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Pokemon: Black Version

Rating: 3+ (PEGI)

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  A New Age of Pokemon!

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Let's face it, Pokemon games are pretty much the same. The same beginning, middle and end. But because these games were pretty much perfect from the start why fix it?
People come back to see how the world of Pokemon changes and What Pokemon can be found. Pokemon Black is no exception. The fifth generation of Pokemon may not be the best but they are definitely interesting. And they move!!
The Unova region is beautiful and the use of 3D is greatly improved. It truly feels like a new start for Pokemon and a new generation.
Sure, the Pokemon closest to you in a battle is pixelated to the point were it's dire, but with the extras thrown in I'm sure future games will fix this.
Until then I'm glad The Pokemon world has extended past Sinnoh. These never get boring!

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  A Deep, Strategic RPG that is not just for Kids

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Largely due to the fact that it was pretty much perfect in the first place the Pokemon series has changed very little in the last fifteen years. Despite this the developers have listened to some of the criticisms levelled at the games and included a number of the improvements fans have long been asking for.

The game of course still sees the player taking on the role of a child travelling from town to town collecting Pokemon and using them to battle all manner of opponents. Despite the familiar concept Pokemon Black is a more streamlined experience. Little things like combining the Pokemon Centre and Poke Mart into one building for example cuts down on pointless travelling whilst battles also run at a slightly quicker pace.

Two new types of battle are also included. Triple battles obviously allow for three Pokemon to fight at once whilst rotation battles allow the player to switch out Pokemon before each attack adding a new level of strategy to the game. Some Pokemon can now also combine moves to create more powerful attacks making the selection of a balanced team even more essential.

For the first time since the Game Boy original this version features a completely new set of Pokemon. Many of these are not as well designed as the original group but it does make exploration more interesting. No longer will you enter a cave to be greeted by yet another Zubat or Geodude. It is possible to get some of the older Pokemon once you complete the game or by using some of the bonus features but as per usual most have to be transferred from your save games on previous iterations.

Wrongly looked upon as 'a game for kids' Pokemon remains once the most in depth and strategic RPGs available on any console and with its more streamlined approach the Black or White game are as good a place to start as any.

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  A Deep, Strategic RPG that is not just for Kids

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Largely due to the fact that it was pretty much perfect in the first place the Pokemon series has changed very little in the last fifteen years. Despite this the developers have listened to some of the criticisms levelled at the games and included a number of the improvements fans have long been asking for.

The game of course still sees the player taking on the role of a child travelling from town to town collecting Pokemon and using them to battle all manner of opponents. Despite the familiar concept Pokemon Black is a more streamlined experience. Little things like combining the Pokemon Centre and Poke Mart into one building for example cuts down on pointless travelling whilst battles also run at a slightly quicker pace.

Two new types of battle are also included. Triple battles obviously allow for three Pokemon to fight at once whilst rotation battles allow the player to switch out Pokemon before each attack adding a new level of strategy to the game. Some Pokemon can now also combine moves to create more powerful attacks making the selection of a balanced team even more essential.

For the first time since the Game Boy original this version features a completely new set of Pokemon. Many of these are not as well designed as the original group but it does make exploration more interesting. No longer will you enter a cave to be greeted by yet another Zubat or Geodude. It is possible to get some of the older Pokemon once you complete the game or by using some of the bonus features but as per usual most have to be transferred from your save games on previous iterations.

Wrongly looked upon as 'a game for kids' Pokemon remains once the most in depth and strategic RPGs available on any console and with its more streamlined approach the Black or White game are as good a place to start as any.

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  Depends what you like

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Being a teen this game only took me 4 days to complete and i thought i would have to save up for another game once again but no!after you pwn all the elite 4 there is more stuff to do like the 7 SAGES aparently IF YOU FIND ALL OF THEM YOU GET INFO ON THE NEXT GAME COMING OUT which i havent found all yet .... :( If you like the older pokemon iwould get white for the white forest or if you like getting rare items in black city get this :)))) hope this helps x

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  A Good Easy Game

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Hi Everyone
Personally I Think This Is A Great Game Because Of All The New Pokemon And It's A Whole New Region To Explore.
However I Completed It In A Day And A Bit Because The Storyline Doesn't Have A Huge Feeling Like Soul Silver Or Heart Gold, The Only Reason I Think There Storyline Was Better Was Because They Had 2 Regions To Explore And This One Doesn't But Overall This Is A Very Addictive Game And Fun To Play But I Think They Should Have Added A Travel Mode Or Something So You Can Reach Out To Other Regions.

