Hey everyone! My name’s Kazuki Fox, but you can call me Kazu! Ms. Faery has given me the honor of writing on this blog, despite me being a male! So without further ado, my first post on Epic Gamer Girl: A review of Pokemon Black and White!
Pokemon Black and White
Newest to the “Gotta catch ‘em all!” RPG series, Pokemon has just released its newest members to the series: Pokemon Black and Pokemon White! Not only do these two new installments to the franchise add over 150 brand new Pokemon (bringing the total to a whopping 649!), but they exceed the demands of series fans and open the door to new players in ways that far exceed previous generations of the series!
The game is set in the Unova region, an industrialized land far different – and far away – from any of the lands in previous game, and contains some of the series coolest new areas in the Pokemon world! Players can visit the huge metropolitan city of Castelia, the maze-like undersea ruins in Undella Bay, and the vast Resort Desert in the journey, and he graphics have been greatly enhanced to provide amazing 3D views and shifting cameras that pan in, out, and around the player to really show off the beauty of the in-game world. That’s not all: animations have been added to all Pokemon (a fan dream come true for many players) and some dialogue scenes feature portraits of characters as they speak. I really enjoyed seeing how far the series has come in terms of graphics, coming a long way from Red and Blue versions’ top-down graphics and disfigured sprites.
Story-wise, I was surprised by how deep the narrative was. Team Plasma (this series’ bad guys) isn’t just Pokemon thieves with silly objectives. In fact, under their leader, the mysterious Pokemon Trainer N, they plan to liberate Pokemon from their trainers and separate all humans and Pokemon entirely! I won’t spoil any of the story, but I will say I was moved by the ending and N’s approach to his goals are almost convincing enough to get me to consider how I train my Pokemon!
Black and White versions also feature enhancements to Wi-fi play that simplify connecting with other trainers. Using special Wi-Fi technology, players won’t even have to hassle with connecting to hotspots thanks to the new automatic connection. I was able to seamlessly play on Wi-Fi on a 45-minute bus ride while my game automatically connected to hotspots for me! There are a ton of new ways to use the Wi-Fi connection as well, including Entralink play, video-chat, infra-red trading and battling, and an all new Random Battle mode that throws you into a battle with a random trainer around the world!
The new Pokemon introduced in this series are very well balanced, and from cute and cuddly to tough and scary, there’s most likely a Pokemon to cater to anyone’s taste. An interesting approach when the game was designed was to keep the player from meeting any of the old Pokemon (the 493 introduced before Black and White) in order to give the player the feeling felt by players that first played Red and Blue – giving even veteran players that “What’s out there? What is Pokemon?” feeling that all new trainers experience. Battle mechanics remain the same, with the exception of new moves added. New battle modes, Triple and Rotation Battles, add a different level of strategy for trainers who want to change things up!
As a trainer who has played Pokemon since its original release, I’m proud to say that Pokemon Black and White amazing new installments to the Pokemon family. Introducing a ton of new Pokemon and a moving story, the new games really raise the bar for the series and well as other RPG games. In my opinion, these games are two of the best games on the market for handheld games. I give Pokemon Black and Pokemon White each a 9.5/10. Although veteran fans will be slightly disappointed that there are no new evolutions for fan favorites, the new Pokemon more than make up for it, and the enhancements really breathe new life into the series. Best of luck to you trainers, and remember, Gotta catch ‘em all!