Review: Pokémon Black & White Versions

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N.1 Ninja Of 2010:

Koroviev:

Eri:

It's not the same game over and over. http://ds.ign.com/articles/114/1143427p1.html

Thanks for posting the article. I was looking for something interesting to read.

Even though you can't spell ignorance without RAN.

I don't quite follow.

Mr. Omega:
*Reactions while reading*
Slightly better story. That's cool.
Improved battle cinematics. Meh. That's nice.
TMs used infinitely. I knew it beforehand. I had a nice little "yay!"

Overall what I was expecting, and I'm looking forward to...
...huh? What's this?

They got rid of the annoying beeping when you get low on health?
HALLE-FUCKIN'-LUJAH!!!

Technically they didn't get RID of it, they just worked it into the music so it's not nearly as irritating.

SketchyFK:
in his review he states:
---- "You won't see a single Pikachu until well after you've beaten the game,"

would i get in trouble from The Escapist for saying that he's WRONG? There are actually 2 Pickachu in the game before u complete it, neither u can battle, but one is on a poster and another in Castelia City.

In game reference: http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/File:Castelia_Pikachu.png

Please don't hit me Escapist! ='(

Otherwise I LOVE the new game. I can't believe there are so many Pokemon I actually LIKE. For once a game where I like most of the Fire Pokemon.

On a side note his "one yearns for the functionality of the Poketch from Diamond & Pearl" is something I really, REALLY, couldn't agree with more.

And they call the bridge to Driftveil "Charizard Bridge." You still don't see one in the game as playable :P

Pokemon Black version is my first Pokemon game at age 20. Where have you been all my life?
Oh that's right, like a fool I thought I didn't much like turn based combat. Which didn't much when I was really young; and then it went and changed without informing me. How rude.

Mr. Omega:
*Reactions while reading*
Slightly better story. That's cool.
Improved battle cinematics. Meh. That's nice.
TMs used infinitely. I knew it beforehand. I had a nice little "yay!"

Overall what I was expecting, and I'm looking forward to...
...huh? What's this?

They got rid of the annoying beeping when you get low on health?
HALLE-FUCKIN'-LUJAH!!!

They even made it into an awesome dance mix.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-EANWNU3qo

Yeah, it's not much different, but moving forward is moving forward.

Edit: Oh bother, someone beat me to the punch. And now I have no punch.

arc1991:

Fr]anc[is:
Ok so who's the new zubat?

image

Meet Woobat, the new Zubat...but less annoying and cute =3

OT: Got this game today, and my liberty pass ^_^ love it!

On the downside, does not evolve into a useful pokemon :(

Fiz_The_Toaster:
So there's an actual story to this?

Like anyone actually plays the game for the story, but I'm now curious to see how that works out.

I highly doubt there's a story. While Gamefreak put a twist on the evil organization by making them an animal (pokémon) rights organization, Team Plasma will most certainly be demonized in the same way as team rocket was.

Well, I'm actually interested in this game now, but I'm going to wait until it drops in price.

ultrachicken:

Fiz_The_Toaster:
So there's an actual story to this?

Like anyone actually plays the game for the story, but I'm now curious to see how that works out.

I highly doubt there's a story. While Gamefreak put a twist on the evil organization by making them an animal (pokémon) rights organization, Team Plasma will most certainly be demonized in the same way as team rocket was.

Well, I'm actually interested in this game now, but I'm going to wait until it drops in price.

Oh I'm sure that's what they are going to do, but I'm just curious to how that group is going to do it, maybe something original perhaps? Most likely it will have to deal with a legendary pokemon, it gets woken up, gets pissed, and you have to clean up their mess. Again.

I couldn't careless about the story, just how gym and League battles are going to go.

ultrachicken:

Well, I'm actually interested in this game now, but I'm going to wait until it drops in price.

Drops in price? Popular ds games, never drop in price, diamond is still $35, as is mario kart and that was a launch title, If your going to wait be prepared to wait until the next version of the series comes out. I for one want it as soon as possible so I can play it while everyone else in college is.

ultrachicken:

Fiz_The_Toaster:
So there's an actual story to this?

Like anyone actually plays the game for the story, but I'm now curious to see how that works out.

I highly doubt there's a story. While Gamefreak put a twist on the evil organization by making them an animal (pokémon) rights organization, Team Plasma will most certainly be demonized in the same way as team rocket was.

Well, I'm actually interested in this game now, but I'm going to wait until it drops in price.

Pokemon games generally don't depreciate too much.

I turned my DSi off about half an hour ago and realised I had been playing it since I got home at 15:00. Today has been a good day:)

You monsters. I thought I had moved on. Finished with the series. Quit. Reformed. Left at Gen. 3, and wasn't looking back. Beat Emerald, never got a DS. And now you're making it sound appealing. More appealing. Gah.

John Funk:
Review: Pokémon Black & White Versions

Another evolution.

Read Full Article

Which version did you play, and what did you think of the version-exclusive locations? That's what I'm most curious about, I think.

Wait, is it already out? I'm coming off the flu, and have been thoroughly dosed with meds...If I lost track of the time, I'm going to kick myself.

