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.
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: 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).
Conclusion: In short, if you have a DS and you haven't played a Pok'mon title, Pok'mon Black and White is a great place to start. It is one of the most fun, involved role-playing game experiences available and if you have any friends that play, the trading aspect is a crucial part of the game.
Pros: It's like dog fighting but with more strategy and less liability, a great role playing game experience for anyone, strangely social thanks to online play;
Cons: Does not radically change from previous titles; Pok�mon HeartGold and SoulSilver had more convenient touch screen controls.
Summary: Introducing a new storyline and the next generation of Pokémon, the new releases feature the Legendary Pokémon Reshiram (Pokémon Black Version) and Zekrom (Pokémon White Version) on the game covers worldwide.
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.
Summary: Where can the Pokémon series go? After all, developer Game Freak had no long-term plans to continue the monster collecting adventure series, only extending its lifespan due to extraordinary demand.
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.