Thanks to the nice fellas and fellettes at Game Freak, we've been getting a steady stream of Pokemon X and Y news and this week we got one of our biggest news hauls yet with a brand new gameplay trailer
1. You can sit down!
First up. is that you can finally sit down. I have wanted to rest my trainer's weary legs since my first Pokemon foray and finally, those benches and chairs cropping up all over the last five regions have a use: You can sit on them for what I imagine is merely aesthetic gain.
The battles look better than ever
Something I've been worrying about since the first trailer is the sort of muddy looking sprite animation in battles. Luckily this new trailer has put my fears to rest showing off Pokemon wincing in pain with just as much clarity as the sprites in the 3DS Pokedex.
You can walk diagonally!
Revealed for a brief second during the trailer and more conclusively in screenshots is the confirmation of diagonal movement. A first for a main Pokemon game and one which is welcome in my books, it would look pretty ridiculous having a vibrant 3D world and being restricted to four directions. Hopefully the freer movement ends up making the game even more immersive than past outings.
You can ride a goat but it's slow
The trailer also shows off a new riding mechanic, one step up from how Heart Gold and Soul Silver let your Pokemon follow you around. The pace in the video seems to be painfully slow but maybe he's just abiding a city speed limit. We've had confirmation that the English name for the beast of burden is Gogoat and I've got my fingers crossed that it's not the only Pokemon I can saddle up.
This trailer has made me far more confident and excited about X and Y. To me, the game - visually, at least - looks like a Pokemon Animal Crossing and that's a really good thing. When I was just a young ruffian playing my copy of Pokemon Red, this was exactly what I wanted the future of Pokémon to look like; so I'm counting down the days to October.