DarkRyter:

Mr. Omega:
*Reactions while reading*
Slightly better story. That's cool.
Improved battle cinematics. Meh. That's nice.
TMs used infinitely. I knew it beforehand. I had a nice little "yay!"

Overall what I was expecting, and I'm looking forward to...
...huh? What's this?

They got rid of the annoying beeping when you get low on health?
HALLE-FUCKIN'-LUJAH!!!

They even made it into an awesome dance mix.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-EANWNU3qo

Yeah, it's not much different, but moving forward is moving forward.

Edit: Oh bother, someone beat me to the punch. And now I have no punch.

Oh, really? Thank the Goddess...That noise was SO annoying. Thanks for the link!

Disaster Button:
My copy of Black was supposed to come today, but it got delayed until tomorrow... But a bunch of my friends are getting Black and White so its gonna be great once we all have it.

Irridium:
Does this game's online features still require a WEP connection? Because I'm sick of not being able to go online in SoulSilver because I have a WPA connection.

God me too. I wasted an entire day trying to fix my DS to accept my WPA connection so I could get one of the shiny Legendary Dogs. I only noticed that once I'd wasted terribly unfair amount of time that I needed a WEP connection.

"Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version are Nintendo DSi enhanced titles so they will be able to connect to both a WEP and WPA wireless internet connection when played on a Nintendo DSi, Nintendo DSi XL or Nintendo 3DS."

Hope that helps! Unless you have a DSLite.. :S

double post sorreh :o

I just need to decide what starter I want. Either grass or fire.

The Furbinator:

Disaster Button:
My copy of Black was supposed to come today, but it got delayed until tomorrow... But a bunch of my friends are getting Black and White so its gonna be great once we all have it.

Irridium:
Does this game's online features still require a WEP connection? Because I'm sick of not being able to go online in SoulSilver because I have a WPA connection.

God me too. I wasted an entire day trying to fix my DS to accept my WPA connection so I could get one of the shiny Legendary Dogs. I only noticed that once I'd wasted terribly unfair amount of time that I needed a WEP connection.

"Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version are Nintendo DSi enhanced titles so they will be able to connect to both a WEP and WPA wireless internet connection when played on a Nintendo DSi, Nintendo DSi XL or Nintendo 3DS."

Hope that helps! Unless you have a DSLite.. :S

Yes, this is excellent news! I have a DSi XL, finally I can know the joys of online Pokemon.

Echo136:
I just need to decide what starter I want. Either grass or fire.

Ooh, I can be helpful!

The grass starter is more defense oriented, having lack-luster offence stats. However, it's dream world ability makes it god-like, as it makes any stat changes on him opposite. This means Leaf Storm INCREASES his special attack every time you use it, and when opponents try to weaken you, you only get stronger.

But, since you cannot get that ability from your starter, I would go with Tepig. That's what I'm doing, at least.

[/nerd]

The villainous team is actually a fanatical animal-rights organization who believes trainers who use Pokémon are mistreating them and that the monsters must be liberated from the humans who enslave them.

Well, I bet they look all kinds of stupid when every last one of them tries to pull one of these on the player character: http://www.brawlinthefamily.com/?p=212

The battles themselves are also much faster than in generations past. Attacks that hit multiple targets do damage to all of them simultaneously, and said damage is dealt instantaneously - there's no more waiting for a health bar to slowly diminish. If that sounds like a minor change, it is, but it's also a change that hugely improves the pace of combat. Another minor change that ends up feeling like a godsend is that the developers have removed the irritating "critical health" noise that popped up whenever your Pokémon was close to defeat, and instead have replaced it with an urgent remix of the battle theme that gets your heart pounding but prevents your ears from bleeding.

Everything in this paragraph has made me so happy. :)

DarkRyter:
They even made it into an awesome dance mix.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-EANWNU3qo

Yeah, it's not much different, but moving forward is moving forward.

Edit: Oh bother, someone beat me to the punch. And now I have no punch.

...Oh. Now I'm not so happy. It's still beeping at me, and it's still annoying. Now I am very disappointed.

I listened to the low health music and the beeping is still there and still really damn annoying.

Still going to pick it up tomorrow though.

Hyper-space:

TMs can be used infinitely

Back.The.Fuck.Off.

Nothing will be the same.

My exact reaction, but really I'm still waiting for an adult version were you aren't a moronic nine year old. Hell mix the Fallout RPG with the ability to do battle from Pokemon and you got a winner. Might take a couple of years to make but if they want to move into a new crowd then that would be awesome.

Tomo Stryker:

Hyper-space:

TMs can be used infinitely

Back.The.Fuck.Off.

Nothing will be the same.

My exact reaction, but really I'm still waiting for an adult version were you aren't a moronic nine year old. Hell mix the Fallout RPG with the ability to do battle from Pokemon and you got a winner. Might take a couple of years to make but if they want to move into a new crowd then that would be awesome.

You're at least a teenager in this one. Baby steps.

John Funk:

Tomo Stryker:
[quote="Hyper-space" post="6.268601.10290336"][h1]Snip

You're at least a teenager in this one. Baby steps.

