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A Pokemon Veteran's Journey

posted by EmoChips (COLLEGE STATION, TX) Mar 8, 2011

Member since Aug 2007

52 out of 56 gamers (93%) found this review helpful

Disclaimer: I grew up with Pokemon and have played every single Pokemon game on Nintendo's handhelds.

The Good:
-Same ol' thing- If you've played any Pokemon game beforehand you have played this game. That may be a bad thing for others who have gotten tired of the formula, but I do believe the phrase "if it ain't broke, why fix it??" stands the test of time. Nothing new is brought to the formula besides a couple of the next points.

-Team Plasma- The antagonists in this game are the PETA of the Pokemon World. It's nice to see a team with an actual goal, as hypocritical as it is.

-Three rivals- For the first time that I can remember, you are given many rivals instead of just one. You start out in a town with your two friends, and each of you gets to choose one of the three starters [finally answering the question of what happens to the third]. Later on you'll meet another wanna-be hero who will also regularly battle you. More rivals= more pop-out-of-nowhere-when-you-really-don't-wanna-battle moments. And I love those haha.

-The depth perspective- they lowered the camera for this game and added non-sprite textures. Definitely makes it look better and weird [in a good way] for certain areas.

-New battle system- looks so oh very cool and pretty.

The Bad:
-The touch screen- In my honest opinion, HeartGold/SoulSilver had perfected the touch screen's use. They seem to have taken a step back here by having the lower screen be this online "xbox guide" esque thing to do online activities and things of the sort. You are once again forced to press buttons and such to find many things or to choose Key Items. Ugh.

The Ugly:
-The Pokemon- There's only a few cool looking pokemon amidst the sea of cutesy useless ones. It's obvious at this stage they're running out of ideas. I enjoyed the new continent, but the pokemon were extremely meh.

Overall score- 9/10

Buy/Rent- Definitely a buy like every handheld pokemon. These will last you for SOOOOO long, months, even years

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Great game but they are running out of pokemon.

posted by AquaRox (DEXTER, MI) Apr 9, 2011

Member since Sep 2010

16 out of 17 gamers (94%) found this review helpful

The plot of this game from beginning to end is really fun and exciting. You're not just walking around and stopping a team of villans who all have the same plan but just with a different name. Team Plasma actually proves a point saying that pokemon might not like being captured and told what to do by humans. The first time I battled the Elite Four I was very happy they only had four pokemon each. It makes it much easier for you to continue the story and not spend weeks leveling up, even though I had to do that anyway.

What made me dissappointed were some new pokemon. I am not a big fan of pokemon that are just living objects like trubbish or litwick. I loved having oshawott as my starter. And it was great when he was a Dewott. He is basically a water ninja pokemon. I was pretty against evolving him into samurott because he just looks weird but I knew I had to because of the strength increase. Overall I love this game but I wish they improved some of the pokemon.

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Above Average

This game holds well, but it could improve..

posted by greg137 (CALDWELL, ID) Apr 9, 2012

Member since May 2010

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This is the mirrored edition to pokemon black!
I think the pokemon series could be better if they just combined the two games in one though! This is not a bad game, but it does feel a little old to play almost the exact game. In the end though, I wound up buying both only because it was recommended...
Still it was also only aeround 20 bucks, so I figured why not? 32 different pokemon seemed reasonable for the price, yet still have this feeling..... Call it a collectors intuition, but after careful examination of various reveiws and guides there seemed to be some difference, but bthe next installment to the pokemon series better have some greater differences betrween the two before I buy both again! I have heard that some pokemon games have different plotlines between the different ones......... This one doesn't seem to have those differences, but maybe i am just jumping to conclusions.... That is why we have services like gamefly, though right? Anyway, try before you buy! (note: if these games weren't 20 bucks I wouldn't have purchased them, but these are my first pokemon purchases.)

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