Have Fun

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  Oh dear...

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Why a negative title, but 4 stars you ask? It's simple. This game works. It uses a tried and tested method that has now worked for over a decade. But my friends, that doesn't make this game good. I began playing it, and thought it was a bit far fetched. Went back to it a bit later, and finally got into it, until I finished it. And now? Nothing. It sits there. I don't feel compelled to do anything. I put about 30 hours into it, and I feel its been used up. Is that a lot? No. I bought Soul Silver two days before, and it's the one I keep going back to, and always will. Theres so little to do in Pokemon Black after you're finished, it just doesn't seem engaging. All it needs is an old region slapped in at the end, like ALL of those which came before it, but no, not here.
I do however like how the kept old pokemon out of this game. It gave it a fresh feel, something Diamond was lacking, but the pokemon found in the first half of the game where just dull. THey really picked up towards the end, but still my point stands. Also, the legendaries are far too easy to catch. I have all of the in-game ones, and it's just too easy. I caught the third dragon legendary, an ice one, on the first turn with a duskball. Could you do that to mewtwo? No, he'd destroy you.
Please understand, it's not that this is a bad game. It's just to me, for the same price, I'd go for Soul Silver/Heart Gold anyday. There's more play in them, and they're happier games in general, with bright and vivid colours.
My biggest problem with this game? Pokemon cannot walk next to you. That was the greatest thing to happen to pokemon in years, and it went away so we could have slightly different camera angles. What's that noise? Nothing, just the sound of my heart breaking.
The best thing about this game? It's really not hard. The elite four, who I've heard are much stronger, are easily defeated if you know what types they use and how you can combat those types.
So, after that rant, is it worth it?
Well, it's Pokemon. If you love it, then yes. If you're an old school fan though, on the fence, please, get SS/HG. Then maybe this somewhere down the line. It just didn't quite fit...

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  First pokemon game ive played and loving it.

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This is the first Pokemon game i've ever played and now I see what all the hype was about. Its obviously a game aimed at children, and there isn't anything that deep going on... but its stupidly addictive.

To the previous reviewer who said:

"absolute newcomers will spend days learning the in's and out's."

That isn't true at all from my experience. I found that as a newcomer I was able to pick the game up and understand the mechanics easily, within minutes. The game does a good job of easing you in and to be honest... there isnt much to learn.

Unless you are competing online, and playing against real people, there isn't anything complicated, confusing or difficult to learn as part of the offline storymode.

You can basically just pick 6 pokemon which seem cool, powerful and fun to use... level them up high enough and win most of the gym battles and collect/defeat wild pokemon easily.

I've managed to get all 8 badges without using any special items (except the experience related ones) or even teaching them any unique abilities from my bag.

Most pokemon seem very easy to catch, as long as you knock their health down and use a strong pokeball. I havent even had to sleep most of them.

The storyline is pretty good, if not a bit long winded at times, and feels quite mature for a childrens game. The graphics arent going to blow you away, but this is a DS game, but their nice and cute and show whats going on nicely.

But this doesnt mean this is always an easy game.... there are times, even when fighting wild pokemon or gym leaders when you will get a tough fight or they get frustrating in some fashion.

But if your pokemon is high enough, and you have heals and revives you can defeat most anything easily.

This game is basically about having a massive world map, where you constantly fight wild pokemon, trainers, gym leaders or someone or something else. Thats it! Thats all it amounts up to, but its weirdly addictive.

The only slightly complicated side comes when knowing what all the items do in your bag that you collect, or knowing what ability to train a pokemon with. But unless you are doing online fights... you dont really have to worry about that too much.

Trading is also easy. Just find a creature you can't get in the alternative version, and offer it for trade for something you want or can't find... and someone will give it to you.

