adding on various elements to keep the games fresh, each new title didn’t really present a whole lot in terms of variety. I also admit that both Pokémon Black and White 1 and 2 completely lost my interest. I never even got past the second gym. It was Pokémon fatigue at its worst. Pokémon X and Y changed all of that. I was a fan again. I couldn’t stop playing. I couldn’t stop catching and collecting.

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Guardian
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 19, 2013

Just when he thought he had kicked the habit, Matt Kamen finds himself captured by the new improved Pokémon adventures

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ZTGD
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 23, 2013

It’s all here. Fans of Pokémon will be in familiar territory while newcomers will have a great time learning the ropes. It never deviates from the norm too much, but what X and Y does and does brilliantly, is the improvements to connectivity and game progression. Sure, it may feel the same, but it is so refined, that hardcore players will see past it. With more monsters than I can count, and an improved online and overall experience, Nintendo has proven that Pokémon is still alive and well, and with X and Y, anyone with a 3DS should play it. It really is the best Pokémon game I have ever played.

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NintendoWorldReport
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 14, 2017

I'll have more to say when I beat it, especially because these third-version games always seem to load the super-cool, crazy stuff into the back half. Right now, Pokemon Ultra Sun comes across as the same game as last year with a bunch of new stuff on top. I dig it.

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VGChartz
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 22, 2013

Pokémon X and Y is an enjoyable but uneven experience.

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Scored Reviews

RPG Fan
96%
96%
Oct 30, 2013

Revitalizes the aging franchise and breathes new life into old mechanics.

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Destructoid
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2013

Nobody has demonstrated they can do Pokemon better than Pokemon can. X and Y does everything it needs to remain relevant, to prove why it's the top of its field, and if that's not good enough for you, there's nothing Ekans say to change your mind.

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Polygon
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2013

Pokemon X and Y is a completely interconnected experience, which is exactly how Pokemon is meant to be played — a fact I'd forgotten since my schoolyard days.

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IGN
9 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2013

Game Freak has really outdone itself this time, and Pokemon X and Y will be remembered as great transition point for the series’ transformation into an even more social, beautiful, and strategic game. Building on five generations of games, a digital menagerie of captivating creatures, and a wide range of diverse regions to explore, Pokemon X and Y proves this formulaic portable role-playing series can still deliver an innovative experience.

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Metro GameCentral
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 4, 2013

The best new Pokémon for a decade and a game of exquisite depth and longevity, with visuals and online options that finally do the series justice.

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Shacknews
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 4, 2013

All told, it's an impressive accomplishment, and a great start for the series on the Nintendo 3DS. I have no idea what the future holds, but for another few years at least, the beat will go right on for what may be the most important series on any Nintendo platform

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Game Rant
Oct 15, 2013

Pokemon X and Y are the 3D Pokemon games that fans have been waiting all of these years for. An overly predictable plot and a hit and miss 3D feature are but a few blemishes on what’s otherwise an impeccable set of games.

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Telegraph
Oct 23, 2013

If Pokemon’s greatest pleasure is the joy of discovery, then I’ve finally discovered it. And hooray for that.

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Gaming Nexus
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 22, 2013

Pokemon X and Y are definitely two of the best games in the series to date.  The new features are fun to play with (especially the PSS), and the Mega Evolutions and new Fariy-type changes things up with the type-matchups.  Whether you’re a veteran or just starting your very first journey, Pokemon X and Y are definitely worth picking up.

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TechnoBuffalo
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2013

Pokémon X and Y is a stellar entry in the series. Get it.

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Arcade Sushi
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2013

Welcome to the Kalos Region, where Pokemon has truly evolved.

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PCMag
Oct 25, 2013

Pokemon X/Y doesn't change how it plays over Black/White, Diamond/Pearl, and so on, but it looks great and is still a fun, satisfying time-sink for your 3DS.

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We Got This Covered
Oct 20, 2013

Pokémon X and Y isn't quite an impassioned love letter to the series, but it's damn close. Players can finally experience this world in full polygonal 3D, and despite its remaining grid-based roots, the sense of freedom and openness is tangible and real.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 4, 2013

Once again, Game Freak hits the nail squarely on the head, making Pokémon X and Y an excellent new addition to the series' expansive library. Thanks to the simultaneous multi-region release date more players than ever before will be able to experience first-hand that indescribable sensation of unearthing brand new Pokémon that have nimbly avoided the dreaded internet leaks.A wonderful blend of excitement and nostalgia, Pokémon X and Y evolves the core series with its impressive polygonal 3D environments and magical camera angle mastery, adding a few technical adjustments along with a brand new Pokémon type to the original formula that we all know and love. It's not quite a revolution — and is hindered slightly by the meagre use of its host platform's glasses-free 3D capabilities — Pokémon X and Y is sure to steal the hearts of Pokémon fans new and old alike.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 9, 2016

Pokemon has been a big part of my life since it first arrived on US shores in 1998.  It is a game that has captured the imaginations of children and adults alike. For the first time in the series\’ history, Pokemon X has made the full transition to 3D.  It also offers advancements to the series as never before seen, changing the battle formula and how we battle each other online.

