Pokemon Black & Pokemon White This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

February 1, 2011
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Pokemon has always been a fallback for me. Blue version was my first video game, and I have bought every adaptation Nintendo has thrown at me. I will always love Pokemon; I still, at 17, watch the cartoon and own all the legendaries as plush toys. However, it has always bothered me that these games lack a solid difficulty curve. The game gets easier as I play!

Pokemon Black and White, the newest additions to the franchise, fix this problem. Each game is challenging from the start. Gym Leaders employ strategies with Pokemon that work together oftentimes – frustratingly – perfectly. You have multiple rivals, something not explored thoroughly in other versions, all amped up to “you need to train too much for this” difficulty.

The game itself follows the same path of other Pokemon games. You need to beat all the Gym Leaders to get to and defeat the Elite Four, all while battling an evil Team Rocket knock‑off organization called Team Plasma. As the protagonist, you are a teenager instead of a 10‑year-old, possibly to mirror the difficulty of the game. You still fight turn‑based battles with six Pokemon, and you still walk around in tall grass and caves to catch them.

There are many new features, most noticeably the Pokemon Dream world. In it you can befriend new Pokemon not obtained in the game and get new powers for your Pokemon. In addition, there is a Season Cycle similar to the Day/Night Cycle first introduced in Gold and Silver. Other notable features are new battle systems, including triple battles and rotation battles, and new mini-games.

Every generation of Pokemon has gotten better in terms of graphics. Black and White both have better animated battles, changing camera angles, and interesting scenery. Cities have huge skyscrapers and giant bridges not seen before.

All in all, Black and White is all I hoped for and more. Pokemon will always and forever be my fallback game. Now I know what version I’ll be playing for years to come.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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DJ Fox said...
Mar. 29, 2013 at 5:26 pm
All right, a poke-nerd has posted! Pokemon+me=heaven!
TheDevilsLotus said...
Jul. 1, 2012 at 7:25 pm

I like this review. After playing Diamond (and finding myself somewhat disappointed by it), I was a bit nervous to play Black and White because it was different from the older games, technically speaking. The pokemon were new, the setting was different, and the storyline and battle system... changed to a more current way to the play the game.

Needless to say, I was very happy I picked up both versions of the game. Despite what some fanboys of the older games might say, Black and White ... (more »)

rainbowbutterflyThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jan. 31, 2012 at 11:15 am
i like the game but its hard i still haven't gotten past twist mountain
theanneh replied...
Feb. 14, 2012 at 12:33 am
Just keep leveling your Pokemon. You aren't Nuzlocking so there isn't any penalty for messing up a couple times. Good luck!
blacktime said...
Oct. 3, 2011 at 5:19 pm
I like playing the pokemon games and I have White, but at my school most people think the games are like the show when there not so its not popular in my school. Like its a 8 year old game.
theanneh replied...
Feb. 14, 2012 at 12:32 am
Well that is just silly. I played the game at school and generally people never cared. Honestly, if anyone bothers you about it, ask them how you playing a game quietly does anything to effect them. Because if it effects them they have some serious issues they should address.
andrewh93 said...
Mar. 6, 2011 at 8:28 pm

I'm curious - what do you make of the storyline? As a fan of the series for... longer than I care to admit, the one thing I'm beginning to want from Pokemon is a good story. I've heard that it's much more driving and a much bigger part of the game this time 'round, but I've also heard that the story is rather... unimpressive for being a focus.

I haven't bought Black or White yet, and I'm still on the fence. I am excited about the update on graphics and the gamplay mechanic changes, I'm... (more »)

Pokemonlover01 replied...
Apr. 25, 2011 at 3:31 pm
I have always loved Pokemon as you do. I was pretty stoked to learn that new versions of Pokemon were coming out and even more excited to hear that their were new Pokemon! I believe you should get it. I have it and I am so happy I bought it. Another very cool feature in the game is called GTS Negotiatians. It is like the GTS in Diamond/Pearl but when you get connected with a person you actually get to show them the pokemon you want to put up and then they will make deals. You can't talk to the p... (more »)
theanneh replied...
Apr. 29, 2011 at 12:23 am

I would recommend the game, personally.

If you're into competitve play, like I am, it is getting easier to set up EV/IV trained teams (Items in game can add EVs like defeating a pokemon that normally gives them).

If you don't want to fork over the $40 -- which is understandable -- there is a very decent community on pokemononline.eu that does a lot of online competive battling. It's a downloadable program that allows to connect and battle other players. It is basic but addictive... (more »)

Wolf-Pup31 said...
Feb. 25, 2011 at 1:02 pm
its so ture Pok'emon is one of the bestestestestestestestestestestestestestestestestestestest game ever anyform the old'es to the new they have inproved all over, can't wait for Black'n'White lmao
theanneh replied...
Apr. 29, 2011 at 12:24 am
Yes, it is very much an awesome game.
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