CGRundertow POKEMON WHITE VERSION 2 for Nintendo DS Video Game Review

Uploaded by CGRundertow on 07.10.2012

Try playing Red and Blue today. Just try it. Sure, it’ll feel nostalgic for a while,
but then you’ll miss being able to register your favorite items to a handy menu. You’ll
miss the balance that came from the introduction of Dark and Steel types (thus weakening the
Psychic hegemony), and the divorce of attack type from the “physical” or “special”
categories. You’ll miss being able to use Strength or Cut or Surf without having to
go into your party menu. And, if I ever play a previous generation of the game, I’m going
to miss the habitat mode in Black and White 2’s pokedex. A couple button presses, and
you’ve got a list of every creature you’ve found in a given area, as well as whether
you’ve caught them all or not. There’s always a new feature to add, there’s always
something to streamline, and there’s always a new opponent. And you’re always trying
to be the very best, like no one ever was, except you, countless times before.
There’s a Black 2 and a White 2 because this isn’t just a remake of Black and White;
it’s a genuine sequel. Team Plasma is in shambles but starting to cause trouble again.
Bianca’s embraced her inner meganekko and is helping Prof. Juniper with field study.
And thanks to their efforts, you can now find a number of decidedly old-school species - 144,
to be exact - mingled amongst the 156 creatures that Generation V introduced. Both versions
feature a new Unova Link system, which allows you to import a save file from your previous
game via a DS wireless connection or by downloading it from the Global Link. Depending on your
progress, you may unlock flashback sequences detailing events from the two-year gap between
the games. There’s also a new Key system, where players who have completed certain in-game
goals can unlock new areas and - in a first for the series - new difficulty settings for
other players. The Entralink has been redesigned as well, replacing the old missions with new
co-op challenges that can be undertaken alone, but yield greater rewards in a group. Man.
Discussing connectivity is exhausting. MOVIE BREAK.
If you’re not the kind for poffin-swirling or musicals or beauty pageants, you can still
make it big on the silver screen, through the power of MOVIE MAGIC. Or as we like to
call it, post-production. The actual battle you’re filming takes place on a green-screen
set, where you have a script to follow and... yes, that is creepy dollhouse enthusiast Sabrina
starring opposite you. Of course, as Drew Carey and/or Bill Murray can tell you, sometimes
you need to go off-script and improv a bit. Speaking of gym leaders, they’re not content
to rest on their laurels and are constantly putting it to the test in the Pokemon World
Tournament, a venue featuring eight-man elimination tournaments spanning standard, double, triple,
and rotation battles. Almost every gym leader makes an appearance, including Unova newcomers
Marlon, Roxie, and Cheren (yes, that guy from the last game). You can even download updated
rosters, featuring the teams of real-world Pokemon champions and dream teams from the
series’ past.
Let’s face it, jamming an exhaustive list of everything else that’s changed or improved
in this version into the remainder of this review would be a right pain in the bum, as
- and you may have come to this conclusion already - there’s a heck of a lot of new
stuff. You get to build your own mall, occupied by folks you’ve met online. There are a
number of new towns and routes, as well as a dude loitering about the Pokemon Centers
of the world just to hand you achievement medals. (Honestly. There’s an achievement
for scamming a free lemonade out of a vending machine.) And I haven’t even discussed the
AR-focused Dream Radar application for the 3DS, but that’s going to be its own feature.
One of the most dangerous aspects of Pokemon seems to be that every version feels like
the definitive version, with features that continue the trend of marked improvement,
time and again. Not only do Black and White 2 make this litany of upgrades, but they do
so as a continuation of their predecessor’s plot, as opposed to just a retelling. Wring
your hands about the original 151 as much as you want; I’ll be over here having actual
FUN. With a Magnemite. Just for you.