An updated Pokemon experience for newcomers and fans of the series alike.
I first played pokemon on my gameboy back when Pokemon Yellow Version came out. Since then I have played Pokemon Diamond Version and looked into various other versions of the game. Pokemon Black is the latest edition with more of what you've come to expect from the series with some new additions.
The characters, surroundings, and graphics as a whole are improved (especially if played on a newer DS, but look acceptable on an older model as well). No longer are the pokemon just static images during battles, they are now animated and react to certain battle situations (such as closing their eyes when put to sleep).
The story is typical fare for the series, as your character (boy or girl) goes throughout the land collecting the new pokemon of the game and battling against the efforts of Team Plasma, a group out to liberate all pokemon by stealing them from their trainers. No real surprises here, though I'm only about ten hours into the game (a portion of which has been spent leveling as always). I have noticed the gym leaders play a more important role in assisting you in the story rather than simply standing around inside their respective gyms awaiting your challenge.
If you haven't played a Pokemon game in a long time and want to or if you've played every one of them up to this point, you'll definitely want to get onboard with this game. There's a lot here for new players and more of what you enjoy for fans of the series. I personally care little about Pokemon lore, TV show, card games, and nor can I name all however many Pokemon this new game brings the total to, but as an RPG it provides a solid bit of exploration, discovery, level grinding, and battle customization that I can enjoy the game without any outside knowledge.Read full review