Review by AndyZXZX

"A series that has managed to stay fresh"

The Pokemon games are a much beloved series developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo. They are known for their addictive, monster-capturing and training formula, their simple stories and the never-ending quest to “catch ‘em all.” Pokemon is a series that is constantly evolving (no pun intended) to become more fun for everyone. As with the evolution of species in the real world, these games haven't changed very much, but they've definitely been becoming better.

The graphics and sound for this game are among some of the best I've seen and heard for a DS title. The over world looks similar to the last generation, but it looks a little more polished, which is nice. During the battles, the Pokemon are now fully animated, and all the attacks have had their animations redone to look more like their description. The music in this game does a great job of setting a mood, depending on your location and the opponent you are battling against. Although the music is outstanding, the sound effects for moves and the cries made by Pokemon still leave something to be desired, as with the previous games. Overall, though, this game looks and sounds the best of all the games in this series.

Many people have been praising the story of this game, mainly because it is a large step forward from the simple and cliche plots of the past games. For once, the characters are well-developed and the villains (Team Plasma) have a good motive behind their actions as they raise ethical issues with the use of Pokemon in battles. The story is nice, but it is fairly forgettable and you can easily go through the game without caring about it.

The gameplay formula for this game has not changed considerably from the previous Pokemon games. For those who don't know, the main goal of a Pokemon game is to catch Pokemon and train them to fight other Pokemon trainers in your quest to become champion. Every time your Pokemon's level increases, its stats increase, making your Pokemon stronger in various ways. As they level up, they also learn various attacks that do damage, offer stat bonuses, or debuff the enemy. While the main formula has not changed, the addition of over a hundred new Pokemon and a bunch of new moves has made the game much more varied and has created a bunch of new opportunities for strategies, while possibly making previous strategies less valid. Game Freak has made it so you can enjoy this game in a variety of ways by including multi-player and by giving you many things to do after you have beaten the main game.

Pokemon Black and White haven't changed many things, but what they did change, has been for the better. The game looks and sounds great, has a new story that is interesting if you choose to follow it, and has added many new Pokemon to keep the Pokemon battles new and exciting. This game is perfect for gamers of all ages, and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone that is looking for some good fun.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.0 - Great

Originally Posted: 09/27/11

Game Release: Pokemon Black Version (US, 03/06/11)

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