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RPG Site
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 26, 2013

For the most part, it's another fantastic entry to the series. Moreover, it's a great game to re-introduce old fans of the series with its graphical and mechanical upgrades. If Pokemon X or Y interests you, consider picking it up; unless you're completely turned off of the franchise, you'll find much to enjoy in this 3DS game.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 14, 2013

At a glance Pokémon X and Pokémon Y did seem like a standard leap in numbers and a new look, but upon diving into the new world, it's more than just a pair of new Pokémon games. Developed, refined and streamlined, the new 3DS titles are a testament to Game Freak's ability to maintain the core Pokémon strengths but keep the action fresh and still exciting after fifteen years. If you've yet to play a Pokémon title, are a lifelong fan or dipped out several generations back, this is the generation to embrace. Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are a tantalising pair of games that simply must be played on the 3DS and 2DS.

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GBAtemp
8.9 / 10.0
8.9 / 10.0
Oct 14, 2013

This game is absolutely stellar. The new visuals and additional features result in an incredibly immersive adventure. The longer lasting story line (depending on gameplay) this time around, complete with the "end game content", will leave even the most skeptical fan wanting more. With everything that is packed into this game, a $40 purchase should definitely be considered. This game comes at the highest recommendation, and will be a powerhouse on the Nintendo 3DS consoles.

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Critical Hit
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2013

It's the same old Pokemon that you know and love, but shinier than ever thanks to the graphics. X and Y doesn't shake the age-old formula up when you examine it closely, but it really doesn't need to as it shifts the franchise into a more modern age.

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GamingTrend
85 / 100
85 / 100
Mar 9, 2016

Pokemon X & Y set a new standard for Pokemon games to come. The advances in this game are well worth the $40, and if you’re interested in the online aspect, I’m happy to say that it is booming and has hours of entertainment to offer. It has improve upon the series in almost every way, so if you’re a fan who has been dragging your feet to buy X or Y, because they’ve been waiting for one of the games to finally break the monotony and change the series in some major ways, then this is the game you’ve been waiting for. There has never been a better time to set out on the never-ending quest to Catch ‘Em All.

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Impulsegamer
4.2 / 5.0
Impulsegamer

Top Critic

4.2 / 5.0
Nov 1, 2013

Rather than being weighed down by it’s own lengthy history, the game is uplifted by it. Pokémon X/Y is part monster-hunting RPG, part social networking tool, and the two mesh nicely together. Not a revolution for the series, but enough of an improvement that even the most jaded fan might regain that old twinkle in the eye.

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EGM
8.3 / 10.0
EGM

Top Critic

8.3 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2013

It’s freakn Pokemon. On the 3DS. Hell yes.

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GamesBeat
82 / 100
82 / 100
Oct 4, 2013

Pokémon X and Y might mark a big visual jump for the series, but the structure remains steadfast in its dedication to tradition. These are still fun games that offer the potential for hundreds of hours of entertainment, and some of the new additions, like the Fairy-type, are certainly welcome. But X and Y don’t really stand out from their predecessors, and I really am starting to wonder how much longer Nintendo can repackage what is essentially the same game.

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GamesRadar+
Oct 24, 2013

If you get hooked--and you'll likely get hooked--you're going to find a few hundred hours of Pokemon battles to look forward to, even if the game falls back on some old tropes a bit too much.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 4, 2013

Pokemon X and Y benefit greatly from their leap to a fully 3D world, and have plenty to offer both veterans and novices alike.

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Digital Spy
Oct 4, 2013

Like a faint Pikachu attempting to escape a rare Poke Ball, Pokemon X shouldn't fail to draw you in and hold on tight, even though it's not quite the mega evolution we were expecting.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Nov 9, 2013

Pokémon X and Y makes the classic series feel brand new.

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2013

Outside of the new social features Pokemon Y and its counterpart do largely stick to the traditional JRPG formula and mechanics that have made the series the global phenomenon it has become. Hardcore Poke fans will still find a lot to like in this instalment and even players who may have lost their way with the series might find the new features and major visual upgrades worth jumping back on the wagon for. It may be iterative and lacking in radical innovations but Pokemon Y is still immensely fun, even if catching them all from a fresh start does feel more than a little daunting.

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Dealspwn
Oct 18, 2013

Pokemon X and Y set a brave new standard for the series on its new platform, delivering a host of new features, expressive 3D visuals and sensational online functionality for future games to build on.

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USgamer
Oct 4, 2013

Despite the nagging feeling that something's missing, Pokémon X and Y make some huge leaps forward for both the competitive and casual crowds. I just wish these games felt as complete as their predecessors.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2013

Nearly 15 years after the first Pokémon games were released, we're still trying to catch 'em all. But with Pokémon X and Y, we do so begrudgingly.

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Fintendo
Jan 26, 2017

"3D models are welcome."

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DigitalCentralMedia
62%
62%
Sep 19, 2015

Pokemon X could have been a much better game. The game lacks content and has very bland characters.

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