Excerpt: I was recently asked my most anticipated game of 2011. The answer? Pokémon Black and White. This response was met with looks of bewilderment and disgust, gradually evolving into a chorus of laughter - I’d chosen a children's game over the likes of Uncharted 3, Mass Effect 3 and Skyrim. But as a big RPG fan, the most hardcore eastern offering of 2011 is arguably the new Pokémon.
Excerpt: When you are wandering the wilds between towns, there often are places where the road simply stops. Then you must traverse tall grass or dark sand or whatever. That has always been true, but now every third or fourth step from the beaten path seems to result in a random encounter. That’s not an exaggeration. I’ve counted on multiple occasions. Sometimes I would win a battle, take one step and then immediately find myself in another battle.
Excerpt: Last year, I caught 'em all. After hundreds of hours, I finally reached my goal of collecting one each of all 493 Pokemon. Actually, you can read about it here . My celebration was short lived, however, as it wasn't even a week after attaining my long sought after goal that Nintendo announced two new Pokemon titles, Black and White.
Excerpt: Pokémon ’s fifth generation has arrived to our side of the world after its successful venture into the Japanese market, where it enjoyed both critical acclaim as well as soaring sales figures (it sold some 2.6 million units in only 48 hours). The game arrives with a plethora of additions to game mechanics and a storyline that deviate only slightly from the familiar pattern we’ve gotten used to.
Conclusion: The biggest problem with Pokémon Black is that it's follows the same, exact narrative formula for a Pokémon game and doesn't bring anything tremendously new to the table in regards to story. However, the slight modifications to the gameplay (getting rid of level grinding for instance) and expanded online modes do make this the best Pokémon game currently available.
Excerpt: Two people could look at this game and come to entirely different conclusions. One could say that it’s the fifth verse, same as the first, another 160some pokémon and a whole lot worse. Another could say that the differences, though subtle, mix things up in ways that haven’t been seen in the series’ 15-year history. It’s a matter of how closely you’re looking.
Summary: Introducing a new story line and the next generation of Pokémon, the new releases feature the Legendary Pokémon Reshiram (Pokémon Black Version) and Zekrom (Pokémon White Version). Be sure to check out our Pokemon White review.
Excerpt: Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: You start in your room and the choice between a fire, water or grass type Pokémon is thrust upon you. After obtaining your Pokédex (from a female professor this time, mind) you venture optimistically into yonder to become ‘The World’s Greatest Pokémon Trainer’. Demanding innovation by this point is a tenuous argument.