Over all... a good, time consuming game.

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  The best RPG money can get you.

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Gameplay: 10/10
Graphics: 9/10
Replayability: 10/10
Learning Curve: Now this is a question, if you have previous experience with Pokemon it'll take an hour or so to become reacquainted with the newer battling systems, absolute newcomers will spend days learning the in's and out's.

Pros:

- The franchise has been polished with a multitude of different features that compliment the somewhat linear storyline, small things like the battle music becoming more intense on low health, Pokemon's abilities displayed on their sprites when activated, full body battle scene, a camera to follow the attacks... the list goes on
- Scenery has become an integral part, with the introduction of the seasons system allowing you to access different places at different times of the year and the sheer brilliance of the level designs, such as the bridges and cities in their panning 3D views
- TMs have become unlimited in their capacities, when you get it you've got it forever, a very welcome change
- There are little mini games to change the pace of the game throughout
- Intricate changes for the better, such as noticeable twitches in the terrain meaning a seldom-seen pokemon is in that spot, pokemon that were once up a time ridiculously hard to track down from the previous games (such as Metang, Pupitar, Mamoswine etc) are catchable in the wild, and to my knowledge this is the first pokemon game to have pokemon as good as Metang, Shuckle and Mamoswine kicking around in the same patch of grass; and finally Marts have been scrapped, it's now all in the massive new pokemon centres, which have a sales counter near the entrance
- Early on in the game, Professor Juniper gives you a lucky egg, making raising a team of formidable pokemon a cakewalk when you gain a ridiculous amount of experience just fighting pokemon in the wild, nevermind trainers
- The ease of trading/battle/connecting with other people surrounding you has been stepped up, now you don't have to go to a pokemon center because you can start a trade/battle using the touch screen whenever you aren't locked in battle
- Many of the new pokemon are just fantastic, they seem awful on paper but in game they splice into the formula we know and love perfectly
- This appears to be the first pokemon game with a storyline that flows consistently, with cut scenes and the works, and your rivals fight you at the end of each new city (most of them anyway), instead of just popping up once or twice like in previous installments

Cons:

- Pokemon are slightly pixelated up-close in the battle camera, but that's really not a big deal
- The battle music for the legendaries is too casual, it doesn't have the eerie aura you got from the Kyogre or Dialga fights
- The encounter rate seems to be almost intolerable at points, so be sure to pack many max repels

The Verdict:

So yeah, maybe my last few points in the cons section were a bit pointless and make me sound like a tool - I can deal with that. The truth of the matter is that I could only pick up small things like that because there are no big flaws in this game. Of course it's a matter of personal preference but if you, like I, have played pretty much every other iteration of pokemon under the sun then this is the game for you, I have had it three days and have racked up 40 hours playtime - my girlfriend curses the developers for this. Bottom line is this game is, in my opinion, the best RPG money could get you, and you are guaranteed a good time, provided you know what you are doing.

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  One of the top DS games

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Features that can be found in Black and not in White - various unobtainable pokemon including the cover legendary Reshiram and roaming legendary Tornadus. Unique area 'Black City' which has an emphasis on replayable trainer battles and buyable rare items. Different aesthetics in 'Opelucid City'. Anyway this game is great. Overall it's not really on par with HG/SS in terms of single player content but it probably exceeds it in every other area. Notable upgades include extra online and multiplayer features, animated pokemon sprites and improved battle animations. It also has all the usual features you would expect from the series such as backwards compatability with HG/SS and D/P/Pt. I don't think there is any other game series on earth that offers better value for money than pokemon - a good example of which is the regular wifi downloadable 'event pokemon' such as the current 'Victini' that is available until the end of April 2011. In short if you like any of the previous games, this is a must own, if you don't there's probably not much new here that will change your mind. If you have never played a pokemon game before then I'd recommend taking the plunge with this one as this is as good a place as any to start.

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  amazing!

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bought this day it came out and immediately started playing it

now the pokemon are animated it gives the game some real death and the 3d is amazing even though its not 3ds who needs 3ds this
is a much cheaperr alternative.

After just a weak i had beaten the league the second time and it waSNT easy

5 star game must buy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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