Review by Stinger1985
"The Best Since Gold & Silver"
When this game first came out about a month ago, I contemplated whether or not I should buy it. My friends had it, and they said it was great - however, with games like Ruby, Saphire, Emerald, Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum being disappointments for me, I was on the fence about buying this game. After mulling it over for a while, I went ahead and bought it. Boy, am I glad I did! As the title says, this generation of games is easily the best generation since Gold and Silver came out back in the early 00's. That means we've gone a decade without an outstanding Pokemon game (Not counting HG/SS.) Everything about this game is excellent. For those of you unsure about whether or not to buy this game, let me break it down for you in separate categories.
People complain that every Pokemon game has the same story, and that gets old - I agree. However, the formula for the storyline has changed a bit in this game, and it's for the better. Yes, you're still going around collecting gym badges and defeating an evil syndicate (Known as Team Plasma in this generation). However, the game does branch out into side stories at various points. For example, you could be sent looking for the gym leader, or trying to locate one of the "Seven Sages" of Team Plasma. There are more side stories, but I don't want to ruin the game for you. There will also be numerous times throughout the game where you battle your friends/rivals: Bianca and Cheren. This is a good way for you to train your Pokemon, and advance further into the story. Speaking of battling...
Battling is definitely the thing you'll be doing most often in this game. However, everything inside a battle is fully animated. The Pokemon move around, and the camera pans in on your opponent when hit with a move. Some moves have been completely re-designed to look cool, and all of this makes battling actually fun. Also, those horrible back sprites to Pokemon have been fixed. How have they been fixed? Well, instead of only getting the ugly top half of your Pokemon, you pretty much get the whole back of the Pokemon. It all makes for a more enjoyable battling atmosphere.
Remember when you were playing an older generation of games, and the camera would always be above you? Yeah, no more of that. In certain spots, the camera will zoom in, pan out, go above you, and even go in front of you. This is an obvious change, and you'll notice it right away. But, you'll really be amazed when you come to the three major bridges throughout the game. Sky Bridge, Marvelous Bridge, and Village Bridge - all of them look absolutely stunning in this game. But it doesn't end there. The graphics of the scenery around you look amazing all the time. You can spot even the tiniest detail in the scenery. Also, the changing seasons feature in this game makes the scenery change monthly, so you'll always have some new scenery to look at.
Replay Ability (9/10):
Here's the one thing I don't like. When you beat the main story of the game, you get the National Dex. This allows you to get Pokemon from other generations in the wild. You'll also be able to use the Poke Transfer Machine to transfer Pokemon from D/P/Pt/HG/SS into you game. The one thing that ticks me off is the fact that you can't find a lot of old Pokemon in the wild. There are certain Pokemon who you may want, but there's a good 75% chance that you won't be able to find them in the wild. You'll have to transfer them from another game, if you don't have them in another game - you're screwed. However, after you beat the main story of the game, the whole eastern part of the Unova Region opens up, and you can battle very high leveled Pokemon - and battle extremely high leveled trainers. You can battle Sinnoh Champion Cynthia in Undella Town, and there's even a villa there where you will eventually have the opportunity to face strong trainers non-stop. You'll be able to catch legendary Pokemon like Kyurem, and Landorus, and be able to find new high leveled Pokemon in the wild. It certainly is a great advantage. Oh, did I mention that by beating the main story, you don't actually beat the Pokemon League? I don't want to spoil anything for you, but to beat the main story, you don't beat or battle Alder (The Unova Champion). So it's extra incentive to keep playing after you beat the main story. I've been playing this game for 42 hours so far, and I still haven't beaten it fully.
Rent Or Buy?
Definitely buy. It's definitely worth it's weight in gold.
Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 04/04/11
Game Release: Pokemon White Version (US, 03/06/11)
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