I like Gen IVs starters myself, but I agree, this generations starters aren't too great, but they aren't the worst either.
I wasn't really happy with the starters, though. The last starter I thought looked halfway cool was Piplup, back in D/P/Pl, which I never bought. The last decent-looking set of starters was the 3rd generation (Mudkip, Torchic, Treeko), in my opinion. Too many of the new ones look like random doodles, like inanimate objects, or like monkeys. I don't like monkeys much. The legendaries look pretty cool, though.
Tiny bit starting with Platinum.
Another thing: they finally got the camera moving! I'm not sure if it's been around since 4th generation, but it's new to me since I skipped D/P/Pl. Also, animated battlers look awesome, especially since they didn't wreck it with low-poly 3D models.
Lol. Ive had the flu for the last 2 days, so I've actually just clocked over 24 hours.... I have a problem, OK!
I can't give a full evaluation, since I got it, like, an hour ago, but I can safely say that it easily surpasses all previous generations already. It's a bit slow, but that might be because I'm used to 250-500% speed on my emulator.