I finished my new Pokémon Y game a few weeks ago. I had written a review of it for my journal, and decided to double-check some facts before posting. Then, when an error occurred, Internet Explorer automatically refreshed all my open tabs, erasing all my work. So, let's try this again.
Pokémon Y's storyline was remarkably short compared to other games, and rather easy, with a few specific exceptions, of course. I found myself disappointed and unfulfilled. This was made worse by a lack of post-game content. There's the Battle Maison (the equivalent of the Battle Tower/Frontier/Subway), and the... ugh... Safari Zone. Just thinking about that leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Is the Safari Zone popular in Japan or something? Because as far as I know, it's not popular anywhere else, but Game Freak just keeps putting them in anyway.
There is supposedly some post-game storyline content, but I can't seem to find it. Apparently, I need to battle someone before the rest of the content is unlocked, but no website will tell me who it is or how to find him/her. Another thing the game lacks is a means of re-matching NPCs. Sure, there's the Battle Chateau, but it's just not the same as battling in the field, and it gets repetitive after a while.
Another thing to note is the experience revamp. The exp. is no longer divided amongst the battlers. Instead, each Pokémon who entered battle receives the same amount of exp. as if that Pokémon had beaten the foe all by itself. The Exp. Share is no longer a held item, functioning more like the first generation's Exp. All, except it can be turned off and it doesn't reduce the total experience gained. Each Pokémon who didn't battle gains half the experience it would have gained if it had. Pokémon also gain exp. if the foe was caught. While these factors practically eliminate the need for level grinding, they also remove a lot of challenge from the game.
It also seems like they revamped the capture mechanics as well. There's the "critical capture", in which a Pokémon is caught after only one roll, and the likelihood of getting it is determined by how many Pokémon you've been catching recently. The regular catching mechanics seem to have been changed as well, considering I was able to catch both Mewtwo and Yveltal (the Y version's mascot) using only two regular Pokéballs each.
The Pokémon you find are varied as well. This variety, plus the ease of online play, make it easier than ever to fill out your Pokédex, despite the ever-growing number of Pokémon needed to do so. The cries of the Pokémon from older generations have also been altered to blend in more seamlessly with those of newer Pokémon. The most obvious change is with Pikachu. Instead of using its traditional cry, they gave it its anime voice like they did back in the Yellow Version. I don't mind it that much; it's understandable, considering it's Pikachu, but I do hope it's not a trend. I never was a fan of the "Pokémon saying their names" thing. I find it incredibly annoying and I wonder why someone would come up with something like that. The day a main series game gives all the Pokémon their anime voices is the day I give up the franchise for good.
Another change to be discussed is the typing matchups. Game Freak removed the Steel type's resistance to Dark and Ghost moves, making the new Pokémon Honedge's Ghost/Steel typing much less useful that it sounds. It also renders a scenario I sketched in my gallery's Scraps section much less plausible. Then there's the new Fairy type. This type's most famous attribute is that it is immune to, and super-effective against, the Dragon type. Its only weaknesses are Poison and Steel, making those types much more useful offensively.
There are some things that I like about the game, though. Super Training allows you to EV train without battling, though battling does work, too. It also helps you keep track of EVs, albeit with a graph instead of numbers.
There's a number of expensive services in the game, such as clothing stores and hairstylists to customize your character with. Luckily, there's a number of ways to raise funds. The first and most surprising method (to me) is also what would be the most obvious in real life: get a job. The housekeeping staff at the hotel in Lumiose City is hiring, and they pay you based on how fast you finish the job. Another good place to earn cash quickly is the Battle Chateau I mentioned earlier, as most of the trainers there are obscenely rich, and will sometimes give you high-value items for beating them, such as Nuggets and Star Pieces. The limit on how much money you can have is also much higher than in older games.
Overall, it's a decent game. It wasn't nearly as much fun as Platinum was, but it's still good.