Saturday, 21 May 2011

Gotta Catch 'Em All

Pokemon Black/White is the eighteenth release by Gamefreak, and in my opinion it seems to be the best one that I have played so far. One of the reasons why is listed below, however. Just like every single Pokemon game always has the same formula.

Basically, You play as a ten-year old kid who doesn't seem to have a dad. You acquire a fire/grass/water starter Pokemon from a Professor who happens to live in your start off town. You also journey from town to city destroying everyone who gets in your path collecting money aswell as collecting the eight-badges. Oh, let's not forget the evil group of people who threaten to take over the World by poaching Pokemon. Most of you guys will be going "Oh my god, not again!" but finally, Gamefreak decided to actually make the game.. enjoyable instead of making the last ones not as interesting as they should've been. For example, the evil group in Diamond/Pearl disapated after the fifth gym, you hardly ever seen them after that point. Sound familiar? Yeah, thought so.

Now, the villians in this game aren't stupid. They aren't retarded and they aren't spastics this time around. They are a group of evil-trainers called Team Plasma, and in this instalment they serve a purpose to the game and if I remember correctly from the very beginning Team Plasma and a group of Sages kickstart the story. Instead of hiding in some Warehouse for you to collect a key, or to smash their heads in, they constantly show up in every town causing some mischief. Whether it be poaching Pokemon, wreaking havoc in the streets. And instead of having a stupid concept, they actually.. Wait, nevermind!

In Black/White they've ramped up the battle time, and in turn have added two new battle/fighting styles, Triple Battle and Rotation Battles. However, if I remember correctly Black focuses more on Triple Battles and White focuses more on Rotation battles, but they are both in each game, so don't be afraid of missing out! Within the Triple-Battle you can combine moves with your partner to do extra damage.

As you can tell, the graphics engine from the other-instalments has been improved drastically, however, the camera- has been shifted down a tad so you can see the 3D implements in the game.

There are no familiar faces for the first 35-40 hours of the main-story line. You know what that means right! No Geodude or them annoying Zubats to hassle you when walking through them caves, however there is an abundance of Roggenrolla that try to stop you from exiting the cave. /sigh.. But, that feeling when a new Pokemon shows up everytime you walk into a different patch of grass just makes you smile, but after a while you think to yourself. These Pokemon truly do suck.

There are Ice-Cream Pokemon, like.. they are basically styled like Ice-Cream dishes. The starter Pokemon are okay, but then there are some downright mistakes that shouldn't have been placed in this game. The Pokemon do stay with you, they walk with you and.. by the end of the game, the really cool and awesome looking Pokemon do come out and you start thinking, the best is for last, heh.

One downside is that you can't catch any old-world Pokemon, you have to transfer them across just like other games, or... you can use some of the "Special Features" that it has to offer.

Oh, I forgot to mention the C-Gear. The bottom screen of your DS/3DS is the constant menu for multiplayer, allowing you to jump into a trade or a battle almost instantly. Instead of running to a Pokemon Center where you are in the middle of no-where. They finally removed that obstacle and the ability to trade Pokemon that aren't in your party is something the game should have had years ago.

Sorry for the long review, it's a really good game. I hope you some how manage to check it out, by an emulator or by purchasing it from your local major-retailer for around $50-$65 AUD depending on where you shop at, thanks once again for supporting my reviews! Unityx.

27 comments:

  1. Been meaning to pick this one up for a while, glad to hear its good

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  2. tried to download this once, never got it to work.

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  3. have you played all previous releases? :P

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  4. Nothing will beat the N64 stuff by my standards...

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  5. Pokemon will never go out of style...keep the games comin!

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  6. 18.... it's been a while
    Played white, i'm loving the graphics at the momment but it's just the pokemon that have put me off.

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  7. this was a great game, i loved the 3D aspect of it

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  8. This is the DS version right? I haven't seen it yet.

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  9. Very nice review, pokemon is awesome! Following

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  10. Finally a Pokemon game that is aimed at the people who grew up with them.

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  11. Great post. I enjoyed the good old Pokémon games. I should check this one out too :)

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  12. holy hell thats a 3d pokemon game!

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  13. Pokemon is an amazing series. I may not like the show, or the cards anymore, but the game always impresses me.

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  14. playin' pokamanz since red and blue!

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  15. they've been the same for the last 10 years?

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  16. Pokemon games were always among the funnest to play. I will be getting the rom of this game.

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  17. How do they get away with using the same storyline EVERY time?

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  18. Thank you for sharing, I loved this version and its graphics!! :)

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  19. wow, the best of all the games. That's a pretty bold statement. I like such a courageous call :)

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  20. Pokemon is the best game ever, i loved the black version and can't wait for the nex game !!!

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  21. this blog is very good mmmm

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  22. Finished playing white and immediately sold my DSi and all the games. Waaaayyy to many things going on in Pokemon games now.

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