Excerpt: There’s no way to bluff my way through a review like this and I wouldn’t even want to try. The simple reality is that I don’t have a lot of experience with past Pokemon games and there are some burning questions that a long-time fan of the series may have in mind that I’m not qualified to answer.
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: 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.
Review: Pokemon Black Version & White Version (DS)
28 March 2011
Conclusion: Pokemon is a series that’s either going to be loved or hated. The game has always been an extremely simplistic RPG with light-hearted storytelling, but at the same time, it’s also always been a series of intense addiction, which is a pretty big thing to say for an RPG that isn’t an MMORPG. Of course, while it hasn’t entered those waters yet, there are a good amount of hardware and online features that significantly affect gameplay.
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.
Conclusion: Concept: Pokémon enters the fifth generation with new critters to capture and train in order to become the ultimate champion
Graphics: The best-looking Pokémon RPG to date. Each city and the respective gyms are gorgeous and full of personality. Battle sprites are more animated than in previous entries
Sound: Each town has its own catchy tune.
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.