Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Black and White Review (Finally)

So I was finally able to play Pokemon Black last weekend, and I must say it was really great aside from it being the 359259th version of Pokemon ;(


Like all core Pokémon games, Pokémon Black focuses on a kid's journey to become the greatest Pokemon master in the world. Along the way, you'll be battling trainers, solving world's issues, and other things like the other million Pokemon games you played. The Unova region contains 156 new pokémon; until the postgame, they're the only pokémon available. Moreover, not all of them are available on the Black version of the cart. Catching them all requires trading with friends or logging into the upgraded Wi-Fi mode. Although many of the new monsters feel like reskins of series mainstays like Pidgey and Geodude, there are enough winners in the batch that selecting a core team of six is difficult. Previously unexplored type combinations such as Dark/Fighting and Ghost/Fire make their appearance, resulting in new battle strategies. The effect of these new pokémon on the multiplayer community is currently unknown, but they keep single-player battles from becoming too stale. Rotation and triple battles add further spice to the mix, although they don't occur often enough to seriously impact the main play through. One-on-one battles remain the common currency.
   Knowledge of each pokémon's strengths is essential. Deciding to bring Fire pokémon into a cave filled with Ice pokémon is simple enough: fire melts ice. However, the canny trainer also knows that Ice pokémon tend to have Water attacks, which are strong against Fire pokémon. What's the best way to handle a Grass/Steel pokémon? Moreover, battles are difficult to steamroll by power leveling. Experience points are awarded on a sliding scale that sharply drops once the battling pokémon is higher level than its opponents. The bump in challenge is a welcome change; it's never too annoying, as many routes have friendly doctors waiting at the midpoints to fix up any severely battered monsters.
   Speaking of beaten monsters, the story is one of the greatest disappointments. Like always, every Pokemon series has an identical story. But if your a Pokemon fanatic, this is a world where the feelings of pokémon are all that people talk about, every bookshelf is loaded down with pokémon merchandise, and every child's ritualized journey to adulthood consists of a cross-country journey of friendship. While the story heats up and gets "intense" near the end, it always ends in the way you think it would. The NPC talking is hefty, and feels like I'm being taught about the most basic things. The hefty postgame revisits many of the plot elements, like other games.
Unfortunately, I'd say Pokemon Black was as I expected it to be: running around, beating people, and catching Pokemon. If I had time on my hands, I'd game the hell out of this one. But for now, it'll be collecting dust.

26 comments:

  1. Pokemon has changed alot since I got my first Pokemon game, the red version. Are the changes good? +

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  2. They're alright. It seems like the same thing every game IMO. Better graphics of course.

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  3. I don't like the new pokemon, but in my opinion it had the best story line out of all.

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  4. catch 'em all so classic +followed

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  5. my little cuzzo beat the game in... 1 week and a half. hes 10

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  6. i still play gold. not heart gold, GOLD, which is epic

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  7. I love playing the red verzion on my android its the shit!

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  8. you can play on your android?!?!? imma DL it on mine too!

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  9. can't wait, got mine coming in the mail soon!!

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  10. I'm probably gonna get it eventually, since Pokemon has started to catch my interest again thanks to HeartGold.

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  11. Cant beat pokemon blue. All time fav.

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  12. Great review, you should check out mine :)
    I disagree about the story, I think it's the first Pokemon game that has a different, more interesting, story from the rest.

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  13. Great review, ut next time try upload a vew screenshots.

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  14. They need to stop making Pokemon games; there's only so much yu can do with walking around, catching shit, and fighting.

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  15. I've been addicted to pokemon games for the past 10 years, black (and white) is one of the best.

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  16. I've never been a fan of the new pokemon games. not really sure why.

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  17. Pokemon games are cool. You can't neglect it :P

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  18. Love the review and felt you really know your Pokemon from past game experience. Look forward to more.

    Followed!

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  19. So... it's just the same old, same old?

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  20. Ahah it may be same old same old, but it's still great fun imo >_> BTW great blog, keep it up, will be following! Cheers (;

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