A bit of a flop
Now, in no way am I one of those pokefans that hates the games just because they are new. I've played Pokemon since blue and have loved all of the regions from the coastlines of johto to the island of sinnoh I've played them all and I loved the games. I've clocked in at least 200+ hours each. Unfortunately this came to an end when i played that unbearable mess that was White or maybe Black version. I don't remember because those games were in no sense "fun" they ruined the XP system, gave us the worst Pokemon up date.. Ice Cream and Garbage bags ? Really? but worst of all was the incredibly corny story line about some brain washed kid and Pokemon being friends instead of tools... which almost every Pokemon is to all trainers except the protagonists... in this case N... this game was so bland that after i beat the elite four i turned off my DS and took it straight to BB to get 30 back... i had no interest in the after game because the legendary trio was so lame it wasn't worth it to me, I am going to buy B2 or W2 and hope that it is not quite this bad.
Great game, but not a great POKEMON game.
Personally, I have played all the Pokemon games and have thoroughly enjoyed them, however, Pokemon Black's sprites felt unoriginal and didn't have a Pokemon feel to them and just seemed stupid or like they had run out of ideas at some points. Don't get me wrong this game is good despite my rating but as an avid Pokemaniac I felt it didn't compare to the other games. I really didn't like the new map and wasn't getting the nostalgic feel in each city as I had previously. Another point is the characters in this game are REALLY annoying I mean you don't even have rivals anymore and your stupid "Friends" really need to go away sometimes.
Fantastic, but not perfect
Having played Pokemon since the premiere of Blue on the Gameboy Color, I have enjoyed seeing the franchise develop over time. In my opinion, each game gets better and better, and will only continue to do so. The originals will always be special to those of us who grew up with them, but it's very obvious that the graphics and overall lasting appeal of Pokemon Black far surpass them.
Pros: New places to explore and Pokemon to catch, while retaining the aspects of the original games that made them so famous. There's always something to do, even after playing through the basic storyline.
Cons: I tend to play with the sound off, because this is one area where all Pokemon games continue to need improvement. Better background music, PLEASE!
Not My Favorite
Ok, before you hate me, i am in no way trashing this game. It is still a good pokemon game. But this has to be my least favorite version. I have been playing pokemon ever since red version first came out, and have played every version since. I had been waiting a long time for new pokemon to appear, and when i saw the announcement, i was excited! I got the game a little bit after it came out. There were some things i loved that they added, and some that i hated. Here is a list of my pros and cons:
Pros: Good story line
Beautiful cut scenes
pokemon move in battle
mechanics were greatly improved
Pokemon are VERY pixelated. (I know pokemon hasn't ever been about graphics, but its hard to tell what your pokemon even looks like in battle. This was the first thing i noticed whenever i started playing)
Pokemon are very uncreative. (Some pokemon do look pretty cool, but i noticed that a lot of them were based off of previous pokemon. Such as the one that looks like tauros in the first generation, and the one that looks like luvdisc from the third generation.)
Story is shorter compared to the others
Few things to accomplish after you beat the story.
For the first time since i have been playing Pokemon, i do not want to buy the next version in the series (Black and White 2) (i see the same problems) However, i will return when X and Y come out. Those look pretty awesome! My favorite versions are still emerald version, and heart gold version.
Hope this has helped!
Great Addition to The Series
This game is great. I have had it since Summer 2012, and I still haven't beat the game to it's fullest. It will definitely keep you playing.
this is AWSOME!!!
This is one of the best games i have ever played. i would reckomend this game to any one that likes Poke'mon
i love it!!
the game is great! you cant get over how weird team plamsa is and how they try to be good but there not! i also love how you don't get any of the old pokemon in tell you have won agenist the final four!
Pokemon is back in fashion!
Pokemon is my childhood. I played almost every game made, I watched the Anime until it got up to Diamond and Pearl (trust me the anime is horrible here recently!), and I even have a plush Pikachu! ^_^ All nerdyness aside *ahem* Pokemon Black is a great way to either start out in the series as a newcomer, or renew your faith in the ever popular franchise. I like the game all the way through from the animation, to the battles, to the little details they added within the game. I don't like the fact that rotation battles were not as frequent as it could have been, but they were fun nontheless. Hopefully in Black 2 they will have it more often. Also, I have beaten the game today, but they still have more story and Pokemon to go. It never ends!!!
Great Gameplay Improvements
As far as basic gameplay and story go, this is the same as any other Pokémon game. Your character receives a pokémon, goes on an adventure to catch other pokémon, and on the way makes friends, battles other trainers, and defeats enemies. The character designs are interesting as always, the locations are nice to look at and fun to explore, and the new pokémon are well-designed for the most part.
Perhaps it was the way I built my team, but I noticed that the gym battles were much more challenging than they had been in the last generation. This was a nice change, because strategy played much more of a part in these battles than luck or elemental advantages. The post-storyline quests and regions are also larger, and even after many hours of gameplay I haven't yet done everything available to me.
This game really makes good use of the DS' connective capabilities. The Global Link is an inventive and refreshing addition to gameplay. The other online features are easier to use than ever, making the game more social than previous installments were.
One other vast improvement to the game is the soundtrack. Having played all generations except HeartGold/SoulSilver, I can honestly say that this game was the first one I can remember listening to all the way through. The annoying beeping when a pokémon reaches low health has been integrated into its own song. It is no longer repetitive and headache-inducing, but pleasant.
While not my favorite of the franchise, this game introduces great new features and improves on old ones, guaranteeing a bright future for other Pokémon games to come.
By far, my most favorite Pokemon version.
I have been playing this series since Red & Blue, about 13-14 years later I still am an active player of these games. I had gotten this game as a gift the day it came out and personally didn't know what to think of it. I chose the Fire Starter for once and began my journey in this new region. To this day, I have clocked in over 120 hours on my Black version. I have never loved a Pokemon game as much as this. The soundtrack is brilliant, the characters are so unique and the bonus features, such as the Dream World and the Battle Subway are outstanding. I highly reccomend this game to all Pokemon lovers. It is simply remarkable.