All, my, this. Nintendo, if you plan on making Pokémon Z or whatever, FIX ALL OF THIS!!!I do have something to say about the characters though. In the game, it doesn't feel like any of the characters are really easy to connect to, excluding the character that you made yourself, because of course, it's a Pokemon game. None of the characters in the game feel really fleshed out, and all are really negligible to the plot, even the leader of Team Flare, who is just there. All of the characters are there. You don't really feel aggrivated by the main antagonist, you don't really feel like any of the characters could ever stop you. This IS partly because the game is made incredibly easy because of the EXP share, but it's not completely because of it. You don't quite feel like your rival is another Gary Oak, of sorts, because they're always one step behind.
In the first two generations of Pokemon Games, the main "Rivals", who will be referred to as Gary and Silver, are characters that you end up disliking, because they're always that one step ahead, and they're always snobbish to you. In this game, where the rivals are your friends, who are always impressed with you, always one step behind, and always nice to you, they don't quite feel like rivals. Yes, the Rival can be pretty lame, with how they always ditch you and your friends to get better, but in the end, they're still your friend, and because of that, they don't feel like Rivals. They also don't appear at regular intervals of the game, causing them to be less fleshed out than they could be. Gary and Silver are incredibly good rivals, because they actually feel like rivals. Beating them in those games as a child were amazing, and I felt like they were astonished by how they got crushed by someone "worse" than them, but in these games, beating the rivals at really random intervals was...meh. While I understand Nintendo's decision of making the characters nicer to you was a good one, because children are playing the game, I don't really feel like the rivals in this game were of any use at all. You didn't need them, they never really helped you ever.
Moving on to the main antagonizing team of this game, Team Flare, I didn't really feel like they were of any impact. They were there, they were kind of mean, which is pushing it, and even the leader, Lysandre is such a boring character. He acts nice to you and your friends. He shouldn't be the enemy of mankind, he feels like a character who wouldn't dare do anything such as that. When you meet him, it's obvious that he's going to be the leader of the enemy team, just because of his attire, but the way he acts isn't how the leader of an evil organization trying to destroy the world, he acts more like a freaking hipster. Everyone in team flare is a hipster. The fact that they act nice to you, have ridiculous fashion sense, all have the same hairstyle and pose, they don't act like a criminal gang, like Team Rocket did, or even Team Galactic from Generation 4 did. They don't push you around, they don't rob people's houses and get mad at you for chasing them, they don't trick you, they kind of take over a power plant and decide to kindly leave, which is ridiculous for an evil organization.
Also, the champion isn't fleshed out at all. You meet her twice, and she's like HEYY I'M THE CHAMP SUP. Steven Stone was more interesting than her, and he was a guy who only liked rocks.