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...