Ya but still, I'm just just saying that if they actually move it into reality then I will be the first to preorder. I don't really care for Pokemon, every once and a while I might pull up my old emulator on my PC, but I will go bat shit crazy for something like that.

Eri:

GeorgW:

Eri:

It's true. Not fake at all.

But that defeats their entire purpose! Why would they do that??

Because one use makes them half useless. As it stood, You couldn't use ANY TMs until end game when you were sure they wouldn't be replaced by some better move or better pokemon entirely. And that was just if you were smart, if you werent that "poke-smart" you wasted the TMs and never got any real use out of them. Not being able to use any of the TMs you get until the very end of the game was just no fun, why bother giving them out so early and often if you can't even use them? So that's why they are now unlimited.

True fact. I'm a freaking micromanager when it came to planning my pokemon's moves. And even then I would shy away from using my TMs because you just never knew when you might wish you had them later. The only TM I used with 100% certainty was using the Dream Eater TM on my Drowzee/Hypno. I did that one every damn time.

John Funk:
You're at least a teenager in this one. Baby steps.

I personally love the fact that you play an older character. Its more relatable to me, even though im in my mid twenties. The addition of TM's being reusable I think has me sold on this game. In every other game, I always covet them to the point I never use TMs because I only get one in the game. Kinda like getting elixers in final fantasy games.

"You won't see a single Pikachu until well after you've beaten the game,"

One does not "beat" a Pokemon game.

They need to kill the pokemon series after this, cause seriously they are running out of colors and possibly names for the crap they pop out.

GeorgW:

But that defeats their entire purpose! Why would they do that??

I think it is a godsend that they made TMs infinite and this is why:

Eri:

Because one use makes them half useless. As it stood, You couldn't use ANY TMs until end game when you were sure they wouldn't be replaced by some better move or better pokemon entirely. And that was just if you were smart, if you werent that "poke-smart" you wasted the TMs and never got any real use out of them. Not being able to use any of the TMs you get until the very end of the game was just no fun, why bother giving them out so early and often if you can't even use them? So that's why they are now unlimited.

Plus there are the places that are usually at the of the game where TMs can be bought for points, but the problem is that it takes forever to earn the points from battling in places like the battle tower in Diamond. It took me over 5 hours over a few days to earn the points to get one TM that I wanted.

And there are other TMs that I have gotten in some of the games that turned out that I could only get one of, if there was another way to get it, I never found it.

It always bugged me that HMs were infinite, but TMs weren't.

Another thing that I've always hated is how HMs are permanent unless I have encountered the move deleter in the game, and he is usually in the last town in the games I have played. That is the one reason I was glad that flash was changed to a TM, because I would usually just use flash once while going through a cave and then never use it for days. Ya it is a good accuracy lowering move, but there has only been one time that it did any good in a battle for me. Most of the time when I lower an opponents accuracy, it doesn't seem to affect how often they miss, they just keep on hitting.

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I hopefully will be picking up Pokemon White at GameStop. I say hopefully, because my receipt for it that I have been keeping in my wallet, all the printing has rubbed off of it. I can just barely make out White on it and a few of the money numbers from where I pre-ordered it while I was buying Heart Gold.

Mr. Omega:

They got rid of the annoying beeping when you get low on health?
HALLE-FUCKIN'-LUJAH!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2rf0kLDZh8
Sounds alot better than JUST the tee-tat-teet-tat-teet-tat.

I've all ready got plans. Job orientation on Sunday, and then I go to pick up my copy.
Woo.

Pokemon is here, again. The writer is right--each new region, unlike the rest of Nintendo, isn't a major twist in gameplay. They're just huge leaps of tweaks, revisions, and additions. Pokemon was and always will be, at the core, a turn-based complex JRPG.

That being said I'm hyperventilating. Pokemon!!!! They always add SO many things that just scratch my back where the last gen didn't.

arc1991:

Fr]anc[is:
Ok so who's the new zubat?

image

Meet Woobat, the new Zubat...but less annoying and cute =3

OT: Got this game today, and my liberty pass ^_^ love it!

damn you , you lucky person... have to wait till the 10th

GeeksUtopia:
They need to kill the pokemon series after this, cause seriously they are running out of colors and possibly names for the crap they pop out.

ok, but this is what i think should happen make 1 more generation but like pokemon silver and gold show each and every town and what it looks like before they finnish up the series, the game will last forever and it will leave on a good note. Ether that or make pokemon a pc game and make it even bigger

John Funk:

Mr. Omega:
*Reactions while reading*
Slightly better story. That's cool.
Improved battle cinematics. Meh. That's nice.
TMs used infinitely. I knew it beforehand. I had a nice little "yay!"

Overall what I was expecting, and I'm looking forward to...
...huh? What's this?

They got rid of the annoying beeping when you get low on health?
HALLE-FUCKIN'-LUJAH!!!

Technically they didn't get RID of it, they just worked it into the music so it's not nearly as irritating.

In game reference: http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/File:Castelia_Pikachu.png

Honestly... the noise is just as annoying as it originally was if not moreso.
Even if it's mixed in with the music, it's now more prominent and the beat in itself is incredibly repetitive and I already hate it.
-Tabs<3-

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