Product Type: Nintendo Nintendo DS games
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Pokemon Black (DS)
Member Name: maoflro
Pokemon Black (DS)
Advantages: Great fun. Mostly, the same sort of thing we know and love.
Disadvantages: The dream world. Some of the pokemon are iffy to say the least.
Nintendo are now on their fifth generation of Pokemon games, but have they simply done too many now? How they gone from the slightly bizarre to the sheer ridiculous? Having played the game for about three months ago, there is no obvious answer either way.
For Pokémon black and white, they have decided to modernize the games to fit in with the ever modernizing society of today, but it somehow seems that they have changed it a little too much for the games to have that old pokemon charm that we all know and love.
The main basis of the game is exactly the same as all the others, you start off in a very small town with only 4 tiny houses and by the end of your journey you've just past a huge city with 30-40 buildings and you've beaten the elite four etc... Also the same as the other games is the storyline. There is a big team of bad guys - in this case 'team plasma' - who want to steal yours and everyone's pokemon and they also want to take control of one of the main legendaries, but by the end everyone has their pokemon back and you have have the legendaries and the bad guys are never to be seen again. This repetitiveness is what makes all pokemon games great, there's nothing drastically new, it's never too difficult and to play through the storyline doesn't involve a huge level of thinking.
What I feel is wrong with these games is that it relies too much on connectivity. First of all and the problem that annoys me the most is the 'Dream World'. This is a website you can go to on your computer and look after your pokemon and help them sleep and stuff like that, if I wanted that I would have bought a Tamigotchi. I want to be able to play a pokemon game and complete it possibly with a few trades and a few downloadable event pokemon from Nintendo. I don't want to have to go on a website that was clearly designed to be aimed at 3 year olds to bring back friends and more items.
Another thing I find it a tad odd about this game is simply a lot of the pokemon. It was always going to happen right from the very start, there's only a certain amount of pokemon they can design before they are all just inanimate objects with eyes, for example: 'Trubbish' Basically just a rubbish bag with eyes; 'Litwick' A candle with eyes. The list could go on. The other types of pokemon which annoy me are once which are clearly just an animal: 'Sandile' it's literally just a picture of a crocodile; 'Lillipup' and the rest of it's evolution family are just dogs!
My ranting above may make it seem like I don't like these games, but I do honestly think that they are still brilliant installments into the work of pokemon games, but they need to scrap the dream world and be a bit more imaginative when it comes to their new pokemon. That is all.
Summary: A great pokemon game, however I would get white instead of black.
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